Camera Reviews

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

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

Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark III: Initial Thoughts and Review

Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark III: Initial Thoughts and Review
Bryan Chu
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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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Bryan is an editor and writer for the Underwater Photography Guide. He loves any activity that takes him out into nature, and is especially fond of multi-day hiking trips, road trips to National Parks, and diving. Any kind of diving. He discovered the joy of underwater photography on a Bluewater trip to the Sea of Cortez and has been hooked ever since. He recently finished a 1-year "radical sabbatical" with his partner Lisa (both of them quit their jobs), which included over 120 dives, mostly in Indonesia and the Philippines. His very favourite underwater experiences include swimming with humpbacks in Moorea, being smashed against the rocks next to marine iguanas in the Galapagos, marvelling at the riotously colourful reefs of Komodo, freezing his hands off under the ice in Greenland, and exploring the never-ending wonders of muck diving in Tulamben and Anilao (where he was a Bluewater photo workshop co-trip leader).

Fortunately, Bryan and Lisa managed to avoid killing each other during their year of traveling together (though at times it came close). Now they are back home in Canada, planning their wedding and doing their best to figure out what they want to be when they grow up. Their main concern at this point is finding a way to not run out of money, while avoiding returning back to their old 9-5  jobs (oil & gas, government). Oh, and also continuing to support their diving and underwater photo/video habits...

You can find more of Bryan's underwater photos on Instagram at @bryandchu and check out his and Lisa's travel and relationship blog at www.bryanandlisa.ca!

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The Panasonic GH5S is one of the most capable underwater video cameras on the market. Check out some amazing video footage.
By William Smart

Panasonic GH5S Underwater Video

Panasonic GH5S Underwater Video
William Smart
The Panasonic GH5S is one of the most capable underwater video cameras on the market. Check out some amazing video footage.

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The Sony A7R IV is a top underwater camera boasting a 61 MP sensor, 10fps burst shooting, and excellent autofocus capability!
By Nirupam Nigam

Sony A7R IV Review

Sony A7R IV Review
Nirupam Nigam
The Sony A7R IV is a top underwater camera boasting a 61 MP sensor, 10fps burst shooting, and excellent autofocus capability!

Sony gets a lot of credit in the photography world for innovating. But the truth is….they deserve it. The release of the Sony A7R IV was a complete bombshell. On paper, it puts Sony solidly at the top of the mirrorless camera market and potentially as one of the best underwater cameras available. And if you already thought the Sony A7R III was a top camera, well the A7R IV is almost 20 megapixels ahead.

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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 Canon G7X Mark III is a top compact underwater camera feature 4K video, 20 fps burst shooting, slow motion video, and more!
By Nirupam Nigam

Canon G7X Mark III Review

Canon G7X Mark III Review
Nirupam Nigam
The Canon G7X Mark III is a top compact underwater camera feature 4K video, 20 fps burst shooting, slow motion video, and more!

The Canon G7X Mark III is a first-rate camera in a compact body. As an upgrade from the G7X Mark II, the Mark III incorporates a similar sensor and the same lens, but there have been significant improvements to the camera’s processing capabilities. These are most notably, a “stacked” sensor and a DIGIC 8 image processor. 

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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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A first look at the GoPro 8’s underwater performance including hypersmooth image stabilization, new mod capabilities, improved HDR photos, and 4K video @ 60p
By Nirupam Nigam

GoPro Hero 8 Underwater: Initial Thoughts & Review

GoPro Hero 8 Black Underwater: Initial Thoughts & Review
Nirupam Nigam
A first look at the GoPro 8’s underwater performance including hypersmooth image stabilization, new mod capabilities, improved HDR photos, and 4K video @ 60p

It’s probably safe to say that the GoPro HERO 8 Black is the top GoPro action camera for underwater photo and video. Somehow GoPro manages to release a new and improved product every year for the same low price of $399.99. In fact, autumn is turning out to be the unofficial GoPro season. 

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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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A first look at the Sony a6100’s underwater performance, new features, and updates to the a6000
By Nirupam Nigam

Sony a6100 Underwater: First Look & Review

First look & review of the Sony a6100 Underwater
Nirupam Nigam
A first look at 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. While the camera is really only an upgrade to the Sony a6000 and performs below recent models like the Sony a6400 and a6600, it is a very viable option for anyone looking for a cropped sensor mirrorless camera on a budget.

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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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A first look at the Sony a6600’s underwater performance, new features, and updates to the a6500
By Nirupam Nigam

Sony a6600 Underwater: First Look & Review

First look & review of the Sony a6600 Underwater
Nirupam Nigam
A first look at the Sony a6600’s underwater performance, new features, and updates to the a6500

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

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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 features 6k resolution, a larger sensor, and dual gain ISO
By Nirupam Nigam

Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6K: First Look and Review

The Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6K features 6k resolution, a larger sensor, and dual gain ISO
Nirupam Nigam
The Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6K features 6k resolution, a larger sensor, and dual gain ISO

Blackmagic Design is a leader in bringing the art of cinema to the masses. Normally, movie production involves cameras that are so crushingly expensive, a single cinema camera body might cost the same as a nice car. Well, Blackmagic Design has just introduced the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6K for 10% of the price of its competitors and featuring 6K video, a super 35mm sensor, dual gain ISO, and a whole lot more. It’s an amazing time to be a video shooter, especially underwater. 

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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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A first look at the Sony RX100 VII’s underwater performance – including spectacular updates to autofocus and burst shooting!
By Nirupam Nigam

Sony RX100 VII Underwater: First Look & Review

Nirupam Nigam
A first look at the Sony RX100 VII’s underwater performance – including 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!

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A full review of Olympus Tough TG-6's underwater performance, ergonomics, and updates to the TG-5.
By Nirupam Nigam

Olympus TG-6 Review

Nirupam Nigam
A full review of Olympus Tough TG-6's underwater performance, ergonomics, and updates to the TG-5.

Before the review the Olympus TG-6, let's talk about its predecessor. The Olympus TG-5 waterproof camera has been the go-to camera for compact and macro underwater photographers since its release in May, 2017. Two years later, the underwater photographic community has been itching for an upgrade. After all, who doesn’t want an even better version of an already amazing 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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