21-09-2010, 01:21 PM
Ever gone for scuba diving in sea or longed to revive your friend’s funny faces under water? It is most times difficult to get a camera that works with same perfection both inside and outside water. Until recently such water proof cameras were unknown to us or we had seen just in those slick Hollywood flicks like James Bond. But the very fact is that such cameras existed though we were larger inferior of its existence. But not anymore; under water cameras or camcorders are easily available at a store near you. Now if you want to shoot films under water it is not a problem at all.
Sony is one of the pioneers of cameras and camcorders and they have the largest selling underwater cameras in the world. The Cyber shot TX5 is such an undersea camera which has attracted millions of buyers around the globe. Its main feature is minimal and simplistic design. There is also a high response three inch touch screen; the startup time for this gadget is highly quick. The presence of a large touch screen prevents the usual dull buttons on the camera. TX5 does a brilliant job even in minimum light conditions and has an unique feature called the Panorama mode. Not that this camera has any short comings, it hardly qualifies as the best looked product in the category. The look is extremely repetitive of its earlier generation cameras. The biggest minus point of the camera is it has some serious distortions over the edge. Japanese companies are way better than any companies for these types of products and another premier company from Japan, Panasonic too has forayed into this market with their camera model Lumix TS2 and the camcorder model SDR-SW21. The Lumix camera model is designed with a sleek metal finish and the well designed block type design too deserves a special mention. Lumix can be sustained till 33 feet under the water whereas the TX5 could be used only up to 10 feet. The quality of the photos taken by Lumix is way better than the Sony’s. Both Sony and Panasonic camera comes with a guarantee from Shock, freeze and dust.
The camcorder from Panasonic, SDR-SW21 is a 720p hi definition video camcorder and is the segment leader due to its superior output quality. The biggest plus point of this camcorder is that it even shoots on extremely low light and yet bring out fantastic results. The design of this model is also worth mentioning. Sanyo, yet another Japanese company has come with a camcorder model, Xacti VPC-WH1 which offers bright colors in its body as it will easier to spot even if we lose it underwater. The control panel is also well etched for easy operation and it has a sixteen gigabyte SD card which can hold up about 5 hours of video. The biggest drawback for this device is that it comes with a stabilizer and this sometimes can be disturbing while shooting. Moreover the absence of hi-definition footage is a drawback and the battery gets discharged soon. The prices for all these devices are in the range $300 - $370. So next time you go into the sea make sure this beauty is with you for capturing your adventurous moments.