Canon has added five new point and shoot cameras to its annual refresh of the PowerShot line.
The PowerShot SX700HS is a 16.1MP camera with a 30x optical zoom lens, built-in WiFi, NFC and 1080/60p video capture. The SX700HS retails for $349.99 and should be available in March 2014. Check it out…
Is it really that hard to make a high-end water proof camera?
Underwater cameras need all the light they can get so why give this camera a tiny, tiny f3.9 maximum aperture, compounded by using a tiny, tiny 1/2.3" sensor!
All I want is a waterproof Sony RX100M II, beautiful 1" sensor, 20mp, super fast f1.8 lens, 10fps and 1080p60. Too much to ask?
There are two options really – spend loads of money on a high-end digital camera, plus an even more expensive housing – then be prepared for tears when a single grain of salt, sand, or an invisible human hair, allows water ingress at 40 metres, just as you've started your ascent and in the sure knowledge that you're going to have to hover at nine metres, then five metres, for many, many minutes – if not hours – of decompression.
The good news is that you can watch your expensive housing fill up with seawater as you do your deco stops – safe in the knowledge that, whilst the camera is now scrap, you May still be able to rescue the images on your SD card – and the housing will be fine after a good rinse, with a new, freshly-greased o-ring…
But you'll then have to see if your insurance company coughs up for a new camera…
…Or, you could buy a simple SeaLife digital.
Cheap as chips (under USD $100 for a basic model now), tough as old boots and good down to 60 metres, right out of the box. Slot in your SD card, a couple of AA batteries and you're good to go.
And if this one leaks at depth, no real worries…! Bin it and buy another one.
But have a long, hard look at the way you're opening and – more importantly, Closing your underwater photographic equipment… After all, that's the second one you've trashed in the space of one article…!
In you case, perhaps a second-hand Nikonos III might be Your best bet.
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