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No matter where you take your waterproof camera, make sure at the end of the day you rinse it, or its case if it has one, thoroughly with fresh water.
If you’re planning on spending a day in or around the water, a cheap waterproof case is an easy way to insure your multi-hundred-dollar smartphone doesn’t become a multi-hundred-dollar punchline to a sad story.
This is good practice regardless, but salt water especially is incredibly corrosive and will ruin all the little metal parts in any dive case rapidly and efficiently and you’ll only notice it’s destroyed the next time you go to use it.
This 600 lumen waterproof LED light from Light and Motion should work great for close up photos and videos.
Models like the Pixel 4 and iPhone 11 Pro are IP68 rated, which means you can get them wet, and they can be submerged in a few feet of fresh water, but this is more in case of accidental droppage, not for extended use underwater.
Being able to mount your camera on your arm, mask, BCD and so on lets you keep your hands free for safety, or for carrying other gear.
Even waterproof phones aren’t designed to shoot photos and videos underwater.
Before you buy this, or any underwater camera light, check out the user photos so you know its capabilities.
Depending on your plans, something as simple as a waterproof case for your phone might work just fine.
Like the 7, the Hero 8 is waterproof down to 10 meters on its own, but for anything more you’ll need to get the Protective Housing, which is good down to an impressive 197 ft. /60m.
Below is a list of waterproof camera options, ranging from simple and cheap, to expensive and elaborate.
Insta360 and GoPro, the two biggest names in the space, expect you to create traditional 1080p videos using the 360 footage you captured.
But for the sheer variety of photos and videos possible, a 360 camera is an even better option.
Water pressure is one of the most powerful things in nature, and even a few feet below the surface could be enough to pop the seals on an inexpensive case.
The GoPro Max, its 360 action cam, is good, and can create some great videos right out of the box.
For deeper dives, there’s a dive case available that’s good down to 131 ft. /40m.
The vibrant coral and fish photos you’ve probably seen on Instagram were likely taken with far more expensive cameras than we’ve covered, with elaborate and powerful lighting rigs.
Also, before you take the plunge on any of the products mentioned here, note that published reports suggest a GoPro Hero 9 Black — which is said to feature a front-facing screen — is on deck for the fall.
You might not need the latter, but they’ll let you record some pretty amazing videos on every waterside and deep underwater reef.
Best options for epic underwater photos and videos https://t.co/X7yF3sRpJA— CNET News (@CNETNews) September 1, 2020
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