Cameras are essential in your life. They capture you and your family’s precious moments, some of which may only happen once in a lifetime. This is the reason why you bring them everywhere with you to the beach, park, pool, games, weddings, parties and many more. Unfortunately, this is also where they may be exposed to the dangers of getting wet or worse, being submerged in water. Spilled drinks cannot be avoided and there is the mist and rain that may also cause water damage to the camera.
Gone are the days of film cameras; now is the age of digital cameras with microprocessors and complicated electronic components. Water is the number one enemy of electronics. To save on expensive repairs due to water damage, the best thing would be to waterproof your camera. You can buy a waterproof digital camera or if you already have the regular digital camera and do not want to spend more on a new camera, enclose it in waterproof digital camera cases.
Most people buy waterproof digital camera cases only when they have experienced the pain of having to pay for camera repair. The cases are not standard accessories that come when you purchase the camera. They have to be bought separately. There are cases that are just water resistant with rubberized shells but have openings for the buttons or lenses meaning that they do not totally protect water from getting in when the camera is dunked in water or exposed to heavy water flow. You need to get the waterproof digital camera cases that can withstand water immersion. However, these cases are typically bulky.
Today, waterproof digital cameras are designed not just to be waterproof but to be dust proof and shockproof as well. Most of these have metal casings instead of plastic ones. Special O-rings seal the openings and working components in order to keep out water, dust and dirt. When scuba diving or snorkeling is one of your favorite activities, a waterproof digital camera gives you the opportunity to take underwater photos or videos. Your photo sessions can expand to include your child’s first swim or his first walk in the rain.
When you have bought either of the two options, the next thing would be maintenance. Always go through the manual that goes with the case or the camera. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions in order to achieve what the manufacturer intended the product for. For instance, a grain of sand that goes in the joints of the case or the camera can possibly cause a slight gap in the seal which will affect its waterproofing ability. Or taking out the camera beyond the water depth that it is rated for can possibly result in water getting in due to the pressures of the depth where it was taken to.
When you are looking for waterproof digital camera cases or the waterproof digital camera itself, always shop around and compare prices. This way, you get what you really need at a price that is commensurate to its reputation, durability and function.