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Canon WP-DC35 Underwater Housing for Canon PowerShot S90 Digital Camera
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- The Waterproof Case for the Powershot S-90. lets you take your camera safely out to sea in a boat, on a surfboard, in a kayak
- Available in packs of four, these weights allow the camera to stay put for steady underwater photography
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Canon builds these cases for almost all their compact cameras, and they've got it down. You don't want to go around dropping the case on random rocks, but it's built pretty solidly, with thick plastic. It's not leaked on me, nor did I ever have any problems with the very similar case for my Canon S30 that I've used over the past 7 or 8 years.
The flash is pretty lousy -- it's blocked by the case, though the included diffuser helps this a bit. But if you do much underwater photography you're not going to want to use the onboard flash anyhow, and this problem is shared with every single other point-and-shoot case out there.
I wish it was wider angle -- the S90 goes pretty wide, but you lose a lot of this once you put it underwater. Some SLR housings have 'dome' windows rather than the flat piece of glass that this one has, and that allows you to get the full wide angle of the lens. Too bad Canon doesn't offer that option here. But considering the price and the rest of the functionality, it's still a bargain.
Note that Ikelite makes a 3rd-party case for the S90 which is pretty similar, but a little more flexible than Canon's: for instance, you can screw on a wide-angle adapter lens in front of their case. That setup would clearly be better... but by that point it's become triple the price of the Canon casing.Read more ›
This is a terrific underwater case, extending the S90's reach for a relatively modest price. The camera goes in easy and securely, it has a hefty quality to it (twice the weight of the S90 itself), and I'd even say it looks nice (orange & blue Scuba bling). Best of all, all the controls remain accessible, except that in order to "turn" the rear wheel, you have to press "S" plus left/right. The zoom is actually easier to use with the case on than off, thanks to the big lever.
- I found that the case scratches rather easily. After a week of tossing it into my dive bag it has developed some visible scuffs all around, even on the metal around the front glass (aluminum I suppose), and particularly on the back where you'll be looking at the screen. Luckily, the front glass itself seems to be hardened, no marks there at all.
- The included wrist strap is inadequate - you can zip-close it tight to your wrist, but it WILL come undone. I've dropped my camera TWICE on my recent trip and will be looking for a better solution for when the bottom is out of reach.
- The front glass is rectangular and therefore it's impossible to fit a lens cap (for outdoor purposes) or wide-angle converter (think reef shots).
THINGS TO KNOW:
- For actual SCUBA use (as opposed to rafting or snorkeling), you will also need two of the four steel plates from the Canon Weights package, something they really should have included with the case! Especially since they're cheap enough to develop rust.
- For maintenance, soak or at least rinse the case CLOSED in freshwater, preferably after every dive. Never get the interior wet - it will rust.Read more ›
At first I was wary that my S90 was going to get scuffed by the case, but a solid week of pretty hard use in Baja (I shot 2,600 frames) demonstrated that this was unfounded. During this trip I must have inserted and removed the camera from the housing more than twenty times. The case has little "nibs" -- plastic guides whose ends are covered with rubber tips -- and these ease the camera into place and hold it firmly without damaging the finish.
When using the S90 in the housing, you still have access to every control and function the camera offers. The design is quite clever in that you don't fumble with the controls; the various knobs, buttons and levers all work smoothly and crisply. Only the flash is somewhat compromised; you add a frosted plastic diffuser that pops into place on the outside of the case to improve the results you get using flash underwater. I gave up using the flash at all, as the range underwater is quite limited.
I think the results speak for themselves; I have posted four pictures from my recent Baja trip. During one snorkeling trip we were diving with sea lions. These guys are incredibly quick; they come barreling towards you and veer away at the last instant, which makes them very difficult to photograph. When I returned to our boat I was quite anxious to see what I'd captured -- and the S90/WP-DC35 combo acquitted itself quite well, I think.
Now that I'm home, I plan to use this combo as my primary camera for use during kayaking trips. I am very pleased with this purchase, and highly recommend it to anyone who needs a good, simple camera for underwater use.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
So far, have used it 4 times on 75 foot/25 meter dives with a Canon S90. We are occasional divers, and the cost/benefit is good. Read morePublished 18 months ago by L Atwood
On the quality and operability of the housing, I would give this five stars. It is substantial, well-made, and gives complete access to all the camera functions (with a few... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Robert Gates
I order cannon housing use-new.
I'm not impressed. It is not available.
After used water into the camera and not hand strap some equipment in complete. Read more
Purchased this case for underwater photography because the wifey and I were into snorkeling and living in Hawaii allowed us to indulge our hobby. Read morePublished on August 16, 2013 by xmonkee
worked great, even through white water and turning over canoe 5 times. has a few dings from hitting rocks hanging around my neck.Published on June 13, 2013 by Ray D
It fit beautifully, the buttons worked smoothly, I can't wait for my daughter to use it on her next trip!Published on May 14, 2013 by Dona Vellek
I waited to get this case for to long because I had and Olimpus tough that I used under water but those pics are nothing compared to what I can take using this underwater case for... Read morePublished on March 24, 2013 by Jennifer Ivey
The build is great, though it takes a bit of time to get used to the controls. I'm so used to where the buttons are, that I had to take a few hours before we went on vacation to re... Read morePublished on March 17, 2013 by Richard John Nagel