Digital cameras have revolutionized photography a great deal. They offer options like printing straight from cameras. Underwater photography has not been left behind too. Digital cameras ensured we did away with hassles like photo film thus reducing photography costs. Below are a few tips for ensuring you select the best underwater digital camera for aquatic ventures.
Since pictures are to be taken in water it is necessary to have a waterproof camera too. The seals of the housing should be airtight and watertight. This will ensure no water leaks into the camera thus protecting the internal components of the camera.
The housing should also be tough to work in both fresh and salt water environments. The camera should have an ideal casing to resist water, dust and extreme temperatures. The casing should also be easy to clean. It is necessary to rinse the camera with clean water after use to protect corrosive effects from salt water.
Design and size
An ideal underwater camera should be small in size. It also should be light in weight. Though small digital camera tend to have poor picture qualities, they are suitable for underwater pictures because they are easier to handle. The camera should also be easy to slide into a pocket or a bag.
Resolution and image quality
Resolution will ensure the photos you take look good. A low resolution will give blurred images. For underwater cameras choose a resolution of about 10MP (10 megapixels) and above.
Lens aperture and zoom range
Lens aperture refers to the size of the opening at the shutter of the camera. A wide lens aperture is good for quality pictures. The zoom range is the distance from which the camera can take clear photos. A longer range is important especially for underwater ventures because you will take photos from a distance and thus with ease because you don’t have to swim to everything you want to photograph.
An LCD screen on a digital camera is important because it will serve as the viewfinder. It is used to preview shots before they are taken and view the shots after they are taken. The LCD is basically where the interface to the camera is placed. It will help check and delete unwanted photos like duplicates and imperfections. This means you need a high quality LCD to be sure of picture quality.
This feature is important even on any other cameras. A long battery life ensures longer time between recharging intervals, this reduces battery costs. It is advisable to pick a camera with rechargeable battery. This will ensure you finish your assignments without having to resurface for battery changes.
Internal memory and a large size of goes a long way in case one forgets to insert extension memory. It will also serve as backup in case extension memory is full. This also ensures you don’t have to jump out of the water for memory changes.
Warranties, help and support
When buying a digital camera, choose from a manufacturer and vendor who offer warranties. This always ensures you get good quality products. A manufacturer that offers repair services to their customers is an added advantage. This means you will get quality repairs by the right experts.