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Help!! Questions about Underwater housing for digital camera

Discussion in 'Research and Development' started by william83, Nov 7, 2005.

  1. william83

    william83 Garibaldi

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    Hi!

    We are two students trying to improve the housing of digital cameras, so that you can use it without taking care about the type. We want to create an universal one.

    We would be very pleased if you could answer some of our questions!

    When do you use an Underwaterhousing for Digital Cameras?

    How often do you use it?

    Which problem do you have when using it?

    What do you like about this product?

    What don’t you like when using it?

    What should be improved?

    What issues do you consider when purchasing the product?

    How much do you want to pay for it at maximum?

    How often do you buy a new digital camera and how much money do you spend on a digital camera?


    Thank a lot!
     
  2. bobf

    bobf Barracuda

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    forget the housing, I have a better project for you.

    Develop a camera that has an upgradable sensor.

    Far fetched? They change lenses, don't they...........
     
  3. stu_in_fl

    stu_in_fl Divemaster

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    housings rang from the low $100's to the 1000's depending on the camera

    ...you essentially need to have access to all the camera functions underwater...and if you make one that can do that and NEVER flood, you'll have a product that people want.

    mine - $160 for housing $350 for camera and use it on every dive apart from Spearfishing...will upgrade when I get my next flood.
     
  4. Monkey Knife-fight

    Monkey Knife-fight Barracuda

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    A single universal housing for all digital cameras isn't really possible unless you're talking about a cheap zip-lock bag type thing like:

    http://www.ewa-marine.de/

    Otherwise most every camera needs at least some customization because it's a different size, or lens is in a different place, buttons move/controls change. Ikelite seems like the closest thing to what you're talking about. They seem to reuse similar designs as much as possible but still have to design housings for each camera they want to support.

    I have a $300 ikelite housing for my $300 camera. I have no real complaints about my housing. It is rugged, has access to all controls, and is snazzy looking :wink:

    Chris
     
  5. william83

    william83 Garibaldi

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    Thanks for your answers, we are thinking about this new innovative product but before implementing it we would like to deeply understand the customer needs!!
    Could you help us replying to some or all (it would be great :wink: ) of our questions!!!!
    THANKS A LOT!!!
    We hope we will find a solution cheaper and more comfortable than now!!!
     
  6. Monkey Knife-fight

    Monkey Knife-fight Barracuda

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    When do you use an Underwaterhousing for Digital Cameras?
    Not sure i understand this question. When i'm underwater?

    How often do you use it?
    Most weekends.

    Which problem do you have when using it?
    None really. I love my housing. Like i said above it's high quality, rugged, clear plastic so you can see the o-ring.

    What do you like about this product?
    See above. It just seems very well put together.

    What don’t you like when using it?
    Again i like my housing. No real complaints.

    What should be improved?
    See above.

    What issues do you consider when purchasing the product?
    Price, quality.

    How much do you want to pay for it at maximum?
    I paid $300. Wouldn't want to spend any more than the camera cost.

    How often do you buy a new digital camera and how much money do you spend on a digital camera?
    Only ever owned one.
     
  7. dscheck

    dscheck Angel Fish

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    Are you engineering students or marketing students?

    You inqueries remind me of market research not design research.
     
  8. Landos

    Landos Guest

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    : )
     
  9. Jeff Toorish

    Jeff Toorish Instructor, Scuba

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    Ditto
     
  10. divenutny

    divenutny PADI Pro

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    Guys, not sure how this questionaire will help. Underwater picture taking falls in several groups. First Film vs. Digital. Second, cheap vs. moderate vs. expensive.
    My first camera was cheap, Ikelite using disposable camera. It stunk. Through a Ikelite program, I upgraded to the Ikelite Auto 35. Not much better. I recently bought a Canon S1-IS with the Canon Case (camera $300, case $150). Great setup, case has a button for every digital camera button. However, Underwater pictures were not as great as the Ikelite Auto-35. I have much to learn.

    Regardless, the reason for my long winded response is I am taking pictures in the cheap to moderate priced category. If a serious photogragher responds, you will get different responses. They will spend several thousand dollars on a camera and case.
    At this time, I can not afford that commitment. Plus, if one of my cases flooded, my response on the product would be slighted.

    Good luck with your study. You may want to ask more focused questions - Tom
     

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