I'm looking for a rig that will cost a maximum of $1000 firm, including shipping. I've gone up and up w each of estimates, but I can't afford to pay more than that.
I thought I had it picked out as the Canon PowerShot A80, but then couldn't configure an external strobe to work.
I've done a lot of research on all the sites I can and my best ideas are as follows:
While I'll eventually want to go deeper, the housing needs to be rated for at least 130'. The most imporant buttons should be available, including power.
A digital camera that works well topside out of the housing, for other outdoor activities, with a miniumum megapixelage of 4, going as low as a 3.1 if the quality of the pickup is indifferentiable. The smaller the camera, the better, as I don't want to be lugging around a huge rig that becomes the centerpiece of my dive.
My reasoning for wanting an external strobe is to be able to take shots of wrecks from a distance at depth, as most internal flashes won't get past ~10'.
Lastly a 256MB card, which i'll pick up from a memory dealer.
If there are good external strobes that will work with the Powershot series, I'll give it another look, but right now I need to make a decision within the next 4 days.
Much thanks in advance,