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Performed Flawlessly Underwater during 8 Day Maui Trip,
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This review is from: Kodak EasyShare Sport C123 12 MP Waterproof Digital Camera (Red) (Camera)
This video was recorded as I snorkeled over a reef just off Kaanapali Beach, a few hundred yards north of our hotel (Honua Kai)- not the nicest reef by far, but this video should demonstrate the camera's surprisingly good capabilities, especially considering the low price. It was late afternoon and the water was a bit murky, and I was surprised how well the video came out. I have uploaded the raw avi file (66.9 MB; 44 seconds). This camera shoots VGA (640x480). Amazon processing reduced the resolution and quality, although it still looks fairly faithful to what I uploaded. Although I read reports of this camera failing rapidly underwater, ours did not present any problems after spending many hours underwater. It appears just about all the underwater cameras have about a 10-20 per cent failure rate based on rates in reviews here on Amazon. So, I decided not to risk $200-300 on a more expensive underwater camera, as they seemed no more reliable. The camera is fixed focus but seems to have enough depth of field to present sharp pictures. Note that the fixed focus offers an advantage with snapshots - shutter delay is VERY short.
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Initial post: Aug 18, 2011 8:44:05 PM PDT
Thomas Morgan says:
Good review--thank you for the video!
Posted on Feb 2, 2013 1:58:24 PM PST
We are going to be doing the same thing. Thanks for the review. Any not to miss places in hawaii?
Is this easy enough for say an 8 year old?
In reply to an earlier post on Feb 14, 2013 2:23:31 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 14, 2013 2:24:25 PM PST
yes, i owned one and i'm about to purchase another one. I bought this camera for my 5 year old son (he's 8 now) and he could use it without instruction.
In reply to an earlier post on Mar 20, 2013 11:34:02 AM PDT
W. Ball says:
You asked: Any not to miss places in Hawaii?
I could write a book trying to answer this question. But, hey, there are already a lot of good guidebooks. I'm partial to the Frommer guides, IF they are still available. That's what I used when I first went to Hawaii in the 70s and I had a total blast going to some of the less well known places and following Frommer's tips. BUT that was 40 years ago. The books and Hawaii have changed a lot. I used Trip Advisor to plan our last trip. That may replace a guidebook. You really have to take Hawaii island by island, Each one has it's special features. We just took the family to Maui, and since I had been there several times before I set up a completely full itinerary of things not to miss. I love the bike ride down Haleakala, starting at sunrise at the peak. The drive around the island (north one day, south to Hana and the 7 Sacred Pools the next) will blow your mind. You will find some total gems along the way. If you can afford it ($1000 for our family of 4), a Helicopter ride over Maui is unforgettable. Again, use Trip Advisor for leads on this. We snorkled with Captain Woody one day - it was fabulous. Then there's the food (Da Kitchen in Wailuku). And that's just part of Maui. And you've got all the other islands each with their own charm and unforgettable sights. On my first trip, I island hopped and cherry picked my experiences. Waimea Canyon and Hanakapiai beach on Kauai. Kona, Hilo (driving through the Parker Ranch), Volcano House and a drive around the island on Hawaii, the big island. On Oahu I body surfed at Haleiwa and snorkled at Hanauma Bay. There's so much more. Read Trip Advisor and go exploring.
Posted on Apr 20, 2013 10:37:22 AM PDT
thank you so much is was helpful seeing the video to give me a deeper understanding of the quality underwater
Posted on May 27, 2013 8:01:31 PM PDT
C. Foster says:
Thank you for all of your great information. We are headed to Maui(Kaanapali)in a matter of days and I can't wait to purchase this and try it out! This looks like exactly what I am looking for!
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