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Photo Shooting Under Water

When I moved from film photography to all digital, I had to hold onto one film camera. That is a 35mm point and shoot camera designed for underwater use. My wife and I have used it for snorkeling, white water rafting and canoeing.

We wanted to move to a digital camera which would not only be a decent land camera for my wife to use but could also be used in and under water. That presents a dilemma. A good waterproof digital camera is not available. There are a number of “pocket camera” class cameras which are suitable for underwater use. Probably not diving to great depths but certainly to the depths which we would need a camera for. Even snorkeling, we’re not going to be more than a few feet under the surface. The problem is with these cameras, they perform like a pocket camera. One step above a cell phone camera. Of course even cell phone cameras are getting a lot better but the photo results from these waterproof pocket cameras are still poor. Poor by my standards.

After much looking and comparing various options we decided on the Canon G12 compact. This camera offered features which more than satisfied my requirements for a camera for her which could also be used for underwater use. Yes, she uses the camera almost exclusively but we wanted the pictures she shoots to be ones she can be proud of. Who knows, such pride of accomplishment may lead to enhanced interest and greater things in the future. After having used the camera for a couple of years now, her photographic eye has certainly improved and she has begun to "see" scenes through the eye of a photographer.

Next the waterproof housing. Canon offers a housing which is made to fit this camera. The model number WP-DC34 and the complete line of housings made for various Canon cameras is probably not actually made by Canon but some outside firm. No matter, the specs say this is the case for the G12 (it also fits the G11 and perhaps some other similar models) and is perfectly matching to the camera..

We have used the camera in its housing on several snorkling trips as well as even when we don't intend the camera to be in the water. Though we do not expect to take a dunking while out on the kayaks there is never a guarantee that the unexpected will not happen and the camera will get wet. Thus when we're out on the water, the camera will be in the housing.


Shot with the Canon G12 in its waterproof housing

Out of the housing, Sandy wears it with its attached neck strap on our vacation trips. It saw good use on our Mediterranean cruise in 2013 and in early 2014 on our Western Caribbean cruise.

 


Canon G12 10 MP Digital Camera with 5x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom and 2.8 Inch Vari-Angle LCD

The PowerShot G12 is no longer a current production Canon product and may be getting harder to find. If you currently have a G11 or a G12, the Canon WP-DC34 underwater housing is a good investment. If you do not have one of those models, the later model of PowerShot is probably a better investment in a camera purchase. Our G12 has served us well and as we have had no problems with it and the quality of the images shot with it is quite good, it serves our needs well and the waterproof housing works very well with the camera. All of the controls on the camera, and I mean ALL of them, are easily accessible while the camera is inside the housing so full control and functionality is enjoyed both in and out of the housing.

 


Canon WP-DC34 Underwater Housing for Canon PowerShot G11/G12 Digital Camera

As camera models change, such as new versions of a particular camera, naturally the accessories will change as well. The Canon G11 and G12 for which the WP-DC34 housing fit, the newer model of the Canon PowerShot G Series, the G16 calls for a different case. Here is the link to the new model.


Canon Waterproof Case WP-DC52 for PowerShot G16

And of course, the new PowerShot G16.

Canon PowerShot G16 12.1 MP CMOS Digital Camera with 5x Optical Zoom and 1080p Full-HD Video

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