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An overview of cinema cameras for underwater use
By Robert Bailey

Best Underwater Cinema Cameras

The Best Underwater Cinema Cameras
Robert Bailey
An overview of cinema cameras for underwater use

Cameras of the God's?

Here we enter the realm of Hollywood cinematography!  You will need very deep pockets for some of these cameras. Pardon the pun but taking these cameras underwater will mean your pockets need to be even deeper.  Albeit, modern technologists have risen to the challenge, and filled the niche.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Robert has worked professionally on commercial television sets doing production photography, shot modern dance for the art department at the University of Calgary, and has worked in a freelance capacity shooting a variety of subjects. Rob worked as a NAUI scuba instructor, and then instructor trainer for the University of Calgary from 1993-1999. He is still an avid diver, and never dives without a camera. 


He moved to Europe in the late 1990s and now resides in the UK. 

 

Robert has enjoyed success in both national and international underwater photography competitions over the years. As a result his images have been published in national magazines, books, scientific publications, and newspapers in the UK. He’s an active committee member for the British Society of Underwater Photographers (BSoUP), and the website administrator for the Bristol Underwater Photography Group (BUPG). He’s written several articles for national dive magazines, and often gives presentations on his own underwater photography and photographic technique for photographic clubs in the UK. 

 

Robert worked as a technical specialist, and then technical account manager in the IT industry for many years, and now works part time as a photographer, and full time as editor for the Underwater Photography Guide. 

 

You can see more of Robert's work at www.robertbaileyphotography.com

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The Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark III falls short for underwater photography
By Nirupam Nigam

Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark III First Look & Review

Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark III First Look & Review
Nirupam Nigam
The Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark III falls short for underwater photography

Four years ago, Olympus had a dominating hold on the mirrorless camera market. Micro four thirds sensors were high-quality, compact, and inexpensive. Now, in 2020, there are many more options out there that rival Olympus micro four thirds systems, and many of them are full frame/APS-C releases.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Nirupam Nigam is a dedicated underwater photographer and fisheries scientist. While growing up in Los Angeles he fell in love with the ocean and pursued underwater photography in the local Channel Islands. He received degrees in Aquatic and Fisheries Science and General Biology, as well as a minor in Arctic Studies, at the University of Washington. Now he works as a fisheries observer on boats in the Bering Sea and North Pacific. When he is not at sea, he is traveling with his fiancee and taking photos. Check out more of his photography at www.photosfromthesea.com!

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The Best Pricing, Service & Expert Advice to Book your Dive Trips

 

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The Canon EOS R5 is one of the most exciting cameras of 2020 for underwater photo and video featuring 8K video, a new CMOS sensor, in-body image-stabilization, and 12 fps burst shooting!
By Nirupam Nigam

Canon EOS R5 Initial Thoughts & Review

Canon EOS R5 Initial Thoughts & Review
Nirupam Nigam
The Canon EOS R5 is one of the most exciting cameras of 2020 for underwater photo and video featuring 8K video, a new CMOS sensor, in-body image-stabilization, and 12 fps burst shooting!

Though many were disappointed with Canon's first attempt at a full-frame mirrorless camera, Canon's second attempt, the Canon EOS R5, just might be the camera of the year! Rumors about the camera have been circulating the internet for a while now, but recently Canon confirmed the development of the EOS R5 and some alluring new features. Although the full details of EOS R5 are not yet available, the currently published specs from Canon go above and beyond full-frame cameras currently on the market.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Nirupam Nigam is a dedicated underwater photographer and fisheries scientist. While growing up in Los Angeles he fell in love with the ocean and pursued underwater photography in the local Channel Islands. He received degrees in Aquatic and Fisheries Science and General Biology, as well as a minor in Arctic Studies, at the University of Washington. Now he works as a fisheries observer on boats in the Bering Sea and North Pacific. When he is not at sea, he is traveling with his fiancee and taking photos. Check out more of his photography at www.photosfromthesea.com!

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The Best Pricing, Service & Expert Advice to Book your Dive Trips

 

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The Nikon D780 is a revolutionary new full-frame DSLR with phase detect live view AF, AF tracking, 12 fps burst shooting, and 4K video
By Nirupam Nigam

Nikon D780 Review

Nikon D780 Review
Nirupam Nigam
The Nikon D780 is a revolutionary new full-frame DSLR with phase detect live view AF, AF tracking, 12 fps burst shooting, and 4K video

The Nikon D780 is proof that Nikon is not done with their DSLR cameras..... yet. In fact, the release of the Nikon D780 is particularly exciting because the camera represents an elegant hybridization of mirrorless and DSLR technology. This is evident in the D780's new phase-detect AF system in live view that is capable of autofocus tracking.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Nirupam Nigam is a dedicated underwater photographer and fisheries scientist. While growing up in Los Angeles he fell in love with the ocean and pursued underwater photography in the local Channel Islands. He received degrees in Aquatic and Fisheries Science and General Biology, as well as a minor in Arctic Studies, at the University of Washington. Now he works as a fisheries observer on boats in the Bering Sea and North Pacific. When he is not at sea, he is traveling with his fiancee and taking photos. Check out more of his photography at www.photosfromthesea.com!

SUPPORT THE UNDERWATER PHOTOGRAPHY GUIDE:

The Best Service & Prices on u/w Photo Gear

 

Visit Bluewater Photo & Video for all your underwater photography and video gear. Click, or call the team at (310) 633-5052 for expert advice!

 


The Best Pricing, Service & Expert Advice to Book your Dive Trips

 

Bluewater Travel is your full-service scuba travel agency. Let our expert advisers plan and book your next dive vacation. Run by divers, for divers.

 


The Canon 1DX Mark III is Canon's top DSLR ever made. It features a incredible processing power resulting in a record breaking buffer, 5.5K video with RAW recording up to 60 fps, and more!
By Nirupam Nigam

Canon 1DX Mark III: First Look & Review

Canon 1DX Mark III: First Look & Review
Nirupam Nigam
The Canon 1DX Mark III is Canon's top DSLR ever made. It features a incredible processing power resulting in a record breaking buffer, 5.5K video with RAW recording up to 60 fps, and more!

The Canon EOS-1DX Mark III is Canon's top DSLR camera, to date. It's an exciting piece of equipment during a time when many DSLR skeptics are declaring DSLR's "dead". The 1DX Mark III is DSLR that is equally photo and video oriented, making it a perfect tool for both underwater photography and underwater video. And upgraded sensor and processor pave the way to new functionality in the top-of-the line Canon camera.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Nirupam Nigam is a dedicated underwater photographer and fisheries scientist. While growing up in Los Angeles he fell in love with the ocean and pursued underwater photography in the local Channel Islands. He received degrees in Aquatic and Fisheries Science and General Biology, as well as a minor in Arctic Studies, at the University of Washington. Now he works as a fisheries observer on boats in the Bering Sea and North Pacific. When he is not at sea, he is traveling with his fiancee and taking photos. Check out more of his photography at www.photosfromthesea.com!

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The Best Service & Prices on u/w Photo Gear

 

Visit Bluewater Photo & Video for all your underwater photography and video gear. Click, or call the team at (310) 633-5052 for expert advice!

 


The Best Pricing, Service & Expert Advice to Book your Dive Trips

 

Bluewater Travel is your full-service scuba travel agency. Let our expert advisers plan and book your next dive vacation. Run by divers, for divers.

 


The new Nikon Z50 is one of the top cropped sensor cameras for underwater photography and video
By UWPG Editors

Nikon Z50 Review

Nikon Z50 Review
UWPG Editors
The new Nikon Z50 is one of the top cropped sensor cameras for underwater photography and video

After the eye-catching releases of the Nikon Z7 and Z6 full-frame mirrorless cameras last year, Nikon has continued to expand its Z mount system with the new Nikon Z50 - an APS-C sensor camera focused on being small, light, affordable, and great for vlogging and social media.

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The Best Service & Prices on u/w Photo Gear

 

Visit Bluewater Photo & Video for all your underwater photography and video gear. Click, or call the team at (310) 633-5052 for expert advice!

 


The Best Pricing, Service & Expert Advice to Book your Dive Trips

 

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A detailed look at the new Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark III for underwater photography and videography
By UWPG Editors

Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark III Review

Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark III Review
UWPG Editors
A detailed look at the new Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark III for underwater photography and videography

As Olympus turns 100 years old, they have recently released the long awaited Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark III micro four-thirds mirrorless camera. The Olympus OMD line of cameras (EM1, EM5, EM10) is a very popular line of cameras with underwater photographers. This is partly because of the wide range of high quality specialty lenses that are perfect for underwater use. Attend an underwater photography workshop and you are likely to see a number of OMD shooters shooting the full gamut from wide angle to super macro.

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The Best Service & Prices on u/w Photo Gear

 

Visit Bluewater Photo & Video for all your underwater photography and video gear. Click, or call the team at (310) 633-5052 for expert advice!

 


The Best Pricing, Service & Expert Advice to Book your Dive Trips

 

Bluewater Travel is your full-service scuba travel agency. Let our expert advisers plan and book your next dive vacation. Run by divers, for divers.

 


The Sony RX100 VII’s performs great underwater! Sony made spectacular updates to autofocus and burst shooting...
By Nirupam Nigam

Sony RX100 VII Review

Sony RX100 VII Review
Nirupam Nigam
The Sony RX100 VII’s performs great underwater! Sony made spectacular updates to autofocus and burst shooting...

Sony is known for updating their hugely popular RX100 compact camera line on a yearly basis, so the recent release of the Sony RX100 VII did not come as much of a surprise. However, the RX100 VII announcement followed hard hitting camera announcements from Sony including the Sony A7R IV and the Sony a6400 – both game-changing cameras in the full frame mirrorless and mid-range/budget mirrorless fields. 

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Nirupam Nigam is a dedicated underwater photographer and fisheries scientist. While growing up in Los Angeles he fell in love with the ocean and pursued underwater photography in the local Channel Islands. He received degrees in Aquatic and Fisheries Science and General Biology, as well as a minor in Arctic Studies, at the University of Washington. Now he works as a fisheries observer on boats in the Bering Sea and North Pacific. When he is not at sea, he is traveling with his fiancee and taking photos. Check out more of his photography at www.photosfromthesea.com!

SUPPORT THE UNDERWATER PHOTOGRAPHY GUIDE:

The Best Service & Prices on u/w Photo Gear

 

Visit Bluewater Photo & Video for all your underwater photography and video gear. Click, or call the team at (310) 633-5052 for expert advice!

 


The Best Pricing, Service & Expert Advice to Book your Dive Trips

 

Bluewater Travel is your full-service scuba travel agency. Let our expert advisers plan and book your next dive vacation. Run by divers, for divers.

 


A full review of the Sony a6100’s underwater performance, new features, and updates to the a6000
By Nirupam Nigam

Sony a6100 Review

Sony a6100 Underwater Review
Nirupam Nigam
A full review of the Sony a6100’s underwater performance, new features, and updates to the a6000

The Sony a6100 is the new budget model in Sony’s popular APS-C sensor mirrorless line of camera. Its announcement is just another in an already prolific year for Sony which featured the release of the Sony a6400, Sony a7R IV, Sony RX100 VII, and the Sony a6600.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Nirupam Nigam is a dedicated underwater photographer and fisheries scientist. While growing up in Los Angeles he fell in love with the ocean and pursued underwater photography in the local Channel Islands. He received degrees in Aquatic and Fisheries Science and General Biology, as well as a minor in Arctic Studies, at the University of Washington. Now he works as a fisheries observer on boats in the Bering Sea and North Pacific. When he is not at sea, he is traveling with his fiancee and taking photos. Check out more of his photography at www.photosfromthesea.com!

SUPPORT THE UNDERWATER PHOTOGRAPHY GUIDE:

The Best Service & Prices on u/w Photo Gear

 

Visit Bluewater Photo & Video for all your underwater photography and video gear. Click, or call the team at (310) 633-5052 for expert advice!

 


The Best Pricing, Service & Expert Advice to Book your Dive Trips

 

Bluewater Travel is your full-service scuba travel agency. Let our expert advisers plan and book your next dive vacation. Run by divers, for divers.

 


The Sea & Sea DX-6G camera and housing combo is an ultra-compact, point-and-shoot underwater system
By Nirupam Nigam

Sea & Sea DX-6G Camera and Housing Review

Sea & Sea DX-6G Camera and Housing Review
Nirupam Nigam
The Sea & Sea DX-6G camera and housing combo is an ultra-compact, point-and-shoot underwater system

Whether it’s underwater strobes or housings, Sea & Sea is known for producing thoughtful, high-quality underwater systems designed for the divers using them. Sea & Sea’s DX-6G camera and housing is no exception.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Nirupam Nigam is a dedicated underwater photographer and fisheries scientist. While growing up in Los Angeles he fell in love with the ocean and pursued underwater photography in the local Channel Islands. He received degrees in Aquatic and Fisheries Science and General Biology, as well as a minor in Arctic Studies, at the University of Washington. Now he works as a fisheries observer on boats in the Bering Sea and North Pacific. When he is not at sea, he is traveling with his fiancee and taking photos. Check out more of his photography at www.photosfromthesea.com!

SUPPORT THE UNDERWATER PHOTOGRAPHY GUIDE:

The Best Service & Prices on u/w Photo Gear

 

Visit Bluewater Photo & Video for all your underwater photography and video gear. Click, or call the team at (310) 633-5052 for expert advice!

 


The Best Pricing, Service & Expert Advice to Book your Dive Trips

 

Bluewater Travel is your full-service scuba travel agency. Let our expert advisers plan and book your next dive vacation. Run by divers, for divers.

 


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