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Nikon has long held the edge on ergonomics when the cameras are housed, especially as it relates to focusing underwater.
Olympus, Nikon, Fuji, and Sealife all produce great cameras which are waterproof to at least 50ft, shockproof, have 4K video, and built-in wifi. These are great cameras to take snorkeling. The Olympus TG-6 and Sealife also have housings (purchased separately), which allow depths of 150ft!
The mirrorless cameras are now the most popular choice for high quality underwater photography at low cost and small size. Many people are downsizing from the large, heavy DSLR camera systems in favor of these compact, less expensive cameras. When housed in a Nauticam housing, you can add a full size SLR style viewfinder, and interchangeable ports allow use of a wide range of lenses.
When Olympus offered the first Mirrorless cameras, there was little competition. Now there are dozens available by Sony, Panasonic, Nikon, Fuji and more. How do you choose?
The FIRST consideration in choosing a system for underwater is to find the one with the best housing.
Olympus continues to make their own, wonderful, ergonomic, low-cost housings with clearly marked controls, and light-weight neutral buoyancy. These features are important to divers and are why these systems are so popular.
Another excellent housing option is made by Nauticam. While they are more expensive and complex, and much heavier above and underwater, they offer several important advantages that are worthwhile to the serious photographer.
Bridge cameras are styled like SLRs, but feature fixed, long zoom lenses. They’re a solid choice for photographers who want a zoom range that can only be reached by carrying several lenses along with an SLR.
Fujifilm instax cameras are a fun and easy way to enjoy instant photo prints. Instax pushes out a print that self-develops within a few minutes of its emergence from the camera.
GoPros are the must-have cameras for the adventurer in us all. Claiming to be the most versatile cameras out there they offer professional quality videos and photos. GoPro cameras used to be used predominantly by individuals taking part in activities such as diving, snorkeling, biking, running, skateboarding, and climbing however additions in their accessory ranges has meant that you can now involve your camera in even more activities and capture more unique points of view.