Underwater and Waterproof Cameras Tips
Have you ever visited the beach or planning to go diving underwater for a vacation? Did you ever think about capturing the amazing under water environment that include an expedition with fishes, pearls, sea creatures, underwater stones, and more in your camera. How about clicking pictures during river rafting? Well, the common digital cameras would end up not working properly once it gets soaked with water coming from different directions and would end up mulfunctioning and not usable at all. Waterproof cameras are a must, and the most suitable for taking clean and good photographs under water, and wherever there are water and liquids involved.
It is an essential aspect to ensure that your camera is functioning properly. Even in waterproof cameras, there isn’t always a perfect protective glass, covering the internal lens. Hence, the lens can pick up smudges, fingerprints, cruft, pocket lint, and more. A microfiber cloth is best to wipe these off from the glass. Always make sure that there is no grit on the glass or the cloth as it can cause scratches when pressed too hard.
Bubbles can get deposited on the camera surface and it is crucial to wipe that off. Bubble marks may not be visible always, but these may be there and visible only when you actually view pictures on computer. However, till then it may be too late and obviously you cannot do anything about it. Shake the camera when you first go diving under water which should dislodge the bubbles from the surface. This will prevent blurred photos from the droplets left on the lens. Dry them carefully with a clean cloth so that the moisture gets soaked easily.
Often using your waterproof digital camera in a stream or lake where the water is salty can result in salt crystals to get deposited on the camera surface. Saltwater leaves corrosive marks when dried. It can cause an impact on the camera’s internal circuitry and can damage the device. The best way to prevent such a deposition is to place the camera under freshwater after use in saltwater. Even though freshwater droplets need to be wiped off after that, but salt water deposition on the surface can cause corrosion. So, it is highly recommended that you get the camera a freshwater rinse to keep off the salt.
The soft rubber gasket keeps the water out from the camera and is secured against a smooth surface. Accumulation of dirt and grit will no longer keep the surface watertight. Just run your finger to make sure that there isn’t dirt on the gasket sides that could cause the leak. Make sure that the surface is not subjected to any kind of scratch as it will also lead to damage. Check to see if the sliding seal is clean. Also, see if seal replacement warranty is covered to ensure that remains functional for long.
Though some cameras are specified as meant to strive through tough circumstances, these are obviously not indestructible. Also, anti-crush ratings do not guarantee damage free situations. If your camera bumps against something it can cause damage. Applied pressure can still crack the LCD glass of the camera. Use good straps for your waterproof camera so that it remains close to you no matter how deep you are underwater or how active you are. Even in a few meters of sea water, chances of losing the camera cannot be avoided.
These are few of the best ways to take care of your waterproof camera.