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
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.