Tuesday, September 11, 2012

An Underwater Case for your Camera

If you’re looking for a reliable and affordable underwater case for your camera, consider the Dicapack.

For me, the Dicapack is like a sophisticated ziplock bag. It’s soft, secure, and it has a hard protruding lens to give way to your camera’s lens.

The Dicapack is a reliable and affordable underwater case for your camera

Admittedly, it’s always scary submerging it into the water just because the camera inside isn’t waterproof. Fortunately, it has always kept my Lumix dry.

The 3 "locks" on top

Skeptical at first, I put tissue instead of my camera.  

One of my first underwater shots... in the bucket. 

Key Features:
1. 100% waterproof. Just make sure all locks and the cap for the lens are secured. 
2. Waterproof up to 33 feet (10 meters). Way more than enough if you’re just snorkeling.
3. Anti-fog. No need to spit on it like a snorkel mask to ensure that it doesn’t fog.
4. It floats! Won’t sink to the bottom of the ocean (if that’s what you’re worried about.)

Boy Wander using the Dicapack for the first time in Oslob, Cebu

I automatically use the Dicapack when I’m in the beach or in a cave—even if I’m out of the water. For me, it’s not only protection from water but from the sand, wind, and rocks.

The Dicapack protects the camera from the sand!

Some friendly tips from experience:

  1. It's easier to use if there's minimal air inside when sealed.
  2. Watch out for the Dicapack's lens rim. It sometimes shows in the shot. 
  3. Opening should face down when inserting/removing camera to prevent entering debris.
  4. Remove camera's strap before putting it inside the Dicapack. Hassle!
  5. Just point and shoot. You can’t really see your shot underwater.  
  6. Rinse Dicapack's exterior with clean, fresh water after use.

The Dicapack is one of the best gadgets I’ve bought for traveling. Here are some of my favorite underwater shots this year:

There are numerous sizes to choose from depending on the camera’s model. For my Lumix LX-5, it’s the Dicapack WP-570 model. There are bigger ones for SLR’s, too.

This was my first online purchase. I ordered it here. The Dicapack cost Php 1,750. After depositing the payment at the bank, the underwater case was delivered the next day—right in time for my next trip.

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