Underwater Camera

Here is my new Pentax WPi underwater digital camera. As far as I know, it is the first digital camera that doesn’t need a special waterproof case. I really wanted to buy this camera because there are so many fun things to do in the water on Kauai, from snorkeling to kayaking and hiking behind waterfalls (and swimming across rivers). Also, it sometimes rains on hikes and it convenient to not worry about the camera getting wet.

This photo is a mirror image that is rotated to show the camera better:

Self portrait of my new OptioWPi, slightly smaller than my old cell phone

The camera does have some underwater limitations, it can only be immersed for 30 minutes up to 5 feet (1.5 m) deep. So it’s perfect for snorkeling, but can’t be used for diving. I took some underwater pictures yesterday afternoon, and the quality of the underwater photos is very good. They are not perfectly sharp, but it was hard to keep still in the waves. The results would be even better on a calmer day with brighter sun around noon.

The colors are slightly blue and green, as shown in the following raw image I took in full automatic mode. The images I posted were color corrected to look more natural. There is an underwater mode which I will try to see if it adjust the colors automatically.

The same photo of Sonja feeding the fish, but the blue and green dominant lowers the contrast

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  1. jason says:

    I just stumbled on to the site using google, and I have to say your site is great. I just got back from kauai a few months ago, and your pictures really bring me back.


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