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180 of 183 people found the following review helpful
on June 2, 2012
I actually ruined my camera using this thing... and I'm STILL going to give it 4 stars.
Word to the wise: take the wrist strap off your camera before you use this case. I used this thing everyday in Hawaii and really liked the results. I got a little too comfortable taking my camera in and out of the housing and one day the strap got stuck in the seam and I didn't notice. Since it had worked fine for several days I also got too lax about checking before dunking. DAMN -- small leak and about 5 minutes later... the camera is dead. :( I felt like a moron when I saw what I had done. I was confident it wouldn't happen again, so I took the strap off my back-up camera and used it for the rest of the week w/o any problem.
So, besides that major oops, the case was easy to use and yielded some great pics in the water and underwater where otherwise we would have had zero pictures. The rigid case made it easy to hold in the water and the soft plastic was perfect for pressing buttons. For $20 this was a great find.
Some tips for getting the best results:
- make sure to use the foam inserts and/or something else to make sure the camera lens is as close as possible to the front of the housing. You will also want to make sure it is as near to the top of the housing as possible (if you need to access the buttons on the top of your camera.)
- make sure camera rests perpendicular in the case. A slanted camera will produce more glare.
- turn off these settings: quick power save mode, focus assist, flash. Note -- others say flash worked with their camera, but I didn't like the results (and didn't really need the flash where I was.)
- Turn your LCD brightness up as high as it will go.
- shots underwater will look best with the "aquarium" setting if you have it on your camera. Otherwise, use a color correction afterwards to minimize the blue tones.
- remove camera strap (see above.)
- always check the seal!
NOTE: cameras with push button rocker zooms and one-push video buttons will give you more shooting options. I was able to get some great video with this thing. Also, cameras with touch-screen controls can be a little problematic as well.