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Hi guys, am planning a W. Caribbean cruise soon, an am lookin at goin to the stingray city sandbar in the Cayman islands, an was thinkin about gettin a underwater camera, an since there's quite a few of you here with the knowledge of cameras, thought I'd run the question here first. 1. Don't got alot of money to spend. 2 How well do the pictures look after they been developed. Found on line at Best Buy a Nikon coolpix in 13.2 megapixel camera, an also at Walmart, a Kodak pixpro FZ53, 16 mp 5 x optical zoom. Any suggestions?

 

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I had an underwater camera in the price range you are talking about, and a really expensive one as well. I could only get halfway decent shots of things that were still no matter which camera I had. I’m a fairly good photographer too. My shots of fish were always a bit fuzzy (enough that you could see it on a 4x6 photo).

 

What I had to do, is get a GoPro, put it on video, and take stills from that video later as my picture. GoPro is the software that I’ve seen that does this the best. Looking on Amazon, I found one for $90- a bit higher than the others you mentioned, but in my experience wrestling with the camera underwater is not fun, and the ease of doing a GoPro underwater makes it so worth it.

 

 

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I had an underwater camera in the price range you are talking about, and a really expensive one as well. I could only get halfway decent shots of things that were still no matter which camera I had. I’m a fairly good photographer too. My shots of fish were always a bit fuzzy (enough that you could see it on a 4x6 photo).

 

What I had to do, is get a GoPro, put it on video, and take stills from that video later as my picture. GoPro is the software that I’ve seen that does this the best. Looking on Amazon, I found one for $90- a bit higher than the others you mentioned, but in my experience wrestling with the camera underwater is not fun, and the ease of doing a GoPro underwater makes it so worth it.

 

 

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Ya know, celoplyr, went to Walmart today an asked about their underwater cameras, the salesman told me to look online.:rolleyes:

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Olympus TG5 best, Nikon Coolpix next, Fuji ok for budget camera

 

 

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Unless you spend the money to get a high quality underwater camera, your pictures will turn out fuzzy (at best) or non-existent (at worst). As celoplyr mentioned, a GoPro would be a much better option - if you have the time, patience, and know how to make the stills from the video.

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Looking to replace our old Nikon Coolpix AW100 with the new Panasonic Lumix FT7 which has a viewfinder, a first for this class of camera.

 

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I love my go pro, (bought the first one when they were first released)

 

The Olympus mentioned above is worth a look.

 

daughter has a Canon D30 that seems OK.

 

my advice is avoid using flash underwater with a basic camera, far too much particulate matter to bounce and diffuse light.

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I've had a Nikon Coolpix AW100 for a few years now and for the price I got it for and the years it already has under it's belt I was quite ok with it. Recently I got myself an Olympus TG-4 and have been very happy with it, especially for the camera's ability to capture pics in RAW format son I can later play a but with them using Adobe Lightroom. Just this past week I returned from a cruise and took my new GoPro-clone camera snorkeling for the first time. It's an Apeman 4K camera and I still have not played with editing the videos or trying to take still from them. We'll see how that goes.

 

These are a few shots using the AW100. They have seen some post-processing using Lightroom but if you want nice quality pics underwater, post processing is almost a necessity.

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I don't have access right now to my TG-4 pics but if you're looking for a budget option, Nikon's AW-series and Olympus TG-# (single number) series are very good if you get them at good prices. I'd recommend you stay within the Nikon-Olympus-Fujifilm cameras since they're usually the best bang-for-the-buck.

 

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I believe we are about to go with Nikon coolpix. For the past 7 years we’ve used a Canon. Definitely stay clear of the really inexpensive cameras. We never got good pics from our super cheap one. 

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I picked up an Olympus TG-4 a couple of years ago and I've been fairly happy with it on the couple of snorkeling outings. (One of them Stingray City.)  Like someone else mentioned, post-processing helps a lot to get good results. 

 

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