When it comes to underwater photography there are a few things to consider before choosing a camera. Do you want a DSLR or a compact camera? Will you want to switch around your lenses? What kind of a budget are you working with? Keeping these questions in mind, Tony Hakim has put together this short list of the best underwater cameras to suit a wide range of needs.
Your first go to choice might be a compact camera, such as this one by Canon. Compact cameras are generally light weight and cheap, making them ideal for beginners and travellers. The Canon S100 has a 12.1 megapixel 1/1.7″ Canon CMOS sensor, DIGIC 5 image processor as well as a Zoom range of 24-120mm and an ISO range of 80-6400.
Olympus OM-D E-M5
Of course, if budget isn’t much of a concern for you, you could always move up to a mirrorless camera. This model is a huge leap up in quality from a compact camera. Mirrorless cameras can focus very fast and also provide the photographer with a vast range of different lenses to choose from. This camera also comes with the Panasonic 8mm fisheye lens, which makes it a great companion for underwater photography.
The next option is a DSLR camera. These are generally used by professionals and as such are probably the highest quality available on the market. These come with a price tag equivalent to their quality. The Nikon D800 is a full frame DSLR, which allows for more noise reduction in higher ISO’s and is great for shooting darker environments underwater or ambient lighting shots. Additionally, the Nikon has a 36 megapixel, full-frame sensor, an ISO range 100-6400 and it offers 15.4 megapixels at a 1.5x crop.
These of course are only a representation of the three major types of cameras you can use for underwater photography. There are many more out there if you wish to research further. Tony Hakim hopes this guide was of use.