Epoque EHD-900 Ai Underwater Camera Kit specs

By Cliff Smith


Quick Glance
Camera type Digital Compact
Optical Zoom 3
Megapixels 9.12
Physical Specifications
Dimensions Width 137
Depth 100
Weight (body only) Housing with camera 578g
Camera type Digital Compact
Optical Zoom 3
Megapixels 9.12
Image Sensor CMOS
Optical focal length Not stated, approx 35 to 105mm
Viewfinder No
Shutter speed Not stated
Auto focus Yes (just, barely)
Manual focus No
Video (max res/format) VGA, 30fps
Max output resolution 3488x2616
Other resolutions 2592x1944, 1280x960, 4032x3024 (12MP interpolated)
Focus range 20cm to infinity, macro 5cm
Exposure control Program auto, scene modes
Exposure metering Yes (just, barely)
Exposure compensation +/- 2EV
Image Stabilisation No
ISO settings Auto only
LCD Monitor 2.4-inch, 115k dots
Flash range Not stated, approx 2.5m
Flash modes On, Off, Red-eye, Slow sync
White balance modes Auto only
Drive modes Single shot only
Image formats JPEG
Picture adjustments No
Movie length Not known, presumably card capacity
Self timer 10 secs
Memory card slot SD
Supplied memory No
Batteries supplied 2x AA
Charger supplied No
A/V output PAL, NTSC
Charging/Computer Connection Yes
Manual Six-page guide on single folded sheet, also 14-page manual


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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