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built like a tank but be careful!
on October 10, 2011
This housing is built like a tank. With all the buttons made of sturdy metal components. But still you need to be very VERY careful using it. The instruction manual does not warn the user of mistakes that can cost you your camera, and if youre a novice like me, this can be a problem,
When I first received the housing, I took it down without a camera, and on my consequent few dives to about 20meters, the inside of the housing was dry as a bone. But during the next dive, it flooded at just 4 meters of depth!
My camera is a total brick now. Whats worse is that Canon is just coming up with the S100(they say it has a new in house developed low noise sensor) but the dimensions are slightly different than the S95, which means it wont fit in the S95 housing. I'm stuck with the option of buying a S95 again, or buying the S100 and a new housing all over again, bummer...
I still dont know the exact reason for the flooding, but the housing did not leak again. Reading scuba forums later on, I learned that a tiny piece of hair, grain of sand ect on the o ring, too much silicone(which was probably my case), too little silicone, dried up or cracked o ring can lead to flooding. Youre supposed to close your housing at home(and not on the boat), in a clean and unhurried environment, some even inspect it with a magnifying glass!