Waterproof Digital Cameras on Budget

Olympus Stylus Tough 6000

This first camera is made by Olympus, one of the leaders in the waterproof digital cameras field, and has qualities that live up to the name. The Stylus Tough 6000 is waterproof up to 10 feet, is shock resistant (capable of withstanding falls up to five feet), and is freeze resistant – which is perfect if you like the frozen outdoors. Anywhere you want to go, this waterproof camera can handle it. And with 10 megapixels, the picture resolution is pretty good, too.

Canon Powershot D10

Canon, another big name in the camera industry, has become known for making high-quality waterproof digital cameras.  The Powershot D10 is no exception. With 12.1 megapixels, this waterproof camera has great resolution.  It also is waterproof up to 10 meters (30 feet), which means you can take this diving with you easily. This camera also comes with image stabilization, a wide variety of shooting modes, a 3x optical zoom, and great color effects built into the camera.

Pentax Optio W-30

This final waterproof digital camera, the Pentax Optio W-30, is great for when you are around a pool hanging out with friends or in the woods or outdoors enjoying nature. This is because the Optio W-30 will operate for 30 minutes in depths of five feet – perfect for a pool. It is also dust resistant for those dusty mountain trails. This waterproof camera also comes with a very fast auto-focus mechanism that lets you take quality pictures quickly, 25 shooting modes, and a super easy, one touch automatic feature that lets the camera do all the work for you.

The three waterproof digital cameras above are magnificent choices for those who are on a budget, and offer high quality performance for an affordable price. There are others out there with similar capabilities, but these three will serve you well no matter what your purpose may be. Now all you have to do is go out and get your own waterproof digital camera – and start taking pictures!

Selecting Digital Scouting Camera

Batteries

Digital scouting cameras which include an external battery jack are excellent choices. A typical digital camera battery used in a hunting territory may last ten days or less. A large external rechargeable battery can function for five or six months in a hunting area. They save money over the long term and save hunters from spending the time to continually access the deer camera. Less trips also makes it less likely a hunter will scare away the deer with human scent.

Trigger Time

This is basically a measurement of the amount of time that elapses from the detection of motion by the camera until the picture is taken. Some deer cameras react immediately while other can take five seconds. If the camera is taking images at a food plot then a quick trigger time is not necessary.

Flash Types

Infrared flashes have advantages over incandescent flashes such as requiring substantially less energy, they don’t scare the deer and they react quicker. However, the incandescent variety produces better photographs.

Flash Range

The distance the digital scouting camera’s flash can capture the image of a deer is important. Some cameras can work up to 80 feet or more while others did not work properly at over 15 feet.

Picture Resolution

The picture resolution varies depending on the number of pixels the digital scouting camera has. The basic range for deer cameras is from 1 to 4 pixels and the higher the number the better the resolution. However, if a digital camera claims to have 4 pixels you may not get 4 pixel photographs since the camera’s software is an important factor for the quality of the image. Some digital scouting cameras are capable of producing better photographs than cameras with a higher pixel number.

Time/Date Stamp

When hunters are attempting to figure out the movements of the bucks the time and date stamps are essential. Some of the lower priced digital scouting cameras do not have this feature.

Detection Range

Deer cameras have various detection ranges. Hunters can purchase cameras with ranges from 25 feet to more than 100 feet.

Memory

The internal memory for a digital scouting camera is typically not very important. If you choose to use the internal memory you will have to take the camera home to download the pictures into your computer or take a laptop with you to the camera site. An external memory card is the preferred choice.

History Behind Cameras

It is understood that Ibn al-Haytham, the man who invented the camera was certainly gifted. Another gifted man by the name Daniello Barbaro adjusted the camera obscura. He added a lens as well as a changeable opening with the intention of sharpening the cameras. All this time the camera was not portable. It is because it was constructed from heavy material. It could not be fitted into a bag or the pocket, which is possible with most modern cameras. It was not until the 1660s that the first moveable camera was invented.

So who invented the camera that one might carry from place to place? The reply, two folks by the names Robert Boyle and Robert Hooke. They had been English scientists. They in all probability simply got pissed off with being unable to take their camera along to seize vital scientific images. Every other camera that has been manufactured since then has been portable. It might be correct to state that had the moveable camera not been invented photography as we all know it today would be non-existent. You’d be stuck with mundane portraits of your self, as it would be inconceivable to seize your environment with heavy stationary cameras.

In 1685, one more moveable camera was invented. This time Johann Zhan invented the camera. What was distinctive about this camera is that it was more refined and was ample for general photographs. It could be argued that people found what a wonderful piece of apparatus the camera was because in 1724, Vincent Chavalier invented a new camera. This was a sliding wood-box camera. It is what Johann Heinrich Schultz used to take a picture in 1826. The primary camera, which could take colour footage, was also invented in the 1800s.

Choosing a Digital Point and Shoot Camera

It happens all the time – I see it almost every day. People come and see me with faulty point and shoot digital cameras, which have self induced faults. The good news is, that most of these expensive problems could have been avoided, when you had chosen the right camera type, which fits your lifestyle, and had taken the right precautions of course. The bad news is, these faults are not covered under warranty and are often uneconomical to repair!

What is a self induced fault? Sand -, liquid- and shock damage

  • Sand damage can easily happen at the beach without realising it straight away. A couple of sand grains in the right spot can malfunction an extendable lens mechanism.
  • The most common liquid damaged cameras we have seen are affected by rainwater, beach and swimming pool and believe it or not, drink bottles stored in the camera bag.
  • Shock damage is a tricky subject, in particular when the camera is handled by multiple users. Often it is not realised, as there are hardly any signs of damage on the outside housing of the camera, but the damage is done inside.

The most common symptoms, or let us say parts, which brake, are LCD displays and extendable lenses. LCD’s are made of glass and exposed often without any protection. Lenses are in most cases none serviceable items and need to be replaced as a whole unit, which is extremely expensive. Spare part prices can make up to 50% and more of the price you payed, when the camera was new! Given the price decline and the improved performance of new cameras, you can work out by yourself, were you want to spend your money.

To get the most out of your investment, choose the type which suits your lifestyle best. Let’s put the earlier paragraph about self induced faults into consideration and assume we distinguish between 3 types of point and shoot cameras. Cameras with…
• extendable lenses
• inbuilt lenses
• water and shockproof

If you have a personal preference for a camera with an extendable lens, you must take special care of it, to avoid any damage to the lens. In case you have kids and multiple users, who might be a little rough with the handling of the camera, the best return on the investment is given with a water and shockproof camera. Personally I use a camera with an inbuilt lens, which hasn’t given me any problems whatsoever.

Do you want to upgrade your camera with a newer model of the same brand and hoping to use your old accessories like battery or memory card? In most cases you can’t. Different physical shapes and electrical specifications make it impossible.

Now, we are talking purchase price. More megapixels and optical zoom is not all! Often specifications are pushed to the limit and performance is sacrificed. Let me explain: to take a good shot with a high megapixel and let’s say 10x optical zoom camera without tripod requires a lot computer power. Often it can take a few seconds of shutter lag and the results are still not satisfying. What I am saying is, to have a good performance/specification camera you have to pay the price and go for a semi-professional or DSLR camera. However, the most shots indoors are taken in wide-angle lens setting and outdoors you use the same, most cameras handle these shots without any issues. The best insurance from disappointments is to test the camera by yourself under different light conditions and zoom settings.

Make sure, the cameras tested are readily available and the test topics make sense and are relevant for you. See it as a guideline only.

This is hard to say from a repairers point of view, we only see the faulty ones. When looking underneath the brand badge and housing, it is almost impossible to see if a ‘brand name’ stands out with better workmanship. All I can see is, that mechanical components seemed to be done more out of plastics and the way they have been put together looks and feels cheaper as it used to. All the improvements, which lead to better specifications, go into more powerful electronics and computer chips. Therefore manufacturer costs can be reduced to a minimum. Today, it is not as expensive as it used to be to manufacture a relative good new camera or release new models, which explains the ever increasing flood of new cameras.

What the reliability of the different brands concerns, I couldn’t recommend one or the other, as long as you compare cameras in the same price bracket. A lot of spare parts have Chinese writing on the boxes, which makes me wonder, where there are coming from and where the cameras are manufactured.

Canon Powershot A560

If you’re looking for a good camera with a great megapixel ratio, you’re in luck. The canon powershot a560 digital camera comes with four times optical zoom, face detection technology, expandable storage and overall high marks from existing consumers that have purchased this fine camera. If that’s not cool enough, you can connect the camera to a Canon CP photo printer or any PictBridge compatible photo printer. That’s right, you can print high quality photographs with the touch of a button and this camera makes it even easier. That’s right, no longer are you trapped by lesser camera equipment or print outs, you get top quality prints easier and higher quality than ever before.

One of the best features of the canon powershot a560 digital camera, is the expandable memory slots. You can utilize the SD and MMC memory card slots to take your camera to the limit. You can take as many photos as you want without having to stop what you’re doing and switch cards or download photos to your computer in between shoots. Just point, click, and you’re on your way. No need to complicate things at all, just simply use the slots to your advantage and have fun putting in thousands upon thousands of memories with your powerful camera.

This camera also comes with settings that will allow you to take photos indoors, outdoors, in low lighting situations, high contrast situations, in every single type of weather condition you can imagine. Not only that, it also is light weight, weighing in at only 5.82 ounces. The camera body is durable and the dimensions make this camera one of the top contenders for cameras that are super portable. Take this one the go, on vacation, or simply carry it with you with throughout your adventures. Whether you use the camera to take photos of inanimate objects, people, or products, you’re going to find that the canon powershot a560 digital camera is perfect for any occasion.

Experienced users are going to enjoy the overall power of this camera. Novices will also enjoy learning the various features that this camera has, and enjoy the ease of use and price tag that goes along with the canon powershot a560 digital camera. That’s right, an easy to use on screen menu, expandable memory, and low cost makes this camera the top camera to buy to capture your events, and memories forever. There are a lot of cameras on the market right now, however, there is only one canon powershot, and this is the best of the best.

Choosing Waterproof Video Camera

Waterproof camcorders were created for just those types of moments when you’re involved in outdoor activities or parties. This type of camera is a terrific, multifunctional alternative to traditional cameras. The most waterproof camera could function at very low temperatures and are also designed to be sand-resistant and also shock-resistant.

Many people have been dismayed when their camera falls on the ground or in the water, because these accidents will break most ordinary cameras. This is often not the case with a waterproof camera, but you do have to be wise about making the best choice in purchasing a waterproof camera.

Keep in mind what your budget is, what goals you have for the camera, where you want to go, and what you want to do with your camera before you make the purchase.

When you will choose your waterproof video camera pay attention to the following technical details:

  • When you’re filming, high resolution is great to have. Try to make sure you get a waterproof camera with a high definition display.
  • If you plan on using the camera underwater, you’ll want to think about the depths to which you dive. Check the specifications of the camera to make sure it will still function at those depths. For example, some cameras have a dive limit of only 3 feet, while others have dive limits up to 200 feet. You should also check to see if the manufacturer recommends using the camera in only fresh water, or if the camera will work just as well in salt water.
  • Another important feature for underwater photography or videography is the ability to control the functions manually. Manual functions are usually much easier to handle, but if you must purchase an underwater camera with automatic functions, just make sure to choose a camera with quick response times.
  • Check the lifetime of the battery. If the lifetime of the battery is long enough for your use and is a rechargeable battery, you will save money in the long run over buying disposable batteries.
  • Before you make your purchase, decide if you will need to add accessories to your camera. If this is the case, you may need to purchase a housing and/or additional filters.
  • If a housing is something you need, make sure you find one that can dive at least as deep as your camera can. If you know that your camera can record down to 15 feet, but you want to go to 33 feet, a housing can help keep your camera safe and free of damage.
  • The filters can help balance reds and greens, since the light spectrum underwater is completely different from the light spectrum on land.
  • Also, if you’re looking to shoot pictures from a distance, try to find a quality camera with optical zoom. Good optical zoom is better than digital zoom, so focus on the amount of magnification the camera supports for optical zoom.

Expect the prices for a quality waterproof camera to be higher than those of traditional cameras.

Nikon Camera Bag

Film Cameras. They are for avid photographers mostly. There is an intrinsic charm to film photography, but it’s definitely less practical and more expansive than digital photography. That being said it’s hard nowadays to come by an old school case, although not impossible. My suggestion is to look online for a leather case from Nikon. For the sake of the good looks and class you might get a second hand one.

Compact cameras. For the small point and shoot cameras there is a great selection of digital camera pouches to choose from. By far my favorite brand would be Crumpler, because they don’t put out any dull designs. Try to consider that next time you want to buy a camera pouch.

Depending on what you are looking for the camera bag to do for your camera you might consider ‘camera sleeves’ as well. They are small and offer almost no protection against bumps, but on the other hand if you only need to protect your camera from scratches and plan on carrying it in a purse or a bigger bag, than camera sleeves might be just what you need. Also a nice feature to look for when buying a camera sleeve is the wrist band, that allows you to carry the camera attached to your arm, making you an instant tourist. Lovely. As side benefits to that tourist look they give you, the camera sleeves are more comfortable and less bulky than any other camera carrier.

For more practical features and even more protection go for digital camera bags or camera pouches as they are called in a weird circle of friends. These babies tend to give you more protection and more room for accessories. On the flip side of course they are bulkier than the camera sleeves, and cost just a little bit more. The things you should look for when buying are still a wrist band (and/or belt strap, though this is definitely not my style) that makes it easier to carry around, water proofing and last but not least design. The big four in camera bag manufacturing, meaning: Tamrac, Lowepro, Crumpler and Kata will of course offer you pretty much everything I’ve mentioned above, and they are really high quality materials, thus providing your camera pouch with a longer lifespan than even the camera inside.

Some Nikon Coolpix models have a lens that sticks out of the camera, and for those I highly recommend you go with the camera pouches.

Next on the list are digital SLR camera bags, or simply put just “slr camera bags”. This is where you really start paying attention to what you are getting. Basically if you have one camera body that you carry around and a lens or two, go with this option. As I mention before the big 4 is what I recommend you go for, most of their slr camera bags are waterproof have a shoulder strap, and a handle so they are easy to carry around and have enough room for accessories. The main issue here is to get a camera bag that fits what you want to carry and you might want to think ahead for future investments in lenses, because it would be a bummer 6 months down the road to get another lens and then have to compromise between lenses when going on a trip or on a project. Also you might want to consider the amount of accessories you will take along. The basic bag has enough room for you to fit an extra battery, an extra card, some filters and that’s about it. But fear not my good friend for others have faced this problem before and the solution are bigger camera bags obviously. The shoulder slr camera bags (i.e. Crumpler Million Dollar Home series). My personal favorite would have the Lowepro camera bags here, unless you need a shoulder bag where I vote for Crumpler again.

The last but certainly not the least class of camera holders are the digital camera backpacks. If you are like me you can hear a thousand angels singing in the background as you read this. The camera backpacks are the ultimate in photography mobility so to speak. Some backpacks can fit so much equipment that by the time you zip up the last zipper you realize you could trade that backpack with everything in it for a European luxury car. Again, Crumpler felt the need to stand out and it did it quite well. Crumpler backpacks are a bit smaller than the most popular models from Tamrac and Lowepro, but that gives you a really important advantage which can be vital (at least for your photo equipment) when the need arises. And I’m talking here about Crumpler meeting the flight regulations for carry-on luggage, meaning you won’t have to trust anybody to handle your precious camera other than yourself. Why this can be vital?! Well because most baggage handlers make accidents happen and you don’t want your camera to be involved in that. Don’t believe me? Look up ‘united breaks guitars’ on YouTube and than consider if you would like to carry your backpack with you or let the handlers throw it around.

Getting back to Nikon, the slr camera bags and the camera backpacks are targeted at D700 family of nikons and above (D80, D300, D3 all the other good stuff). If you have let’s say a D300 with the 70-200mm and a couple other lenses plus accessories, forget about slr camera bags and just go straight to shoulder slr bag or the backpacks. My friendly suggestion would be to opt for a camera backpack because it’s going to be less strain on your back.

Buy Antique Cameras For Sale

The earliest camera was invented in the 1600s but it was only in the 1800s when these cameras were able to take photographs. These cameras were also the gadgets used to take pictures.

Now these are the vintage cameras for sale that we see in boutique stores. It should be mentioned that some of the models may be rare but if you just want to see what they look like, you can go to a museum and view these. If you know someone who collects, then this would be the right time to pay them a visit.

Camera collectors know that there are always treasures available for them which they can add to their own personal collection. They go through it and get the models that they don’t have yet.

Since vintage cameras are over a century year old, it is extremely important that the collector conducts a research about the storing, handling, and displaying of the antique cameras for sale.

By understanding this, they can figure out how to fix the damaged parts just in case there are. Sometimes these are cheaper because they are not intact. However, there are camera enthusiasts who don’t mind this.

Instead, they buy these antique cameras and have these restored themselves. These are the collectors who are knowledgeable on the parts that they need to do the replacement and the restoration.

They are aware that one wrong move can depreciate the value of the camera. Since they are investing in antique cameras, it only makes sense that they know how to preserve the items they collect.

They hold a great deal to the collector because their collection is charming and alluring. By adding more antique cameras, they can share the history of this invention to other people.

Those who have camera collections are very careful with how they display and handle these items. By simply mishandling a camera, the surface might be easily damaged. If there are antique cameras that can still be used, it is best to not use it.

The antique cameras for sale are simply for display purposes only.

People who have vintage camera collections are those who enjoy collecting historical and valuable artifacts. Before there were digital cameras, the antique cameras started it all. Those who collect know how to restore whatever needs to be restoring.

Water Damaged Digital Camera

A camera is essential for recording special memories. Wherever you go, there is always the danger that the camera meets its nemesis, water. The microprocessor and electronic components of a digital camera cannot withstand water. Water damage a digital camera would usually encounter can come from spilled drinks, pool splashes, rain, or worse seawater immersion.

After the initial panic, what do you need to do when your camera gets wet? First thing is to assess whether the wetness is just on the surface or whether it has penetrated the insides of the camera. If it is just surface splashes, wipe it off. But the number one thing to remember is to never turn on your camera if it is off but immediately turn it off if it is on. Keeping it on puts it at a risk of a short circuit in its electrical components. Immediately remove the battery and the memory card. You would want to save whatever is stored in that memory card.

Next, open all the doors and compartments of the camera then turn the camera upside down so that the water immediately drains out. Blot out whatever water you can see using a soft dry cloth. Some say put the camera in a bag of rice, letting it sit for a day and making sure the camera is completely covered by the rice. Rice apparently draws out the moisture of the camera. After one day, take out the camera and open the battery and memory card slot then put it in front of the fan such that the air is blown directly into the open compartments of the camera.

Others say to let it sit in the hot dashboard of a car for a few minutes to dry it out. Still others say get a vacuum cleaner and using the hose, suction the camera dry then let the camera air dry for several days before attempting to turn it on. A hair dryer on a low setting can also be used to gently dry out the inside portion of the camera. The whole point in all these is to immediately dry the camera as best as you can in order to prevent water damage to your digital camera.

It is slightly a different process when the camera is submerged or was splashed with sea water, which is corrosive. You need to immediately clean it out and wipe it with clean fresh water. Then follow the same procedures as above. If you are anxious though about the condition of the camera or think that the water damage digital camera has is worse than you think it is, seek professional help and bring it to a reputable camera repair service center. The brand’s in-house service center would be the best choice.

Cool Camera Bags

Everybody will have a choice in their own color for their camera bag. There are many different designs that can be chosen as well. These are going to be important to a lot of people that are buying a bag.

On top of the colors and designs that are on the bags, it is important to pay attention to what the bag has to offer. Some bags will offer extra padding to ensure that the equipment is protected. They will also have many different compartments that they can use to sort everything out in.

Everything will be in a certain place and easy to find when they need it. It can speed up the amount of time that it takes to set up their equipment. It can also allow them to carry more supplies with them such as batteries and film.

A cool camera bag is going to get a lot of attention. Everybody wants one because they are so popular. When someone purchases something, it is important to purchase something that they will like as well as making sure that it is going to be useful to them.

There are many products that people buy because of what it offers them. Other products are purchased because they have awesome looking designs on them. There are many new designs that designers are creating every day.

Professional photographers want to have something that is stylish, yet professional looking. They may purchase a new bag every year. This is because they use them a lot.

A photographer that takes pictures as a hobby will not be using their equipment as much as a professional photographer though. There are many different types of things that people are hiring photographers for. Some of these things are much easier on the equipment than others.

Cameras and other equipment are not usually waterproof. It is important to have a case or bag to put them in that is waterproof in case it does start raining when they are out hiking. They can put their camera away so that it does not get ruined.

There are many different possibilities when choosing a cool design and style for a camera bag. Every style will have something different that it offers to the photographer. Someone who likes to take pictures of wildlife and the natural beauty may want something that reflects that.

Someone who loves blue may want a camera bag that is a solid blue or has a lot of blue in the pattern that is on it. Not everyone likes certain colors and styles though. This is why it is important to have a variety of different types of choose from.

What one person believes is a cool design, other people may not like at all. There are some designs that are more popular than others. The type of photographer that is purchasing them will also play a big role in which ones are more popular.

The straps and the way that the bag is carried will help in the popularity of a camera bag too. This is very important to consider because people need to be able to carry all of their other items as well. It is also important that the designs are available in different sizes so that the different cameras are able to fit in the bags.

Cool camera bags are available in many different sizes for photographers. Many of them are going to be waterproof also. They will have straps that will allow the consumers to carry them efficiently as well.