I WISH THAT DIGITAL CAMERAS FOR UNDERWATER were already invented when I was a kid. I'm sure I was able to take much images of under the sea scenes during those early years of my life in my hometown - Sibuyan Island (Romblon, Philippines) since I loved to dive during summer and collect shells for dinner. It was fun!
Digital technology is evolving and thanks to Olympus for producing durable underwater digital cameras as early as 2007. This was the time when I got my first ever underwater gadget, Stylus 790SW (7.1 megapixel) model which I bought from Best Buys (North Carolina, USA) for a discounted price. However, I did not able to use it intensively since I don't have the opportunity to visit a beach resort or do any diving and snorkelling activities. It was funny because the only thing I do to test its waterproof feature was to let it dip in the bath tub or a bucket full of water! I can not even use it in the public swimming pools in the UK because it is restricted for privacy of other swimmers. Two years later, I bought a latest model, Stylus 850SW (8 megapixel) and this was the time that I took a holiday/vacation in the Philippines. Finally, I was able to try and find out how it works under water. Indeed, it is amazing to carry this gadget while snorkelling - exploring the aquatic life. Generally, Olympus models have the capability to go down up to 3 meters and with a shock proof of 1.5 meters: which means you can drop it without a fuss! The only problem while snorkelling or diving is the water current, so it is difficult to have a good steady focus of the subject. Maybe if I have the proper diving gears, then I could easily frame the subject perfectly. Nevertheless, my shots are not bad and somehow show some interesting aquatic life that we seldom see. Some of these photos were taken ten years ago in Boracay, Philippines and Puerto Galera (Batangas) during the island hopping activities. Then I also explored these Olympus cameras in my follow-up visit to USA (California) in a subdivision's swimming pool. I was lucky that the management of this exclusive community facility is allowing members to take photos. With my cousin's young kids (they are now teenagers), I did explore the features of the camera, in terms of using the flash or the reflection of the sunlight under water. I did minimal color alterations such as black and white or sepia just to explore some of the features of the camera.