3 Factors to Consider When Buying a Waterproof Camera

Are you planning on buying a waterproof digital camera?

diver with waterproof camera

“Edmonds Underwater Park” captured by Drewtre

There are three major things that you should consider: features, budget, size, and weight.

1. Camera Features

Housing. Housing ensures that your camera is fully sealed so water can’t get in. The type of housing varies from one camera model to the next. For example, a point-and-shoot camera has one housing, while a DSLR camera has multiple housing options.

waterproof camera

“Fujifilm Quick Snap Waterproof” captured by Boxy Brown’s Bling

waterproof dslr housing

“Untitled” captured by Bryce Bradford

Ease of Operation. In addition to the housing, you also need to consider how easy it is to operate the camera. As rule of thumb, you should ensure that you are able to perfectly use the controls when the housing is on.

waterproof camera case

“Full Controls” captuerd by cight

Manual White Balance. This feature is important when you’re planning of shooting without strobes. Due to the water’s properties, images that you take using natural light will appear blue. To remove the color cast, you should go for a camera with a manual white balance setting.

underwater photography

“Untitled” captured by chickenvsdog

Lenses. Lenses are important when taking wide angle or closer macro images. If you’re using a point-and-shoot camera, go with a housing that lets you use different lenses. If you’re using a DSLR camera, you should buy lenses that are ideal for your brand.

2. Budget

Regardless of the brand of camera you’re planning to buy, you should always budget for more. For example, if a standard camera is going for $150, you should budget for $250 for a waterproof camera. The cool thing is that many waterproof cameras come with Wi-Fi, GPS, and other features that make it easy for you to share photos and record where you take them.

3. Size and Weight

Since you’ll already be burdened with large bags of dive equipment and clothes, it’s wise that you go for a light camera that will make your work easy.

Tips on How to Take High-Quality Underwater Photos

To take good underwater photos, you need to consider a number of factors:

  • Use the right shooting mode. Waterproof cameras come with a dedicated underwater mode that is optimized to allow you to take high-quality photos.
  • Get close to subjects. To avoid missing out on any important details and pigmentation, get close to your subject.
underwater photo of colorful fish

“I am so pretty” captured by Klaus Stiefel

There are many types of waterproof digital cameras, such as the Olympus TG-4 16 MP Waterproof Digital Camera and many others.

About the Author:
This article was written by Idd Aziz from olympustg-416mpwaterproofdigitalcamera dot com.

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2 responses to “3 Factors to Consider When Buying a Waterproof Camera”

  1. Judy Wilson says:

    I’ve been invited to go scuba diving this summer with my friends, so I would like to take pictures of my experience under water. It seems like having a camera with the right features will improve the quality of my pictures. I should try to find a good camera that has a manual white balance so that I won’t have to shoot without using strobes. Thanks for the tips!

  2. Camera Lover says:

    Very interesting articel. Many thanks for sharing the info and best regards

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