Buying the best waterproof camera is considerably different from a standard camera. A standard camera taken into water becomes a very expensive canteen in short order. Those who are looking to take up snorkeling, scuba diving or just want to take shots in the pool will need a waterproof camera. Here are a few good suggestions for one.
- Budget yourself – Waterproof cameras run a full gauntlet of prices like any camera. Disposable cameras can be well under $20.00, and a professional grade digital can go in to the hundreds if not the thousands. Check big box stores and drug stores for inexpensive ones.
- Needs – A serious photobug and scuba diver may want to invest in a top-end camera for serious shots. Those on vacation and plan on snorkeling on a reef or two is better off with a disposable one. Look for large buttons and a wide lens for scuba diving. Anyone shooting action shots will need a stabilizer.
- Buy at the correct time of year – Stay away from the holiday season and buy during the spring and summer. New models are not out in time for the gift-giving season, and the older models command high prices. Shop smart.
- Buy online – This is a no-brainer in today’s world of shopping. Comparison shopping is done with a few clicks rather than a long drive to different shops. There are better deals to be found and often at better prices if you are a savvy enough online shopper.
- Test sooner than later – Be sure it is waterproof before leaving the store. If bought online, be certain there is a return policy. Try the camera at home in the tub or at the store in the restroom sink. Submerge the camera and check for defects. Return immediately if there are some.
Good luck on your purchase!