Camera Reviews

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

Sony has announced flagship full frame camera body designed for speed, with 24MP sensor and 20fps burst shooting
By Brent Durand

Sony a9 Mirrorless Camera Preview

Brent Durand
Sony has announced flagship full frame camera body designed for speed, with 24MP sensor and 20fps burst shooting

Sony has just announced a new flagship full frame mirrorless camera at an event in New York City. The Sony a9 boasts a 24MP CMOS sensor and 20fps burst, with big claims that aim to create strong competition with other cameras in the pro sports category - namely the Canon 1D X Mk II and Nikon D5. The camera looks sexy with the new Sony FE 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 GM OSS telephoto zoom lens attached.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Brent Durand is a weekend wanderer and story teller from California.

Brent is an avid diver and adventure photographer, and shoots underwater any time he can get hands on a camera system. He can be reached at brent@uwphotographyguide.com.

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Preview of the newly announced Nikon D7500 camera specs and best lenses for underwater photography
By Chino Mendoza

Nikon D7500 Camera Preview

Chino Mendoza
Preview of the newly announced Nikon D7500 camera specs and best lenses for underwater photography

Nikon has just announced their new addition to their mid-range line, D7500.  From the specs that was released, the camera is built to perform.  

It is built around a 20.9 MP DX-format image sensor and EXPEED 5 processor; same as the award-winning D500. Aside from that, the camera is packed with features such as  wide ISO range up to 51,200, 8 fps, rugged design, 3.2 inch tilting touchscreen, 4K video to name a few.

Truly this would be a game changer for its class whether for topside or for underwater.

Below are the specs for the new Nikon D7500.

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In-depth review of the Panasonic LUMIX GH5 micro 4/3 mirrorless camera, with video tests, comparisons, still photos and more
By UWPG Editors

Panasonic GH5 Camera Review

UWPG Editors
In-depth review of the Panasonic LUMIX GH5 micro 4/3 mirrorless camera, with video tests, comparisons, still photos and more

The much anticipated Panasonic LUMIX GH5 micro four-thirds mirrorless camera is here! We've been eagerly awaiting the successor to the Panasonic GH4, which quickly became popular for its high-quality video, customization, small size and great price.

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In-depth look at the Nikon D500 for macro and wide-angle, including comparisons to the D300s and D7100, plus detailed MDX-D500 housing review
By Mike Bartick

Nikon D500 Review with Sea & Sea MDX-D500 Housing

Mike Bartick
In-depth look at the Nikon D500 for macro and wide-angle, including comparisons to the D300s and D7100, plus detailed MDX-D500 housing review

At last, Nikon has finally released the successor to its series of pro-consumer sensor cameras, the D500. A clean jump over the cloud of mid-consumer grade bodies that were released in the interim, the D500 is a solid and robust camera that will surely function at a higher professional level for many years.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Mike Bartick is an avid and experienced scuba diver and Marine Wildlife Photographer. He has an insatiable love for nudibranchs, frogfish and other underwater critters, and is the official critter expert for the Underwater Photography Guide. Mike is also one of the UWPG trip leaders. See more of his work at www.saltwaterphoto.com.

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Canon reveals their new addition to the PowerShot Series, the G9X Mark II with new processor, improved stabilization and lots of new shooting modes

First Look at the Canon G9X Mark II

Canon reveals their new addition to the PowerShot Series, the G9X Mark II with new processor, improved stabilization and lots of new shooting modes

It has been a couple of years already since Canon released the G9X.  Now Canon will be releasing a follow up with the Canon G9X Mark II. It is a sleek and compact camera packed with features and comes in two colors, black and silver. It has some similaries with its predecessor but with few updates which might rise interest to photographers.  The important updates will be discussed further below.

The body of the G9X Mark II is very similar with its predecessor, so it might fit in many of the underwater housings from G9X.  

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Chino Mendoza , is an avid diver and underwater photographer and tries to go everytime he can.  He is based in Manila which is a few hours Anilao which is the “critter capital of the Philippines”  He likes to shoot macro and his favorite subjects are nudibranchs and frogfishes.

Get in touch with him via email at lorenzo@bluewaterphotostore.com

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Review of the 5D Mk IV for video, including HDR shooting, ISO tests, dual-pixel autofocus, dynamic range and 4K resolution image quality
By Mike Raabe

Canon 5D Mk IV Underwater Video Review

Mike Raabe
Review of the 5D Mk IV for video, including HDR shooting, ISO tests, dual-pixel autofocus, dynamic range and 4K resolution image quality

The Canon 5D mk IV is the long awaiting upgrade to the 5D mk III.  It seeks to be an all around powerhouse with many new features for stills and video. This review will focus on the video features of the 5D mk IV. The ability to shoot 4K at 24/30 fps, 1080p at 60fps, and 720p at 120fps is a welcomed addition to the 5D line of cameras.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Mike Raabe is a freelance underwater cinematographer and photographer specializing in marine life and sports media. He has shot for a variety of clients including Nike, Neutrogena, ESPN the Magazine, Men’s Health, Guy Harvey Magazine, and many more. Mike prefers shooting while free diving because of the numerous camera movements and close interactions with marine life that can not be achieved while scuba diving. He can free dive to 40 meters, and has a bottom time of up to 2 1/2 minutes.

 

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SeaLife’s most advanced underwater camera to date, featuring a 20MB Sony sensor, manual shooting modes, raw recording and more
By UWPG News

SeaLife DC2000 Underwater Camera Preview

UWPG News
SeaLife’s most advanced underwater camera to date, featuring a 20MB Sony sensor, manual shooting modes, raw recording and more

SeaLiife has been known to provide the camera and accessories for years, whether for snorkeling or scuba diving. They offer an expandable camera system which allows you to add more accessories as your requirement changes.  All SeaLife underwater lighting and lenses are interchangeable with almost any SeaLife camera.

Now, they have released their newest addition to the underwater camera line, DC2000.  It features a Sony 20MP 1" type sensor with full HD video and shoots RAW and JPEG.  This camera is packed with features which makes dslr-like image results.

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Andy Sallmon shares his first impressions of the Canon 5D Mark IV, best lenses, new Aquatica A5DMKIV housing and comparison with the 5D Mark 3
By Andy Sallmon

Review: Canon 5D MK IV in Aquatica Housing

Andy Sallmon
Andy Sallmon shares his first impressions of the Canon 5D Mark IV, best lenses, new Aquatica A5DMKIV housing and comparison with the 5D Mark 3

Canon’s remarkable 5D lineup has proven to be a very successful lineage over the years. Every iteration of the 5D spawns great new features and the new 5DMk4 is no exception to this, hitting new highs with a host of refinements. Most notable are a 30.3 megapixel CMOS sensor, faster and more accurate autofocus, increased dynamic range and 4K video capture that utilizes Canon’s latest phase detection AF system, called “Dual Pixel” (in the Live view mode).

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Andy Sallmon is a freelance underwater photographer specializing in marine wildlife, scuba diving and ocean natural history. His images have been published in numerous magazines and books, some even gracing the walls of notables such as the Smithsonian Institute and the Monterey Bay Aquarium.

When not on assignment Andy stays busy as a manufacturers representative for several leading brands of underwater photographic equipment including Aquatica Digital, Beneath the Surface, Light & Motion and Sea and Sea.

His website is: www.seait.com

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Detailed review of the GoPro HERO5 for underwater photo and video, plus best settings, how to use new features and more
By Brent Durand

GoPro HERO5 Review for Underwater

GoPro Hero 5 Review
Brent Durand
Detailed review of the GoPro HERO5 for underwater photo and video, plus best settings, how to use new features and more

The GoPro HERO5 Black is a powerful tool for shooting underwater video. GoPro's new flagship action camera, it was released alongside the smaller HERO5 Session and HERO Session. While these models are great above water, we focus on the HERO5 Black for shooting underwater, whether snorkeling, freediving or scuba diving.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Brent Durand is a weekend wanderer and story teller from California.

Brent is an avid diver and adventure photographer, and shoots underwater any time he can get hands on a camera system. He can be reached at brent@uwphotographyguide.com.

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David Fleetham shares first impressions of the Canon 5D Mark IV for macro and wide-angle with Ikelite's new Dry Lock Port System
By David Fleetham

Review: Canon 5D Mk IV with Ikelite Dry Lock Port System

David Fleetham
David Fleetham shares first impressions of the Canon 5D Mark IV for macro and wide-angle with Ikelite's new Dry Lock Port System

In case you are short on time I will start with the ending; Canon’s new professional digital SLR camera, the 5D Mark 4, is an impressive step up the ladder in this endearing line. The 30.4 megapixel CMOS sensor creates amazing files, and of particular interest to the underwater world is the improved gradation of blue water and drop in the noise found here. The 5D Mark 3 made a larger leap in this area, but I still note an improvement in this latest model.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

David Fleetham is one of the most published underwater photographers in the world.  He began diving and photographing underwater in 1976 and has been in Hawaii since 1986.  David's photographs have been published around the globe, with over two hundred magazine covers to date. In 1991 his photograph of a sandbar shark appeared on the cover of LIFE. It is the only underwater image to ever be published on the cover. His award winning work has been published by National Geographic (he has done several assignments for The NGS), The Cousteau Society, and every North American diving publication.

Website:  DavidFleetham.com

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