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Our Favorite Underwater Cameras of The Year – The Top 5 Revealed

Making a Splash with Underwater Cameras (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 cameras, and the best DSLR cameras, 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 this year:


1) Campark ACT74 Action Camera


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.

9.3Expert Score
The Final Verdict

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

$58.99  in stock
as of June 6, 2023 9:10 am


2) APEMAN Action Camera 4K 20MP Ultra HD


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!

$77.99  in stock
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1 used from $63.11
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as of June 6, 2023 3:25 am


3) JEEMAK 4K Sports Action Camera


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.

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as of June 5, 2023 4:18 pm


4) AKASO Pro 4K Action Camera


We’re big fans of the sporty and robust look of this camera, and it has some really fancy features, and lots of accessories. If you’re looking for an easy to use, feature filled 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 Akaso 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 beast of a camera really is, as it was flung across the rocky shoreline and still came up grinning.

9.5Expert 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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as of June 6, 2023 2:24 am


5) GoPro HERO7


This is a sleek, sophisticated underwater camera. GoPro have created a tough, reliable, professional looking model, with heaps of features and extra accessories. The instructions are clear to follow, with plenty of images and user-friendly diagrams.

What We Like

The resolution and video stability are very impressive, but to be honest, you’d expect that with reputable company like GoPro, however the live streaming is beyond reproach. We’ve had some great diving experiences with this, and everything streamed perfectly, with vibrant, crystal clear colors and resolution.The voice control works amazingly well, and the Time Warp video is smooth and non-jerky.

What Needs Improving

The battery life could be longer but can be extended with an external battery pack if you plan to record in 4k for hours, so this isn’t a deal breaker for us.

9.4Expert Score
The Final Verdict

If you are looking for a great underwater camera that captures everything smoothly, can video, and live stream, the GoPro is an awesome choice. With effective voice controls, and touch screen capabilities, this model is easy to recommend.

$409.00  in stock
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7 used from $279.76
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as of June 5, 2023 11:22 am

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