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.

Buying A Waterproof Camera

Determine your budget

A fairly cheap waterproof camera, such as Kodak EasyShare Sport C123 can cost you as less as $65, and cameras such as Olympus E-PL3 are as much expensive as $699. Your budget already defines the camera. So before doing your purchase and deciding on cameras matching your needs you should decide on your budget! There is no sense going into debt over a camera unless it will be used as your major income source. Decide how often you will use the camera, what places you will be using it and who else will be using this particular camera.

Determine your needs

Megapixels still matter for most digital camera shoppers whether you are buying waterproof, freezeproof and shockproof cameras or just a normal everyday gadget. But if you want to get the right digital waterproof camera you should always keep in mind that it’s not all about megapixels and camera durability. If you are new to digital photography, the three things you should acquaint yourself with first are the ISO, aperture, and shutter speed. When you get a waterproof camera it’s good idea also to purchase a float strap so that you don’t lose your brand new purchase to the sea. Without housing, the max depth for the underwater camera is usually 10m / 33ft.

Pick the right time to buy

I was in a digital camera shop recently and got chatting to a sales guy that I know and he said to me “The best time to buy a digital camera is when you need one”. Sounds pretty obvious – but I think there’s something in it. You see many people in the market for a digital camera get into the ‘waiting game’. First they wait for the new models to come out, then when they are released they wait for them to come down in price, but then rumors start circulating on new models around the corner and so they wait for the new models- you get the picture. Because there are thousands of choices coming to the market, people are agonized of which waterproof camera to get. So you can hopefully simplify the process a little bit, when you pick up the right time to buy!

Read reviews

Before buying a digital waterproof camera take the time to do a little research. Don’t just rely upon the advice of the helpful sales person (who may or may not know anything about cameras and who may or may not have sales incentives for the camera they are recommending). Always try to find out the pros and cons of the camera you are going to buy. Read some reviews in digital camera magazines or camera discussion threads on various forums to help you narrow down the field. There are some great websites around that give expert and user reviews on virtually every camera on the market – use this wonderful and free resource. And finally check this list of Top 10 Waterproof Cameras and Accessories based on their overall value, picture quality and durability.

Camera Upgrade or Not

My first digital SLR was a Canon Rebel and I used it for a long time till the camera exceeded its life expectancy as far as use. So I upgraded to a Canon 50 D which was a terrific upgrade with new features that expanded my skills as a photographer. This upgrade had given me a better frame per second burst and a much larger ISO sensitivity rang. And by staying with the same brand of camera I could use my lenses I purchased for my old camera on my new camera. So when you find technology is far beyond what your current camera will do, you might think about making that upgrade.

Another reason to make that upgrade is if you’re freelancing and depending on just one camera to get by with, this could eventually be a problem. Not having a backup camera could leaving you as they say “holding the bag” and could give you much grief with potential customers. I actually bought my second camera about a year after I upgraded because I wanted to have a full frame camera to photograph landscapes. At that time the Canon 5 D Mark II had just been released and it being a full frame camera, having many features that professional cameras of twice its price; made it as good a time as any to make a second upgrade. This gives any photographer a peace of mind when going out on a photography shoot one or both those cameras will do the job.

But when you go to upgrade, don’t wait too long and let technology pass you by, because you can always use the current camera for a backup. You also want to look at the cost of switching camera brands if you have several lenses from the previous camera; you don’t want to purchase new lenses if it’s not necessary. If you’re going to spend lots of cash on this new camera you want to make sure it fits comfortably in your hands. Holding a camera that’s uncomfortable can make for a long day of shooting photos. But the best reason to make an upgrade is to enhance your ability to create photographic art.

When not to upgrade is if you have a bad case of technology envy because your recent purchase might not have some bell or whistle that just come out after your purchase. Don’t get caught up in a bigger; newer digital SLR will make me look more professional, that’s determined by the photographs you take. From experience I would wait at least a year or two after my upgrade to take advantage of the newer cameras unless a fantastic deal comes along.

Lowest Price Digital Camera

The variety available when seeking a new camera is rapidly increasing. Whether you search for the brand Canon, Nikon, Olympus, Casio, Kodak, Sony, Fuji or Panasonic, all these digital cameras can be obtained in both store sales and online for the lowest price. Digital camera purchasing may now offer a few too many choices rather than too few.

Sometimes the style of camera model may be the clincher when selecting a digital camera, even when searching only for a camera of the lowest price. Digital camera shape, color, size, or function can all play a part in the purchase decision, but sometimes the look alone can make the final decision. Perhaps you are looking for a sleek black compact model, or maybe a silver feature-filled style of camera fits your purpose better. You may alternatively prefer a red or green modern design.

Some of the features you may be concerned with include the zoom and megapixel counts. Zoom comes in both optical and digital zoon, and frequently a combination of the two is offered. The megapixel count may be of importance to you, the better models of digital camera having the higher rating if you have a choice between models of the lowest price. Digital camera features also include various sizes of on-screen display. If you want to ensure the optimum photograph before taking it, a larger display screen will offer extra detail.

Some purchasers of the lowest price digital camera may make their choice based on the battery. There are two main styles of battery, the easily inserted and often rechargeable AA size regular camera battery and the smaller watch-like batteries made from materials such as lithium-ion. These also are rechargeable, and some camera packages offer a free recharger among their contents. Cheap priced battery chargers for digital camera batteries are also purchasable from most camera stores, both online and off.

The higher classed models available on the market often come with a variety of detachable lenses. These may add to the zoom capacity, or simple alter the photographic image. Some lenses allow for fisheye shots, others cater for distortions or microscopic imaging. These tend to appeal most to the camera buff seeking something new in their images, or the expert, professional photographer who needs to cover a wide range of options for their occupational use of the digital camera.

Some of the more expensive brands and styles of digital camera can still be purchased at a lower rate during sales and other opportunities to buy at the lowest price. Digital camera sales increase at sales time accordingly. However, this can also happen when a camera store sells off former stock to make way for new models, at which time many fantastic bargains are obtainable, allowing for purchasers to buy a better model with their money than they expected.

If you are simply searching for an everyday digital camera at a great price, many of the features will be irrelevant and you simply need to ensure that all necessary items are included to save further purchases later on. The essentials generally include batteries, a battery recharger, a camera case, and a memory card or USB attachment, the latter two enabling you to transfer your pictures from camera to computer or printed photograph. These complete camera packages can be located online or in sale for the lowest price. Digital camera use is now within everyone’s budget.

Kid Tough Digital Camera

Should I really let my kids use these waterproof digital cameras?

Absolutely! It is not a silly idea to allow kids use these rugged kid tough digital camera models. These are built to be durable, not just from the elements but from knocks, drops and spills too. There are even freeze proof and crush proof models which mean that these can withstand the elements as well as whatever life throws at them, making these great everyday cameras.

Ditch the toy camera and get an “adult” kid tough digital camera instead

These digital waterproof cameras need not cost that much more than the toy waterproof kids camera versions, depending on the level of specification required. Any incremental cost is mitigated by the vast improvement in specifications – you are actually getting much more for your money. Also is the practical consideration of having to carry two cameras, when one in fact will suffice. If a family needs a regular compact camera, it would make financial and practical sense to buy a kid tough digital camera.

The Kid tough digital camera brands are seriously tough!

These digital waterproof cameras are much better specified than the toy waterproof kids camera models. Features include:

  • Waterproof: These cameras are not just spills and damp proof; these can be taken underwater with some being able to withstand depths of 10m / 33ft
  • Shock proof: Some can be dropped from heights of 2m / 6.6ft and still work
  • Dust proof: Many are specially sealed and coated so no dust or sand can penetrate the body
  • Freeze proof: Some are able to operate in sub-zero conditions of -10C / 14F making these cameras ideal for the winter including skiing or snowman building
  • Crush proof: The flagship Olympus Tough Stylus 8010 can withstand up to 220lbf / 100kgf force which means that kids and adults alike can jump on it, sit on it or throw things on it
  • Greater resolution: These cameras have a minimum resolution of 10MP
  • Focal length: All cameras have a proper optical zoom with some offering wide angle or 5x zoom
  • Lightweight: The weights of these vary but all are less than 200g. In contrast, the Fisher Price and Vtech camera models range from 300g to well over 1.5kg.

Which are the best kid tough digital camera manufacturers?

The best digital waterproof cameras to consider are:

  • Olympus Stylus Tough (or Olympus Mju) 8010, 6020 and 3000
  • Pentax waterproof W90 and WS80
  • Panasonic waterproof camera Lumix TS10 / FT10
  • Fuji waterproof camera XP10
  • Canon waterproof camera D10

Choose a Digital Camera Basics

Matrix of digital camera

The quality of the image depends largely on the matrix – a device with a certain amount of light elements. It is responsible for color, noise, the transfer of small details, the depth of field. The number of pixels does not always correspond with the image. Also digital camera matrix is characterized by sensitivity to light. To get high quality photos, the camera should be able to manually set the sensitivity, because in the automatic mode electronics use this option not that good. The best images obtained with sensitivity below 100 ISO, but sometimes there is a need to shoot high value of this parameter, for example, in the dark. It would therefore be better if the edge sensitivity in digital cameras will be as wide as possible.

Optics and digital camera lenses

Selection of optics is crucial. First of all, pay attention to this parameter and zoom which can be digital or optical. Good cameras have both, and given only cheaper digital zoom. Digital zoom is performed by an increase in the frame after the shooting and before truncation of its size, thereby losing quality. Optical zoom works through changes in focal length lens. In practice, they are mainly used to enlarge when physically impossible to approach the subject. Sometimes manufacturers indicate zoom value, multiplying at an optical digital.

If you’re interested in camera with optical zoom, it would be important focal length lenses, as well as the possibility of installing a replacement optics.

Electronics

Image quality on how well the electronics will handle data from the matrix. Manufacturers indicate only file formats, which are stored images from the camera. Most cameras record data in the only format JPEG, which took place far less than professional formats, but visually differs little from them. Supporting of professional formats (TIFF, RAW) said on a higher level software and equipment of good quality electronics.

Digital Camera Power Supply

Often choosing a camera we pay no attention to digital camera power supply. And to be franc, it does not affect the quality of images (but will affect the price and usability).

Some cameras are fed from the normal AA batteries, which are not lasting for more than 50 shots.
There are cameras, feeding of lithium batteries. Sometimes they are built into the camera, that, first, uncomfortable in the absence of several sockets, and secondly, the duration of their service is limited. Another option is alkaline batteries, which is one of the best options. But in any case, the emergency power source will not be redundant.If you want compare prices on batteries it is wise – camera batteries [http://www.prolabphoto.com/Digital-Cameras/Camera-Batteries] site.

Memory Cards

Some digital cameras are equipped with a built-in memory, but usually no more than 32 megabytes. Therefore, most digital image is stored on external memory card. Normal size is 2-4 Gigabytes for this moment. Any of the existing cards will work, because speed of the processor is an appropriate in camera. The difference is only in the price of memory card. The most expensive to date are MemoryStick (Sony) and xD-Picture Card (Olympus), and the most compact available and reliable Secure Digital.

The display of digital camera

The advantage of digital cameras have LCD displays. First, they allow to immediately view the captured frame and immediately withdraw it again, secondly, to provide an opportunity to withdraw from uncomfortable regulations, performing the function viewfinder, thirdly, displays all the camera settings. By the undoubted worth minus additional costs including battery, from this point of view mirror cameras are better. For convenience, it is important that the LCD screen was equipped with a turning mechanism and had by the largest possible resolution.

The Flash

Digital cameras without a flash are not suitable for work in conditions of poor illumination. Cheap models equipped with a built flash, which to some extent helps, but sometimes may, instead, give excessive illumination. In such cases, appropriate use of digital cameras connected to the external flash. Along with the timing of momentum going on exchange of information between the flash and camera on the necessary energy for momentum. Connection type flash, unfortunately, every manufacturer makes different connectors, and there is no general standard yet.