Now that you’ve got a few dives under your belt, you’re wanting to start sharing some moments with friends and family.

But…

You’re not sure exactly what you’ll need to capture these moments.

Don’t worry, as this is where Scubaotter comes in.

We’ve scoured the internet, comparing and contrasting all of the most popular dive cameras out there, allowing you to make an educated decision based off several factors.

GoPro Hero7

With this camera, you’ll be able to perfectly capture your surroundings with high quality photos and videos.

It’s designed to be durable and water proof at a depth of 33 feet. Depending on your needs, this could not be enough.

The camera also comes equipped with time lapse functionality, which is a nifty feature that may be attractive to some.

Here are some of the cameras specs:

  • Megapixels: 12
  • Video Quality: 4K60, Wide FOV
  • Working Depth: 33ft (10M)
  • Est Price: $350

Hero7 Perks

Footage take with this camera will appear extremely smooth and stable. Here’s a cool video of the camera in action.

SeaLife Micro 2.0

Sealife Micro 2.0 Camera

Here are some of the cameras specs:

  • Megapixels: 16
  • Photographic Distance: 30cm->Infinity
  • Video Quality: Full 1296 HD Video at 30fps
  • Working Depth: 200ft (60M)
  • Weight: 10.1 oz
  • Est Price: $700
    • Intova X2

      Intova X2 Camera

      The Intova X2 is a popular waterproof camera that is a really attractive option for divers on a lower budget. The camera is able to capture from depths of around 330 feet, with very few issues in low light enviorments.

      It takes HD video at 1080P and 60FPS, and pictures at 16 MP. It also features a 170-degree wide-angle lens, two inch LCD screen, and zoom of up to 60x!

      For those that want to mount the device, it comes with a universal 1/4-20 mounting socket. This socket will attach to tripods and other common mounts. The camera also has a self timer making it great for selfies, or other fun photos underwater.

      As far as battery life expect to get around 2 hours of use per charge. Here are some of the cameras specs:
      • Megapixels: 16
      • Video Quality: 1080P
      • Working Depth: 330 Feet
      • Weight: 6.6 ounces
      • Est Price: $200

      Canon G7 X

      Canon G7 X Camera

      The Canon G7 is a sleek, and breath taking camera meant for the great outdoors. If you plan to use it scuba diving, you'll need to purchase a special casing. We reccomend the Fantasea FG7X casing, it can be found here.

      This camera is top notch when it comes to image processing. The range at which pictures can be taken with this device is quite fantastic. And to crown it all, there is very minimal noise and distortion in the photos. The images are always guaranteed to come out crystal clear. This camera truly allows you to relive important moments captured with this camera.

      This camera is also known for taking full, high definition videos(1080p in 60p). The videos made with this device come out bright and clear in any playback device like TV. One is guaranteed to get the best quality.

      The PowerShot G7 X can also brag of incredible zooming effects and shooting modes. The camera also comes with a powerful 20.2 megapixels CMOS sensor that can help create the perfect photography condition that requires low lighting.

      Just when you think you’ve heard all about this wonderful camera, you learn that it also comes with a WiFi. he PowerShot G7 X is a WiFi enabled device, and this just makes it so much more user-friendly and flexible.

      The combo together is rather pricy, but offers some of the highest quality pictures available sub $1,000.

      Fantasea Casing Here are some of the cameras specs:
      • Megapixels: 20.2
      • Video Quality: 1080P 60 FPS
      • Working Depth: Needs Casing
      • Weight: .67 LB
      • Est Price: $550 + $400 for casing

      Frequently Asked Questions

      What is the best Underwater Scuba Diving Camera?

      Depending on your needs and budget, the best camera for one person may or may not be the best another. If cost is an issue, I'd suggest getting the GoPro Hero 7. It's a simple and well known camera that makes it easy to record video underwater.

      The quality is suprisingly good too. What's so incredible about this camera is the surplus of attachments that are able to be equipped with this camera. You'll need to purchase a special casing if you want to take this camera deep however.

      Should I purchase a bag for my dive camera?

      Yes, yes, and yes!!! This is extremely important thing to do as it can often just take one mistake to ruin a precious dive camera. I've seen someone drop their camera right after a dive, losing ALL photo and video from the dive we had just done.

      Investing in a good waterproof backpack is key to keeping your items and cameras secure. Obviously if your camera can be used underwater its already waterproof, but if any parts are exposed serious (such as the lense) issues can come up.

      Are these Cameras Difficult to Use?

      For people with tech backgrounds, these cameras are extremely easy to use. They come with manuals inside the packaging answering any questions you may have.

      Most of the settings on the camera you won't have to use and are really for fine tuning some of the finer shots on underwater diving. You can get pretty far on just the basic knowledge. Once you start messing with depth of field and other stuff like that, it becomes much more fun and allows you to take much higher quality pictures.

      Do I need a Red Lense for my Scuba Dive Camera?

      This really depends on how deep your diving, and the quality of shots you are going for. If you are a perfectionist like me, you'll want to look into these lenses. Some of the best red lenses for the above cameras can be found on Amazon. For the Hero 7, try this red light filter .

      Here's a photo with no filter from UWPhotographyguide. gopro no red filter

      And here's one with the mentioned red filter.

      gopro with red filter

      As you can see, this makes a world of a difference on your shots.

      Where Should I Store My Underwater Camera?

      When storing a scuba dive camera, its imperative to avoid humid areas. These areas will sometimes form bacteria and fungi making your equipment disgusting to work with. There are also sprays and solutions you can bathe your other gear to prevent this.