We Review The Best Underwater Dive Cameras of 2017
So, you’ve taken the ‘plunge’ and purchased all of the necessary dive equipment that you’ll ever need. You have a phenomenal wetsuit, an efficient tank, amazing goggles, state-of-the-art dive watch and dive light, and you’re completely ready to go!
But, what’s the point of being able to check out all of this stuff under the water, if you don’t have anyone to whom you can show it? Sure, you could invite your buddies on diving expeditions with you, but what if they don’t go diving? How will they know about all of the neat underwater critters that you’ve discovered? Or better yet, what if you’re scuba diving for scientific purposes, and wish to capture your observations in some way? Behold, the dive camera!
Dive cameras are what allow us non-scuba divers, and the rest of the world at large, to share your brave adventures under the sea. They also are an amazing way to capture your underwater explorations as well. This is a very desirable feature for most individuals who use diving cameras.
So How Do I Know Which Dive Camera I Should Select?
Like any other camera, there are a few features that must be assessed in order to effectively discern between which one is ‘better’ or ‘worse’ for you. We have a few of them below.
Megapixels – This refers to the overall clarity of the camera without getting too technical. For a reference, your typical iPhone picture from an iPhone 6 or later is in the realm of 8-12 megapixels.
Ease of Use – This is an intuitive aspect of dive cameras. You want to make sure that the dive camera that you’re using is relatively intuitive in terms of its functionality.
Storage – You’ll probably be using this camera a lot, thus you’re going to want one that has the ability to store a lot of different things on it.
Expandability – This might tie into the ease of use, but because it’s so unique, we decided to make an entirely different category for it. This refers to the ability for one to pull the flash feature out of the camera itself. We’ll expand on this feature later.
Pricing – We compared the features that the device offers, with the price that it’s listed at. Is the pricing fair? Or is it expensive? We wanted to make sure that we saved you $$$.
Aesthetics – We wanted to make sure that we only selected cameras that actually look good aesthetically too.
Waterproof Depth – This is an important consideration for anyone looking to purchase a dive camera. It is crucial that the camera that you select is one that allows you to take pictures at different depths.
Overall Features – This refers to all of the other nifty, intangible features that the camera may have, that are unique to the camera itself.
Without further ado, we’d like to present you with our full review list of the Best Underwater Dive Cameras on the market today.
#5 – Intova DUB Waterproof Hi-Res 8 MP/1080p
Coming in at #5 on our list of best dive cameras is the Intova Dub. The features on this camera make it an easy must-have for any diver who may find themselves on somewhat of a budget, but who still wishes to have a high-quality camera. The device offers a 108 degree-wide angled lens, as well as 8 megapixels, which is pretty clear for the purposes of diving exploration. In addition, the camera is equipped with 1080p clarity, ensuring that the photos come out in very high-resolution. The camera is also equipped with a housing unit around the device itself, that allows it to be usable up to 200 feet under water, which is a solid amount of distance. It comes equipped with a 1.5 inch LCD screen, which is very useful for those who are looking to play back their ‘findings’ out there on the water.
#4 – Nikon Coolpix AW130
Coming in at #4 on our list of the best dive cameras available on the market for 2017, is the Nikon Coolpix AW130. What we really like about this dive camera is the fact that it’s shockproof and freeze-proof as well, which is a great addition to the typical waterproof features that dive cameras usually possess. In addition, it has the ability to record videos in 1080p quality, and possesses Hybrid Vibration Reduction. As if all this were not enough, the camera comes with built-in Wi-Fi as well as a whopping 16 megapixels, making this a must-have for anyone who is serious about purchasing dive cameras. It is almost absurd that a camera of this caliber is being offered for such a low price, as it is currently at the time of writing.
#3 – SeaLife Micro HD
There are countless reasons why we had to elevate the SeaLife Micro HD to the #3 spot on our list of best dive cameras on the market. For one, the camera possesses a grand total of 32 gigs of memory. It also is waterproof up to 200 feet, possesses 13 MP, a 140 degree fisheye lens, as well as Waterproof USB Contacts, which elevate it to an entirely different level than other models before it. Rest assured, you’ll get your money’s worth with this camera.
#2 – Olympus TG-4
The Olympus TG-4 represents sophistication, eloquence, and class as far as dive cameras are concerned. Coming in at #2 on our list, this camera possesses amazing features such as Wi-Fi capability, an embedded GPS and Compass system as well as 1080P video recording capability. It has shockproof and crushproof technologies, as well as the ability to RAW capture with underwater HDR. This is the revolution.
#1 – Sony Alpha A7II
If you’re looking for the best dive camera that has ever been created, then stop looking here. We’ve found it for you. The Sony Alpha a7II is one of the best cameras on the market because it pretty much has every feature that you could expect a dive camera to have, but on steroids. For example, it possesses 24.3 megapixels, which is incredible, as well as Hybrid AF phase detection that is unprecedented in other dive cameras on the market. It even includes the world’s first 5-axis body image stabilization system on a full-frame camera.