Affordable ways to waterproof your DSLR

Filming movies, events and more there are always situations that would occur where the weather isn't really helping. But you still would need to do your job at continuing the choose or capturing the event. So what to do if it rains or even what to do if you are hire to film a pool party where there is a risk of falling into the pool or people splashing water all over you and the camera. Even though professional DSLR are weather proof doesn't mean its fully waterproof to take a dive into a pool with.

First lets talk about the traditional way you would dive with a camera. There are two method either you have a camera that is already build for diving or you buy a case that makes your camera waterproof. Nowadays you have allot sport cams that can go into the water and dive to 3-5 meters with no problem, however most of them doesn't give you enough control nor the professional looks of a DSLR. While the other route you can use your DSLR but you often have to pay more than you have paid for your camera itself for the housing. But since a few year ago waterproof pouches by Dicapac  have appeared which are affordable solutions and nowadays there are several ones on the market from the cheap knock offs to the original. As original from Dicapac is cost abour 80-100USD is still quite on the expensive side however we will talk about two the less expensive ones that is from China and the other from the USA.

This is the DSLR Dry Bag which is very similar to the Dicapac however missing different element and mostly build up from similar materials like a float or a beach ball. This is by far the cheapest option however knowing how easily a float can tear you should still be careful with this. However it is a cheap solution and its be good to save your camera from splashing water, but I wouldn't dive with this as such a cheap solution might not work as you are paying for what you get and being cheap might not work that great.

Also another thing is that are taking photos through a plastic which also easily scratch, bend and folds and you images might not look as great compared to shooting without the bag at all. But if you are on vacation and really don't care that much about the quality and mainly just able to capture some fun moment at the pool or at the beach. This also would be a great not only waterproofing your camera but also protecting your camera from sand. As getting send into your lens is the worst thing that can happen and would ruin the lens in no time, giving crunchy sound when you focus and ruin the quality of the glass if it get in between the lens elements. So if you just want something cheap that might work as it's still better than nothing and you can easily just spend $5 and have this just as an extra in your camera bag also it come in fashionable colors Pink or blue. Click the following link to find this product on Ebay $5 DSLR Dry Bag.

$25 Underwater case DSLR

This one cost a bit more but you do get much more and enable to take much better quality pictures are you be shooting thought a solid glass element instead of through plastic. As this is a design far more closer to the Dicapac having a glass front element. Also it has a special design with holes where you can get a better hold and feel to change the focus and to press the shutter button. Also this has a bit of a different top design where the other was secured by simple clips and velcro, this is secured by few lock knobs and a whole hard plastic thing that also holds the camera strap. As for pricing this cost only 25buck paying far less than the Dicapac getting quite a similar design and quality. I would suggest to get this one however due to the glass element and the plastic top is quite bigger to store, but atleast give you much higher quality image that the one from 5 bucks. Click the following link to find this product on Ebay $25 Underwater case DSLR

Due note these cases don't provide a tripod screw mount of the bottom and mainly only useful for handheld shooting. Also these lack the space to use an external flash and only can use the internal flash to light up your subjects. And always test for leakage before you use it for diving.