Canon Waterproof Camera
Canon Waterproof Digital Camera D20 and D30

The Canon Waterproof Camera, its full name being the Canon Powershot D20, is rated to be waterproof up to a depth of 33 feet.

Canon waterproof  PowerShot D20 Camera

This Canon waterproof digital camera surely takes care of all photographers who want to use this camera while swimming on vacation, frolicking in the pool, snorkeling, or even in the bath tub.

Canon Camera Geek highlights include:

  • 1080p Full HD Video
  • 12 megapixel CMOS sensor
  • 5x optical zoom
  • 3.0-inch Pure Color System LCD for easy viewing

It also boasts GPS, shockproof, underwater macro and an optical image stabilizer. The Canon D20 has many available accessories.

This Canon waterproof camera also lets you focus continuously from macro to infinity while shooting video. And surprisingly for such a camera, It can focus on subjects at a distance of only 1 cm.


The New Kid on the Block- the D30 Canon Waterproof Camera

Unlike the competition, Canon waited two years for the release of the upgrade. The newer version of Canon's waterproof camera is the Powershot D30.

The big difference is its waterproof depth rating increase from 33 to 82 feet.

Other improvements include improved LCD viewing underwater and in sunlight.

Top view of Canon Powershot D30 Waterproof CameraTop view of Canon Powershot D30 Waterproof Camera

Here are the specs on the Canon D30.

  • 12MP 1/2.3" BSI-CMOS sensor
  • 28-140mm F3.9-4.8 equivalent lens with optical image stabilization (5x optical zoom)
  • ISO 100-3200
  • 3" fixed LCD with 461,000 dots
  • 1080/24p HD video plus super slow motion video at 640x480 (H.264)
  • Waterproof to 25m / 82'
  • Shockproof to 2m / 6.5'
  • Temperature resistant from 14° to 104°FSD/SDHC/SDXC memoryBuilt-in GPS

The D30 has very short shutter travel and pressing the shutter button halfway activates the auto focus quickly. This is not a big deal at all, but takes a little getting used to.


 Comparison of Consumer Ratings

Surprisingly these two digital cameras are still priced similarly. Click the links to read what consumers have reported on these two products on Amazon.





Alternatives to a Waterproof Camera

Another option to consider instead of a waterproof camera is for you to get waterproof housing for your Canon camera.

Here is the DiCaPac Waterproof case for DSLRs below. This type of underwater housing is very affordable, but you must be very conscientious when you seal it.


DiCAPac WP S5 Waterproof-camera-case
  • First thing to do is to test it first in a sink or bathtub and check for even the smallest evidence of water inside.
  • Another tip for using such a waterproof case is to squeeze most of the air out. It's easier to handle underwater, unless you want it to float like a buoy.
  • Also make sure you have fully-charged batteries and plenty of available memory in the camera before you seal it up in your bag.


Two challenges when using a camera accessory like this.

1. It can be a little difficult to load your lens and camera into the bag at the same time, depending on the DSLR and lens combination you are using.

2. It is a challenge to see through your viewfinder to get an exact composition of your subject.


The quality of your underwater photos are usually most dependent on the clarity of the water and the quality of the light.

Understand that there is always at least some risk when taking camera equipment underwater.

If you have the money to spend you can get professional waterproof housing like the Ikelite 6146.01 shown in the photo below.

Canon Waterproof Digital Camera Housing

Canon waterproof camera housing for G1X

These type of professional waterproofing accessories can cost more than the cameras you use them with.

You get what you pay for though. With this type of waterproof camera accessory, you get a high easy-of-use for the camera adjustments as well as a much better ability to compose your photograph.


Shoot more photos.

Watch less TV.

Bruce


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Written by Bruce Lovelace



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