After a year or two of hesitation, I finally took my SLR underwater using the Dicapac SLR Underwater case. It had been trialled and tested in bathroom conditions, but taking it into the ocean with a higher amount of pressure and depth was going to take more courage.
Dicapac Review (WP-S10)
- Underwater Protection: 5/5 for 5m max depth
- Ease of Use: 3/5
- Access to Camera Options and Zoom: 3/5
- Overall Rating: 3/5
Tips for using the Dicapac Underwater Case
- Test your case! – Don’t put your camera into your case until you have at least tried the tissue test. Instructions for the test are given with the purchase of the camera.
- Leave a neutral level of air in the case when sealing – After sealing the top part of the case, and securing the velcro seals, I found that it trapped a large amount of air that would make pressing the back of the camera difficult underwater. To release the air, unscrew the lens part of the case and put it back on again. DO NOT purposely squeeze the pack to remove air while unscrewed as air compresses under water. I had removed a lot of air, and faced difficulty towards the end of my time under water trying to push my finger towards the shutter and using using manual zoom.
- Use a zoom lens – Although the specifications say you can use 2-6 inch lens, I found that the shorter the lens, the more distance there is towards the window of the case. This can result in the case’s hood appearing in your images, as the lens extension tended to float upwards as you point your lens down. E.g.:
- Keep your finger on the shutter button – and swim with the pack underneath your chest as you swim. This saves a lot of time trying to navigate into the pack and take a photo, by which time all your fish may have swum away or the current pulls you away from the area you want to shoot. It’s amazing how hard it is to find the shutter button on a camera you’ve called an extension of your arm.
Dicapac Image Examples
Definitely keen on getting this case out there again, although next time with a longer lens.