The best underwater cameras for beginners
Whether you’re a beginner diver or a more experienced one, you want to take the plunge and start taking pictures or videos. Everyone would like to keep memories or share them with their friends and the world. Buying the latest high-end hybrid or SLR camera is not the best way to gain experience and progress. So which cameras will make it easy to get started and still produce great images?
Let’s take a look at the different options available and the advantages and disadvantages of each camera.
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Best video camera
GoPro Hero 9
If you’re more interested in taking videos and following in the footsteps of James Cameron, the most famous “action camera” on the market will meet your expectations.
One of the GoPro advantages is that many red filters allow you to correct the colors directly during the recording without going through a third-party application or post-production.
Conversely, photographers will not be satisfied because the photos taken are not of excellent quality. It is better to opt for a different model.
– Video 5K at 30fps or 4K at 60fps
– Stabilization Hypersmooth 3.0
– 20MP sensor
– Waterproof without a housing to 10m and with housing to 60m
– Time-lapse video
– Integrated Wi-Fi
– Touch screen and front feedback screen
– No manual controls available
– No underwater zoom available
– Limited macro capabilities
– Poor underwater photo quality
Easiest camera to use
Paralenz Dive Camera Plus
The Paralenz camera is a jewel of technology concentrated in a tiny format. This camera includes a sensor that allows recording the depth and temperature visible as a profile on the application. This also allows the camera to automatically set an optimal color correction for the depth at which you film. It is therefore not necessary to provide filters for this camera.
Very easy to use, it works with only a button and a ring to select the mode
– Very simple to use
– Waterproof up to 250m without housing
– Solid aluminum construction
– Records depth and temperature for video.
– Long battery life
– Automatic color correction via a built-in sensor
– Good low light performance
– 140-degree viewing angle without distortion
– No LCD screen
– No viewfinder
– Poor macro performance
– No manual controls
– No RAW format
– Application not very practical
– Stabilization not very effective
The best photo/video compromise
The Olympus TG-6 is a camera that produces very nice photos and movies of outstanding quality. It is possible to customize the settings, which allows you to boost your creativity. Although the full manual mode is not available, it can still use different settings for more experienced photographers.
The Olympus TG-6 is a camera known for its solidity thanks to its 15m waterproof and 2.1m shockproof housing.
Finally, the biggest competitor to the Olympus TG-6 will be the Olympus TG-5.
– The best choice for photos
– Zoom available
– Best ISO 100-12800 sensitivity
– 4K video in super macro
– LCD screen
– RAW and Jpeg
– Can be used with a wet lens
– Waterproof up to 15m
– Optional waterproof case from 45 to 100m depending on the brand
– Bigger size and less ergonomic
– No viewfinder for a camera of this type
– No complete manual controls
– High price if purchased with a housing
Best photo quality
Equipped with a 20MP sensor, the SeaLife DC2000 can take very nice pictures. It is improved compared to the previous model; it can shoot in HD at 60fps but still not in 4K.
The focus has also been improved, proving to be decisive in certain situations.
From the start, the camera is mounted in a waterproof housing up to 18m. It also has plates equipped with a photo or video lights designed just for it and easy to use.
It will produce beautiful images, both in videos and photos.
– 20MP 1 inch CMOS sensor
– RAW and Jpeg formats
– Full manual controls
– Wide range of wet lens available
– 3 inch LCD screen
– Built-in Wi-Fi
– Waterproof to 18m
– Lack of zoom
– It’s impossible to shoot in 4K
– Limited burst mode in RAW
Whether you are a beginner or not and you want advice to progress in your life as a photographer or videographer, do not hesitate to contact us to ask questions.
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