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on February 2, 2010
Excellent case, particularly for the price. I live on the Big Island where the reef is only a 15min drive, thus get to use my gear every few weeks. I bought the G11 as an everyday carry camera and a dive camera. The case is setup with a tray and a Sea&Sea YS-110 flash unit. Photo quality is excellent, challenging much larger DSLR cameras for quality in a unit that costs far less. The only major issue with using the G11 underwater is the relatively slow shutter response.

Unlike some cases, all controls are accessible, with the sole exception of the thumbwheel. To adjust values that require the thumbwheel, hold the shortcut button down and use the left and right buttons on the rocker to adjust up and down. A two hand workaround, but there is a way.

The case is better than previous WP-DC21 for the G9, some of the controls have been moved for better access for fat fingers in dive gloves. I have yet to accidentally power off the camera when trying to take a photo with this case.

Yes, the case has no warranty, expected in an underwater case where a small grain of sand or poor maintenance of the seals can cause a leak. If you can not afford to lose a camera, don't take it 30m underwater.
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Before heading to the Caribbean I knew I wanted to take a camera that was waterproof and I knew that I was over the crappy quality of the disposable cameras that one usually buys. I really didn't want to buy a digital underwater camera because I am a photographer and I knew that I would not use it much at home but I didn't want to chance putting underwater housing on one of my SLRs and having something go wrong and ruin my $$$ equipment. Enter this waterwater housing for my Canon G11. I figured that if it ruined my camera, it wasn't my expensive ones and this would get me a better quality of images than a film disposable. I'm SO glad I went with this sucker! It performed beautifully without a leak!

I followed the instructions and always put my camera in this case before heading off to the beach so I do recommend that. I also put the silicone on before each use, I'm not sure if that's necessary or not but I didn't want to chance it. I had dozens of people ask me what the heck this was but they were pretty impressed when they saw the pictures. Now the only downfall is that the screen is hard to see when using this underwater and often you won't know without looking at the lens if the camera is on or not. It also is pretty big. I didn't use the flash diffuser either.

Overall this is well worth the money, especially if you would be spending this amount for an underwater digital camera.
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on February 22, 2013
I had been using a Lumix TS3 for free diving; definitely an adequate option. However, after getting a good deal on a Canon G12, I decided to see what I could do with the underwater housing. A major upgrade. Of course, it's bigger than the TS3, but it's more durable, goes deeper, and takes amazing pictures and video. Especially The buttons and knobs are oversized so I can easily operate all camera functions while wearing dive gloves. In comparison, the controls on the TS3 are so small that I had to remove my gloves to operate the camera. The most important measurement is the quality of the photos. The TS3 is a point-and-shoot that takes adequate pictures about 30 feet deep. As I work deeper on free dives I risk ruining the camera. The underwater housing allows me to take the G12 prosumer-grade capabilities much deeper without fear of ruining the camera. The trade off is size. The TS3 fits in my sleeve while the G12 with underwater housing is always dangling from my wrist or in my hand. Of course, the decision is ultimately up to the needs of the user. A point-and-shoot like the TS3 is fine for snorkelers; if you want to carry your prosumer features longer and deeper, use the G12 with underwater housing.
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on August 4, 2013
I hope I don't jinx it by writing my review so early on (used it once), and I'm glad to say that it did the job well the first time I used it on a dive trip. That was pretty awesome. I did have some trouble opening if after a 2 day dive, but that probably shows how well they shut. Let's just hope it continues to work the way it does.

Update: It has been 3 years and the housing is still going strong! I did have a mini panic attack when there were some droplets on the inside of my case after a dive, but I think that was mainly because I was using it to position myself for the shot and bumped it a few times. Cleaned it up, brought it in for another dive, and it worked fine.

You do have to take very good care of it. On some days when I get lazy and do not rinse it out as well (which includes depressing all the buttons in warm, fresh water numerous times), they do get a bit stuck after that. I'm guessing that given enough of that, the o-rings will one day give way, so be sure to rinse it thoroughly. I also oil the yellow o-ring with the silicon gel it came with every couple of months when not in use, and bought some small packets of silicon gel to absorb condensation or minor leaks. The front finger wheel on the G12 is not accessible with this case, but I've learned that there's a shortcut button to get around this, so no issue there. Everything else works as it should.

This camera is slightly buoyant, so I bought the WWDC1 set of weights here: http://www.amazon.com/Canon-WWDC1-Weight-Waterproof-Weather/dp/B0002DF0FU/ref=sr_1_fkmr1_1?s=photo&ie=UTF8&qid=1454603487&sr=1-1-fkmr1&keywords=wp+dc34+weights
It screws to the bottom where the tripod attachment is, and I find that 3 plates make it sufficiently neutral buoyant such that it does not shoot up or sink when I let go of it.
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on August 7, 2011
Wanting to replace an old Canon Sure Shot 35mm film water proof camera with a digital I was not able to find a camera which comes as a water proof model in any form other than a small pocket camera model. Though the primary user of such a camera would be my wife who is not a skilled camera user I still wanted a capable camera. But, it had to be one for which there was an available under water housing. Knowing that there are more expensive alternatives we still figured it was worth giving the Canon WP-DC34 housing a try. We settled on the Canon G12 as a result of the match.

We've only had the case a couple of weeks but have put it to the test twice. The criteria for passing is, does it keep out water and how easy is it to access the camera controls? We took the case in the swimming pool with us. Without the camera. Holding it under water I worked all of the controls repeatedly. No leaks. So a few days later we used it again. This time with the camera in it. Before I turned the camera on I once again tried all of the controls and buttons. Again, no leaking. Using it under water was fun. All of the controls are easy to use and the small icons by the buttons are helpful since with the camera in the case and under water and through a dive mask, you're not going to see the labeling on the camera buttons themselves. Granted if your close up vision is not good, the identifying icons on the case probably won't be visible either. If you're practice familiar with the camera you'll know where the buttons are anyhow.

Though not perfectly clear, the lettering on the wheel knobs on top of the camera such as Mode, ISO and Exposure Compensation can be read through the case to allow setting to desired positions. The LCD screen is not the easiest to read through the case but that's not the fault of the case but simply with light reflection on a bright sunny day, through one layer of plastic on the case back as well as through a dive mask but at least it's usable. With the flash diffuser on the front, you won't be able to use the viewfinder to compose the scene. Besides, in an under water environment the normal viewfinder on a camera intended for land use is not going to be usable.

If I were to have to pick a nit the only thing I can come up with based on use to this point is that there is no way to operate the thumb wheel in a rotating mode. Four buttons are present to allow for pressing the four quadrants but you can't rotate the wheel for those functions which require that control. Really it is not an issue in the under water environment so I would not consider it a serious drawback.

I hope the case will hold up and retain its water tightness. The key is keeping the o-ring clean and in good condition. That's the only thing the user can do. The buttons and other controls look like they are not accessible for repair by the user. I'm not going to mess with them to find out. Time will tell. The mechanics look solid enough so I don't expect it to fall apart as long as I do my part to keep it maintained and don't abuse it. We're not divers. Snorkeling, kayaking and white water rafting are our water related activities. I'm looking forward to putting it to use outside of the back yard swimming pool. By the way, the pictures from that activity turned out great.
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on April 19, 2012
Buying genuine product always comes with confidence. This housing works great as it should do. I just finished my 15-dive liveaboard diving in Similan, Thailand. I followed the instruction of preparation and maintenance carefully in which I soaked it everynight, inspected the o-ring and applied some grease every morning and there was no leak at all. WP-DC34 is a worth buying to protect your camera.

By the way, I didn't use WWDC1 weight so it was positive in seawater but it was ok.

One thing I find it lacks is that Canon doesn't make underwater flash housing. I have 430EX II flash but cannot attach it underwater. The built-in G12 flash can go only 4-7m so now I need to look for 3rd party system.
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on June 7, 2013
I have used this housing for almost 3 years now with my Canon G-11. The housing with camera is very slightly positively buoyant, which is a nice thing if you ever let go of the strap, it won't float or sink too fast for you to recover :-)
The buttons are well designed and placed so that almost all the functions are easily accessible. I must say that I have never experienced the problems that other reviewers have mentioned earlier. That said, fogging can be an issue occasionally. I have taken this down to 48 mtrs without fogging, but had it fog up on me at 32 mtrs on a different dive. Keeping a silica gel sachet inside helps.
I have not had to spend too much effort on the maintenance except for rinsing it thoroughly after every dive and greasing the O-ring once before every dive trip.
The camera and housing can be conveniently clipped to your D-ring or even shoved into your BCD pocket when not in use.
I recently bought strobes to use with the setup and am impressed!
We are a family of 3, all of us dive and we all love to take pictures with this setup.
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on November 8, 2010
Have to admit, at first I was intimidated by the apparatus and then instructions (more like warnings). I pressed on and found that the steps to finalize the product before placing my camera into it was quite simple. I am very satisfied with the casing and the ease with which to use my camera once it's inside the casing. My pictures were outstanding and it was so exciting to be able to use my (very) expensive camera under water. Maintenance is a must so heed to the instructions.
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on August 2, 2011
This is an awesome case, but you must be careful of the seal! no getting things pinched, sand or dirt. seems obvious but people are bitching about it. I have had no issues and I have used it in greece and in Cali. it is the most used case I see on dive boats, combined with the g12 it makes for incredible underwater shots and video. I wish the strap was a little better and it could use a clip. get wet!!
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on June 26, 2010
I've had this case for about four months. I've gone river rafting, hot springing, waterfall swimming, and diving down to 75' with it. The unit worked very well. Two comments: when you turn the dials on top, the camera dial rotates in the opposite direction; pushing the button half way to clear a pic that's on hold is problematic (easily solved by having the pic hold for 2 seconds). Highly recommended.
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