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Everything you need for your Underwater Camera

Get the right underwater camera or camera housing to get the pictures of a lifetime!

Divers Direct offers a wide range of underwater camera options. You can choose from the latest in underwater digital photography and underwater video cameras to the most basic point and shoot 35mm film cameras. Search our Olympus or Sealife underwater camera selections for the latest in underwater digital cameras. Or, check out the GoPro selection for cutting edge underwater video cameras. Whether you are just getting started in underwater photography, have moved on to advanced shooting, or just want to capture some memories from your dive travel vacation, we have what you need right here.

Things to know when buying an Underwater Camera

Digital photography is changing rapidly. It can be overwhelming, for someone just getting started, to try and make sense of all the specifications attributed to today's cameras. There are a few key features that you should pay attention to when selecting your underwater photography tools.

 

  • Mega pixels: Digital cameras capture images in pixels. The more pixels, the sharper the image is the general belief. More mega pixels actually are most useful when it comes to cropping (removing unwanted sections) of an image.The number of mega pixels available ranges from less than 1 to over 80. Most point and shoot underwater digital cameras offer somewhere between 12 and 16 mega pixels currently. 10 or more mega pixels will generate "photo quality" prints up to 20x30.
  • Focus controls: This is a good feature for artistic photography but as far as underwater photography goes this is not a decision maker.
  • Multimedia and Formats: Must be carefully considered if you are a pro or semi-pro in underwater photography due to the fact that you may want more artistic control over your images. Serious underwater photographers use the RAW* image format which is not available in all cameras. If you are just starting out,  this it not a terribly important consideration.
  • Lighting: Most digital cameras include an onboard flash that will suffice in normal circumstances. In underwater photography, this is not the case. The light from the cameras built in flash will capture any particulate in the water column and this will show up as "snow" in your images. There are several ways to avoid this. First option, turn off your on board flash and shoot with only ambient light. Second option, use some sort of light diffuser to spread the light from the on board flash (many underwater housings include this feature). Finally (the preferred option), use an underwater strobe. This is a separate light that can be angled across your subject avoiding the snow effect while providing true color to your images.
  • Depth Rating: Probably the most important consideration for underwater photographers, how deep can I go? There are cameras that are waterproof out of a housing to depths of 50 feet. However, if you plan to go deeper than that or spend any amount of time in the water, you will want an underwater housing. These underwater housings are rated to recreational SCUBA limits or greater and typically allow full use of the digital camera's features.
  • Other Features: Direct to printer compatibility, auto exposure fix, ISO, optical image stabilization, video mode, facial recognition, red eye fix, etc.

* RAW image format refers to an unprocessed image that is ready for use with graphics editors and/or printers. Sometimes referred to as a "Digital Negative".