Snap Sights! Provides Underwater Fun for All


The camera-of-choice this summer was a little gem I got for $5 US at K-Mart. I’m sure you could find it in your local Megalo-Mart, too. The Snap Sights! is a lovely plastic, blue beauty that comes in it’s own waterproof housing. In fact, you can’t really use this camera without the housing unless you plan on modifying it somehow.

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Snap Sights! takes 35mm film and can be used up to 25 feet (8 meters) below the surface. It’s lens is nice and wide, 30mm, which is almost as wide as the Vivitar UWS’s ample 28mm. The integrity of the underwater case is impressive: I have yet to see a hint of water or condensation on the inside of the housing or camera. Not bad for a fiver. If the price of the camera doesn’t make you smile the little sticker on the inside that covers the film door latch will. It reminds you that you need to REWIND the film before opening the back.

The kids got first crack at this camera and boy did we get some interesting results. Because they want to take close-ups lots of their faces and body, shots were blurry but once I grabbed the camera and a pair of goggles they were more than happy to pose for me. Here are a couple of my favorites

Fun, right? Next I tried some action shots. I was aiming to capture interesting splash-downs and half-in-water-half-out pictures

Be careful that you don’t have a droplet of water right on the lens, otherwise you just get a blurry mess like this…which is kind of interesting in it’s own way

Finally, I was going for artsy and abstract

Snap Sights! isn’t just cool in the pool. I took it in some clear, green Atlantic Ocean water and got some fantastic and dreamy results. I’m not sure the pictures would be so good in more turbulent water.

All these were shot with Kodak Ektachrome slide film, 100 iso but Snap Sights! comes pre-loaded with some generic roll of color negative film. Now you have a mission: get your hands on the best and cheapest underwater camera that money can buy. Just think of how cool your summer vacation photo album will be NEXT summer!

written by ipdegirl on 2010-10-03 #gear #blue #film #plastic #underwater #35mm #review #camera #ipdegirl #point-and-shoot #user-review #focus-free #snap-sights


  1. gnarlyleech
    gnarlyleech ·

    I was about to do a review for this camera. :(

  2. saintjacques
    saintjacques ·

    target also sells their own underwater camera for i think $6-$7. comes preloaded with 800 iso generic negative film. it says to not open it, but it's a reloadable camera that's essentially the same thing.

  3. jblaze823
    jblaze823 ·

    Awesome I have one of these cameras too, it is a great little cam.

  4. eva_eva
    eva_eva ·

    underwater is fun! :D

  5. rexhibitionist
    rexhibitionist ·

    @gnarlyleech Do the review, we have TONS for all the other cameras, films, etc... I have this camera too and might do a review one day, myself.

  6. paramir
    paramir ·

    great little thing! I love the ocean gallery. great stuff.

  7. n1cha
    n1cha ·

    great pics!

  8. nation_of_pomation
    nation_of_pomation ·

    The Vivitar UWS and its clones are 22mm, not 28mm. Maybe you were thinking the PN2011. Otherwise, this seems like a fun little camera.

  9. myvitaminx
    myvitaminx ·

    if only FROGEYE still exist!

  10. pushkar
    pushkar ·

    i have this camera aswell :D

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