Waterproof cameras are not new. But the public perception and acceptance to them are. If you are one of those people who have just bought a waterproof camera, read this guide. I will give you 5 tips to get the best out of your camera.
After you have bought your camera, read your manual, follow the instructions especially on the waterproofing aspect, and go test it in your local pool. If you are afraid, try put your camera in your bath tub.
This way you would be able to see if you have bought a defective camera. You could also test the functions and see how it performs underwater. Imagine trying to learn all about your camera in one expensive snorkeling trip, or imagine finding out that your camera is defective during your holiday in Hawaii.
So, test it while you still have your warranty.
Watch and Wipe your lens
All waterproof camera makers enclose their lens in a protective glass shield. There’s nothing you could do about this since the glass is one of the reasons why you can take your camera underwater.
But here’s the thing. Water droplets love to stay on the glass cover, making most of your shots blurry or greyish. Most expensive waterproof cameras come with special glass covers to reduce the chances of this happening, but don’t just rely on those manufacturers. Check water droplets on the glass yourself.
Change the Waterproof Seal Yearly
Most people who use waterproof camera think that a waterproof camera is similar to their normal compact. But boy, they are wrong.
All waterproof cameras have a rubber ring around the casings to keep water away from inside of your camera. As time goes by, the rubber will harden. And they will no longer be as effective as before.
If you don’t take your camera underwater often, it is fine to change it every 2 or 3 years. But if you are an avid snorkeler, get it checked or changed every year. If not, one unlucky diving trip will turn your precious camera into an expensive paperweight.
Too slow? Use Burst
Many people complain that their waterproof cameras are slower than their normal point and shoot. They could be right, but there’s always a way to solve the problem.
Use your burst mode. Then from the 5 or 10 pictures you get, I suggest you go for the one with the largest megapixel count. That is usually the best one from the whole bunch.
Keep Your Shooting Outdoors
Most waterproof cameras are made for the outdoors where sun is plenty. If you expect your waterproof camera to perform as good as your normal point and shoot, you will definitely be disappointed.
Except for the Sony waterproof cameras, almost all waterproof cameras to date have inferior indoor photo quality. But if you must take indoor photos, make sure you have lots of bright light. Yes, the picture could be dull, but at least you could see what you’re shooting.
There you go – 5 tips to get the most out of your waterproof digital camera.
All I can say is these cameras are so much fun, and they could be the best gadget you could ever get. If you haven’t bought one of these, what are you waiting for?
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