Best dive camera less than $500?

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Re: Best dive camera less than $500?

Postby H20doctor » Sun Jul 16, 2017 4:57 pm

viewtopic.php?f=45&t=26530#p283921

https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/ ... fgod5s4MOQ

camera ...Nikon 1 J1 / J2 Digital Camera they run used under $200.00
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Re: Best dive camera less than $500?

Postby fmerkel » Sat Jul 15, 2017 1:09 pm

Have a similar setup, Oly EPL1. You need a strobe to get the best out of it.
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Re: Best dive camera less than $500?

Postby Gdog » Sat Jul 15, 2017 12:32 pm

Here is something you may consider.....
https://www.scubaboard.com/community/th ... 06.547326/

I have this same setup as a backup, works great.
I dont know much about the sealife stuff.

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Re: Best dive camera less than $500?

Postby cephalogoddess » Thu Jul 13, 2017 7:16 pm

Thanks everyone. I work at a dive shop and can get dealer price which is usually half off on any brands we carry and the underwater camera brand we carry is SeaLife- are there cameras/strobes any good? The catalog i'm looking at does not list prices which is concerning....

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Re: Best dive camera less than $500?

Postby Gdog » Thu Jul 13, 2017 6:03 pm

Doing a search, your camera may not be able to attach an underwater strobe unless its inside an underwater housing with a port for the strobe cable.
So you may need to find a different camera setup. There are many such out there, used, for inexpensive. There are probably people on this board who have upgraded to dslr and have something like that for sale. I would suggest watching, asking questions, and finding something like that, which allows you to put the light on the subject so you can get the shots you want.

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Re: Best dive camera less than $500?

Postby Gdog » Thu Jul 13, 2017 5:05 pm

A camera is very important, but equally important is good lighting. You will be amazed at how much difference it makes. I would consider the above, or even consider a tray and strobe, along the lines of these....

https://www.opticaloceansales.com/sea-a ... okEALw_wcB


or this..

https://www.walmart.com/ip/SeaLife-Digi ... 3=&veh=sem

The camera can only process what image it sees based on the light that goes into it. Inadequate lighting makes for inadequate photos.
Hey, great questions, and Im sure you will have more. Feel free to ask more, and as Eric said, come dive with us and we can discuss it further!

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Re: Best dive camera less than $500?

Postby jmartel » Thu Jul 13, 2017 4:56 pm

A strobe will be much more beneficial than a new camera. Of course, both would be better, but a strobe alone will take up your $500 limit. Normal lights just don't have anywhere close to the power of a strobe.

If you want a camera to upgrade to, then I'd look at an Olympus TG-4 or TG-5 if you want a compact. A mirrorless camera would also be a good choice if you want smaller than a DSLR, but still have the ability to change lenses. You can pick up Olympus E-PM1's with a housing for under $500 (I'm selling my old one to a friend for $400).

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Re: Best dive camera less than $500?

Postby cephalogoddess » Thu Jul 13, 2017 3:38 pm

My current camera is canon powershot D30. I don't know anything about strobes; interesting I thought a better camera would be more important! I have a little sola dive light that I use to take pics with. I haven't talked to anyone about technique; just been practicing with light and camera at different angles and such. I like how the light can give photos a spotlight effect. Thanks for help; much appreciated.

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Re: Best dive camera less than $500?

Postby YellowEye » Thu Jul 13, 2017 2:07 pm

Hi
What kind of camera/housing do you have now? Does it allow strobes?

Getting a strobe on your camera can make a bigger diff than the camera itself. Here's a cheaper camera which allows strobes (I don't know much about that cam though): viewtopic.php?f=45&t=26530

Another big element is the lens. For nudibranchs, getting a good macro lens, such as a Nikon 60mm is ideal.

You may want to look for an old used Nikon d70 or d80 with 60mm lens in ikelite housing with a single strobe, you can do quite well with that for fairly cheap (though it may slightly exceed 500 due to the lens cost). It would take you much much further than a newer 64 megapixel camera with poor lighting and lens :)

Another factor, probably the most important, is how you use your camera and lights. Have you gotten some good tips for usage? Come down to ThThTh or maybe the club dive and people can give tips!

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Re: Best dive camera less than $500?

Postby theonly_JT » Thu Jul 13, 2017 1:15 pm

I was struck with the same dilemma a year ago. I went with a GoPro, sola video lights, tripod and macro lens. It's definitely not DSLR quality but I think for the price is hard to beat. Not to mention the versatility with taking video etc. I'm now wishing I had housing for my SLR though.....

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Best dive camera less than $500?

Postby cephalogoddess » Thu Jul 13, 2017 12:46 pm

Hey guys, for the past year I've been using a $150 canon camera but I'd like to upgrade. I am most into photographing nudibranchs and other small subjects. I want a better camera for detail but I just don't know where to start. Do I need a specific light for a camera to take better photos or is a dive light ok? What are some good brands to look at? Preferably under $500 but I have been wanting a camera upgrade for a while and am willing to save up


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