Camera Reviews

Detailed camera reviews for underwater photo and video, including specs, key features for u/w photography and camera comparisons.

After diving with the Canon R5 for a year, these are our favorite (and least favorite) things about it....
By Nirupam Nigam

Why the Canon EOS R5 is Still Our Favorite Underwater Camera a Year Later

Why the Canon EOS R5 is Still Our Favorite Underwater Camera a Year Later
Nirupam Nigam
After diving with the Canon R5 for a year, these are our favorite (and least favorite) things about it....

In today's fast-moving camera market, it's very rare that a camera has significance for over a year. But a year later, the Canon EOS R5 is still, by far, our favorite all-around full frame camera for underwater photo and video. In fact, it will likely take our top spot for at least another year or two as supply chain disruptions brought on by the covid-19 pandemic slow down R&D across camera manufacturers. 

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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 Sony FX3 has the Same Amazing Underwater Video Capability as the Sony A7S III in an FX Cinema-Line Body
By Nirupam Nigam

The Sony FX3 Underwater Review & Housing

The Sony FX3 Underwater Review
Nirupam Nigam
The Sony FX3 has the Same Amazing Underwater Video Capability as the Sony A7S III in an FX Cinema-Line Body

The Sony A7S III was a bombshell camera release for many underwater video shooters. It's been our favorite camera in 2021 for underwater 4K video with a wide range of options for video workflows and post-processing.

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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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Breaking Down Two Heavy Hitters
By Nirupam Nigam

Sony A1 vs Canon EOS R5

Sony A1 vs Canon EOS R5
Nirupam Nigam
Breaking Down Two Heavy Hitters

The Canon EOS R5 and the Sony A1 are arguably the world's two best cameras for underwater photo & video. However, they clock in at very different price points and offer a different set of features - despite very similar specs overall. In this article, we're going to break down the differences between these two cameras and which one we think is best for underwater photo and video. 

 

US MSRP Canon EOS R5: $3899

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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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1 Camera to Rule the All? An underwater review of the Sony A1 - Sony's best, full-frame camera.
By Nirupam Nigam

Sony A1 Review

Sony A1 Review
Nirupam Nigam
1 Camera to Rule the All? An underwater review of the Sony A1 - Sony's best, full-frame camera.

As soon as we got done saying the Canon EOS R5 is the best full-frame camera for underwater photo and video, Sony decided to announce their flagship full-frame camera, the Sony A1.

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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 Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6K Pro is a solid upgrade from the original BMPCC 6K with better battery life and built-in ND filters
By Nirupam Nigam

Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6K Pro: Initial Thoughts & Review

Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6K Pro: Initial Thoughts & Review
Nirupam Nigam
The Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6K Pro is a solid upgrade from the original BMPCC 6K with better battery life and built-in ND filters

Blackmagic has done a great job carving out a niche among underwater video shooters that want professional, cinema-quality video for a relatively affordable price point. The Blackmagic Cinema Camera 6K pro is a new upgrade from the original BMPCC 6K. Both cameras are a step up from the very popular Blackmagic 4K which featured a micro four thirds lens mount and 4K/60p RAW recording.

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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

 

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The Best Nikon Cameras for Underwater Photo and Video
By Nirupam Nigam

Nikon Z7II & Z6II Review

Nikon Z7II & Z6II Review
Nirupam Nigam
The Best Nikon Cameras for Underwater Photo and Video

 

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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

 

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The world's smallest full-frame mirrorless camera (with IBIS) is also one of our top picks for an entry-level full-frame underwater camera!
By Nirupam Nigam

Sony a7C: Initial Thoughts & Review

Sony a7C: Initial Thoughts & Review
Nirupam Nigam
The world's smallest full-frame mirrorless camera (with IBIS) is also one of our top picks for an entry-level full-frame underwater camera!

The photo market is not like other electronics markets. While the rest of the world trends small, the mirrorless market began that way and then everyone just decided they liked the original DSLR form factor and cameras stopped shrinking. That is...until the Sony a7C. The a7C is Sony's answer to those who want a camera with professional image quality, but really can't compromise when it comes to size. If the travel-ability of a camera is everything to you and you don't need a real EVF, then the a7C should be your go-to 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!

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

 

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The Canon EOS R6 is the best value underwater camera with a 20.1 MP full-frame sensor capable of 12 fps burst shooting, 4K video @ 60fps, and IBIS
By Nirupam Nigam

Canon EOS R6 Review

Canon EOS R6 Review
Nirupam Nigam
The Canon EOS R6 is the best value underwater camera with a 20.1 MP full-frame sensor capable of 12 fps burst shooting, 4K video @ 60fps, and IBIS

The Canon EOS R6 is Canon's newest prosumer level EOS R camera model released alongside the groundbreaking EOS R5. Despite being released alongside a formidable older sibling, the R6 is not to be overlooked. For underwater photographers and videographers that don't need ultra high resolution photos and video, the R6 is most certainly the camera of choice for creatives that need the best bang for the buck in a full-frame 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!

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

 

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The Sony A7S III is Sony's newest full frame mirrorless video-oriented camera with 4K @ 120fps capability and a wide range of recording options for any workflow. Our full review includes sample underwater photos and video.
By Nirupam Nigam

Sony A7S III Review

Sony A7S III Review
Nirupam Nigam
The Sony A7S III is Sony's newest full frame mirrorless video-oriented camera with 4K @ 120fps capability and a wide range of recording options for any workflow. Our full review includes sample underwater photos and video.

The Sony A7S III is a testament to the fact that Sony truly listens to its constituency. This new, video-oriented full frame mirrorless camera is designed with video workflow and low light performance as the centerpiece of Sony's engineering. A crisp, practically noise-less 4K image can be squeezed from the darkest of situations - where we find that even ISOs of 16,000 and higher are useable.

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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 Insta360 One R action camera introduces a modular design for multifaceted fields of view with 5.3K video, 360 video, FlowState Stabilization, Hyperlapse, and a wide range of accessories
By Nirupam Nigam

Insta360 One R Underwater Review

Insta360 One R Underwater Review
Nirupam Nigam
The Insta360 One R action camera introduces a modular design for multifaceted fields of view with 5.3K video, 360 video, FlowState Stabilization, Hyperlapse, and a wide range of accessories

 

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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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