Taking pictures underwater is an interesting part of the photography world. This practice used to be uncommon because it involved using expensive equipment that took a great deal of time to learn. Modern technology has brought smaller, more affordable cameras that anyone can use.
Waterproof cameras have more versatility than standard digital cameras and can be a more fun to use, since the user is not limited to shooting pictures or videos on land. There’s no worry about dirt or water ruining the camera and there is better chance of capturing truly breathtaking shots.
There are some things to bear in mind before purchasing an underwater camera.
For the average user taking photos while swimming in a pool or at the beach, the camera should have a depth rating of at least 10 feet. People who go diving or snorkeling should look at cameras with at least a 30 foot depth rating.
Lower-priced cameras may insert unwanted lens noise while zooming in and out. This can be avoided with a higher quality model.
High definition video makes for the best results.
Megapixels and Shooting Modes
The camera should have at least 10 megapixel picture quality and have a variety of different shooting modes. The modes will allow for picture taking in many different lights and environments while the megapixels will provide high quality prints in the larger resolutions.
This feature will prevent unnecessary motion during filming or shooting and smooth playback in the final video product or prints.
The camera should be resistant to damage from being dropped or jostled.
Basic maintenance will keep the camera working properly. The user should consult the instruction booklet that comes with camera to understand its operation and care.
Most underwater digital cameras are priced under $300. While cheaper models can be found it should be noted those models will provide lower quality photos and less features than a higher-priced model. It can also be practical to purchase the previous year’s model which can have great features for a much lower price. As with many things, you get what you pay for.