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5 Best underwater cameras: Good gears for your next beach trip 2019

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Do you love swimming, snorkeling & diving? If so, then you must know how important it is to have a good-quality underwater camera which you can use for wildlife stills and videos. Here we’ve compiled the best underwater cameras (both action camera and point-and-shoots) you can use this 2019.

1. GoPro Hero 7 Black

GoPro has always been known as a top-quality action camera for traveling & adventure. GoPro Hero 7 Black has 12MP resolution for still shots and 4K (60 fps) for videos and an added image stabilization feature for smooth capture.

GoPro and third-party vendors offer accompanying line of accessories that you can buy for underwater use, including watercase, filters and various mounts (monopods, chest or wrist straps).

Megapixels: 12MP
Video (max resolution): 4K (60 fps)
Water resistance: 33 feet

Price: About P20,000

GoPro Hero 7’s predecessors (namely, Hero 5 and 6) are also decent candidates as underwater cameras.

If budget is an issue for you and you can’t afford the high price tag of GoPro cameras, your best bet would be on Yi 4k+. It is not water resistant though and will definitely require a separate waterproof casing, which entails additional cost you might need to consider.

P.S. Despite its published specs, GoPro action cameras are known to be prone to water damage so it’s still best to use a case when using it underwater.

2. Olympus Tough TG-5

Olympus Tough TG-5 is a consistent top choice among tech and product websites such as TheGoodGears.com.

This is basically a point-and-shoot camera which you can use for that beautiful underwater shots. As part of Olympus’ Tough product line, it’s light, compact and formidably durable which means you can use it not only for snorkeling & freediving, but also sports such as water rafting and cliff diving.

Some of Olympus Tough TG-5’s useful features include water resistance up to 50 feet, a microscope mode which lets you focus on subjects, 4K video and GPS which is useful for capturing your snorkeling experience, and user-friendly settings which is easy to change even underwater.

For accessories, it has PT-069 underwater case which can be used as deep as 45 meters.

Megapixels: 12MP
Video (max resolution): 4K (30 fps)
Water resistance: 50 feet

Price: About P21,000

3. Nikon Coolpix W300

If you’re looking for an underwater camera that you can use for deep diving, you should definitely consider Nikon Coolpix W300. It is water resistant up to 100 feet (which is double than that of Olympus Tough TG-5) and shock resistant up to 7.9 feet. It also has a powerful 5x zoom lens which you can use for close-up shots, with 16MP resolution and video in 4k at 30 fps.

Overall, this Nikon camera offers great photo & video quality, as well as video stabilization which makes it a favorite among photographers and travelers.

Megapixels: 16MP
Video (max resolution): 4K (30 fps)
Water resistance: 100 feet

Price: About P17,000

4. Fujifilm Pinepix XP130

This is a good budget alternative to Olympus and Nikon cameras. Fujifilm Pinepix XP130 has a 16MP sensor and a 5x optical zoom and can shoot 1080p at 60 fps. It is also waterproof up to 65 feet and drop resistant at about 6 feet.

Although Fujifilm Pinepix XP130 is not a pro camera, it’s still a decent option for an all-around camera for travel & underwater use.

Megapixels: 16.4MP
Video (max resolution): 1080p (60 fps)
Water resistance: 65 feet

Price: About P17,000

5. Panasonic Lumix FT7 / TS7

What makes Panasonic Lumix FT7 is that it offers high-quality photo & video and has excellent waterproof locking mechanism. It can be used for diving for more than 100 feet.

Panasonic Lumix FT7 offers 20.4MP resolution images with 4.6x zoom and can shoot videos in 4K at 30 fps. Another feature that watersport enthusiasts will love is its 2-step lock system, including switches that change color to indicate whether compartment door is shut properly.

This camera also has a built-in electronic viewfinder which you can use above water.

Megapixels: 20.4MP
Video (max resolution): 4K (30 fps)
Water resistance: 102 feet

Price: About P28,000

What underwater camera are you using? What would you recommend? Let us know in the comments below!


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