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Ok, while you guys are getting your passports, SCUBA certification and money saved for future trips to Florida, Hawaii and Africa, you should be thinking about cameras.

You can buy simple 30 foot underwater disposable cameras for about $30.
Underwater housing for compact digital cameras will run you 50 to 1500.
Digital SLR housings will run you 1200+.
Video camera housing will run you about 1200.

Most people have a compact digital camera, so you want to see if there is a housing made for you.
Canon seems to have the most housings for their line of cameras, followed by Olympus and Sony.
I have also seen housings for Fuji and Nikon compact digital cameras.

I have a Olympus Camedia C 5000 and Olympus housing rated for 130 feet.
this is a compact digital camera 5 mp and 3x zoom.

I also have a Canon S500 and housing, this is also a 5 mp, 3x zoom camera, in a smaller digital package.
rated for about 100 feet.

I have a Ikelite housing, with a Nikon 8008 SLR, this is old school 35 mm.
rated about 200 feet.

I have a ikelite video camera housing, with a old school SONY handycam.
rated about 200 feet.

Digital SLR and housing is way too rich for me, i'd have to sell a couple of Zebra plecos to swing that.
The compact digital, SLR, and handycam should do what i need.
Plus if i get a leaky housing, a fried Digital SLR would suck big time.
Losing my compact digital, Old school Video Cam, or old school 35 mm SLR is just a few bucks, something to think about.


A tip about Video housings.
You can get any video housing you can find. As long as the Video camera is small enough AND you have a remote control, you can make it work, even though the housing buttons won't work for your video cam.
You just have to use a couple plastic bags, or make a remote control water proof housing.

The first option is to search out housings that will work for your particular camera and videocam.
Next is to search out a inexpensive set up of camera and housing.
For the compact digital, some things to think about are cameras that use regular batteries instead of fancy battery packs. That way you can just carry a bunch of AA batteries instead of thinking about having to charge the special pack.
Also memory card, SD seems to be the most popular and common.
Course my cameras don't have AA batteries or SD cards, but if i had the choice thats what i would have done.

So check out EBAY and Amazon for housings for your cameras and video cams.
If you can't find housing for your model, consider just getting a used camera and housing.
seems you can find video cams cheaper than still cameras.

For your video, SLR, and DSLR housings look for the ikelite brand housings.
For Compact digital Camera's i suggest a canon camera and either a canon housing or a ikelite housing.
I seen a vivitar compact digital camera, with housing for $50 new on ebay.

I know i just rambled on and on, but if you have any general questions or ideas post below.


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Like i said, for the video cam housings, as long as the housing is big enough, you can fit a small one inside and use the housing IF it comes with a remote control.
If you are really good, you may be able to adapt the housing for a different kind of video cam if you are good at those kinds of things.
Old school video cameras are huge, so you should be able to fit a newer video cam into the old housing.
I see mini CD video cams for 100 bucks, old school super 8's like mine for 50 bucks.
They will get the job done.

I'm sure i could figure out a way to adapt a nice new Digital SLR to fit in my old school 35 mm SLR housing, but why risk ruining my DSLR camera.

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