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Missed Many Cool Pictures From My Trip Due to Cameras!
on January 29, 2015
Good, not great. My wife and I took 4 of these cameras on our honeymoon to Tahiti. We were hoping to snap some great pictures underwater while snorkeling. I'd read some of these reviews, and knew that these were not guaranteed to take perfect pictures every time, but I thought it was worth the risk.
The Good: The cameras handled lots of time underwater. They did not leak and did not get destroyed. All 4 survived the entire trip. They are also easy to hold underwater.
The OK: The pictures. Out of the 120+ pictures we took, I'd say that about half come out so poorly that we had to toss them. Many were due to a lack of light. This may have been because we were snorkeling at less than ideal times of day with low sunlight. But still, that is a high percentage to throw out. Even the pictures that did not out weren't always the best. But again, I'd read the reviews and knew this was to be expected. Still didn't mean I was happy after the trip. We didn't get pictures of many cool animals and fish we saw - lion fish, an octopus, an eel, etc. No record of those :-( I've attached 3 sample pictures to my review from these cameras - 3 of the better ones. In great light, you can get fantastic pictures like the stingray picture and the school of fish deep in the water. The 3rd picture is a little foggy, but here is a fish in there.
The bad: Aiming these cameras. With snorkel gear on, you cannot look into the sight on the cameras. And since there is no screen, it really means you are aiming blindly. We had so many pictures that we missed our target on. And a lot more on which the fish was right in the corner of the shot. It is not easy to aim a camera while swimming in moving water, especially not knowing what you're aiming at.
Side note: Taking pictures with these cameras out of the water does give a cool instagram like effect - the pictures look like they're from the 1950s!
If I could go back, I would have purchased better underwater cameras. The pictures that we missed out on will soon be forgotten, which is a sad thought. If you don't want to miss out on any pictures, I recommend a better underwater camera.