Top 5 Best Underwater Cameras for Snorkelling

by Mihai Pinzariu on May 20, 2020

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Top 5 Best Underwater Cameras for Snorkelling

By Ninja Shark’s founder (and water enthusiast), Andrew Porter

Some of the things you see underwater while snorkelling are so incredible, they just have to be captured on film. While snorkelling on your own can be fun and adventurous, half of the enjoyment comes from sharing the wonderful things you have been able to see. And luckily, we’re living in an age where underwater cameras are accessible and make it easy to capture the amazing things you see while snorkelling.

If you think it’s time you had an underwater camera to take on your snorkelling adventures, good decision. We’d love to see your photos! To help you choose the best piece of equipment to take with you, here are the top 5 best underwater cameras for snorkelling.

1. Ninja Shark Explorer

When Out And About, it’s important to bring the right camera!

Action Camera Explorer is the ideal gadget for families who want to capture the best pictures and videos of hikes, snorkel tours, ATV rides, and other fun activities. Having kids is a reason to travel, never a reason to stop.

Do you feel inspired? Take out the action camera and create lasting memories.

STABILISATION - Built-in motion detection and Smart anti-shake program ensure excellent experience in shooting fast-moving objects. Video fluency and stability are greatly improved during endurance events so that you can deliver spectacularly smooth and steady videos.

TIME-LAPSE: Set a shooting schedule [2s, 3s, 5s, 10s, 30s, or 60s] or set it for Continuous lapse to meet the demands of your project. With a click of a button, time-lapse videos are processed and ready to share. There is no limit to what you can capture.

2. Apeman 4k Underwater 40M Waterproof

This is a fantastic alternative to the GoPro - an action camera with ultra HD shooting and a wide variety of cool specs and features. You need a micro SD card that’s class 10 or higher, with 8 - 128GB to use this little sucker, but it’s worth it for the 4K video and 20MP photo resolution. Did we mention it’s also 40 metres waterproof? Here’s what else comes with the Apeman:

Stabilisation: A built-in electronic gyroscope stabilises your images for smoother, better focused videos and photos. Ideal for being in the water!

Time lapse: Choose a time interval and take amazing time lapses of the sunrise, sunset, and ebb and flow of tides.

Control via app: Download the OK Cam app to control the Apeman camera in real time from your phone or tablet. You can also use it to view and share your shots easily.

Accessories galore: The Apeman comes with 20+ useful accessories and an awesome carrying case for everything you need, inc. HDBI, USB, and AV outputs.

3. Akaso EK7000 Waterproof Snorkel Camera

Another stunning, ultra HD waterproof camera is the Akaso snorkel camera, built specially for snorkelers. It’s got 4k 25fps / 2.7k 30fps / 1080p 60fps video for sharp, life-like images and smooth shots with a high frame rate. This one is waterproof up to 30 metres, and features other benefits like:

Instant share: With built-in 2.4G WiFi, you can instantly share your videos and photos with friends by connecting the Akaso to your smartphone.

Wide angle: With a 170° wide angle lens, you can capture more in your shots for an expansive field of vision. That means you can capture all the goodness of the reef + animals in one great shot.

Image stabiliser: With built-in Electronic Image Stabilisation (EIS), the Akaso can capture action shots easily. YOu can even capture fast-moving subjects on video with HyperSmooth Video Stabilisation up to 1080p at 60fps or 30fps

4. Nikon Coolpix AW130 Waterproof Camera

This is one serious camera. Dust-proof, cold-proof up to -10 degrees, shock-proof up to 2.1 metres, and waterproof up to 30 metres, this is our choice for a GoPro alternative. Here’s the lowdown on this hot piece of equipment:

Wide angle action shots: With a wide angle f/2.8 NIKKOR lens, the AW130 takes stunningly sharp images whether you’re shooting underwater or at night. Your images will be perfectly clear with 16 megapixel backside illumination CMOS sensor and EXPEED C2 image-processing system. Yeow!

Zoom like crazy: Choose from 5x optical zoom or 10x Dynamic Fine Zoom*2 for ultra close-up shots of those creatures you just can’t get up close and personal with.

Built-in GPS: You’ll never get lost at sea with built-in GPS, GLONASS, QZSS, compass, and a world map. Pair this with altimetres and depth gauges and you’ve got the smartest tool in the shed.

Share images: With built-in WiFi and NFC*1, you can easily connect the AW130 to your smartphone or tablet to shoot remotely and share images on social media. You can even pre-select photos and they’ll automatically transfer once you’re in range.

Video features galore: If you’re more of a video taker, enjoy the full HD 1080p/60i format with 5-axis Hybrid Vibration Reduction to lose the bumps and smooth out your videos. There’s also time lapse options and a short movie feature that lets you create movies from your images and videos.

Five colours: Choose from five colours: orange, blue, yellow, black, and camo.

5. Olympus Tough TG-5 Waterproof Camera

Here’s another durable, rugged machine that has tough literally in its name. This camera is shockproof up to 2.1 metres, crushproof up to 100kg, freezeproof up to -10 degrees, and waterproof up to 15 metres (or more). With 4k video and action track sensors that track environmental and movement data, the TG-5 also reaps numerous other features:

High-speed lens: With an F2.0 high-speed lens and 20fps burst shooting in RAW, the TG-5 is perfect for action shots and capturing fast-moving fish in the sea. You’ll never miss a shot again with the Pro Capture Mode, which buffers a running series of HD images and captures an exact moment along with the previous five frames.

Bright shots: Even if you're shooting in low light, the TG-5 will capture little noise and a tonne of brightness. Thanks to the image sensor and advanced dual quad core TruePic VIII Processor, you can count on increased dynamic range even in dimness.

Underwater shooting: The TG-5 has its own Underwater Shooting Modes, specially crafted for taking snorkelling photographs. The modes include Snapshot, Wide, and Macro, as well as an Underwater HDR Mode that combines multiple images to enhance light and shadow. At night, you can use Live Composite Mode to capture star trails.

Lens features: Take ultra-wide shots with the waterproof FCON-T01 Fisheye Converter Lens, and extend your zoom up to 7x with the TCON-T01 Teleconverter Lens. For better lighting, there's the waterproof FD-1 Flash Diffuser.

Go deeper: While the TG-5 is waterproof up to 15 metres, you can also use the PT-058 Underwater Housing to take the camera further underwater to a depth of 45 metres.

Microscope mode: Shoot incredible coral reef detail with the Microscope Mode that lets you get as close as 1cm to your subject. The Control Mode provides incredible magnification of up to 44.5x so you can capture the breathtaking detail of underwater life.

Don't forget to share

Going to spoil yourself with one of these amazing snorkel cameras? Make sure you take advantage of that built-in WiFi and show us all the incredible shots you’ve taken! Just add #NinjaShark to put your images and videos on our radar.


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"I'm not leaving my room without the mask. The full face snorkeling mask from Australia is comfortable and fit me perfectly! Love how easy it is to breath out your nose and mouth when you snorkeling and even has earplugs!"

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The Ninja Shark full face snorkel masks comes equipped with advanced Anti-Fog technology, automatic drainage, no CO2 Buildup with improved uni-directional valves, and a revolutionary breathe flow system so you can breathe through both your nose and mouth.





“If you thought we’re just here to sell you products, think again. You’re part of the Ninja Shark family, and your feedback matters! We’re constantly working to improve our products and deliver the full face snorkel mask that exists only in our dreams!”

What customers are saying about us…

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Loved the complete set. I even used the waterproof phone pouch to take photos and videos underwater. It made my Fiji experience so much better than using the free snorkel set that hurt your face after 2hours and leaving a sun/mask mark. The ninja leaves no marks and gives great vision under water in comparison. It did take some getting used to but it definitely paid off! Only frustration is that the tightening straps are quite basic; they should be much simpler to loosen and tighten both in and out of water.” – Jock

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JEANNIE O. (Piara Waters, AU)
Bloody love this!

Never snorkelled in my life. Petrified of putting my head under water. But now my neck is bad - if I don't alter the way I swim - then no more swimming for me. This has opened 'a whole new world' - (haha -that songs stuck in your head now) - to me. I'm just using my ninja gear in my gym outdoor pool atm. My legs are getting so strong - and my lungs too - as I'm doing some great breathing. I have huge surgery coming up soon - and i believe this is allowing me to get to a great level of fitness - in preparation. Honestly - i can't go on enough about this product enough. My friend bought a cheaper version. She's given it away already... say no more 🤿🤿🤿

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Electra - Full Face Snorkel Mask
Bolang C. (Perth, AU)
Great design

This is the best snorkel mask I’ve ever had. Very comfortable on face, easy to breathe. I am not a good swimmer, it makes me feel safe and enjoy snorkelling without distraction. Thank you ninjiashark.

Best snorkel ever!!

Got one of these for me and my 7 year old daughter for Xmas. We’ve used them twice already and love them!! So much easier to breathe, can see so much and just makes the whole snorkelling experience better! Would highly recommend!

Clear as day

Clear to see and easy to breathe,
Whole family loves the NinjaShark Snorkel mask.

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Robyn H. (Adelaide, AU)
Amazing

The best snorkel and mask combination. No going back now! I could snorkel for over an hour easily. So glad I made this purchase

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Mermaid M. (Townsville, AU)
Mermaid

While travelling in Timor leste l met a fellow snorkeller. We snorkelled for 10 days together the food was shit but the water was stunning. The friend was using Ninja Shark fins and mask mine were steaming up, letting in water and heavy. On arriving back in Australia l ordered straight away.
I was a little bit anxious on receiving my order as the mask was quite different to my old one and the fins were short and adjustable ( l wanted them to be my size ! ) well to my luck the weather was beautiful ( yes mid winter in Mackay ) and perfect for boating so off we scooted to Cockermouth ( don't laugh it's a real place ) jumping in and WOW I'm now a mermaid 🧜‍♀️ the mask and fins felt like part of me. I actually cried as not only was the equipment allowing me to explore as l wanted but the reef was STUNNING. So lm indepted to Ninja Shark for making me the mermaid l always aspired to be 🧜‍♀️

Took it to Tahiti

I wasn’t quite sure about getting a full face mask but bought mine (Electra package) before a trip to Tahiti which we got home from yesterday - absolutely LOVED it!!! I’ll be getting one for my wife before our next trip to a similar destination. BTW I make LOTS of crazy videos with lots of toys.

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Life changing

I do love my full face snorkel.. the freedom of nose breathing under the water.. the meditative and relaxative effect of this snorkeling is unexpected and great. Fits so well.. comfy to wear for long time.. highly recommend

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jomm11 (Brisbane, AU)
Super quality & fit

So happy we got Ninja shark, perfect for Great barrier reef snorkel day.
Flippers, mask, dry wallet, carry bag (good quality bag), anti fog spray, happy days.

Ninja Shark Kids Mask

We recently brought the Ninja Shark Kids 3-11 Mask + Fins + Bag package for our 7 year old who absolutely loves it! Will be buying three more for the rest of the family. 😊

Even better than expected!

I saw the kids full face snorkel masks online, and thought they looked pretty cool. I ordered two for Christmas, for my 3 and 6 year olds. Wow, did they have a great time with them!

I wasn't sure how the 3 year old would go with it, but he was comfortable in it almost immediately, and spent hours swimming around and seeing a whole new world of underwater scenery.

They were easy to fit, zero issues with them staying on. No leaks or fog.

They can't wait to get back to the water!

Highly recommend this product :)

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Electra - Full Face Snorkel Mask
Nick J. (Brisbane, AU)
mask swimming

The mask did exactly what was stated. I was very happy and will get another mask for my daughter.

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Electra - Full Face Snorkel Mask
Sheara R. (Perth, AU)
Great way to swim

I have NEVER been able to snorkel but love swimming. These full face snorkels are an absolute game changer in my life. Now I try to swim around 5 kms a week in the local pool. The Ninja mask makes it easy to do laps. I’ve been using the Ninja Shark for a quite few years and find the new Electra the best full face mask ever. No leaks, no fog and really easy to use and great quality. I’ve noticed my regular chats with other swimmers at the pool have encouraged many of them to purchase one of their own. I’ve given my older models to my grandkids and they love them too.

Fabulous

I got one for the 3 year old and one for the 5 year old, I thought maybe the 3 year old would get the hang of it eventually but they both loved it and mastered it pretty quickly. We’ve only used in the swimming pool, excited to go snorkeling in the ocean soon. Great product.

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Sarah B. (Surfers Paradise, AU)
Love it!

Amazing product ! Have the electra package, kids love it. So easy to use. Highly recommend

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(DRAFT) Diving Dry Snorkel Set with GoPro mount
Jennifer M. (Brisbane, AU)
Love it

Bought these for myself and my husband after getting the full face masks for the kids, and they were so good we’re getting them for the rest of the extended family for Xmas. The fact u can dive down and not get water down ur snorkel is a brilliant bonus! Makes our family holidays much easier and better without snorkel dramas!

This made our holiday

The product itself was amazing, but the service we received allowed us to get our 2 sets of masks for our cruise. We took them with us and used them multiple times for snorkelling on our cruise to Nouméa and New Caledonia. It was amazing snorkelling and being able to breathe easily, and the fins were the most comfortable I've ever used. I've got size 13 feet, and not only were they completely adjustable, but they were THE most comfortable fins ever invented. A massive shoutout to Colleen Zamora from your support staff who helped me out and made it possible to take our gear on holidays! Thanks Colleen!
The photo is us snorkelling off Amadee Island looking for turtles!

My kids love them

I’ve got three of these masks for my younger kids, however the oldest wants one too as the young ones rave about how good the are.

Summer Family Fun

Our Ninja masks have made snorkelling as a whole family very easy and enjoyable. The kids (and parents) find them super easy to use and have allowed us as a family of five to snorkel for longer than we ever could using traditional snorkel gear. I would highly recommend these masks.

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Lifetime warranty

Glad I have but haven’t needed to use .. yet

Great Mask

Love this mask. Kids find it so much easier snorkelling with the Ninja Shark. The snorkel mask is super clear and doesn’t fog up. The adjustable straps are great and easy to loosen and tighten. Very happy that we made the decision to get these for the kids.

A must for snorkelers!

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awsome

we used our new masks over the weekend. they were amazing, my daughter barely had her head out of the water all day.

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Lina J. (Gold Coast, AU)
life warranty

This is great! More stores should do it!

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Lifetime Warranty
Olivia (Perth, AU)
Fantastic snorkel!

Our 5 year old has never snorkelled. Put it on and was snorkelling no problem straight away! Easy for him to put on and off by himself. We bought the full package with flippers (also amazing and he can put them on by himself) and the two wet bags. The foldable snorkel is so handy for storing while we are travelling. And the lifetime warranty gives us great comfort that we can use it for future trips! We are so impressed with this product I’m going to get mum and dad one too!