(Last Updated On: November 8, 2021)
Manual white balance:
This is an important feature to look for in an underwater camera if you’re going to shoot without strobes. Due to different wavelengths of colors, hues like red and yellow get absorbed into the water just after 10-meters of depth, and colors like blue having longer wavelengths are still visible at the bottom. In other words, everything deep down underwater is blue and you need a manual white balance to restore the natural colors.
Weight and size:
A diver already has a lot going on with clothes, goggles, gloves, caps, and what not! One thing they don’t need is the extra burden of bags and heavy equipment lagging them. A lightweight, compact, and tough camera are what you need.
An important factor to consider is housing. Housing seals your camera so that no water can reach it. Select a camera that comes with user-friendly housing, meaning that all the buttons and controls can easily be accessed from your hand from above the housing. Some camera models come with housings that are pleasing to look at but hide control buttons in there somewhere. Housing should be able to attach additional strobes, lenses, and other equipment.
Buy a camera that has lenses to cater to macro shooting and wide-angle. Some also come with additional lenses for separate functions, like a microscope mode for macro detailed photography underwater would need a good magnifying lens.
Compact cameras have an unfortunate shutter lag, it refers to the delay from the time you press the button and until the picture is taken. This lag can ruin perfect candid images of fast-moving subjects because you might have clicked a certain scene and the resulting picture would be entirely different. Shutter speed is not usually mentioned and this is when you need to go old-school and ask around the experienced fellows or sales person.
Now, this might seem like an obvious thing to consider, but you need to be able to get the whole deal, housing, a camera with good features, strobes, additional lenses, ports, ropes, etc. within a reasonable range. Even if you’re a beginner and can’t afford to go overboard with accessorizing, these equipment are still worth budgeting for. You will surely want to add more later to elevate the experience. Strobes and lenses are always upgradable, make sure the housing you invest in today can accommodate any future changes.
If you want to edit your pictures later by using Photoshop or Lightroom or any other app, then you must look for a camera that shoots in RAW format rather than JPEG. This professional image storage format stores digital information that can be manipulated later.
Reviews and experiences shared by others are always helpful while deciding. Ask around about performance, ease-of-use and durability of different models and choose the best one.
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