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Sunday, April 12, 2009

DiCAPac-410 Underwater Case for Canon

If you're like me, when you participate in various water activities whether it is white water rafting, snorkeling, or swimming -- you often want to capture the moment in pictures. While it may seem like a simple problem, generally speaking the options you had in front of you had been relatively limited.

Two of the most common options that people thing about are...

1. Buy a cheap "waterproof" camera like the Kodak Sport Single Use Camera (link here). However, the quality is generally questionable and without the digital camera functionality, you have limited exposures, expensive developing costs. In other words, getting the shots you want are how might you say...unlikely.

2. You can buy a waterproof case for a Canon Camera, which for the Canon SD800IS is the WP-DC9 @ a cost of $240. (link here) That's a little steep -- more than the cost of the camera -- not to mention it is not compatible with my other Canon Powershot SD790IS. That requires the waterproof housing Model WP-DC24, at another $240. With the rate I change camera, definitely not the best investment.

But, there is another option that is made by the company "DiCAPac" (link here)which is a soft case alternative that you can get off of Amazon.com (link here) for less than $30. It's waterproof up to 10m (approximately 30 feet) and certified by the standard JIS IPX8.


While a Velcro and Zipper system was initially a little concerning for me -- with my "extra" digital camera...I was willing to take a risk. I went ahead and bought the DiCAPac-410 (link here) and it had the added bonus of being compatible with both cameras.

The case arrived in time for our recent trip to Hawaii and the most important thing to do with it is to run the initial tests to verify that it passes the submersion test. I tightened the lens cap and placed the paper towel inside the case and held it under water...success!

I was ready to now test it out on the camera, and below is a picture with the SD800IS inside the DiCAPac-410 -- a great fit and I was ready to go snorkeling with the camera!

My Canon Powershot SD800IS inside the DiCAPac-410 is a great fit

At first, it feels a little bulky but then you get used to the outer soft case. I snapped a couple of quick pictures while I was on the deck of the boat (link here). Then I jumped in the water for my Snuba session with the camera.

Overall, I was extremely pleased with the performance -- and the camera came out without getting wet and no damage -- evening with heading down to 20-25ft below the surface. What was really cool was that as the pressure increased with the depth, the case collapsed around the camera for a great snug fit. When using the camera in the DiCAPac-410, it felt almost like the real camera.

If you're thinking of taking some photos on an upcoming snorkel, water adventure, rafting or a shallow scuba excursion -- I would highly recommend the DiCAPac! Below are a couple of the photos that I took while underwater.










Here is the compatibility chart for the DiCAPac:

2008.08.25

WP-110

(WP-100)

WP-310

(WP-300)

WP-410

(WP-400)

WP-510

(WP-500)

WP-711,WP-700

(All super clear lens WP-710)

SAMSUNG

(Kenox, Digimax)
X
70
L70

(Kenox, Digimax)
V
3/4/5/6/10/20/700/800
A4/ 5/ 6/ 7/ 40/ 50/ 400
D4/ 5/ 6/ 7/ 103
S85/ 800/ 1000/ 1030
Cyber 410 , X80
(VLUU)NV10,NV100HD,
24HD

(Kenox, Digimax)
U-CA
3/ 4/ 5
X 1/ 15wide/ 60
Q 1/ 2/ 25wide, A55W,
L 50/ 55W/ 60/ 73/ 74wide/ 700/ 730/ 830/
S 500/ 600/ 630/ 700/ 730/ 760/ 830/ 860/
(VLUU) L100/ 110/ 200 /210, NV8/ 15/ 20
/ 25HD

(Kenox, Digimax)
360/ 370/ 420/ 430/ 530
V50/ 70, Cyber300/400
α5/7, D60/370/430/470/
510/530/610/3000/3100/
4000, L85/ X85, S1050

(Kenox, Digimax)
#1/ #1mp3 / #11pmp
i5/ i50mp3/ i6/ i6pmp/ i7/ i70/ i8/ i85
K50/ 60/ D512S
(VLUU) NV3/ 4 / i8/ i85/ i7/ L83T/ i100
(WP-700)
VLUU
i80
SDC-k65

CANON

IXUS
950IS/960IS/970IS/900Ti
/800IS/980IS/430/500/700
/750
IXY
500/ 600/ 700/1000/ 800IS/ 810IS/ 820IS/ 2000IS/ 3000IS
Powershot
SD
500/ 550/ 700IS/
850IS/ 890IS/ 900/ 950IS
990IS
S500/ 410

IXUS 30/ 40/ 50/ 55/ 60/ 65/ 70/ 75/ 80IS/ 85IS/ 90IS/ 330/ 400/ 850IS/ 860IS/ i7-zoom/ i/ ii/ i5-zoom/ iis/ V3/ V2
IXY L/ L2/ L3/ L4/ 10/ 20IS/ 25IS/ 30/ 30a/ 50/ 55/ 60/ 70/ 80/ 90/ 95IS / 200a/ 300a/ 320/ 400/ 450/ 900IS/ 910IS/ 920IS
wireless
Powershot SD10/ 20/ 30/ 40/ 100/ 110/ 200/ 300/ 400/ 430/ 450/ 600/ 630/ 750/ 770IS/ 790IS/ 800IS/ 870IS/ 1000/ 1100
S200/ 230/ 330/ 400

Powershot
A
60/ 70/ 75/ 80/ 85/ 95/420/ 430/ 450/ 460/ 470/510/ 520/ 530/ 540/ 550/560/ 570IS/ 580/ 590IS
S60/ 70/ 80

Powershot
(WP-710)
A
100/ 200/ 300

CASIO

Exilim
EX-Z
3/ 4/ 5/ 30/ 40/ 50/ 55/ 57/ 500/ 600/ 750/ 850/ 1000/ 1050/ 1080/ 1200SR
EX-S 10/ 100/ 500/ 600/ 600D/ 770/ 880

Exilim
QV-R
3/ 4/ 40/ 41/ 51/ 61
EX-Z 10/ 100/ 110/ 120/ 200

Exilim
EX-Z
8/ 9/ 20/ 60/ 70/ 75/ 77/ 80/ 250/ 150

Exilim
EX-P
600/ 700

Exilim
EX-M
1/ 2/ 20
EX-S 1/ 2/ 3/ 20
EX-V 7/ 8

Panasonic

Lumix DMC
FX
100/ 150

Lumix DMC
FX
1/ 01/ 2/ 3/ 5/ 7/ 07/ 8/ 9/ 10/ 12/ 30/ 33/ 35/ 36/ 37/ 38/ 50/ 55/ 500
FS 3/ 5/ 20, F 1/ 7
LS 1/ 2/ 80, LZ 8/ 10

Lumix DMC
LZ
1/ 2
LC 50/ 70/ 80

FUJIFILM

Finepix
F
440 / F450 / F455

Finepix
A 345 / 350/ 850
F 10/ 11/ 20/ 30/ 47/ 420/ 650/ 31fd/ 40fd/ 45fd/ 47fd/ 50fd/ 100fd
V10 /

Finepix
A 203/ 303/ 310/ 330/ 340/ 500/ 510/ 600/ 610/ 700/ 800
F 460/ 470/ 480
J 10/ 50

Finepix
E 500/ 510/ 900
A 610/ 820/ 900/ 920

Finepix
Z 1/ 2/ 3/ 5fd/ 10fd/ 20fd/ 100fd/ 200fd
WP-710 : A 120 / 202

Nikon

Coolpix
S
550 / 600 / 700

Coolpix
2200/ 3200/ 4200 / 5200/ 5600/ 5900 / 7600/ 7900
P 3/ 4 L 2 / 3/ 4/ 6
S 710

Coolpix
3700/ 4100/ 4600
S 200/ 210/ 500/ 510/ 520/ 560/ 610C
L 10/ 11/ 12/ 14/ 15/ 16/ 18

Coolpix
P 1/ 2/ 50/ 60/ 5000/ 5100
L 1

Coolpix
S 1/ 2/ 3/ 5/ 6/ 7/ 7C/ 8/ 9/ 50/ 50C/ 51/ 51C/ 52/ 52C
WP-710 : S2500/3500

OLYMPUS

Camedia
C
470z, X500/ 600
FE 150/ 160/ 300/ 5500
(u, Stylus)
710/ 740/ 750/ 760/ 810/ 1000/ 1200/ D630z

Camedia
C
60z/ 370/ 480/ 500z
X 1/ 2/ 3/ 350/ 450/ 550
FE 310
(u Stylus)
1010/ 1020/ 1060

Camedia
C
310z/ 315z, X790
FE 130/ 140/ 170/ 180/ 200/ 210/ 220/ 230/ 240/ 250/ 270/ 280/ 290/ 320/ 330/ 340/ 350/ 360/ 370
(u, Stylus) 10/ 15/ 20/ 25/ 30/ 40/ 40digital/ 300/ 400/ 500/ 600/ 700/ 780/ 800/ 820/ 830/ 840/ digital S/ Mini/ Verve S

Camedia
C
1z/ 2/ 40, X200/ 250

(u, Stylus)
535/ 545/ 595z

(u, Stylus)
700sw/ 720sw/ 725sw/ 730/ 795sw/ 850sw/ 1030sw
WP-710 :
C
120/150/160/170/ 180, AZ1/ SP700/ IR300/ 500

PENTAX

Optio
S/ S4/ S4i/ S5i/ S5n/ S5z/ S6/ S7/ SV/ SVi
T10/ 20/ 30
A10/ 20/ 30/ 40

Optio 30/ 50/ 60/ 330/ 430/ E30/ X
S 40/ 45/ 50/ 55/ 60/ 330RS/ 430RS
E30 T30

Optio
M 10/ 20/ 30/ 40/ 50/ 60
E 10/ 20/ 40/ 50/ 60
V 10/ 20

Optio
33LF / 33L / 330GS / 230 / 750Z/ S30

WP-710 :
WP / WPi/ Z10
W10 / 20 / 30/ 60

SANYO

Xacti VPC
AZ3/ MZ31

Xacti VPC
S
1/ 3/ 4/ 6/ 7/ 60
E 7

WP-710 :
VPC J
1/ 2/ 4
DSC A5 / E6

SONY

Cybershot DSC
N
1 / 2
W120/ 130

Cybershot DSC
P100 / 120 / 150 / 200
W100/ S800

Cybershot DSC
S 40 / 500/ 600/ 650/ 700/ 750/ 780
W 30/ 35/ 40/ 50/ 55/ 70/ 80/ 90/ 150/ 170/ 200/ 300

Cybershot DSC
P 1/ 2/ 5/ 7/ 8/ 9/ 10/ 71/ 72/ 73/ 92/ 93
W 1/ 5/ 7/ 12/ 15
S 60/ 90

Cybershot DSC
T 1/ 2/ 3/ 5/ 7/ 9/ 10/ 11/ 20/ 30/ 33/ 50/ 70/ 77/ 100/ 200/ 300/ 700
WP-710 :
U
10/ 20/ 30 , P 31/ 32/ 51

KONICA
MINOLTA

Dimage
E
500

Revio
KD 200Z / 300Z / 510Z

Revio
KD
400Z

Revio KD 3300
Dimage F100/ 200/ 300

Dimage
X1
WP-710 : X 20/ 21/ 31/ 50/ 60, X/ XG/ Xi

Kodak

Easyshare
V
530 / 550 / 803 / 1003 / 1073 / 1273

Easyshare
LS 633 / 753 / 755
C 613 / 663 / 813
ONE, JOC L108
V1233 / 1253

Easyshare
C 533/ 643/ 653/ 743/ 763
LS743 ,
M 753/ 763/ 853/ 863/ 873/ 883/ 893IS/ 1033/ 1063/ 1073IS/ 1093IS

Easyshare
CX 6230/ 6330/ 7220/ 7330/ 7430/ 7530
DX 4330/ 4530/ 6340/ 6440/ 7440/ 7630
LS443 , Z 885/ 1275
C 340/ 360/ 875

WP-710 : Easyshare V 570/ 610/ 705

KYOCERA

Finecam S3
Yashica EZ Digital 5030

Yashica EZ Digital 5031

Finecam
L 3 / 3V / 4 / 4V/ 30
S 3/ 3R/ 3L/ 4 / 5R

WP-710 :
Contax
i4R

RICOH

Caprio
RZ1/ R1/ RR630/ RR660

Caprio

RR770, R50

Caprio

GR-D/ GR-DII/ GX8/ GX/ RX/ G4wide / RR30

OTHER

Rollei Prego DP4200
BenQ DC E53 / 520 / 510
Hitachi imega HDC-531

Minox DC8111
Rollei Prego
DP8300 / 6300 / 5300
DT3200
mach power DX-550
polaroid PDC3370
praktica DCZ4.3
BenQ DC C40 / C50
Toshiba Alegretto 3310
GE
E
840S/ 850/ 1040/ 1050

Toshiba Alegretto 3330
Hyundai DC-4300
Epson L-300 / 400
Leica C-Lux1/ Lux2
GE
A
730/ 735/ 830/ 835
E 1030/ 1035/ 1235

praktica DCZ4.4
Toshiba PDR5300
Premier DC2302 / 3306 / 5330
Kenko Z510
BenQ DC 5330 / S30
Kocom KDC-330
Hyundai HD-530
Hitachi imega HDC-331

Che-ez Foxz2
Che-ez
moni-me
GE
G
1/2

모델명

WP-110

WP-310

WP-410

WP-510

WP-711
WP-710

1 comments:

Canon 970is camera said...

Excellent buy. Would advise prespective buyers to consider a case for the camera as it marks easily, the only downside I have with it.