My camerapaedia: Splash

Credits: stratski

An underwater camera consiting of a very simple plastic point and shoot camera encased in a plastic waterproof casing. Focus free 28 mm lens. No settings,I’d guess more or less the same specifications as a cheap disposable camera. I call it splash, but I don’t think that’s an offical brand name. Just a bit of decoration on a cheap no-brand toy camera.

Still being made (in China, where else?), judging from Google…

Thrift store (€1,-).

I stumbled upon this camera on one of my thrift store visits, and thought, why not? It looks kind of dinky, but you never know when you might want to use a waterproof camera… It turns out it was a lucky find, because since then I’ve seen several more of these things, but every time the lock on the waterproof shell had been broken. Obviously a vulnerable part.

Anyway. I’m not much of a beach person, but I do find myself outside in the rain often enough (too often…), so opportunity enough to test it out. I had pretty low expectations, it being such a simple little camera. But, it’s actually not all that bad. The waterproof casing works like a charm (as long as you wipe the rain drops off the front every now and then), so I was able to just clip it to the outside of my backpack, leaving the water proof coat pockets for my less waterproof cameras. Combined with a suitably high ISO to compensate for the small lens (and grim weather) it provides pretty good pictures. Nice, saturated colors, reasonable sharpness in the centre, and a pleasant blur in the edges. Plus, the plastic outer casing can add a nice hysterical flare when shooting into the sun.

Credits: stratski

written by stratski on 2012-11-15


  1. clickiemcpete
    clickiemcpete ·

    Cool little camera!

  2. neanderthalis
    neanderthalis ·

    I have the next model up that comes with the flash. Like you, it is less about the beach and more about the weather proof. I like taking mine hiking. I ruined one camera by falling in a stream and killing the electrical, now I take the splash with flash.

  3. stratski
    stratski ·

    @neanderthalis: I saw the flash version just the other day, but unfortunately the outer shell was busted...