Understanding Waterproof Cameras

Waterproof cameras are good for one thing: they’re sturdy pieces of memory-makers that can take a decent beating. Waterproof cameras are waterproof, but that is not all they are known for. They have built-in shock resistors as well as being freeze proof. So if you want to take advantage of the moment but can’t stand of getting your camera get wet or freezing to death, these waterproof cameras are your way to go.


When it comes to quality, there are a lot of reasonably priced cameras out there that just perform like they’re point-and-shoot brethren but just a little more “umph” to their features. Standard digital cameras out there already sport a 12-megapixel of quality and have built-in face-detection software to reduce blurred faces but waterproof cameras can stand up to 30 ft. underwater without getting damaged from underwater pressure. You can even take them to colder temperatures to up -10 Celsius of taking skiing or snowy trips. Waterproof cameras like the Canon  Powershot D10 aren’t just popular with people who like to take snapshots of the holidays, they’re also a great companions for nature lovers and mountain climbers who are looking for a sturdy camera that can definitely take a beating.

Waterproof Casings

Waterproof casing pretty much speaks for itself. If you already have a digital camera and don’t have the means or find it too expensive to own a waterproof variant, you can settle for waterproof casing since it’s relatively cheaper.

This casing is made from three pieces of durable plastic coating to secure a tough layer of protection that keeps water, dirt and melted snow from slipping into the camera’s insides.

What are missing of course are the other major features. You won’t have freeze-proofing or shock resistance that those waterproof cameras have. What these waterproof casings are capable of, however, is giving you a durable yet environmentally friendly container where you can put your camera in to take underwater pictures or at least keep it from being wet during those splashier camera shots.  These casings are scratch as well as snow proof, but you best make sure it’s sealed.

In contrast since these casings tend to only have a limited depth underwater since the parts themselves aren’t designed to withstand water pressure. 16 ft. at the most are the threshold of these cameras wearing these protective bags.

Casings vs. Built-in

There is no contest that built-in models are superior to digital cameras covered with a waterproofed casing. The only major difference between them is the pricing. Since casings cost a meager amount of money compared to buying a waterproof camera, they are usually the first choice. But this depends entirely on what types of photographs you are set on taking. If it’s a just a plain old holiday trip to the Appalachian  trail, then  you’ll be more in line with the casing variety (provided of course you come to the right time of the season). But if you’re a mountaineer that likes to take groovy shots on high mountains, the built-in units are a more plausible selection.

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