Since you are already thinking of Canon, try Canon A640. Some friends just bought them & had no regrets, one of them even already had a Nikon DSLR. It runs on 4AA batteries & the turn around time is pretty fast, & you can standardise all your batteries/charger with your dive torch/camera strobes. Latest price is around $560.
I actually don't have a particular brand in mind. Canon was jus a recommendation from my friendsSince you are already thinking of Canon, try Canon A640. Some friends just bought them & had no regrets, one of them even already had a Nikon DSLR. It runs on 4AA batteries & the turn around time is pretty fast, & you can standardise all your batteries/charger with your dive torch/camera strobes. Latest price is around $560.
For casing the Ikelite ones are known to be of better quality (of course the price is higher).
The manual functions are limited on it. However, for macro photography, the 850 is quite impressive.I understand fr others that Ixus 850 has manual function...
thats why i said if the ikelite housing 'is used correctly'..... since the ikelite housing is meant to be built to withstand the pressure at a greater depth than the canon housing... such that even if its not brought down to that depth, the risk of flooding is lower, doesnt mean that it will not get flooded. if the user is not careful, even a strand of hair can cause it to get flooded.seriously i think people who get the prosumer cams will end up shooting more land shots then u/w shots. So i would go with what i really want for a land camera, and then make sure it has an underwater housing. Period!
so if u want 6X optical zoom, IS, then make sure the cam has them. A710 IS?
for underwater, all u need (i need) are full manual controls and RAW. Having a compact camera makes no diff after putting it in a housing and adding 2 strobes. I seriously believe Foxwagon, Lovells19, Photosmart, beivied, antacid and a bunch of others here will give u many decent pics given any camera system to shoot in. The key is to shoot within the limitations of yr system.
Also generalising that Canon housings tend to leak and Ikelites' don't is :nono:
I own only Ikelite housings now but i have also flooded my cams. Remember the old saying : it's the photographer, and not the equipment...... So Dolphin, your canon friends are people who just have more money to burn.....:angel:
Lastly, in case Canon reads this, I am more than happy to add Canon to my equipment list if u want me to provide product feedback
A710is :lovegrin: Been using it since last year september.. so far so good. Just slightly bigger than a ixus but with manual functions.. cheaper somemore!!