View Full Version : quality underwater camera

02-21-2013, 03:44 AM
im looking for a underwater camera and/or housing.
I have a $600 spending cap on it but I want the best quality I can get with that price
must be able to go to at least 40 meters.
was thinking of getting a Panasonic ts4 with a ikelite housing rated for 60meters

any ideas what would be better?

02-21-2013, 04:47 AM
I cannot comment on that particular camera, but I do have a Nikon S8100 with Ikellite housing which works nicely. The housing is well built but if I were to do it all over again I would get a camera without the long zoom.

02-21-2013, 06:47 AM
Check this site out,


02-21-2013, 01:52 PM
Here is another site dedicated to underwater photography:


02-21-2013, 02:05 PM
im looking for a underwater camera and/or housing.
I have a $600 spending cap on it but I want the best quality I can get with that price

I don't think $600 is enough for an underwater camera if you're looking for something better than a P&S. You're better off buying an underwater housing for your current camera.

I have a P&S underwater camera - a Pentax Optio WG-II. I bought it when it first hit the market (bad timing on my part) and it was $420, but I see you can get it for $320 on amazon.ca now. There isn't much that is better than the WG-II for less than $1000 from my understanding. The WG-II takes great photos - my only complaint is lack of zoom so it is limited in open water capabilities. It has an AMAZING macro setting including a 1cm macro with its own LED lighting whose quality is really beyond the $300-400 camera range. That was my biggest selling point, I use the macro and 1 cm macro settings in my reef tanks all the time.

So I guess it depends what you want...

02-23-2013, 01:47 AM
Thanks for advise! Ill post the one I choose and maybe a few pics from scuba diving

02-23-2013, 03:19 AM
When I started doing underwater Photography, I started with
Film Cameras

1. Nikonos, find out I didn't like guestiamate focusing underwater, with Nikonos SB105 and SB 102 strobes, Ultralite arms and tray

then went to a

2. Nikon F100 and Sea &Sea housing, Super wide dome port and flat ports for macro photography, 16mm fisheye lens, 17-35mm AFS f2.8, 60mm and 105mm macro lens.

3. Nikon D200 and Sea&Sea housing, and Light And Motion housing, added more lens
10.5mm fisheye, 12-24mm f2.8

These are some images done with the Nikon D200


The Nikon D200 is 6 years old now, so time for an upgraded underwater setup.

My current Nikon camera is the D800 which is a 36 meg full frame,
so my next upgrade is the new Sea&Sea housing for the D800, and 2 new Sea&Sea YS-D1, The new strobes are completely fully automatic with the camera, instead of using my outdated Nikon SB 105 strobes



I'll be getting this setup in the next couple of months, going to Lembeh Strait, Indonesia in Aug 2013 for a couple weeks, the ultimate place for macro photography

03-04-2013, 06:11 AM
Honestly, if you are on a tight budget I would recommend buying a couple of nice strobes, and an inexpensive housing/camera, rather than getting an expensive camera, with weak strobes.

I use the Nikon/Fantasea FP7000 camera/housing. You can get the housing and camera for less than $600 and a couple of Sea and Sea YS01 strobes for about the same amount as the housing alone for a SLR camera.

I would definitely recommend Mozaik cameras (the website Scubadawg posted). They are extremely helpful.

One cool thing about the Fantasea FP7000 is that they have a whole line of lenses that snap on to the camera, meaning you can switch lenses under water. I have the wide angle and macro lens. Both are freakin awesome haha. They are probably my favorite thing about the camera.

03-04-2013, 02:02 PM
Check this out
•Wearable full HD video camcorder with built-in Wi-Fi
•Waterproof housing good down to 60 m (197 ft.)
-Available Image Format(s): JPEG

Sony HDRAS15Ride 16.1 MP Action Mini Wi-Fi Camcorder Ride Kit

Includes Water proof housing, Goggle mount, bike/bar mount & 2 adhesive mounts, 8 GB Micro SD Card, 4x Slow Motion HD.
Looks like a nice package. But i dont know how good it is for making still images though, need to look up some on line reviews.
here is one review

03-04-2013, 02:24 PM
One more review


03-18-2013, 01:32 AM
Honestly, for the money, I am not sure anything beats the new GoPro Hero 3 under water. I have seen some amazing shots from it. And to top it off you can have a lot of fun with one.

03-18-2013, 01:41 AM
I have a go pro, if you want to use the go pro underwater, you have to buy the flat port for it, the curve port, will not focus underwater.

03-18-2013, 01:44 AM
I have a go pro, if you want to use the go pro underwater, you have to buy the flat port for it, the curve port, will not focus underwater.

The 3 comes with a flat lens.

03-18-2013, 02:17 AM
Mines the older model, had to buy it:(

03-18-2013, 03:51 AM
+1 on the Hero3 with a red filter. You might even be able to get a full rig with lighting for that budget. You would be amazed at how well this rig works.

Here's some good reading..

Ok just checked and I guess the full rig with light is more like $870 but still what you're getting for that is pretty awesome.

03-18-2013, 07:41 AM
I have an actual HD underwater video system

Sony HDR-HC9 Camcorder in a


with WP25 FathomWide Angle Port , and flat port etc.

and 2 sets of Niterider HID lights


but a little outdated, still works, but with the weight restrictions of airlines,
I will using a Nikon D800 underwater, since it does 36 meg still and HDV video.

06-11-2013, 11:48 AM
So did you choose the one you wanted. How are the pics coming?