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Canon G15 vs G16 vs S120 vs Sony RX-100ii + Housings

G15 G16 S120 RX-100 Meikon Meike

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#1 sinetwo


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Posted 16 July 2014 - 02:39 PM

Hi all,
I've gotten a wealth of information off this forum, which has led me to the following conundrum.
I'd like to get a budget underwater camera with good IQ, wide angle out of the box (well, as wide as it gets!), possibility for wide angle lens addition and strobes in the future.
It has narrowed it down to [Camera + Housing = Price]:
Canon G15:
  • G15 + Meike G15 £344
  • G15 + WP-DC48 £448
Canon G16:
  • G16 + Meikon G16 £385
  • G16 + WP-DC52 £485
  • G16 + Fantasea FG16 £570
Sony RX100:
  • Sony RX100-ii + Meikon £444
That pretty much puts G16 + Fantasea out of the picture, way above my budget.
The IQ of Sony RX100-ii seems like it may be better than the G16? Essentially i'm throwing up Sony RX100-ii + Meikon vs G16 + WP-DC52.
What do you guys think? Or do you have any other recommendations?
Thanks in advance!

#2 Interceptor121


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Posted 18 July 2014 - 02:11 AM

You are correct that the sensor of the RX100 in any version is much better than the Canon G series

Wide angle out of the box is not really something that exists as you can get a 24mm camera that in water becomes 30mm that is already not that wide but moreover the image quality at the edges is crap because of pincushion distortion

With an onboard flash and no add on lens you are really looking at fish portraits or underwater landscapes

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#3 Rasul


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Posted 21 July 2014 - 10:30 PM

Would be nice to replace the springs of buttons in Meikon housing. Better to take a set of springs from Ikelite 6201.02 O-ring kit

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