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Anyone, who is into deep-sea diving, will agree that having an underwater camera is a big boon. Underwater photography is an art and professional for many, but it is also incredibly easy, thanks to a bunch of cameras that are now available at accessible prices. Buying an underwater dive camera can be confusing for this very reason.

If you plan to buy one, we insist that you check for these 5 important and essential aspects.

  • An easy setup. There are basically two types of diving cameras – compact and DSLRs. The latter is what professionals use, and to get those stunning images, they often need to rely on additional accessories and must change filters. If you don’t want to deal with all of that, go for a compact camera, which will automatically record videos when you are under water, depending on the preferred settings.

  • Basic function. An underwater camera should be able to handle the common problems related to vision under the water surface. The extent to which the camera is waterproof is something worth checking, which should be at least 200 meters for scuba diving. How the camera performs in areas with low light is also worth checking. Some cameras have Depth-controlled Color Correction option, which is a big advantage, and most models for underwater usage do have white balance setting choices.
  • Check the battery. With underwater cameras, the runtime is always a matter of contention. The running time of the battery depends largely on the quality of videos being shot, but in case you are choose an underwater camera that can record 4K videos, make sure that it can run for around 2 hours.
  • Find about image quality. Let’s get honest here – compact cameras aren’t as effective as DSLRs, especially with regards to optics, but that’s also an aspect not worth compromising. Make sure that the camera has at least 8MP optics and can record videos in 720p to 4K resolution.
  • Other aspects that matter. A good underwater camera should be easy to connect with other devices, so that footage can be easily transferred. The best ones come with an app these days, which ensure that the device can be connected to other devices using Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. What matters, as well, is storage. Onboard camera memory for most digital cameras isn’t enough, and you have to use a SD or Micro-SD card, which should be at least of 64GB or more. Extra battery and SD card must be purchased additionally, so buy before you leave for your diving session.

While underwater cameras have improved considerably in the last few years, not all are the same, and therefore, reviewing the features and products is important. You also need to check if the concerned brand is a good one and offers easy support for repairs and replacement of parts. For regular use, compact cameras are considered to be enough, provided you check for the right things and have selected one based on features. Get your first underwater camera now!

Andrew Slidell

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