Panasonic TS1 & Pentax W80 Added

DPReview has added to their underwater camera reviews. I'm glad to see the Pansonic added.

The winner? A tie between the Canon D10 and Panasonic TS1.

My Little Review:
I have used both cameras quite extensively and find them both to be great performers.

605229 - Under Water Group Test Updated - DPReview
I still win.

I prefer the Canon D10 for 4 reasons:
Flash performance is better. The larger flash and position contribute to above average performance.
2) The Canon menu system, I'm just used to it.
3) The 33 feet depth rating. I live around some deep water and get down there sometimes.
4) It's cheaper (before you add the accessory kit).

*Side Note: Dear Canon, why on earth do I have to pay $149 CAD to change the color of my Canon D10?

You should provide retailers with a display stand with the different colors and charge about $30 each for them. Retailers would get a margin booster and I wouldn't have to feel I'm wasting money for colors I don't want.


I prefer the Panasonic TS1 for 2 reasons:
The HD video. It's very decent quality.
2) The slim design. It's a lot more convenient than the D10. I do like the moveable wrist strap on the D10. I'd still prefer it to be slimmer though.

Read More:


Some of our articles may include affiliate links. If you purchase through these links, we may earn an affiliate commission at no extra cost to you.


  1. I’m still shooting film for UW, although I have also been playing around with a housed P&S digital for shallow waters.

    While the subject cameras can do fine for snorkeling, a system with a hot shoe and a solid housing (such as Ikelite) is pragmatically the only real way to go for scuba diving depths.

    One of the things that I’ve been looking for … unsuccessfully … is a digital UW system that can come close to my current film benchmark of the Nikonos V with a 15mm wide angle lens.

    For example, the Canon G10 only goes as wide as 28mm. When that is put on a conventional housing with a flat port, the field of view becomes narrowed … IIRC, roughly 45mm equivalent.

    Ikelite does offer an accessory WA port for their G10 housing, but this merely restores the 28mm lens to a 28mm lens by effectively putting it behind a dome port.

    And while 28mm is better than nothing, it nevertheless appears that no one apparently offers any wider WA options than this within a P&S form factor. The alternative is to house something like a 5Dmk2 and put a 17-40mm on it behind an 8″ diameter dome port … not at all cheap, plus it gets to be pretty big & bulky.


  2. Here’s an illustration I did that shows the basic optics of the backscatter / strobe factor:

    Insofar as lighting and ISO, it can depend a lot on where you go. For example, my default in very clear tropical waters is ISO 100, 1/60sec and f/8 when shallow (~50fsw), progressing to 1/30sec and f/5.6 when deep (100+fsw), particularly if overcast. OTOH, in richer/darker waters, one can easily lose 2-3 stops, so I’d jump to ISO 400 film.

    In either case, over 99% of the red portion of the spectrum is absorbed by 20ft of water, so bringing along your own light (strobe) is a pragmatic necessity if you want to avoid having everything progressively go to a monochromatic blue, and as such, strobe illumination power and balance will make things to be other than limited to available light photography.

Leave A Reply