Cameras & Optics

Nauticam WWL-1b wide-angle optic

The wet-changeable underwater wide-angle conversion optics supports full zoom range, allowing flexibility for various underwater shooting situations. It is compatible with various lenses from Sony, Sigma, Nikon, Olympus, Panasonic, Canon, and FujiFilm. It is recommended for zoom lenses that start at a 28mm focal range (for instance the Sony 28-60mm). When using a 28mm lens, the maximum field of view is 130°.

Underwater Photography on a $500 Budget

UW photography gear under $500
UW photography gear under $500 from Olympus, Ricoh, Fujifilm, Minolta, GoPro and Diveroid

Scuba diving is not really an inexpensive hobby, considering the costs of training, equipment and travelling. Furthermore, many divers love to capture images and videos of all the things they have seen underwater. So, underwater photography then adds an additional burden onto one’s piggy bank.

Insta360 ONE X2

Insta360 ONE X2

While the ONE X2 is waterproof to 10m, a dive depth of 45m can be reached by using an option-al dive case. It features stabilized 5.7K
360-degree video recording, updated FlowState image stabilization technology, and a special underwater shooting mode called “AquaVision,” which automatically balances color. The camera supports both HDR photo and video. It is able to capture and merge multiple images to increase
dynamic range, as well as reduce noise and maintain detail when shooting in low-light situations.

Inon UWL-95 Wide-Angle Wet Lens

By attaching an optional dome-lens unit, the field of view (underwater) can be increased up to 141°. Using the UWL-95 reduces the minimum focusing distance of the camera lens, according to the manufacturer.

Its weight is 605g topside, 396g underwater. The UWL-95 is depth-rated to 60m (200ft). As of April 2020, the wide-angle lens is compatible with the Olympus TG 3, 4, 5 and 6 series and with Sony RX100 M3, 4 and 5.

SeaLife Micro 3.0

The built-in 19mm equivalent f/2.8 lens has a field of view of 100°. The camera features an on-board 64 GB storage. Its battery provides enough energy for three hours of continuous use, according to the manufacturer. Compared to its predecessor, the Micro 3.0 offers faster burst shooting (10fps vs 5fps) and reduced shutter lag (0.1s vs 0.5s).
Other new functions are WiFi capability, time-lapse and burst shooting up to 10 fps. Furthermore, the Micro 3.0 now supports manual white balance. The camera is depth-rated to 60m (200ft).

Lomography Analogue Aqua Camera

The camera is available in two versions, pre-loaded with one of two Lomography films: Colour Negative 400 for classic analogue character or LomoChrome Purple for violet tones. Once the 27-exposure, pre-loaded film is full, it can be replaced with another roll. The Analogue Aqua operates on a single AA battery, features a basic fixed-focus, 31mm F9 lens, with allows one to focus on anything from 1m (3ft) to infinity. The camera has a permanent, fixed shutter speed of 1/120s. In addition, it features a built-in flash (with a recycle time of 15 seconds).

Nauticam WACP-2 Wide Angle Conversion Port

It is designed for full-frame cameras. Since it can focus on air, it is suitable for split-shots as well. When used with wide-angle zoom lenses, i.e. from Canon or Nikon, the wide-angle conversion port provides a field-of-view range from 140-72∞, depending on the lens model used.

Its lens construction consists of four elements in four groups. Its weight at the surface is 7.06kg, while underwater it is 0.85kg (when using the included float collar). The WACP2 is depth-rated to 100m.

Chasing Gladius Mini Underwater Drone

The built-in 5000 mAh rechargeable battery supports a runtime of two hours. Two built-in LED lights of 1200 lumens each add a little light to underwater scenes.
The ROV is connected to its surface base station by a tether cable; all operations of the vehicle can then be controlled by a smartphone or tablet, which connects to the base station via WiFi (with a maximum range of 10m).