- many modern compacts are up to the job and need not be the most
expensive. The features outlined are a mix of both the camera and its underwater housing.
Features of an ideal snorkelling compact camera:-
- housing designed specifically for the camera model
- white balance underwater setting (not 'underwater' mode)
- a 'light' lens
- easy to see and use buttons (even with fat fingers)
- easily adjustable flash - not just on or off
- ability to add 'wet' lenses (with common 67mm thread?)
- quick focus and quick fire ie little lag
Which camera for snorkelling photography
' which compares two very good inexpensive compacts -
the Canon Powershot S95 and the Olympus XZ-1 - and explains ther features. Neither are the
latest in their respective ranges, but both do the job well.
- a vaste improvement can be made to your shots with relatively
easy photo editing. Many of the features needed are available in low cost, or even free, software.
Basic photo-editing will or can include:-
- colour balance adjustment to remove too much blue
- contrast/ lightening/ darkening/ fill light - as required
- saturation to bring out the softer colours
- clarity to give a clearer, more 3-D effect
- sharpening to improve focus
- cloning to reduce backscatter
- cropping for composition
See 'How to edit snorkelling photos
' for discussions of the basics plus examples to show what each does. 'One fix auto' will improve the photos but it takes very little more to achieve shots that are good enough to put to canvas and hang on the wall.