DiCAPac WP-S5 Waterproof Case for Digital SLR Cameras

Waterproof Digital Slr Camera

The DiCAPac WP-S5 is an all-weather vinyl case for digital SLR cameras that lays flat for storage and is totally waterproof up to 16 feet (5 meters) deep! Constructed from thick, high-grade vinyl with a UV-coated polycarbonate lens cover, the DiCAPac keeps your camera clean and moisture-free in almost any environment, while the clear panels and flexible material allows you to maintain complete control over all your camera’s functions.

DiCAPac WP-S5 Waterproof Case for Digital SLR Cameras

Features DiCAPac WP-S5 Waterproof Case for Digital SLR Cameras

  • Compatible with small DSLR/SLR cameras
  • 100% waterproof protection, guaranteed for water depths up to 5 meters
  • UV polycarbonate coated optical lens (diameter 85mm/3.3″) allows you to take clear pictures
  • Fits zoom lenses up to 9.5cm (3.7″) in length
  • Easy button control with the finger sleeve
Overall Rating: Rating=4.5
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DiCAPac WP-S5 Waterproof Case for Digital SLR Cameras

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  1. John G. Strebler says:
    18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Good option for the cost – but seal it carefully, July 21, 2012

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    This was a tough review for me to write since water got into the housing on my last snorkeling excursion on my vacation. I subsequently inspected the bag pretty thoroughly, and put it under pressure under water for a while, and couldn’t get it to leak again. I was in a hurry when I put the camera in that last time, so am concluding I didn’t seal it properly and am not counting off stars on the review — but if you buy one make sure to be meticulous when sealing it, or it can get expensive.

    My use for it -

    I was heading to Maui on vacation and planning to do a lot of snorkeling. I have a Canon 40D and some decent lenses, and am towards the enthusiast side of the scale (shoot RAW, play with the settings a lot, etc), and wanted an option to take pictures while snorkeling.

    There aren’t a lot of good options without going to a much higher budget range-

    -Buy a Quality Waterproof Case – There are great waterproof cases out there that are rated for diving and would fit my 40D with total access to the controls, but they cost several times as much as my camera is worth (around $1500) and I couldn’t justify that for the amount I would use it.

    -Rent a Quality Waterproof Case – This is still expensive – BorrowLenses rents some for cameras a little more current than mine but it would have run $500+ to rent the housing and the lens port for the vacation even if I had a newer camera where housings were available.

    -Buy or rent a waterproof point and shoot – cost-wise this was not the worst way to go, and depending on the camera this might also work deeper for scuba, but I’ve gotten spoiled with the larger SLR sensor and the responsive, non-laggy shutter. I also like to shoot RAW for the added flexibility when post-processing and most of these won’t.

    -Buy a higher end point and shoot with a dedicated case – Canon offers good waterproof cases for its compacts in the $200-300 range, so I could get an S or G series compact and add a case, but that’s still a big outlay.

    -I also read about other waterproof “bags” such as the one Adorama sells.

    Based on my budget and needs I opted to go with the Dicapac.

    Getting the camera into the bag-

    This was a bigger challenge than I expected with the size of my camera and lens (17-55) for the WP-S5. The body and the lens were too big to go in at the same time. The body alone barely fit through the top, and I had to turn the body sideways to get it in, then straighten it once it was in. I then had to unscrew the lens port lid on the bag and attempt to maneuver the lens in and attach it to the body without having a clear view of where the dots line up on the lens and housing. With the finger sleeves in the way and wanting to get it done quickly to prevent dust from getting on the sensor, this was the trickiest part. Sealing up the bag was not hard – but as mentioned above, be careful.

    Once the camera was in it fit fairly well. Dicapac provides some foam inserts which help center the camera. I use two below and one to the left and my setup was snug and close to centered. Some more padding may be needed to keep a smaller camera stable and centered. The 17-55 fit pretty well and there wasn’t a lot of extra space at the end, though there was a little.

    Lessons I Learned when putting the camera in the bag -

    - don’t forget to make sure you have a full battery and lots of space on the memory card before loading the camera

    - make any settings adjustments first before you load the camera (and double check them when the camera is in – the mode dial on mine got twisted the first time I put it in the bag without me noticing it)

    - if your camera/lens are too big to go in through the top and you need to detach them to get them in the bag, it takes a minute, so if possible load the camera into the bag indoors or somewhere without a lot of dust. If you see a shot you want to take before you get to the water, and you don’t want the bag interfering with the image quality, just unscrew the bag’s lens port cap and shoot while the camera is in the bag.

    Using the camera -

    Strap – I had the most success with looping the strap around my right wrist and pulling the camera through to secure it. It wasn’t in the way.

    Operating the camera – I had pretty low expectations for what I could control, but it wasn’t bad.

    I had to fish around a bit to reach the shutter release button through the finger sleeve but I just kept my finger there once I found it and it was easy to use.

    Zooming was not really feasible even though there was a finger sleeve that theoretically allowed it.

    It was just possible to use the viewfinder to check settings and occasionally to take pics of stationary or slow-moving objects (I used it on a few sea turtle pics to make sure they were framed right)…

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  2. LasVegasMetsFan says:
    13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Works, but so will you!, January 29, 2012

    This review is from: DiCAPac WP-S5 Waterproof Case for Digital SLR Cameras (Accessory)

    Bought this for my family Trip to Hawaii (Jan 18-25, 2012). I would highly recommend using this before you REALLY need to. It takes some user knowledge to get right. I used by Canon T2i and wide angle lens (10-22mm). The first thing I noticed is that zoomed all the way out, I’d get the front end of the bag enclosure in the shot. I learned I had to use both hands to take a shot, One for pressing the floppy tube like ending snug against the lens, the other to snap the photo through the small finger sleeve made to reach the trigger. This means you can’t swim and shoot. (float and shoot, yes). I set all my camera settings before inserting in the bag (I went with aperture priority) and let the camera figure out exposure. I wanted a larger field of focus, so shot around F8. I did get some good photos of my boys playing in the water and have attached them to review. I also recommend getting out as much air as possible before sealing up the bag, otherwise it’s a floating buoy and very cumbersome. All in all, I got some shots that are really cool, completely unique perspectives of the sky above and water below the surface. It’ll depend on the users skill and practice. It was worth the money to me. (Real camera shells cost around 1,200 bucks!)

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