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Epoque EHD-900 Ai Underwater Camera Kit - Test Shots - Exposure Evaluation

By Cliff Smith



Our Score:


Here are a few sample shots taken with the Epoque EHD-900 Ai, both above and under water.


My usual distortion test shot shows significant barrel distortion, and even at this size you can see the corner blurring.


The image is horribly compressed, which loses a lot of fine detail, not that there was much to start with.


Corner blurring and chromatic aberration are particularly bad.


The monitor hood made the camera difficult to aim, and it refused to focus on this shell.


Again, the terrible low-light focusing results in a blurred shot.


At least this one is sharp, but that's just because the seabed happened to be in the area that the camera had randomly focused on.


Overall Score


Scores In Detail

  • Value 6
  • Image Quality 3
  • Build Quality 10


August 19, 2010, 1:20 pm

While I agree the camera itself looks terrible and no doubt would be even worse at depths of more than a few feet with available light further reduced, but how can a review of an underwater camera and case rated to 40m be complete without actually using it for its purpose? from the test shots it looks like you simply stuck it in the pond in your back garden?

Cliff Smith

August 19, 2010, 4:05 pm

Hey, I'll have you know I took it snorkelling in the sea at Exmouth, and dived down to at least three metres. It was freezing cold and I got sand in my pants, but I gladly make these sacrifices for our beloved readers! I'd love to have taken it deeper, but unfortunately I'm not a qualified SCUBA diver.

Hans Gruber

August 19, 2010, 7:54 pm

Epic, or should we say Epoque fail!

Nice chassis, shame about the engine. Same could be said of many celebrity socialites though this camera definitely ain't sexy.

A lot of effort (and expense) to protect a hopelessly under performing camera. So, why not just buy a waterproof digital camera instead? You'd be bonkers not to. But one question, is it possible to use this camera case with another camera? I guess the design has to be pretty tight so doubt it.

Will you be reviewing any further such products for DSLR users, Cliff? And if so, would it not be possible for TR to send you somewhere nice, like the Bahamas say, so you can get some proper underwater pics?

All in favour, say 'Aye!' Or even (in your best pirate voice), 'Aye aye, yarrr!' ;)


August 19, 2010, 11:08 pm

you know, you should really consider a weekly review of a terrible product. i was actually laughing at the complaints for the poor camera, honestly i enjoy it when a reviewer creatively rips a product a new one.

Jeremy Clarkson used to be epic at this kind of dressing down, in all his old books its the reviews of the terrible cars that entertained the most.

seriously have a lemon product of the week or something. it will be great.

Cliff Smith

August 21, 2010, 2:54 am

nooneinparticular - Sending me to the Bahamas is a great idea. I suggest you get some sort of petition started at once. I figure I'll need at least a month for a really thorough test.

Otispunkmeyer - I like this idea as well. I used to work on computer games magazines about 10 years ago, and I have to admit I used to really enjoy trashing a crap game. Writing a really scathing review is a lot more fun than writing fawning praise. Jeremy Clarkson is very good at it, but if you want to see a master at work try Charlie Brooker. I used to know him when he worked on PC Zone, and his media personality is exactly what he's like in real life.

However I wouldn't trash a product like the EHD-900 Ai just for fun. The actual case itself is superb, it's just the camera inside that's crap. With some constructive criticism maybe the MkII version will be better.

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