What are the best cameras for underwater photography?

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    #1Nikon 1 AW1

    Nikon 1 AW1

    Nikon 1 AW1 is a shockproof and waterproof digital camera suitable for traveling with a 14.2 MP HD lens with approximately 15 fps of continuous shooting frame rate. It is built with a compact design and built-in GPS for geo-tag options.

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    Virginia Pacheco
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "This camera took a couple of pictures and then died! Water leaked in where the battery is and just killed the whole thing. Stay away and find something else that really is waterproof."
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    #2Canon PowerShot D30

    Canon PowerShot D30

    Canon PowerShot D30 is a waterproof digital camera ideal for outdoor trips and underwater experience. This camera is designed with a built-in GPS tracker and an LDC monitor that works even under the bright sun.

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    Brian Larson
    Written on April 11, 2018
    "It's a solid camera for underwater photography but it's pretty expensive and has some useless features included. It's meant to be for both underwater and over so it's not the best for specifically underwater. It's pretty good though and with a decent price tag."
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    #3GoPro HERO6 Black

    GoPro HERO6 Black
    GoPro HERO6 Black is an action camera capable of shooting 4K UHD videos in 60 frames per second and 1080p full HD in 240 fps. Waterproof and resistant, its perfect to record action and sports' best moments.
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    Sophia Yi
    Written on April 12, 2018
    "Great choice for a solution as it is a great waterproof camera."
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    #4Nikon COOLPIX AW120

    Nikon COOLPIX AW120
    Nikon COOLPIX AW120 is a 16.1 megapixel WiFi and waterproof digital camera with GPS and full HD 1080p video which is built to support water and under temperatures. However, this waterproof camera has been discontinued by the manufacturer. 
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    Henry Lynch
    Written on April 14, 2018
    "If you love to take pictures underwater while scuba diving, this is the camera for you. I was extreme;y impressed with how my photos of marine life turned out while I was on a vacation on the Caribbean. This camera can handle pretty much anything the ocean can throw at it!"
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    #5GoPro HERO+

    GoPro HERO+
    GoPro HERO+ is a powerful action camera that allows you to capture 1080p60 video and 8MP photos. It features WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity, allowing you to control it remotely. It is waterproof up to 40 meters.
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    Bruce Boyd
    Written on April 17, 2018
    "I've been doing hobbyist photography for awhile now, but recently needed to do some underwater photography to grow my horizons. I didn't want to spend too much on specialized equipment for something I might not even profit from and that made picking a good water resilient camera difficult. I settled on the GoPro HERO+ which is a solid camera for its price point with some nice features. I'm very happy with it as an entry point underwater camera as it allowed me to capture shots of near shore reefs and surfers from under the crest of the wave."
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    #6AKASO EK7000

    AKASO EK7000
    AKASO EK7000 is 4K WiFi sports action camera with ultra HD waterproof DV camcorder and 12-megapixel 170-degree wide angle. It has It has a wireless wrist remote control sports and four shooting modes.
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    $69.99

    Jason Ray
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "I was impressed at how well the AKASO EK7000 4K performed underwater. This camera is lightweight and the helmet mount came in handy while underwater when used along with the remote. Though this is not a true 4k camera, I was really happy with the quality of the photographs and video, especially at this price point."
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    #7GoPro HERO4

    GoPro HERO4
    GoPro HERO4 is an action camera that allows you to capture high-resolution 4K30 and 2.7K60 video, as well as 1080p120 and 720p240 slow motion footage. It is waterproof up to 40 meters and is delivered with different mount accessories.
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    Tammy Hughes
    Written on April 17, 2018
    "does not look like it is the best but not bad"
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    #8Olympus Tough TG-5

    Olympus Tough TG-5

    Olympus Tough TG-5 is a waterproof camera with three-inch LCD designed for people who love adventures and want to take outdoor pictures. It has a fast F2.0 lens, and Action Track Sensors that lets record locations and temperature.


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    Charles Webb
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "The best camera for underwater photography is the Olympus Tough TG-5. It comes with a 3-inch LCD, New 12MP Hi-Speed Image Sensor for improved low light performance and noise reduction. It has a Field sensor system with GPS, Manometer, Compass, and temperature sensors. It is waterproof to 50 feet"
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    #9DBPOWER EX7000

    DBPOWER EX7000

    DBPOWER EX7000 Action camera records your adventures in 4K resolution, which has a two-inch LCD touchscreen and built-in WiFi function for wireless connectivity. Its 170º wide angle lens lets you capture vivid details of your best moments.

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    Terry Bryant
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "The DBPOWER EX7000 Action Camera is a mouthful to say, but this handy camera is something i won't ever go on a trip without! I took this baby Snorkeling and when my family watched the video, they didn't believe me when i said i had been the one to capture it. Overall i highly recommend this camera for your underwater photography."
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    #10Canon EOS-1DX Mark II

    Canon EOS-1DX Mark II
    The new Canon EOS 1D X Mark II 4K Digital SLR Camera is nothing but legendary every step of the way. Up to 14 fps (up to 16 fps in Live View mode) can be captured at a burst rate of up to 170 RAWs with a CFast card, and an improved 61-point AF system helps deliver clean, sharp images quickly, even in dim light. 4K video can be recorded at up to 60 fps with smooth AF and strikingly clear detail.
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    Douglas Bishop
    Written on September 28, 2017
    "The Canon EOS is a great camera for taking action shots. There are various modes that allow high quality burst rates so you can see every individual droplet of water if you wanted. High quality shots at 4k with 60 fps."
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    #11Sony ILCE-7RM2

    Sony ILCE-7RM2
    Realism meets resolution and sensitivity - with the world's first (1) back-illuminated 35 millimetres full-frame CMOS image sensor. The α7R II increases image quality with 42.4MP resolution, up to ISO 102,400 sensitivity and speedy response with 5fps and a Fast Hybrid AF system (399 AF points).
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    Lawrence Simpson
    Written on September 28, 2017
    "Many people want to capture photos for surfing, paddle boarding, kitesurfing, windsurfing and bodyboarding. The Sony ILCE-7RM2 is a good camera but needs an underwater camera diving waterproof housing to make it feasible for such use. More direct options include for instance the Sony HDR-AS200VR which allows you to record video and take photos with a splash proof body. The Polaroid Cube+ records video and can take 8-megapixel still photos and contains a fixed 124-degree wide-angle lens. The GoPro HD Hero5 Black is a waterproof digital surf camera which mounts on your board or attaches via a chest strap or helmet. It has 4k video, and takes 12MP photos"
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    #12Sony Alpha a6000

    Sony Alpha a6000
    The black Sony Alpha a6000 Mirrorless Digital Camera is a versatile and advanced mirrorless camera featuring a 24.3MP APS-C-sized Exmor APS HD CMOS sensor and BIONZ X image processor to produce high-resolution still images and Full HD movies with marked low-light quality and sensitivity to ISO 25600. Beyond notable imaging traits, the image processor also lends itself to continuous shooting up to 11 fps and an intelligent Fast Hybrid AF system that uses both phase- and contrast-detection methods to quickly and accurately acquire focus.
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    Eugene Moreno
    Written on November 3, 2017
    "get a digial camera that is worthy of those moments in your life. Get the black sony Alpha, compatible with window, and mac os."
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    #13Aqua-Vu AV Micro 5

    Aqua-Vu AV Micro 5
    A Complete Underwater Camera System The Same Size As A Smart Phone Now With Built-In DVR, Depth & Temperature! The all-new Aqua-Vu Micro 5 Plus DVR-DT is a complete underwater camera system that is the same size as a smartphone! It works great for ice fishing, on the boat, or off the dock and can also be used for a variety of above water uses like looking into tight spaces.
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    Kathleen Ruiz
    Written on September 28, 2017
    "I recently got into scuba diving and wanted to find the perfect camera for getting pictures of what I was able to find. The Aqua-Vu manages that very well. The pictures came out very clear (as I would expect for the price) but I wouldn’t say it is the most convenient item. Whereas a GoPro makes it easier to attach to your person, this is handheld which means you have to have a place to store it while not in use. It also made me nervous about dropping it since I couldn’t attach it to myself in a convenient way. "
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    #14SeaLife DC2000

    SeaLife DC2000
    Featuring a large SONY 1” type back-illuminated 20MP image sensor and RAW formatting capabilities, the DC2000 will let your underwater inspirations guide you to stunning results. With an ultra-fast auto focus and shutter response, you'll never miss a shot with the SeaLife DC2000. Take control of your creativity by selecting from the 8 shooting modes: manual, aperture, underwater, shutter, program, intelligent auto, land, and panorama. JPEG and RAW (Adobe .dng) imaging formats are available, providing you with nearly endless photo editing options.
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    Alan Garcia
    Written on September 28, 2017
    "SeaLife DC2000 is a great underwater camera. While expensive, it supports full 1080p, 60fps video recording and is great for those who like to dive and discover underwater wildlife."
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    #15Panasonic Lumix FZ1000

    Panasonic Lumix FZ1000

    Experience the world of 4K video capture. Enjoy true-to-life, ultra high-resolution images in smooth motion. Plus, the realistic ambience of audio recording with the optional Stereo / Shotgun Microphone (DMW-MS2*) with the ability to adjust sound gathering characteristics to match any shooting situation.

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    Danielle Duncan
    Written on October 12, 2017
    "If you are into recording every event in your life, from boring Sunday afternoon lounges to high flying plane rides or deep dives underwater and life's precious moments, the Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 has the zoom for you. Focusing in on every vivid detail of life and never miss a beat with the magical microphone is the absolute filming experience. As a video artist who used many different types of cameras, in my opinion this camera meets the high demands and goes a 1000 miles extra with more features you ever could imagine. It is my camera of choice whatever the occasion may be, try it out for yourself."
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    #16GoPro Hero7 Black

    GoPro Hero7 Black

    The GoPro Hero7 Black improves stabilization from its predecessors and is one of the best cameras in the market. It features improved audio quality as well as an impressive video and decent stills.

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Summary

Best What are the best cameras for underwater photography
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1Nikon 1 AW1Electronics 19 Paid
2Canon PowerShot D30Electronics 15 Paid
3GoPro HERO6 BlackElectronics 14 Paid
4Nikon COOLPIX AW120 Electronics 10 Paid
5GoPro HERO+Electronics 9 Paid
6AKASO EK7000Electronics 8 Paid
7GoPro HERO4Electronics 5 Paid
8Olympus Tough TG-5Electronics 3 Paid
9DBPOWER EX7000 Electronics 2 Paid
10Canon EOS-1DX Mark IIElectronics 0 Paid
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