My Compact Camera for Underwater Photography
Point&shoot or compact cameras are often very convenient for specific images, video footage or when travelling without being able to drag any “big” photo gear.
Picture above: Fantasea FG15 housing by Boaz Samorai for Fantasea Website
I own the Canon G10 P&S camera (current model is the Canon G15, the G16 is promised soon), with the original Canon housing. The housing enables dives only to 40 meters, with no option to connect external flashes. It’s fine for snorkeling and also dive but doesn’t allow every camera control.
I had the opportunity to use a few times a better housing, the Fantasea FG15 for Canon G15, which expands options on these fronts and allows dive to 60m/197ft. Fantasea, among others, have a bunch of great housings for small cameras. The housing is ergonomic and has a hood on its back screen, which enables to see the pictures clearer with no reflects. The flash diffuser remains firmly in place (on the Canon original housing, it uses to fall down quite often).
There are more very good point-and-shoot/compact cameras today, like the Nikon Coolpix 7700, or the Canon S120, and exceptional mirrorless cameras like the Sony NEX 7, the Olympus OM-D E-M5 or Panasonic Lumix GH3, which have great interchangeable lenses significantly reducing the size and the weight of the huge and heavy DSLR gigs.
One problem with mirrorless cameras is that many image banks still demand files created by DSLR cameras. The industry needs to keep pace with the technology on this, as mirrorless cameras are getting pretty close to DSLR quality.
Connect old Nikonos lenses to Mirrorless Housings
For Nikonos nostalgics, Nauticam has developed a Nikonos lens adapter for Sony NEX mirrorless cameras. The adapter allows to connect any of the old Nikonos V type lenses to the housing. With this setting you will be able to take out of the drawer, your holy, super-expensive and old Nikonos 15mm lens that you haven’t used for so many years!
Underwater Photo Competitions with Point & Shoot Cameras
An extra bonus for point and shoot enthusiasts is that many photo competitions now feature a dedicated category for p&s. This category attracts relatively few participants, so the competition is open for some often-good prize opportunities.
Two photographers I admire, Dany Weinberg and Amir Stern, are both excellent DSLR shooters who became experts in point & shoot camera work. They create amazing shots like nothing you’ve seen before; taking top honors in P&S categories in photo competitions all over the world.
See, here under, some beautiful images by Dany Weinberg, shot with his compact camera, Panasonic LX5.
Video Clip with Point & Shoot Camera
The following funny clip, was made really professionally. It was entirely filmed with Canon G15 in Fantasea FG15, by Sharon Rainis and Ram Gil.
Actors: Mickey Kashkash,Asaf Paz, Daniel Tamir and Yaniv Nabati. Editing: Sharon Rainis
Fantasea FG15 Specifications
- Depth rated to 60m/200 feet
- Ergonomic design
- Made from durable injection molded Polycarbonate
- Full access to all camera controls & functions with clearly marked controls
- Shock resistant
- Double O-ring seal
- Special mount for lighting accessories
- Removable double fiber optic cable connection
- Removable flash diffuser
- Easy and secure installation of camera
- Removable anti-glare hood for the LCD screen
- BONUS – Moisture Detector comes installed in every FG15 housing at no additional cost!
- Dedicated video control button for easy video filming in any shooting mode
- Compatible with a wide range of underwater photo accessories
- Weight (with camera on land): 1.1 kg
- Weight (with camera in 3.6% salt water): -0.3 kg
- Dimensions (without accessories): 17 x 13 x 13.5 cm \ 6.7 x 5.11 x 5.4 inch (W x D x H)
- Manufacturer’s warranty included
There is a wide choice of high quality point & shoot /compact and also mirrorless cameras with great housings. These can be considered seriously as their volume and weight are much smaller than any other DSLR gigs. Especially in this era of hand-baggage restrictions in the flights, these smaller camera sets are a great option,