Picture by Diana van den Heuvel
Despite their small sensors, the clever technology of some of the new compact cameras produces stunning results underwater. For example, the TG6
of Olympus, when set to Super Macro, can zoom in to at least 1.2x, allowing it to focus up to 1cm in front of the lens. Equipped with a new lighting gadget like the Weefine
3000 ring light, set in the ‘strobe light mode’, the camera produces superb natural lighting of a very small object in front of the lenses. Without the need of bringing in heavier strobes. Some of the new compacts may also take
an additional wide-angle wet lens. Altogether, they present a versatile and easy-to-handle system, competing with the bigger and more expensive cameras and housings for much less money. And.. perhaps a nice backup macro-specific camera
for people that use their SLR fisheye set-up for the larger composite scenes.