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#1 remoteworld

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Posted 10 January 2011 - 09:23 PM

i'm using a fuji xp10. it has a 5x optical zoom, 720p hd video recording with sound, 12meg camera image capabilities. though it's rated 3m underwater, i've used it 30 minutes at 4m deep. easy to use, i particularly like its 'natural flash' mode which takes 2 shots in succession for each press: one with flash and the other without.

i've also used a ge g3wp from a niece, ok rin but i like the former

Edited by remoteworld, 16 January 2011 - 06:59 AM.


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Posted 11 January 2011 - 07:02 AM

does anybody has an experience using the canon powershot d10? fr naman diyan

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Posted 11 January 2011 - 07:13 AM

I use a canon a95 + underwater casing bought 2 years ago.
I plan to buy a waterproof camera before summer.

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Posted 11 January 2011 - 11:12 PM

i've been eyeing the sony cybershot TX5.. looks really great! 3" touch screen, 720p and practically EVERYTHING proof! ^_^

one thing(or 1 of the many) i don't like bout the canon powershot d10 is that it looks like a toy :lol:
really matters when that's the only camera you have and think of bringing it to a party, wedding or some other more formal events. not good huh?! my opinion only.

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Posted 12 January 2011 - 01:00 PM

i've been eyeing the sony cybershot TX5.. looks really great! 3" touch screen, 720p and practically EVERYTHING proof! ^_^

one thing(or 1 of the many) i don't like bout the canon powershot d10 is that it looks like a toy :lol:
really matters when that's the only camera you have and think of bringing it to a party, wedding or some other more formal events. not good huh?! my opinion only.

you're quite right about the toy look. compared to ge, panasonic, lumix, etc, canon's d10 looks playful but expensive. however, a waterproof camera is usually your third camera after the dslr and another digicam. it's obvious that if you can afford to buy the d10, you've already owned an arsenal of cameras. yet somehow i always see it shows up in formal events. hehehe. its spec sheet says it can save in RAW format, now that feature makes it INEXPENSIVE somewhat for those who prefer to shoot in RAW without buying a dslr.

those who seldom go to beaches or lakes (or pools) will find it cheaper to consider buying the watertight camera housing.

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Posted 13 January 2011 - 06:01 PM

i've been eyeing the sony cybershot TX5.. looks really great! 3" touch screen, 720p and practically EVERYTHING proof! ^_^

one thing(or 1 of the many) i don't like bout the canon powershot d10 is that it looks like a toy :lol:
really matters when that's the only camera you have and think of bringing it to a party, wedding or some other more formal events. not good huh?! my opinion only.

just saw an ad in greenhills, sony tx9 is already available. it can do 3d-sweep panaramic shots, whatever that means

canon d10 has several interchangeable colors, using the silver skin for the camera body will make it look less like a toy, although the 'unusual' curvy shape is still retained.

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Posted 14 January 2011 - 02:21 AM

I'm A SCUBA diver and and avide snorkler if not SUCBA diving...

A. For Snorkeling and general beach, water, pool, river rafting use I got the Lumix DMC-TS2. Rated upto 30ft, shockproof upto 2 meters drop, and freezeproof ( i guess for skiing purposes or wintersports). It is a very good multipurpose rough and tough camera and takes exceptional photos with bright light but has weaknesses when it comes to low lighting especialy under water. Very good MACRO though (Both above and underwater).

B. When going deeper than 30feet as in SCUBA diving. I use a Nikon P5100 with a sea&sea housing rated to 200ft and also use an external strobe. Got no complaints with image quality so far with this set-up.

*** ALL camera onboard FLASH is useless underwater as you get a backscatter effect due to the particles suspended in the water and the power of the flash is not sufficient to penetrate the water column.

I'll post some pics taken from both camera shortly...

Edited by fire_breather, 14 January 2011 - 02:23 AM.


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Posted 14 January 2011 - 11:10 AM

I'm A SCUBA diver and and avide snorkler if not SUCBA diving...

A. For Snorkeling and general beach, water, pool, river rafting use I got the Lumix DMC-TS2. Rated upto 30ft, shockproof upto 2 meters drop, and freezeproof ( i guess for skiing purposes or wintersports). It is a very good multipurpose rough and tough camera and takes exceptional photos with bright light but has weaknesses when it comes to low lighting especialy under water. Very good MACRO though (Both above and underwater).

B. When going deeper than 30feet as in SCUBA diving. I use a Nikon P5100 with a sea&sea housing rated to 200ft and also use an external strobe. Got no complaints with image quality so far with this set-up.

*** ALL camera onboard FLASH is useless underwater as you get a backscatter effect due to the particles suspended in the water and the power of the flash is not sufficient to penetrate the water column.

I'll post some pics taken from both camera shortly...

i saw some underwater cameras in infomax for about 30k each

Edited by remoteworld, 14 January 2011 - 12:05 PM.


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Posted 14 January 2011 - 11:16 AM

I used my TX1 last summer. Bought a plastic underwater pouch and submerged under the pool. Blurry. The camera will not know how to focus unless the water is very very clear. TX1 is autofocus with no manual focus. If you've tried shooting your camera in a night club full of smoke that's how it will look like. It will focus on the smoke.

The plastic pouch was good in keeping the camera dry. WARNING: The plastic pouch has a very light and unnoticeable oily coat INSIDE the pouch. This will cling to your cameras LCD. And, you will not be able to remove it even with alcohol, soap and water, vinegar, glass cleaner, acetone, or paint thinner. My used to be crystal clear TX1 LCD is now ruined!

Backtracking... maybe the industrial oil in the pouch reacted with the LCD coating and stripped the LCD coating resulting in the "mapped" appearance of the LCD.

there were complaints of leaks and difficulty of using a camera housing. canon used to sell underwater housings until they badmouthed these when they introduced d10. d10 is already kinda outmoded, it can't record sound underwater

there was heavy overcast (4:48pm) when we went helmet diving in boracay (january 6, day is shorter than night), yet the following pictures taken 3m underwater are satisfactory enough for me
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from the bamboo balsa, i submerged the camera and took some shots while i was descending. the seafloor was 4 meters deep
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i took this photo 10 feet away from a couple. the 'mists' on the helmets might be caused by breathing. this i'm not sure. divers are down there to assist everyone (maximum of eight persons)
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here's a shot of my kid 5 feet away
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once you touched down on the waterbed, your subjects will keep on moving. image stabilization is a must but it's something we forgot to choose from the menus of our cameras.

Edited by remoteworld, 14 January 2011 - 12:14 PM.


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Posted 17 January 2011 - 02:39 AM

Here's some snaps taken with the Lumix DMC-TS2

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Posted 17 January 2011 - 02:47 AM

Some Macro Above and below the water... still from the Lumix DMC-TS2

A. A Burrowing Clam

B. A Land Snail

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Posted 17 January 2011 - 01:11 PM

nice! can't go wrong with lumix then.

i've went to several sony shops and tx5's are all out of stock, they are selling like pancakes from what they told me but then being phased out. <_<

tx9 is sweet, not waterproof though..

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Posted 17 January 2011 - 02:05 PM

Here's some snaps taken with the Lumix DMC-TS2

how deep was the camera when it took the shot of the first picture (fishes)? what time and how was the weather when it was taken?
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Posted 18 January 2011 - 04:29 AM

how deep was the camera when it took the shot of the first picture (fishes)? what time and how was the weather when it was taken?


It was around 10AM relatively clear sky and was in 10 to 15 feet of water... Camera level is around 6 to 10 feet as I dive down to get closer.

Here's other shots diving to around 15feet for the (A. Stare down with a group fishes); at 8 to 10 feet of water (B. Chasing 2 Butterfly Fishes); and around 5 feet (C. Macro of a sea urchin) .

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Posted 18 January 2011 - 12:47 PM

It was around 10AM relatively clear sky and was in 10 to 15 feet of water... Camera level is around 6 to 10 feet as I dive down to get closer.

Here's other shots diving to around 15feet for the (A. Stare down with a group fishes); at 8 to 10 feet of water (B. Chasing 2 Butterfly Fishes); and around 5 feet (C. Macro of a sea urchin) .

i took my shots (see above) while there's a dark overcast and around 5pm. i'm sure my shots would be sharper had they been taken in the morning and in better weather. short of time with a full schedule of activities, we went diving even it was getting dark (pls check my first photo of the darkened sky, taken from the dive balsa)

hope the weather improves, i can't wait till summer to use my waterproof camera. yeah, i'll brave the cold waters. brrr!

Edited by remoteworld, 18 January 2011 - 12:53 PM.


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Posted 26 February 2011 - 09:40 PM

I'm A SCUBA diver and and avide snorkler if not SUCBA diving...

A. For Snorkeling and general beach, water, pool, river rafting use I got the Lumix DMC-TS2. Rated upto 30ft, shockproof upto 2 meters drop, and freezeproof ( i guess for skiing purposes or wintersports). It is a very good multipurpose rough and tough camera and takes exceptional photos with bright light but has weaknesses when it comes to low lighting especialy under water. Very good MACRO though (Both above and underwater).

B. When going deeper than 30feet as in SCUBA diving. I use a Nikon P5100 with a sea&sea housing rated to 200ft and also use an external strobe. Got no complaints with image quality so far with this set-up.

*** ALL camera onboard FLASH is useless underwater as you get a backscatter effect due to the particles suspended in the water and the power of the flash is not sufficient to penetrate the water column.

I'll post some pics taken from both camera shortly...


How much did you spend for the Nikon P5100 and the sea&sea housing?

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Posted 25 October 2011 - 08:54 PM

after my nephew lost my fujipix xp10 in donsol and my ge (rated 3m) was water-damaged when we went diving 5m or so in boracay, i finally forced myself to buy a new underwater camera. this time it's a lumix ts3 from hidaldgo street.


this time it looks tough, not just for the stainless screws protruding out, but the specs really say it all. the review says it will take blurred pictures, but none of that happens. really like its shots above and under the waters

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Posted 04 December 2011 - 11:02 PM

after my nephew lost my fujipix xp10 in donsol and my ge (rated 3m) was water-damaged when we went diving 5m or so in boracay, i finally forced myself to buy a new underwater camera. this time it's a lumix ts3 from hidaldgo street.


this time it looks tough, not just for the stainless screws protruding out, but the specs really say it all. the review says it will take blurred pictures, but none of that happens. really like its shots above and under the waters

Can you post some pictures? Thanks.

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Posted 22 December 2011 - 06:02 PM

Can you post some pictures? Thanks.

unfortunately, i can't anymore. even my lumix became a victim of flooding. yeah, i can't recommend it anymore

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Posted 24 December 2011 - 10:16 PM

ang ganda ng mga pics nyo mga bossing!




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