There are many features that you should consider when making the purchase:
- Housing: housing ensures that your camera is fully sealed thus 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. 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.
- Manual white balance: this feature is important when you are planning of shooting without strobes. Due to the water 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.
- Lenses: lenses are important when taking wide angle or closer macro images. If you are using point and shoot camera you should go a housing that will enable you install the different lenses. If you are using a DSLR camera, you should buy lenses that are ideal for your brand. For ideal results you should ensure that you use the right port to each lens.
Regardless of the brand of camera that you are planning to buy, you should always budget 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.
Size And Weight
Since you will 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
For you 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. When you are shooting, you should switch to this mode.
Get close to the subjects: to avoid missing out on any important details and pigmentation, you should ensure that you get close to your subject. This calls for you to always zoom in the camera.