I began UWP about a year ago when I bought a 2ed hand Canon Powershot A85 and WP-DC30 housing off another freediver. Since then, I've been learning from books and just mucking around so I don't know too much about the gear side of things. The camera is beginning to show its age and won't last too much longer so, I'm in the market for a new camera and housing.
I've been doing a bit of research myself from backpost and the net but don't really know where to look. I thought if I posted up what I want from the camera I could get some suggestions from you guys in the know!
I'm looking at spending $1500 to $2000 (camera and housing) on something which is easy to use and handle while freediving. I'm keen to take some more video which is nice and clear on my computer screen as well as the obvious stills pics and macro. The thing that annoys me about my current camera is that it hasn't got zoom worth using, so something with good zoom would be nice.
What are the main differences between point and shoot camera and DSLR cameras?
Will I need strobes or does the camera become too bulky when freediving?
Do you need a lighting source when taking video or does the shallow water reduce the need for artifical light?
I've been suggested a G9 from another freediver. It looks pretty good. Any opinions?
Thanks guys, any help or suggestions are really appreciated. I'll get down to the library and do a bit of reading too.