Video Camera Question

Video Camera Question

Post by Lee Bel » Fri, 21 Dec 2001 00:52:30


I have a sinking feeling that I've made a mistake, possibly an expensive
one.  I pretty much researched all of the digital video/still cameras for
one that gave me the combination of quality video, ease of use and digitial
still pictures I wanted for underwater use.  I settled on the Sony PC-110
because it seemed to have a good combination of quality, housing options,
features and price.  When I got to the store, I let myself be talking into
the Canon Optura 100 MC.  It has the same resolution in video mode as the
Sony but better resolution in photo mode, apparently better low light
capabilities and some other features that seemed to make it a better choice.

What I failed to consider is the availability of housings.  After all, Canon
is well known and the one I got is about the same size as the Sony model I
was considering.  Surely suitable housings are available at similiar prices,
surely . . . please?  I've been unable to come up with a single housing
suitable for taking my new digitial camera below 10 meters.  I'm looking for
something as compact as possible, versatile and reliable.  I prefer
electronic controls because I prefer to avoid as many O rings as possible.
What I'm looking for won't be cheap, but I'd prefer it not require a second
mortgage.

The Optura 100 MC is not the first Optura that Canon has put out.   It's
predacessor was apparently quite a bit wider and larger.  Mine is only
slightly larger than the Sony PC 110, about 5 inches high, four inches front
to back and a couple of inches wide.  There is a housing available for the
older model.  I've not been able to find one for the model I just purchased.

If anybody has a suggestion, please don't hesitate to share it.

Lee

 
 
 

Video Camera Question

Post by Ben Bradle » Fri, 21 Dec 2001 01:09:23

Did you try these?
http://www.oceanimagesinc.com/Products/Dolphin_Pro.htm
http://www.underwatervideohousings.com/


Quote:
> I have a sinking feeling that I've made a mistake, possibly an expensive
> one.  I pretty much researched all of the digital video/still cameras for
> one that gave me the combination of quality video, ease of use and
digitial
> still pictures I wanted for underwater use.  I settled on the Sony PC-110
> because it seemed to have a good combination of quality, housing options,
> features and price.  When I got to the store, I let myself be talking into
> the Canon Optura 100 MC.  It has the same resolution in video mode as the
> Sony but better resolution in photo mode, apparently better low light
> capabilities and some other features that seemed to make it a better
choice.

> What I failed to consider is the availability of housings.  After all,
Canon
> is well known and the one I got is about the same size as the Sony model I
> was considering.  Surely suitable housings are available at similiar
prices,
> surely . . . please?  I've been unable to come up with a single housing
> suitable for taking my new digitial camera below 10 meters.  I'm looking
for
> something as compact as possible, versatile and reliable.  I prefer
> electronic controls because I prefer to avoid as many O rings as possible.
> What I'm looking for won't be cheap, but I'd prefer it not require a
second
> mortgage.

> The Optura 100 MC is not the first Optura that Canon has put out.   It's
> predacessor was apparently quite a bit wider and larger.  Mine is only
> slightly larger than the Sony PC 110, about 5 inches high, four inches
front
> to back and a couple of inches wide.  There is a housing available for the
> older model.  I've not been able to find one for the model I just
purchased.

> If anybody has a suggestion, please don't hesitate to share it.

> Lee


 
 
 

Video Camera Question

Post by Max Sterlin » Fri, 21 Dec 2001 01:44:32



Quote:

>The Optura 100 MC is not the first Optura that Canon has put out.   It's
>predacessor was apparently quite a bit wider and larger.  Mine is only
>slightly larger than the Sony PC 110, about 5 inches high, four inches front
>to back and a couple of inches wide.  There is a housing available for the
>older model.  I've not been able to find one for the model I just purchased.

Three choices:

1) build your own housing from acryllic or cast resin.

2) have a custom housing made for you.

3) return the Canon and get the Sony.

 
 
 

Video Camera Question

Post by Max Sterlin » Fri, 21 Dec 2001 01:47:59

On Wed, 19 Dec 2001 10:09:23 -0600, "Ben Bradlee"

Quote:

>Did you try these?
>http://www.oceanimagesinc.com/Products/Dolphin_Pro.htm

Dolphin can do a custom housing for the Canon.

I'm not familiar with Equinox.

 
 
 

Video Camera Question

Post by Dan Volke » Fri, 21 Dec 2001 02:04:03

Lee,
Check out these u/w housing links for the Cannon GL1--most likely if they
can handle the big brother of your camera, they can handle you.

http://www.amphibico.com/
http://www.aquavideo.com/htmlhsg/cangl1.htm
http://www.ewamarine.com/English/Camcorder/e-VXM.htm
http://www.ikelite.com/web_pages/5can_g1.html
http://isaia.com/
http://questsports.com/gl1.htm


Quote:
> I have a sinking feeling that I've made a mistake, possibly an expensive
> one.  I pretty much researched all of the digital video/still cameras for
> one that gave me the combination of quality video, ease of use and
digitial
> still pictures I wanted for underwater use.  I settled on the Sony PC-110
> because it seemed to have a good combination of quality, housing options,
> features and price.  When I got to the store, I let myself be talking into
> the Canon Optura 100 MC.  It has the same resolution in video mode as the
> Sony but better resolution in photo mode, apparently better low light
> capabilities and some other features that seemed to make it a better
choice.

> What I failed to consider is the availability of housings.  After all,
Canon
> is well known and the one I got is about the same size as the Sony model I
> was considering.  Surely suitable housings are available at similiar
prices,
> surely . . . please?  I've been unable to come up with a single housing
> suitable for taking my new digitial camera below 10 meters.  I'm looking
for
> something as compact as possible, versatile and reliable.  I prefer
> electronic controls because I prefer to avoid as many O rings as possible.
> What I'm looking for won't be cheap, but I'd prefer it not require a
second
> mortgage.

> The Optura 100 MC is not the first Optura that Canon has put out.   It's
> predacessor was apparently quite a bit wider and larger.  Mine is only
> slightly larger than the Sony PC 110, about 5 inches high, four inches
front
> to back and a couple of inches wide.  There is a housing available for the
> older model.  I've not been able to find one for the model I just
purchased.

> If anybody has a suggestion, please don't hesitate to share it.

> Lee

 
 
 

Video Camera Question

Post by Charlie Hammo » Fri, 21 Dec 2001 03:33:28


Quote:

>I have a sinking feeling that I've made a mistake, ...

[u/w housig for Canon Optura 100 MC).

If there is nothing at http://www.ikelite.com then you might

--
    Charlie Hammond -- Compaq Computer Corporation -- Pompano Beach  FL USA

      All opinions expressed are my own and not necessarily my employer's.

 
 
 

Video Camera Question

Post by Bill Allbritte » Fri, 21 Dec 2001 04:44:42

I have a Panasonic PVDV800- non-LANC and couldn't find a housing until I
tried :
http://www.oceanimagesinc.com/

They quoted 999.00 for the housing and 3-4 controls (manual, custom fitted
to your setup, I think).  On/off zoom and still photo.  Depending on
finances post our Bonaire trip next week, I'll probably get one - only one
that will work the the Panasonic single chip models that I can find.

Best wishes,

Bill
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Quote:
> I have a sinking feeling that I've made a mistake, possibly an expensive
> one.  I pretty much researched all of the digital video/still cameras for
> one that gave me the combination of quality video, ease of use and
digitial
> still pictures I wanted for underwater use.  I settled on the Sony PC-110
> because it seemed to have a good combination of quality, housing options,
> features and price.  When I got to the store, I let myself be talking into
> the Canon Optura 100 MC.  It has the same resolution in video mode as the
> Sony but better resolution in photo mode, apparently better low light
> capabilities and some other features that seemed to make it a better
choice.

> What I failed to consider is the availability of housings.  After all,
Canon
> is well known and the one I got is about the same size as the Sony model I
> was considering.  Surely suitable housings are available at similiar
prices,
> surely . . . please?  I've been unable to come up with a single housing
> suitable for taking my new digitial camera below 10 meters.  I'm looking
for
> something as compact as possible, versatile and reliable.  I prefer
> electronic controls because I prefer to avoid as many O rings as possible.
> What I'm looking for won't be cheap, but I'd prefer it not require a
second
> mortgage.

> The Optura 100 MC is not the first Optura that Canon has put out.   It's
> predacessor was apparently quite a bit wider and larger.  Mine is only
> slightly larger than the Sony PC 110, about 5 inches high, four inches
front
> to back and a couple of inches wide.  There is a housing available for the
> older model.  I've not been able to find one for the model I just
purchased.

> If anybody has a suggestion, please don't hesitate to share it.

> Lee