Even if you are just beginning with underwater photography, an intermediate shooter who is looking to upgrade his level, or a professional who want to combine a more compact rig for travel to combat those ever-rising baggage fees. This review is your personal guide toward your Best Underwater Cameras of 2020. I have developed this review deduct the hassle and fatigue which is usually linked with shopping for underwater camera.
This review is comprised after a detail research on best underwater cameras of 2020. There were dozens of underwater cameras which have been tested by me and my team before presenting this review. There are different experiences after those we selected the best for you. From my own waters of Monterey, to the Caribbean, and the Coral Triangle, I spent hundreds of hours shooting compact cameras underwater as a professional. I have picked the top performers and these will enable you to capture amazing images underwater.
Now let’s discuss the type of audience which will use the underwater cameras!
1) All the beginners who want to have an easy point and then shoot with the abundant potential.
2) The professional who are waiting for the compact cameras which will help them to capture perfect images.
Best Camera Requirements:
After discussing the audience we must look forward to the requirements which are affiliated with the underwater cameras to get a good image of what actually you need.
- To provide the great image quality.
- Camera has to be light in weight
- The cameras should be user friendly with the mentioned point & shoot easy, but offer intermediate to advanced controls.
For the best images and videos the underwater housing should provide wide-angle potential.
To help you understand your and my criteria, please review the following concepts.
There are many cameras are with underwater wide-angle lenses. Most of these cameras feature a 5X or greater zoom lens. These lenses attract the people who want topside photography, long zoom lenses require underwater housings designs with long lens ports.
In recent years we have seen more cameras have a 28mm equivalent (to film) lens and some even have a 24mm equivalent lens. As the lenses on the cameras get wider, optically it becomes harder to design an underwater wide-angle lens. While 24mm may sound wide to a land based shooter, we generally consider an angle of over 100 degrees to be the starting point for an underwater wide-angle setup. This will allow the photographer to get very close to the foreground subject but still maintain an expansive background. On most 24mm lens cameras, you may need to zoom to 28mm for use with a wide-angle lens to avoid vignetting.
Some manufacturers have reserved to an air dome on these wider lens cameras to create back the above water angle of coverage. If you still knows what you studies in the basic scuba class, your mask reduces your field of view by about 25 percent. This is exactly the same thing which happens with your camera lens behind a flat lens port. The air dome will restore the angle of coverage to what it is above water. Although the angle for a 28mm is only 75 degrees, and a 24mm is only 84 degrees. This will make it harder to photograph huge objects like large reef scenes and shipwrecks. As these really require a lens with a minimum of 100 degrees to be close enough and then capture proper contrast and color.
There are Mirrorless cameras too which offer interchangeable fisheye and wide lenses on the camera. Which could be matched up to a dome port for some seriously wide coverage up to 180 degrees. You cannot change these lenses underwater and they provide optically the best solution for wide-angle photography. In past few years I have seen high that people use the combination of optical quality wide-angle lenses with the “kit” lens from a mirror less camera. That will sometimes proceed the optical quality of dedicated wide-angle optics.
Let me define you the difference between manual and auto exposure
I have the cameras which are point & shoot easy, as only some offer more growth potential. Auto exposure cameras are able to capture the best snapshots. Although with the manual camera operation you will get a brighter and accurate light for adding a strobe or video light.
Now lets discuss the best underwater cameras of 2020, for your convenience there is a table in following which will provide a more clear balance between products and features.
Best Underwater Cameras Of 2020:
|MP's||Waterproof Range||Lense Width|
|Dragon Touch 4K||16MP||100ft||170 degrees|
|Olympus TG-5||12 MP||50 Meters||-|
|Nikon W300||5 MP||100ft||14 degrees|
|GordVE 2.7||16 MP||10 Meters||-|
|Canon PowerShot||12 MP/ 1080P||25 Meter||-|
|Underwater Camera by COMI||24 MP||10ft||-|
|Campark ACT74 Action Camera||16 MP||98ft||170 degrees|
|APEMAN Action Camera||20 MP||40 Meters||170 degrees|
|YISENCE digital Camera||24 MP||10 Meters||170 degrees|
|AKASO EK7000||12 MP||10 Meters||170 degrees|
Lets review the features and the useful aspect of the cameras i have listed for you. Through this you and I will come to the verdict and decide what suits you the best!
1. Dragon Touch 4K Action Camera 16MP:
The first and my most favorite 4K underwater camera is Dragon Touch. Dragon Touch is an underwater camera that will give you not just a professional feel but also the most competitive recording resolution. Dragon Touch uses the Professional 4K/30FPS, 2.7K/30fps, 1080P/60FPS video and 16MP photo resolution, and this enables you to capture the most exciting movements in your camera. The wireless range this 4k camera has is 10m(33ft), but a bit not liking part is that remote could not survive underwater.
Dragon Touch also comes with the 2″ screen to see what you are recording and how is it going. There are other accessories too within the package, you can use the waterproof case and dive under 100 feet. And the 4X Zoom enhances your way of shooting even more. There are other amazing features too including image rotation, driving mode, loop recording, time-lapse, slow motion, white balance, exposure and dramashot. Let’s have a short look at the features, pros and cons of this amazing camera.
- Professional 4K/30FPS
- Wireless Wrist Remote Control
- 2″ Screen
- Waterproof under 100 ft
- With 2 rechargeable 1050mAh batteries and accessories
2. Olympus TG-5:
The new and upgraded camera with 12MP Hi-Speed Image Sensor for improved low light performance and noise reduction. Olympus TG-5 is a Underwater camera with the compensation of 2 EV to +2 EV (in 1/3 EV steps). It provides the Bright F2.0 high-speed Lens. Video Recording format : MOV(MPEG-4AVC/H.264). Olympus TG-5 has Dual Quad Core TruePic VIII Image Processor. It also have the best 3.0 inches 460k-Dot LCD Monitor.
Focus Range Normal: 3.94 inches (10 cm) to Infinity. Macro: 0.4 inches (1 cm) to Infinity. Olympus TG-5 consist of the Field sensor system with GPS, Manometer, Compass, and temperature sensors. This camera is Waterproof to 50 feet, F, Dust proof, Crush proof to 220 lbf, Shock proof from 7 feet, Freeze proof to 14 degrees, Anti-Fog lens
This camera comes in only red colour which is not cool for boys but great for girls.
- Waterproof Camera with 3-Inch LCD
- Red (V104190RU000)
- 3.0 inches 460 k-Dot LCD Monitor
- Dust proof
- Crush proof to 220 lbf
- Shock proof from 7 feet
- Freeze proof to 14 degrees
3. Nikon W300 Waterproof Underwater Digital Camera with TFT LCD, 3″, Yellow (26525):
This amazing Nikon W300 Waterproof Underwater Digital Camera is waterproof, freeze proof, shockproof and dustproof adventure camera. It comes with extra capabilities ; Autofocus (AF) : Contrast-detect AF. Nikon W300 Waterproof Underwater Digital Camera provides the stunning high resolution photos, 4K Ultra HD videos, Time-lapse videos, Super lapse videos and music montages. It has the 5x optical zoom NIKKOR lens with telephoto power and Hybrid VR image stabilization.
The charging Time of Nikon W300 Waterproof Underwater Digital Camera is 2 hours 20 minutes (when using Charging AC Adapter EH-73P and when no charge remains)(Approx.). This camera has all the stable built in features like Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, eCompass, altimeter, depth gauge and many more.
The downfall of the product is that it is in yellow colour and most of the people avoid this colour.
- Wi-Fi, Bluetooth
- Depth gauge
4. GordVE 2.7 Inch Camera:
It is a dust proof, waterproof up to 10m, and cold resistant to -10C making it tough and reliable to take anywhere. GordVE KG003 comes with a 2.7″ TFT LCD screen with waterproof buttons, great for viewing details of what you’re taking.
With a 5 MP CMOS sensor clear and 8x digital zoom photos are guaranteed. GordVE KG003 has an auto detector which can detect night Portrait, night Scenery, portrait, scenery, sports, party, beach and underwater. 5 Megapixels delivers quality images, up to 16M by interpolation.With 6.9 cm (2.7”) LCD screen, record videos with sound.
Comes only in yellow colour otherwise it is an ideal product.
- 5 MP Camera
- 12 Months warranty
- 2.7 Inch LCD Cameras
- 16 MP Digital Camera Underwater
5. Canon PowerShot D30 Waterproof Digital Camera:
Canon has always promised the best in the less. It is no doubt the best thing and quality in the canon camera. Canon PowerShot comes with 12MP 1/2.3″ BSI-CMOS sensor and 28-140mm F3.9-4.8 equivalent lens with optical image stabilization (5x optical zoom). This is th best for the beginners.
With ISO 100-3200 and 3″ fixed LCD with 461,000 dots Canon PowerShot is considered to be the best waterproof camera of 2020. With 1080/24p HD video plus you can make super slow motion video at 640×480 (H.264).
Canon PowerShot is Waterproof to 25m / 82′, Shockproof to 2m / 6.5′ and Temperature resistant from 14° to 104°F. Canon PowerShot comes with SD/SDHC/SDXC memory and Built-in GPS
The downfall of this product is the it doesnot comes with a builtin wifi feauture
- 12MP 1/2.3″ BSI-CMOS sensor
- 28-140mm F3.9-4.8 equivalent lens with optical image stabilization (5x optical zoom)
- ISO 100-3200
- 3″ fixed LCD with 461,000 dots
- 1080/24p HD video plus super slow motion video at 640×480 (H.264)
- Waterproof to 25m / 82′
- Shockproof to 2m / 6.5′
6. Underwater Camera by COMI:
This camera is a point and shoot underwater camera. It shoots up to 24MP and video quality is up to FHD. Bright color of this camera. It is not the normal black. The design is very beautiful and fashionable.It is easy to carry and it is compact. You can keep it in your handbag.
Underwater Camera by COMI is extremely easy to use and can be used for both taking pictures and recording videos. You will love the dual screen feature of this camera so you won’t be out of frame when taking selfie. It can also be mounted to a tripod (exclude in standard package) and comes with a wrist strap and drawstring case.
The camera is designed to float so no float strap is really necessary. It works just as well above water as it does underwater. The battery compartment is water tight as it’s sealed very well to keep it from water leaking into. Waterproof up to 3 meters (about 10ft). It has different settings from auto face detection to lighting correction to your choice of resolution. You can set color, sepia, and black & white, and it has the ability to adjust the exposure (from +3 to -3). There is automatic time/date stamp on photos and it can be set to be off.
With Underwater Camera by COMI you can adjust the focus with the knob on the left between mountain mode (There is a mountain symbol to appear on the screen) and flower mode (There is a flower symbol to appear on the screen),and once you had it where you needed it you didn’t need to re-adjust it often at all. Underwater Camera by COMI can take close-up photo and it is clear and not blurry. Most of the time you can keep the knob at mountain position. Comes with one year warranty
The downfall of the product is that is does not stay waterproof in more than 10 feet depth.
- Full Hd 1080P
- Waterproof Digital Camera
- Underwater Digital Camera
7. Campark ACT74 Action Camera:
It comes with super 4K Recording and Sony sensor. Campark 4k Sports Action Camera records video footage in 4K/30fps and takes photo at 16M. It help you capture and share your world in a fantastic resolution. With the 2 Inch HD Screen and 170°Ultra wide angle lens, you won’t miss out on any background details. Campark Action cameras comes with the support of 32GB on an Micro SD card will let you store all your photos and videos right on the camera.
It also has WIFI Remote Control whereas Campark action camera is compatible with iOS and Android system. This camera allows you control camera via the phone in real time, What is more, instantly send pics and videos via email or share them on social media easily. Campark is Waterproof up to 30m(98Feet) depth, the waterproof case design for underwater world.
Waterproof up to 30 meters.Ideal for water sports like swimming, drifting, surfing etc. Campark comes with the Dual Rechargeable Batteries and Mounting Accessories Kits. It has Increased Long Battery Life up to 180 minutes (Dual Rechargeable Lithium Batteries) shooting time.Come along with tons of free accessories. There are Multifunctional accessories enable you to mount your camera to helmet, bicycles, wrist, etc…
This product might be waterproof but it is not scratch proof. Over all the best selling product on amazon
- 4K/30fps and takes photo at 16M
- 2 inch HD screen
- Supports WiFi
- Compatible with iOS and Android system
- 170°Ultra wide angle lens
- Waterproof up to 30m (98 Feet) depth
8. APEMAN Action Camera:
4K/20MP and 170° ADJUSTABLE ULTRA WIDE ANGLE Take higher-quality 20MP photos and ultra HD video with professional 4K Tech. 2.0 Inch LCD display and professional wide-angle lens provide you with much broader amazing perspective.
APEMAN Action Camera comes with the upgraded waterproof system which ranges to 40M & BUILT-IN ANTI-SHAKING, there is more improved waterproof case, through which it can deep dive below 40 meters. Get ready to capture all details of your adventures. APEMAN Action Camera has built in smart gyroscope for anti-shaking and image stabilization to make your video much more smooth. This camera is Ideal for water sports such as swimming, surfing, diving, etc.
You can Share & edit videos and images easily. Download the free app (OK Cam or FN Cam) on your smart phone or tablet to take full control of the camera in real time. HDMI, USB and AV video output are available for connecting computers, TVs and projectors.
APEMAN Action Camera supports Loop Recording, Car mode, Diving mode, Timer-shoot capture modes like Time Lapse. Through choosing a time interval, you can appreciate and record a process of the changes that take place at every moment in every corner of the world, like sunrise and sunset, flowers bloom, tide ebb, etc. moreover it comes with complete accessories for most action cameras even Go-pro. Dual improved 1050mAh batteries to record up to 180 minutes totally and a special designed portable carrying bag, perfect for outdoor sports.
Drawback of this product is that is has no warranty otherwise it is good to go
- 4 K 20 MP WiFi Ultra HD Underwater Waterproof
- 40 M Sports Camcorder with 170° EIS Sony Sensor,
- 2 Upgraded Batteries,
- Portable Carrying Bag
- 24 Mounting Accessories Kits
9. Waterproof Digital Camera by YISENCE:
YISENCE didigtal camera is the perfect gift you can give to your loved ones this new year. With the compact design and the lanyard helps carry it all around without sinking or falling while take photo/video. YISENCE is a waterproof camera is built tough for your active lifestyle.
It’s dust proof, and shockproof, the perfect travel companion, ready to capture all your adventures and fun selfies even under water. Rugged, compact, and lightweight, goes anywhere and can handle every challenging journey, from the bumpiest, dustiest desert road tour to underwater selfies.
YISENCE can submersible up to 10 Feet in depth waterproof without casing for one hour per time. Photo shooting and video recording underwater. Max. 24 MP,and 14 kinds of optional resolutions. There is a Built-in LED flash light. Shoot high-quality photos and video, with or without audio, whenever and wherever your travels take you.
YISENCE digital camera captures smooth digital video at either 1920 x 1080 (Full HD). Save your images and video onto a micro SD card up to 32 GB (not included) or transfer them via the built-in USB port.
This waterproof digital camera features a rear-facing, 2.7-inch full-color LCD display and a secondary, front-facing 1.8-inch full-color LCD display – the perfect viewfinder for taking selfies. With its built-in 10-second self-timer, you can get yourself along with the whole gang in the same frame, and never miss a moment of action. This product comes with one year warranty and money-back guarantee.
The downfall of this product is that it is now WiFi enabled.
- 1080P Full HD Underwater Camera
- 24 MP Video Recorder
- Selfie Dual Screen DV Recording
- Waterproof Camera
10. AKASO EK7000 4K WiFi Sports Action Camera:
Professional 4K 25fps & 2.7K 30fps video with 12MP photos at up to 30 frames per second for incredible photos, which is 4 times the resolution of traditional HD cameras. AKASO EK7000 is a Wireless Wrist Remote Control Sports Camera. It comes with a With a wrist 2.4G remote, you can capture the world in an all-new way. This makes controlling the camera, framing shots or recording video is convenient.
AKASO EK7000 has a longer Battery Life. AKASO EK7000 action camera comes with 2 rechargeable 1050mAh batteries. Each battery can record up to 90 minutes. No more worry about the recording time for this action camera. With the built-In WIFI & HDMI, edit & share your action in minutes. Just download App(iSmart DV) on your phone or tablet and connect with this action camera.
Wi-Fi signal ranges up to 10 meters. 100 feet waterproof camera. AKASO EK7000 is designed to withstand extreme environments, together with durable waterproof case. With the accessories, transform it for indoor and outdoor activities.
Downfall of this product is that it has no warranty but overall it gives the desired result.
- 4K Ultra HD Action Camera
- Ultra HD Waterproof DV Camcorder
- 12MP HD camera
- 170 Degree Wide Angle
For the classic Underwater Camera by COMI works the best. With it;s elegant design and properly created features I think it is one of the best underwater cameras of 2020. You should also read and analyse what suits you before ordering online on amazon.