Say Splash: Affordable Underwater Cameras & Waterproof Gear

Say Splash: Affordable Underwater Cameras & Waterproof Gear 

Sometimes it is all about switching up your perspective & trying something new. When the weather is warmer & trips are calling we all find ourselves near a body of water. Whether the water is the ocean, a lake, or a pool, water offers so many creative opportunities for a new perspective.

Taking cool water pictures doesn't have to be impossible nor expensive. If you're looking to just switch up the way you shoot & or want to take some epic water images without buying an expensive Waterhouse for your everyday camera or risk the life of your existing camera {trying to get the shot} there are affordable cameras to tote back & forth--pool, beach, stream, you name!

Underwater Photography 

Affordable Waterproof Cameras Under $400:  

  • Fujifilm FinePix XP140 Waterproof Digital Camera: I have had this little camera for years & while it is a basic no lens add-on camera, it does a great job shooting content in & under the water. For this camera {I have the yellow} I keep it on the 'underwater mode' & use the self-timer to get shots inside the pool. The bottom of the pool can be dark at times, this Fujifilm for the price point of $130.00 does the job & any image tweaks can be made in lightroom.  Maximum depth of water resistance: 82 feet. 

  • GoPro Hero5 Black: I know there are newer GoPros on the market, but I have the Hero5. Did you know that the Hero5 can shoot videos in 4k as well as shoot images in RAW? With the right accessories & the price point of $169.00, you can create some epic content with this little guy. Maximum depth of water resistance: 33 feet. 

  • Olympus Tough TG-6 Waterproof Camera: I absolutely adore this camera & it is the camera that I take on all of my trips. You can shoot in RAW mode as well as five underwater shooting modes. This camera fits inside your pocket & is pretty tough {hence the name}. However, on all of my cameras even lesser priced ones, I do invest in a glass screen shield & some type of case! For $350.00, this the Olympus Tough TG-6 shoots in 4k {as do all the others on this list} & can capture some beautiful images both underwater & on land. If you're looking for a good camera to take to the beach & not worry about sand being the death of it, I have to recommend this one. Maximum depth of water resistance: 45 feet. 
Of course, cameras aside, you have to have some accessories to assist with getting the underwater shot. 

Affordable Waterproof Cameras 

Underwater Camera Accessories: 

  • Joby GorillaPod Tripod: I use this little Jobby {bendy tripod} for taking images on a self-timer underwater all the time. Not only does it hold the FujiFilm Fine Pix, but I can also twist this tripod's legs around the pool ladder for additional shots. 

  • Speedo Adult Dive Mask: If you're going to be shooting underwater photos, you better look the part. Personally, I like to wear a dive mask that keeps water out of my nose as well as allows for a clear view of what I am photographing in the water. I also love Speedo's snorkel set

& if you are wondering, all of the images featured in this blog post were shot with the Fujifilm FinePix XP140 Waterproof Digital Camera. 

FujiFilm XP Waterproof Camera

Below, you can shop these cameras as well as some of the accessories I was referring to such as glass screen protectors & camera cases.

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