AquaPix: Cheap and Gives Amazing Pictures

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I bought it in a sale for just 30 reais (equivalent to about $16), and couldn't imagine that it was able to give me such good results.

Credits: monamarques

Aquapix is an underwater camera that works with any 35mm film. You need no batteries, flash, or muscles since it is too light. It floats on water and already comes with a strap, so you can fall into the water and never lose it. Despite what its manual says about always loading it with high ISO films, I’ve tried it with 100, 400 and 800 ISO and got great shots with all. Maybe it’s just a case of choosing the right moment for the click, with the right sun and the right subject.

It looks like a toy and works like one. Okay, okay. It’s a toy! Its 28mm lens has only one aperture setting (f9) and a speed of 1/100 seconds. You even can use it out of the plastic waterproof box if you are far from the ocean — or river, swimming pool, bathtub…etc.

Credits: monamarques

The picture above was shoot with a Lomography CN 800, a high speed ISO film, as recommended by the manual. To my surprise, however, it didn’t yield pictures as good as I expected. Not the film’s fault, but mine: In most of the shots I forgot my finger in front of the lens. What a dumb thing to do! Here are the other pictures that came out good:

Credits: monamarques

Another important thing to remember when shooting with Aquapix is that the sunnier is the day, the better your photos will come out. Golden hour (around 5 or 6 pm) is the later you can take a risk. This one is a picture I took around 6 pm. The sun wasn’t directly over the swimming pool, then the image went dark even with a ISO 800 film.

Credits: monamarques

While the sun is high, however, is another thing. You can use a ISO 100 film and you’ll get great photos. I took the pictures below with an expired Fujifilm!

Credits: monamarques

The waterproof plastic case makes pictures look less sharp, as if they were paintings. Here are some pictures I shoot far from the water and without the case. In some of them I used 400 ISO film.

Credits: monamarques

You can see more pictures in this album or at my LomoHome.

written by monamarques on 2012-01-17 in #reviews

15 Comments

  1. skrutt
    skrutt ·

    Oh, the photos looks good! I bought one from ebay and got it the other day. Will try it out in the bath tub some day, as its winter here, and not much sea/lakes to swim in.
    But from your pics, it looks like I have bought a good camera! :)

  2. jeffr
    jeffr ·

    ooh i want one now

  3. monamarques
    monamarques ·

    @skrutt Yes, yes! =]

  4. neanderthalis
    neanderthalis ·

    I like your pictures of the dachshund and poodle. :D

  5. monamarques
    monamarques ·

    @neanderthalis thanks!

  6. blinghaha
    blinghaha ·

    Love the photos! Just proves you don't need an gold LC-A+ RL OnceOwnedByGhandi to get good pictures, here are mine from a similar very cheap underwater ebay purchase! www.lomography.com/homes/blinghaha/albums/1725047-swimming-…

  7. jochan
    jochan ·

    I got one of this... can't wait to try it during swimming.. :)
    nice review.

  8. marianediaz
    marianediaz ·

    Mona, comprei uma ontem depois de ler seu artigo!!! Agora esperar chegar e curtir o verão!!!
    =D

  9. candy_1006
    candy_1006 ·

    The photos are great!! I'll find a day to try mine once!! I got one camera which is similar to yours too!

  10. monamarques
    monamarques ·

    @marianediaz, acabei de ver! Vamos marcar nossa própria lomowalk!!!

  11. stfflndgshrs
    stfflndgshrs ·

    I want to get one now :3

  12. clare_eee
    clare_eee ·

    I got 2 of them, a red and a purple one... :) Still have my purple one loaded with film though

  13. nescoelho
    nescoelho ·

    Com a sua review "dei o salto", acabei de encomendar uma aquapix rosa para mim :D

  14. monamarques
    monamarques ·

    Boa diversão, @nescoelho! =D

  15. julia-b
    julia-b ·

    Tuas fotos ficaram lindas! Aproveitando pra fazer uma pergunta, não sei se aconteceu com mais alguém. Usei a primeira vez e deu tudo certo (com a câmera pelo menos, eu que fiz besteira haha.)
    Usei agora pela segunda vez, com um filme de 24 poses. Depois de rebobinar e tudo, ainda tá no 24/27, não consigo voltar pro S! :/ Alguém sabe o que fazer?

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