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Anybody who has gone underwater, maybe scuba diving, snorkeling or deep sea diving will tell you that it is a sight like no other. The vast blue waters filled with colorful aquatic life, sure makes you wonder the extent of mother nature's wonders. Diving underwater and observing the marine life surely is breathtaking and a life-altering experience, but what makes it even better is capturing those wonderful sights and moments on your own camera and cherishing those moments for several years to come. you would need more than just any ordinary point and shoot for this purpose, as not all cameras are equipped to handle the water pressure, not all are waterproof, nor do they have the intricate parts within to specialize in underwater photography. So before you run off to take stunning pictures underwater, you need the right equipment. Some of the cameras have excellent features but lack the one thing that is required to do underwater photography, waterproofing. These cameras just can't be disregarded for they take the best pictures possible with minimal effort. We have rounded up some of the best cameras and it is up to you to choose which is the best underwater camera for you, based on your requirements.

 

 

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Need a Best Underwater Camera? Choose One From The Top List

 

 

1. Sony RX 100 III

 

 

 

Price: $748

Sensor: 20.9 MP

Dustproof and Shockproof: Yes

Unique specs: Pop-up electronic viewfinder, NFC & Wifi

Housing required: Yes

 

Sony boast off this little gadget as the best pocket camera that they've ever made! With the top of the line ZEISS 24-70mm F1.8-2.8 lens, Wifi and NFC connectivity, pop-up electronic viewfinder this is the best a reasonable amount of money can buy. Although this camera needs an underwater housing, it is a perfect and almost the best underwater camera. 

 

 

 

 

2. Olympus Tough TG-4

 

 

 

Price: $379.99

Sensor: 16 MP

Dustproof and Shockproof: Yes

Unique specs: eCompass, tough camera

Housing required: No

 

This offering from Olympus has stood the test of time. It is a truly tough camera, it's waterproof up to 50ft., and freezeproof, dustproof, shockproof and crushproof. Sounds too good to be true? There's more, it has built-in WiFi and GPS along with an eCompass for direction.

 

 

 

 

3. Sony Alpha a6000

 

 

 

Price: $648

Sensor: 24.3 MP

Dustproof and Shockproof: No

Unique specs: Fastest autofocus ever, Wifi, eye detection

Housing required: Yes

 

Another point and shoot from sony, another camera that needs a housing but is well worth the money and takes stunning pictures. It has, boasts the fastest autofocus of 0.06 sec, an OLED viewfinder, LCD display that turns the entire range, Wifi and the new eye detection technology. 

 

 

 

 

4. Fujifilm FinePix XP90

 

 

 

Price: $159

Sensor: 16 MP

Dustproof and Shockproof: Yes

Unique specs: 50ft waterproof, -10°C freezeproof, Remote Shooting

Housing required: No

 

This product from Fujifilm is the best underwater camera (at this price). With this price-tag, it obviously is the best cheap underwater camera! It is, waterproof up to 50ft., freezeproof up to -10°C and is also shockproof and dustproof. it comes with Wifi and remote shooting facilities, and 1080p video recording capabilities.

 

 

 

 

5.  Nikon 1 AW1

 

 

 

Price: $587

Sensor: 14.2 MP

Dustproof and Shockproof: Yes

Unique specs: Interchangeable lens, 14.2 MP, GPS, 1080p videos at 60fps

Housing required: No

 

This offering from Nikon is probably the best underwater camera out there, also dubbed as the best underwater digital camera according to underwater camera reviews. It has interchangeable lens, can survive freezing temperatures, drop-proof up to 2m., and waterproof up to 49ft., has GPS, image tagging, and burst capture modes. To add to this, it can capture 1080p videos at a fluent 60 frames per second. 

 

 

 

 

6. Leica X-U (Type 113)

 

 

 

Price: $2,829

Sensor: 16.2 MP

Dustproof and Shockproof: Yes

Unique specs: 49ft waterproof, 4.6 pounds in weight, Rugged built

Housing required: No

 

This is the camera to get, for underwater photography if money is no object. It can be called the best underwater video camera too, with waterproof capabilities up to 49ft., drop proof from up to 4ft., a great f/1.7 aperture, and weighing just 4.6 pounds this is easily is the best underwater camera. It can be used by amateurs and professionals alike with ease and with its rugged built and excellent photographic capabilities, this one clearly steals the show! 

 

 

 

 

7. Ricoh WG-4 GPS

 

 

 

Price: $314

Sensor: 16 MP

Dustproof and Shockproof: Yes

Unique specs: freezeproof up to -10° C, 6 LEDs around the lens

Housing required: No

 

This is one of the most rugged looking underwater cameras out there! The Ricoh WG-4 has a built-in GPS, 16MP sensor, front time display, waterproof up to 14m, freezeproof up to -10° C, loads of exposure modes, blink and smile detections, and front LEDs surrounding the lens that take better close up pics. We can go as far as saying that this is the handiest waterproof camera ever made.

 

 

 

 

8. Panasonic DMC-TS30

 

 

 

Price: $168

Sensor: 16 MP

Dustproof and Shockproof: Yes

Unique specs: Image Stabilization, 26ft. waterproof, 720p video capture

Housing required: No

 

Another one of the compact underwater cameras is the Panasonic DMC TS30 camera. It has waterproof capabilities up to 26ft. and a sensor with optical image stabilization for those with shaky hands! This one is extremely compact, light and captures 720p videos underwater or above it with a great frame rate. All in all an affordable as well as a great camera to take pictures underwater with ease!

 

 

 

 

9. GoPro HERO4 

 

 

 

Price: $260

Sensor: 12 MP

Dustproof and Shockproof: Yes

Unique specs: 4K, 2.7K, 1080p, 720p video recording, Protune™ with SuperView™, Bluetooth, Smart Remote

Housing required: Yes

 

GoPro is a whole different kind of camera. Is is the smallest of the lot and allows your hands to be free while hanging from literally anywhere (on you) it provides a different, first-person view. But, it isn't a waterproof camera and requires a waterproof pack to shoot underwater. Loaded with features like 4K, 2.7K, 1080p, 720p video recording, built-in Wifi, Bluetooth, smart remote, GoPro's own Protune™ with SuperView™ for cinema-like and widest angle image capture, night modes and time-lapse, this is the camera to get for an adventure junkie!

 

 

 

 

10. Panasonic LUMIX DMC-LX100K

 

 

 

Price: $550

Sensor: 12.8 MP

Dustproof and Shockproof: No

Unique specs: 4k Ultra HD videos, 4k pictures with fast autofocus, High-res live viewfinder

Housing required: Yes

The Lumix series is one of the best lines of cameras ever produced by Panasonic. And the LX100K stand first in line, with top notch equipment and image quality. It is point-and-shoot with manual controls, a very rare combination, it can capture 4k Ultra HD videos and 4k pictures with a lightning fast autofocus, a new feature to capture 4k pictures from videos, a high-resolution live viewfinder, are only some of the amazing features packed into this camera. 

 

 

 

We have given you the best underwater cameras out there, some with underwater capabilities and others that are perfect for capturing underwater events with a bit of help, such as a suitable underwater housing. And these cameras without waterproof ability certainly give you high definition, ultra-clear pictures and cannot be disregarded when it comes to underwater photography, as underwater photography needs these intricate features. Nevertheless, they are all the best cameras that money can buy. Let us know which ones you liked in the comments below!

 


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