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The Misplaced Optimism of Some Camera Manufacturers

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"The idea of taking underwater photographs with a quality camera can be exciting, what with the beautiful things you might see and be able to capture. On the other hand, an expensive camera is probably one of the last things anyone wants to take near water, let alone under it."

That's what Polaroid says about its latest foray into the world of underwater photography. It's launched a polycarbonate housing for a variety of popular DSLR cameras, but alas, its designers have failed to understand the different conditions faced by underwater photographers compared to those working on land. In fact, it looks suspiciously like those inexpensive housings made by Mekon in China and suffers the same problems in that it has a fixed flat glass port, not long enough to encompass a macro lens, and it's not a dome port, needed to work with a wide-angle or fisheye lens. It's "rated to 165 feet" so it should keep the water out, but it's more suited for use in the surf than as a diver's camera housing. At roughly $350 (not including the camera), it may be good value for those with lesser expectations....

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