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

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
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SeaLife DC2000 Underwater Camera Preview

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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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24.2 megapixel sensor, lightning-fast autofocus, 4K video recording, 11fps and more in this powerful mirrorless camera
By Brent Durand

Sony a6300 Mirrorless Camera Review

Sony a6300 Mirrorless Camera Review
Brent Durand
24.2 megapixel sensor, lightning-fast autofocus, 4K video recording, 11fps and more in this powerful mirrorless camera

The a6300 is Sony's flagship APS-C (crop sensor) mirrorless camera. (update: the Sony a6500 was announced early October '16).  This impressive and powerful little camera uses Sony E-mount interchangeable lens, compatible with full-frame cameras like the a7R II.

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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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Olympus has just announced the new E-PL8 mirrorless camera with 16.1 megapixels, 81 autofocus points and more
By UWPG Editors

Olympus PEN E-PL8 Preview

UWPG Editors
Olympus has just announced the new E-PL8 mirrorless camera with 16.1 megapixels, 81 autofocus points and more

After all the rumors and leaks that has been flooding the internet, Olympus has finally announced the new addition to the PEN Lite series. Olympus PEN E-PL8 at Photokina in Germany. 

At the first glance, the look of the E-PL8 is great and is similar to their iconic 35mm cameras.  Olympus has also designed it to be more compact.  Price point of this camera is also afforable.  According to Olympus the body would retail for $549 and with kit lens (14-42mm) would be $649.

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Canon USA introduces the latest member of the EOS Family
By Chino Mendoza

Canon EOS M5 Preview

Chino Mendoza
Canon USA introduces the latest member of the EOS Family

Canon USA has just announced two products to add to their EOS line, the new Canon EOS M5 interchangeable lens digital camera and the Canon compact EF-M 18-150mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM lens.  EOS M5 boasts a 24.2 Megapixel with DIGIC 7 image processor.  This makes the fastest autofocus speed for the EOS M line.  Aside from the autofocus feature, the camera also provides clear and crisp images and videos. This also has a built-in electronic viewfinder.

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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

View Chino's work:  Facebook     |     Instagram

ALSO BY CHINO MENDOZA

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An in-depth review of the Canon 5D Mark IV DSLR with specs, autofocus tests, sample pictures, housings and thoughts for underwater photo and video
By Brent Durand

Canon 5D Mark IV Review

Canon 5D Mark IV Camera Review
Brent Durand
An in-depth review of the Canon 5D Mark IV DSLR with specs, autofocus tests, sample pictures, housings and thoughts for underwater photo and video

November 2016

The Canon 5D Mark IV is one of the hottest DSLRs for serious underwater photographers and videographers. Many pros had their hands on the camera as soon as it was made available, and now that housings from the major manufacturers are available, the camera is being taken on dives around the world.

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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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First camera to feature Canon's new DIGIC 7 processor, plus faster autofocus, increased noise performance, better RAW capture and more
By Brent Durand

Canon G7 X Mark II Camera Review

Brent Durand
First camera to feature Canon's new DIGIC 7 processor, plus faster autofocus, increased noise performance, better RAW capture and more

The Canon G7 X Mark II is a powerful camera in a compact body. An upgrade from the G7 X, the Mk II incorporates the same sensor and lens but is the first camera to use Canon's new DIGIC 7 image processor to support new performance improvements.

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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.

Follow Underwater Photography Guide on Facebook or Instagram.

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