Have any of you taken pics while snorkeling? Did you just use the disposable cameras? Has anyone used the waterproof camera bags that you can take pictures with using your own camera????
We booked snorkeling on Goff Cay in Belize and the Tulum Tour in Cozumel. Now just wondering about Grand Cayman and Roatan. And a city tour or something for Mom (83) to do while we are snorkeling in Belize.
I have a suggestion, why not buy a waterproof digital camera? Olympus has two models that are shock/water/free/crush proof. I have the 770SW, but there is the 790SW that's available, but it isn't as good as the 770SW. I used it when on my last cruise (Sept 15-22) and it did take good underwater shots. The water wasn't perfectly clear, but what shots were keepers were quite good.
i am seen some pretty good stuff with the throw aways also. For me I went with a digital camera and underwater housing. I have owned real expensive stuff in the past, but this time I bought a Canon A640 10meg camera for $249, then the underwater housing was another $159, so just over $400 for the set up. Now I have a great camera for all photos and i used it underwater on our western caribbean trip a couple weeks ago in Grand Cayman, Roatan, Belize and Cozumel and my photos both above and below turned out great. Not a large investment to have a camera that will go to 130 ft.
We used the cheap Fugi and Kodak underwater camera's. Works wonderful. Make sure that you DO NOT touch the round area that the lens uses. My daughter touched hers and the oils from her fingers smeared EVERY pic.
Grand ma would love the Stingrays in the Caymans. Not alot of walking. The water is 3-4 feet deep. BEAUTIFUL and experience of a lifetime.
The Goffs Ceye in Belize is awesome. Small but wonderful. Very enjoyable.
I agree with using an underwater housing for your digital camera. Mostly every company makes one but you will most likely have to find it online. Check your manufacturer.
I tried the disposables once. First of all, they don't come close to the clarity that you will get with your digital. Second, you won't know if the pictures look half way decent until you get them developed...a good way to miss out on some great memories.
These are all underwater pictures:
I was close to the surface, about 20 feet above the turtle
Also close to the surface, about 20 or more feet above
Far enough away to be safe
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I highly recommend going with a $10-$15 disposable camera. I always use one. The last time I was on a cruise, a fiend of mine had a water proof digital and my pictures came out better than his. It might had something to do with the fact that I got closer to the subjest then he did but it was still very good pictures.
Just buy your camera ahead of time! Carnival said when we went to Key West that their photographers would be selling disposable water cameras but they weren't so I paid $20+ for one at a shop in Key West minutes before my excursion. Good pictures though from the nature kayak tour!
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I have never bought one but have seen pictures taken with the underwater ones and they were pretty nice.
Now that you brought that up I think I will add that to my list
of things I need to take.
I would buy it at home before you leave I bet its alot cheaper
and if you buy it on the ship or a island.
In the past I have used disposable cameras and had really good results. Heed the depth capacity though because I went on a scuba excursion that went to 16 feet and it broke the casing on a 10' Kodak disposable.
I just purchased a Vivitar underwater digital camera from Target via Amazon for $120. I am sure it is not the best but it is supposed to be good to 30' and I have taken it for a couple of test shots and it seems pretty good. Once I get back from the cruise, I will have a better feeling for it. I also bought one of the $25 camera bags but I am reluctant to use it.
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