New Sea&Sea AquaPix DX-3100 Underwater Camera - POOR QUALITY PICTURES

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by Dan, Nov 23, 2003.

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    Dan Guest

    I just bought the new Sea&Sea AquaPix DX-3100 3-megapixel underwater camera.
    I have a MX-10 that I have used for years and greatly enjoyed, but was
    excited to move to digital. I took a number of simple pictures with the
    camera and they all turned out horrible. Very fuzzy and pixelated. The
    3-mega pixel captures on highest quality (lowest compression) setting look
    worse than pictures taken with highest compression (lowest quality) on a 6
    year old 1-megapixel fuji we have laying around the house.

    Everything else worked fine (including the connection to the YS-25Auto
    flash), but that doesn't matter if the pictures look lousy. My guess is
    there are 3 possible problems (or combinations of the 3) (i) cheap CCD for
    picture capture, (ii) electrical interference with CCD, (iii) bad
    compression algorithm.

    Has anyone else looked at this camera? I this representative of this model
    or do I have a defective one that could be replaced?

    Does anyone have a recommendation for an alternative digital camera solution
    (including lighting) that would be in the $1000-$1500 range?


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    Dan, Nov 23, 2003
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    Peter Lombar Guest

    Peter Lombar, Nov 23, 2003
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    DrYak Guest

    Certainly a 3-megapixel should deliver better results than a
    1-megapixel. I would take it back and see if there was somehting wrong.
    Otherwise, get a refund.
    DrYak, Nov 24, 2003
  4. Was this "wet" or "dry" that delivered such lousy results?

    Allodoxaphobia, Nov 24, 2003
  5. I wouldn't expect S&S to use crappy parts, so I'd first look elsewhere.
    Bad unit. Bad user (!). Bad conditions? In very low light levels, the
    noise level gets cranked up and digital doesn't do it as well.

    Were you in clear waters? Murky ones?

    Only a few runs in, I've been plenty happy with the S400 setup from
    Canon. Still haven't picked up the strobe, but have been able to do
    well enough in the warmer waters. I might even give it a try in LA
    this week. If you can't get the S&S to work, Canon and Olympus have
    lots of decent compact setups.
    Jason O'Rourke, Nov 25, 2003
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