Waterproof Camera Information Washington DC
Stop worrying about your camera becoming wet. Waterproof cameras are great for taking pictures in the rain or even underwater! Here you’ll find additional information on waterproof cameras as well as local companies and providers that may help you in your search.
Ritz Camera(202) 861-7710
Washington Square 1750 L Street NW
Ritz Camera(703) 683-1194
600 King Street
Ritz Camera(301) 592-0688
Burnt Mills Shopping Center 10737 Colulmbia Pike
Silver Spring, MD
Silver Spring, MD
Ritz Camera(301) 419-3200
12200 Baltimore Avenue
Ritz Camera(703) 893-7570
Tysons Corner Center 7935L Tyson's Corner Center
Ritz Camera(202) 244-3800
5221 Wisconsin Ave NW
Ritz Camera(301) 652-5646
Bethesda Row 7263 Woodmont Avenue
Ritz Camera(301) 365-3915
Montgomery Mall Space 1296 7101 Democracy Boulevard
Ritz Camera Ultra(301) 230-8993
The Shops at Congressional Village 1701 Rockville Pike Space A16
Ritz Camera(301) 294-8515
Fallsgrove Village Center 14933 Shady Grove Road
Get Wet: Waterproof Cameras and Housings
Cameras and housings perfect for poolside
ON THE BEACH AND SNORKELING
Spending time on the sandy beach or playing in the waves calls for a compact solution. Ewa-Marine has been supplying flexible bag-like solutions for keeping equipment dry for many years. A popular case is the D-SW, which houses compact digital cameras such as the Canon PowerShot SD800/900 series cameras. The housings are made of flexible, double- laminated PVC, feature a glass port for the lens and can be used to a depth of 33 feet. Access to all camera controls makes these flexible housings a great, lightweight solution for both in and around the sand and water. Estimated Street Price: $160.
A simple solution for taking your point-and-shoot camera to the beach and into shallow water is the Aquapac, a waterproof and PVC-free case with a hard, clear window for the lens. The Aquapac takes most point-and-shoot cameras with no modification, and it's guaranteed to a depth of 15 feet. The flexible material gives you access to all camera controls. Estimated Street Price: $45.
Olympus introduced a line of rugged, waterproof cameras designed to withstand water, shock and freezing cold. Now, water and shock I understand, but I don't think too many folks are going to combine freezing conditions with water, but who am I to say! Olympus' most recent compact wonder is the Stylus 1030 SW. This unique camera is shockproof to 6.6 feet, freezeproof to 14 degrees F and waterproof to 33 feet. It features a 3.6x optical zoom, a handy 28-102mm zoom range (35mm equivalent) and 10.1 megapixels. In addition to its rugged design, perhaps the Stylus 1030 SW's most notable feature is its underwater scene mode. Add up all of these features, and you have the perfect camera for both beach shooting and snorkeling. Add the optional Olympus PT-041 housing, and the Olympus Stylus 1030 SW can be used for scuba diving to a depth of 110 feet! Estimated Street Price: $349 (Olympus Stylus 1030 SW); $209 (Olympus PT-041 housing).
Going Deep: Underwater Photography
New Cameras From SeaLife Make Underwater Photography EasierWith several halls filled with photo equipment it doesn't come as a surprise that Photokina has an underwater world. (With apologies to Kevin Costner -- or is it the other way around?)
This exhibition within and exhibition was surrounded by water tanks with various equipment taking a dive or swim. Some were regular cameras in housings both simple and advanced. Some were compact camera that were also waterproof.
While it seemed that the choice was surrounding your camera with a housing or a compact camera that was also waterproof, the SeaLife booth offered a third option. They were showing two camera systems that were specifically built for being near, or under water.
Their ReefMaster mini is depth rated to 130 feet. While it looks like a ruggedized compact camera, it has oversized buttons like a traditional underwater housing to make operating the camera with gloves on easier.
For the more serious underwater photographer SeaLife showed the DC-800 Pro camera that comes with either one or two external flash units. (You can also get the camera without the external flash.)
As was mentioned by underwater photographers that made presentations at the underwater world stage -- flash is critical for most underwater photography. The DC-800 has specific white balance modes that are up to the challenges of shooting underwater. With settings like Blue Oceans or Rivers/Lakes you'll better color under the sea.
The external flash units have a large power control knob that is easily adjusted while wearing dive gloves. The triggering cable for the flash is an optical connection to assure consistent flash firing.