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. GoPro Hero 8
The latest and greatest from GoPro is the Hero 8, and with a camera like this you’ll be capturing crystal-clear professional snorkelling photos worthy of a spread in Nat Geo. With 4K60 + 1080p240 video, timer, live streaming, and waterproof up to 10 metres, this is one seriously bad boy. Here are some other features:
Better stability: With HyperSmooth 2.0 stabilisation and a built-in mount, it’s easier than ever to maintain control and focus while snorkelling. The Hero 8 features multiple levels of stabilisation and even horizon levelling for ultra straight shots.
Different lenses: Four different lenses adds more flexibility to suit whatever environment you’re shooting in. Choose from Narrow, Distortion-Free Linear, Wide, and SuperView lenses.
Speed variability: With TimeWarp 2.0, an automatic speed selection lets you easily speed up and slow down your videos, with up to 8x slo-mo.
Action shots: With an improved HDR and SuperPhoto algorithm, you can capture action shots with serious detail. LiveBurst mode lets you capture images 1.5 seconds before and after the shutter clicks, giving you 90 different images to choose from. Hurrah!
Edit with an app: The GoPro app makes it easy to create awesome edits and share them with your friends.
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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