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Waterproof Cameras - Snorkelers

Have you just learned to dive or snorkel, have you just found the beauty of the underwater world?  Do you want to get some quick snaps for yourself or to share with friends and family?  Waterproof camera could be just the answer for you.


Lumix FT5


In the past few years waterproof cameras and rugged cameras have made significant improvements in their design and performance.  Many of the cameras boast an impressive 18 meter maximum depth with some even going deeper such as the Canon PowerShot D30.  They also generally feature many modes to get the best out of the current lighting.  Most of the time there is an underwater mode that will compensate for the changes in colour at depth, this is a minimum requirement when choosing the camera.  I do always find that manual white balance does create a better result though...

When choosing either a waterproof camera or a camera with an underwater housing these are some of the considerations between the two:

                  Waterproof Camera                      Compact Camera with Underwater Housing
Low Maintenance At least 40m max depth rating
Easy to Use More camera functions
Less Travel weight Expandable in future
Usually lower cost Manual White Balance is standard
More suited to snorkeling Suitable for Scuba Diving

To find the best waterproof camera I recommend searching the internet for the best reviews as this website is dedicated to Compact Camera with housings.  However here are a few of the top underwater cameras in 2015:

  • Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT5
  • Nikon 1 AW1
  • Olympus Tough TG-830
  • Nikon Coolpix AW120
  • Olympus Tough TG-850
  • Canon PowerShot D30

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