Canon WP DC42 - Marine case for Canon Powershot SX220 & SX230 HS
- Take photos in the pouring rain or even while scuba diving up to 130 feet (40 meters)
- Large, easy to see buttons allow camera operation underwater, even with diving gloves
- Front lens glass is constructed in two separate layers to prevent fogging when submerged under water
- Perfect in humid and wet conditions, salt spray, dust or snow
- Housing is equipped with a flash diffusion plate to ensure even underwater flash lighting
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|Item Dimensions||4.6 x 5.5 x 3.5 inches|
|Item Weight||1.1 pounds|
|Manufacturer Warranty Description||Comes with Manufacturer Warranty.|
|Shipping Weight||1.55 pounds|
Top Customer Reviews
Useful above and below the water.
Full camera functionality with the housing.
GPS does not work in the housing.
Bulky - as expected - takes a lot of room and is a little heavy. (Sturdy)
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The O-Ring is placed strategically around the hard plastic seal instead of in a groove, which makes looking for hairs, sand or debris easier to spot and clean. The door clamps tightly shut and opens with just enough effort to make you realize it is a waterproof fit. The buttons are a breeze to work and with only two dives I was very familiar with which button did what and how the dial worked. There was an issue with the SCUBA mode in which I wanted it to always flash, but whenever the camera turned off, the default of 'no flash' reset. This is a camera issue, but solved on each dive. Also, buy extra batteries as I went through a battery on each 45-minute dive. They are not the most efficient, but again, this is a camera issue.
The kit does come with a neck strap and lubricant for the O-ring (be careful NOT to overdue the lubricant on the O-ring). Also, the GPS on the camera does not read through the case or underwater.
The flash diffuser is necessary. After trying several shots with it and without it, it is clear that without the diffuser, a bright spot shows up in the upper left corner of the photo. The diffuser stayed on well even with only two small notches to fit and a thin cloth loop to wrap around the camera lens fitting. This could be improved a bit, but at least you won't break the diffuser by accident - a trade-off. I tried taking land shots with the housing on and was disappointed at the blurriness, even though the lens cover was very dry and clean.Read more ›
Even this case is one of the cheaper ones in terms of cost but the build quality is still very solid.
Zoom worked great.
The dial on the function wheel does not work with this case. (NOT the dial for the camera mode, that works.)
No complaints at all. Performed very well for under $250.
Make sure that you put your camera case on before heading out to the beach or dive sites so that you could minimize the risk of having sand or dirt get in the seal.
* It's incredibly positively buoyant because of the air space around the flash. There was no need to create such a large air space to accomodate the flash. This is a serious problem when diving, although it doesn't bother me much when snorkeling. If you're diving, you'll have to attach it to your BC somewhere out on the way on a very short bungee cable, so it doesn't get in the way, choke you, wrap around your equipment or knock you in the face. I guess a lot of other people attach it to their wrists but I do a lot of scientific diving where I need my hands free, and I don't feel like it's a good idea to keep loose items floating near my hands anyway. I'm going to look into attaching weights somewhere around the base of the lens housing.
* The flash guard doesn't stay on very well. I lost it almost immediately.
* The holds on the sides of the case do not accommodate the strap very well, and the strap isn't very functional
* Would be great if it came with some kind of soft lens cover. I put a sock over the lens cover when I am packing it.
Other not so great things that might not be the fault of the housing:
* The lens portion of the housing seems to be blocking my flash. I have considered that maybe the flash is broken somehow and is not going all the way up, but I don't think it can raise higher than it is now. The result is that the bottom part of any flash photos taken underwater, unless there is a lot of ambient light, are black. Not good when you're deeper that right below the surface.
This is a rock solid case. Everything locks really snugly. The buttons aren't too small, although it takes a little practice to hold the shutter button down the correct way to autofocus. Above water it performs just as well, as long as there are no smudges. I took multiple videos jumping off the top of a boat with this strapped to my wrist, and it all held up against the trauma. I'm not encouraging this behavior.
I recommend "Underwater" white balance mode and cranking your LCD brightness to the max, because when you're underwater on a nice sunny day, the screen is very hard to see. Unless you're going really deep. I had no issues with fogging on the inside of the case. The enclosure is sufficiently buoyant, but don't neglect the wrist strap. This definitely took up a bit of space in my suitcase, as I wrapped it in extra protective material to keep from scratching the lens housing. If you have a choice, I wouldn't recommend filming video above water with the case on, as the microphones are surrounded by thick plastic resulting in claustrophobic tinny audio. The GPS on this camera is dodgy already, but putting this case on AND going underwater seems to take away all hope of GPS functionality.
BTW if you don't take some slow motion videos underwater you are insane.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Worked like a charm. I have gotten a lots of great pictures using this case!Published 4 months ago by Richard
Before I got my DSLR I used my Canon Powershot none stop. We went every where together and this case was an absolute must! Read morePublished 14 months ago by EmieM
Searched for months for an underwater camera but all had the same defect, water in the battery compartment. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Luis F. Celorio
Love being able to take high quality photos under water. Was using 'toy' water proof cameras for a long time. But now, I'm really taking great stuff. Read morePublished 22 months ago by UnderDaSea
Dial on function wheel cannot be turned on this case. There is no control mode for it. This is an issue, if, like me, you want to adjust aperture or shutter speeds during photo... Read morePublished 22 months ago by G. Tenison
I enjoy it very much on my scooba diving! i'm sorry i haven't baught it earlier. i recoomend it to every one who wants to buy a cannon camera and also needs an underwater case. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Adi Karolitsky
I like: easy to use, lightweight, good sealing
I don't like: this size, too big.
but this is a good product
Used the case on our last dive vacation and it performed perfectly at depths up to 38 meters. I wont plan on going deeper than 40 so it is good to go in my book. Read morePublished on July 21, 2013 by Rodney Adams