Scuba diving is exciting, but recording the wonders of the deep sea with the right gear is priceless. When shopping for an underwater camera, the choices can be overwhelming, and it’s hard to figure out where to start. The following features help in finding one that best suits the prevailing needs.
Full Manual Mode
If the use of external strobes is necessary at some point, then the full manual mode option becomes essential. This facilitates full control over the amount of ambient light entering the lens. Exposure compensation may be considered, but the best method of monitoring how much light enters is by setting the aperture size and shutter speed manually.
The housing can either be aluminum or plastic. The latter is cheaper, and so the quality may not be the best. In some cases, the housing is more expensive than the camera itself. A good housing must be durable, water-resistant, and ergonomic. It should not only be sturdy but also allow for easy access and adjustment of the control buttons. Some casings may prevent the use of full manual mode. Recreational divers can have plastic housing because their camera use is occasional. But an avid underwater photographer looking to shoot the best photos should go for aluminum housing. All in all, it is good to shop around to get the right model.
Compatibility With Fisheye Lens
Underwater photography entails getting up close with marine creatures to capture the best colors, and the fisheye lens makes things easier. Those who want to achieve wide-angle images find this feature to be very useful. Great WA shots are very possible with the UWL-04 fisheye lens. Many cameras do not support fisheye wet lenses because they don’t have the full manual mode.
The raw mode matters to anyone who plans to tweak images in a photoshop or lightroom afterward. Most compact cameras have this feature. It allows the various modifications, including changing the contrast ratio and lighting. Better outcomes are achievable when the underwater photos are in JPEG format.
Good Autofocus System
Almost all cameras have an autofocus that generally does better on the mainland. But it becomes tricky when focusing underwater where visibility is significantly reduced. The little amount of light available and the many particles suspended in the water are a big hindrance. Plus, some sea creatures move at high speed hence the need for a good autofocus and a variety of modes. With a good system in place, it is possible to achieve accurate shots.