Suprema Digital Dive Camera 5 Megapixel
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I justified the $71 combined price as the cost of around three or four disposable waterproof cameras plus film processing and a willingness to pay even a bit more for digital functionality rather than film.
Overall... I was way more than pleased! The camera performed well beyond my expectations. We used it kayaking, snorkeling, and on the beach and I dove with it to around 80 feet. I was quite pleased with the resulting picture quality, there was no water leakage, and the camera was simple to operate and unload. I went through two sets of AA batteries - quite acceptable consumption.
On the down side, the menu system is archaic - kind of like using DOS on a Windows computer. But... It worked! My biggest annoyance is the abysmally slow shutter response. Once you push the button, you must wait what seems like forever but is probably around a full second for the picture to be taken. If you're trying to shoot a fish, it may well have left by the time you get your shot. But, you can adjust, plan ahead, and still get some great shots.
Nobody on my dive boat could believe the price I paid for this camera. One person had an allegedly reusable film camera that I'd looked at and she'd paid $25 for. It leaked and failed. I was so glad I'd decided to buy this camera!
For snorkeling, it was good. We got a lot of good pictures. It was hard to see the screen in the back when the sun was out. I had to use my judgement on where to aim the camera. Most times, I was close.
For diving, it was OK. I only went to 45' and the case never leaked. I could see the screen a little better. Our guide took pictures and wanted to charge $50 for his set; this would almost cover the cost of the camera.
Overall, the camera worked. It does take a second or two to take the picture. I wish they had a better camera. We got some good pictures and we didn't have to wait for developing. It would have cost us more to develop the same amount of film than it did for the camera. In that sense, the camera was a great bargain. If we were shooting film, I would not have taken as many pictures and would have maybe missed out on a few good ones. The video is a little sketchy. At 9 fps, it looks jumpy during playback.
We only had two problems. A latch for closing the case has become deformed, but it still works. The button for taking the picture never returns to the fully open position, but it still works.
When we buy a better camera, this one may go to the kids or be used as a back-up.
** Update: I contacted the comnpany about the problems and sent the unit back. They were very responsive and repaired it back very quickly.
The waterproof case for this camera is built like an army tank. It looks virtually indestructible.
Its too bad that my camera doesn't fit into this waterproof case, because the camera that came with it is total garbage. It is an extremely light weight piece of c**p that takes horrible pictures.
This camera takes the worse pictures I have ever seen! On the highest quality setting the pictures are muddy looking and fuzzy. I purchased this camera to go on a snorkeling adventure in the Caribbean. I will probably leave this useless junk home and purchase a single use waterproof 35 mm camera.
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When I took this Suprema Digetal Dive Camera 5 Megapixel to my usual camera shop, to purchase a memory card, the clerk put in a memory card and the computer crashed. Read morePublished on February 15, 2011 by Alice D. Royer
This was a great value. Other options were much more expensive. But I did encounter a problem with a memory card---it only accepts certain MB storage types.Published on November 30, 2010 by J. Schwartz
Don't buy this camera .... oh you can't ...amazon doesn't offer it anymore because it's junk ....first of all, you don't have any idea if the picture you wanted to take was taken... Read morePublished on August 6, 2010 by Baddabing
i bought htis camera for the Great Barrier Reef and by the time it actually took the shot what i was shooting swam away. Read morePublished on August 3, 2010 by Stacy A. Fogarty
The camera eats batteries. If it has the ability to take decent pictures, I will never know. Look elsewhere. In addition, the seller, Goldline--USA is completely unreliable. Read morePublished on July 1, 2010 by Fred
This is a great little camera for the price. We will be taking it to Cozumel and the Cayman Islands to go diving. So far we have only gone down 25 ft with it. Read morePublished on June 29, 2010 by Holly C. Francks
I use this fairly regularly for local diving. I've used it up to 70 feet, and have had no problems with the housing leaking. Read morePublished on June 19, 2010 by Captain Silver
It must be a pool camara. It REALLY IS NOT FOR DIVING!!
I bought it for a 20 mts dive in the Caribean but at 10 mts the water was inside!!! Housing did not work!! Read more
For the price, you can't beat this camera. I took over 500 pictures over 2 weeks in St Thomas, and all of them turned out. Read morePublished on June 14, 2010 by Christopher P. Jones