I mentioned in an earlier post about purchasing a different camera for underwater photography and I wanted to share with those of you that are on a budget like me. I could not afford or justify buying a housing for my DSLR so I went to purchase the disposable 35 mm designed for underwater at Walmart (no this is not a Walmart add). While looking at those my son spotted this camera, a Vivitar ViviCam 8400. It is an 8.1 megapixel with a 8x digital zoom and uses a SD card. I already had SD cards for my D90 and the price was $100.00, about what it would cost me to purchase five of the other cameras and have the film printed, plus if it worked we would have it for other trips or for the kids to play with in the pool or on the beach. We purchased the camera and immediately tried it in the pool before heading to vacation. We were happy with the results so it was packed for vacation. All my underwater photos were taken with it along with others that we took on the beach that I didn't want to risk using my good cameras for. I will post some of those later and I think you will be surprised with the quality of the image. I will point out that with the digital zoom if you use it the quality gets poor in a hurry, it also has a video feature that does not work bad but leaves a bit to be desired (no audio). If you are going to do some scuba diving or snorkeling and want to take photographs cheaply this is a decent camera. I did touch up the photos a little in photoshop.
The first photo was taken with the camera from a moving zodiac raft, if I remember correctly they are spinner dolphins.