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Karin Brussaard : March 17th 2008 - 00:09 CET

Sony underwater housing review


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SonySony W200 underwater housing review : I am in Dahab, Egypt and I am taking the Sony DSC-W200 to the seaside in an exclusive manner: on a camel. The diving spots near Ras Abu Galum are only accessible by camel from Dahab. The trip will take approximately an hour and a half. This is a good opportunity to try the camera on land before taking it underwater. We meet the camels at a famous diving spot; the Blue Hole. The camels are still having their meal as we arrive and they react somewhat irritated when I get closer to take pictures of them. When they finish their meal, the diving gear is loaded onto them. Some camels get to carry four aqualungs and other camels receive two bags and the remaining diving equipment. > Read our complete Sony underwater housing review!
Sony underwater housing review

Sony W200 Beach scene mode
I have kept the Sony DSC-W200 outside the underwater housing and because of its small size it easily fits in the pocket of my trousers. Just as well I'd say, because I need two hands to climb onto the camel and hang on to it while it gets up. The camera has a special mode for pictures capturing water. This mode is called Beach mode and it is supposed to make the water bluer. I experiment with this mode and I compare the pictures with the pictures in auto mode. Indeed, the water of the Red Sea is bluer when this special mode is activated.

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Sony boasts years of experience in manufacturing underwater housings and the house I am about to use looks neat also. It is secured against accidentally opening it and the shutter release button can be found blindfolded. Moreover, the Sony W200 comes including a large and strong wrist strap that is a joy to use. The underwater housing can be used to a depth of 40 meters.

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Sony DSC-W200 underwater housing review
The underwater housing fits the camera like a glove. This makes it hard to fit a sachet of silica gel in with the camera. The sachet of silica gel is necessary because of the heat the battery and the internal flash produce. This heat cannot find a way out of the polycarbonate housing and will eventually condensate. Moist and condense is a killer for digital cameras so you need this sachet with silica gel to absorb the damp. Wanna know more about the adventure in Egypt? Read our complete Sony W200 underwater housing review!





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