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Get Stunning Clarity with the Best Underwater Cameras in November, 2018 – The Top 5 Revealed

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Making a Splash with Underwater Cameras. We test the best around (it’s a hard life!)

When looking at buying a camera to take amazing underwater shots, there are many to choose from. Initially, though, you need to consider if you want an underwater camera, an underwater casing for your camera (many smartphone manufacturers make cases to fit their newest models too), or a waterproof camera.

Beyond this, there are compact cameras, mirrorless, and dSLRs, along with a whole heap of lenses, sensors, and more to experiment with and decide.

The big difference between the three types of camera is that dSLr and mirrorless models can use different lenses, whereas the compact has just the one attached, and therefore has limited flexibility.

Generally, the points you need to check for in an underwater camera are:

  • Good quality UW housing available – must allow for full manual control use
  • Ability to take a variety of lenses eg wet, fish eye, macro & wide angle
  • Full manual mode available
  • Low shutter lag
  • Long battery life
  • Ability to view histogram
  • Ability to manually adjust white balance

So, without further ado, let’s dive in to the best underwater cameras of November, 2018:

 

1) Campark ACT74 Action Camera

Overview

Campark have thought of everything and included it with this camera, and we were especially pleased to see the waterproof case (some cameras do not come with these included). This has all you could need to start an underwater photography obsession.

What We Like

This is great value for money and really is a brilliant piece of kit!

It is easy to set up with nice, clear instructions, and the resulting photos and video are brilliant! We swam, dived and scuba-ed with it and every time it lived up to our vast expectations. Perfect!

What Needs Improving

The only con we found was that being so small and light, sometimes it was hard to hold steady, but with the camera being so good in every other respect, it’s a small thing.

9.6Expert Score
The Final Verdict

Our unanimous verdict is if you want a decent underwater camera, do not hesitate to order this one!

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Last update was in: August 29, 2018 2:16 pm

 


2) APEMAN Action Camera 4K 20MP Ultra HD

Overview

Bonus to Apeman for including batteries along with the accessories. This arrived promptly and was very well packaged, and once open, felt solid and well made. First impressions look good.

What We Like

Like the Campark, this is another bargain with loads of extras; however, the motion detection setting was a surprise bonus.

The picture and sound quality are excellent, and the ‘night scene’ option is fun for unusual effects.

What Needs Improving

The main negative with this camera is the battery cover; it’s really hard, if not impossible to open with a nail (the human kind), so we ended up using a nail (the metal kind) and then had scratches around the casing. This, though, is certainly not a deal breaker.

9.4Expert Score
The Final Verdict

A really good package for the price – a great camera and lots of bonus goodies; what’s not to like!

APEMAN Action Camera 4K 20MP WiFi Ultra HD Underwater Waterproof 40M Sports Camcorder with 170° EIS Sony Sensor, 2 Upgraded...

Last update was in: October 22, 2018 12:30 pm
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3) JEEMAK 4K Sports Action Camera

Overview

So far, all these cameras have arrived with a treasure trove of extras – the manufacturers are doing a great job of making us feel like valued clients, and this one is no different.

We weren’t sure what to expect with this smart underwater sports action cam by JEEMAK, but ever since unboxing, we’ve been obsessed with it. This is quite possible the most advanced (and well priced) underwater cam your money can buy.

What We Like

Everything just works. The image stabilization feature operates to precision and compensates for any underwater wobble caused by water flow.

This camera is beautifully easy to use and very lightweight, the image quality with this camera is second to none, the remote works well and the batteries have lasted a long time.

What Needs Improving

The initial instructions were a little complicated at first glance, but that’s the only drawback with this incredible piece of photography kit.

9.8Expert Score
The Final Verdict

This is an awe-inspiring waterproof camera. It delivers breathtaking shots from beneath the surface, and we think it'll last us for many years. We've recommended it to all our nearest and dearest.

JEEMAK 4K Touch Screen Action Camera 16MP Waterproof Sports Cam 170° Ultra Wide Angle Len with SONY Sensor WiFi Remote...

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Last update was in: August 29, 2018 2:17 pm

 


4) COMI Waterproof Digital Camera

Overview

We’re big fans of the sporty and robust look of this camera. However, it’s missing some of the fancy elements of the high end models. If you’re looking for an easy, no frills product for your next adventure, it will do the job very well.

What We Like

This is as rugged and solid as it looks – we didn’t try reversing over it, but it was almost a requirement for testing out this Comi camera.

A case is not necessary, as it’s waterproof by itself, and it’s so easy to use with minimal buttons and controls – so we were filming within minutes.

What Needs Improving

Since it’s waterproof, the battery housing is nearly impossible to open. The results of which ably demonstrated how robust this little yellow wasp of a camera really is, as it was flung across the rocky shoreline and still came up grinning.

8.5Expert Score
The Final Verdict

A simple, strong, user friendly camera that will get your underwater photography off to a great start.

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Last update was in: October 22, 2018 12:33 pm

 


5) Davola 4K Underwater Camera

Overview

This camera looks like it means business – well made, and comfortingly weighty; however, the accessories felt less robust, and we suspect, may not last as long.

What We Like

The image quality with this Davola camera is excellent, much better than you would expect for the price.  The video is great too, definitely one of the better ones we tested.

What Needs Improving

The audio is not that clear, and in places disappears altogether, especially in rough waters. For less intense use, it works like a dream.

8.7Expert Score
The Final Verdict

A very good mid-range underwater camera that looks high end without the price tag. It's ideal for activities like kayaking, but take it out in the surf, and your sound quality might be choppy.

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Last update was in: August 29, 2018 2:19 pm

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