Best Underwater Digital Cameras and Accessories

Find a Waterproof Digital Camera

Underwater Photography Guide
Sea & Sea

Extreme photography and underwater photos are great ... as long as you own one of the best underwater digital cameras. If you aren't sure whether your camera is rated as waterproof, read the user manual or visit the manufacturer's Web site. Ignoring the user manual and testing the digital camera in a full bathtub to determine whether it is waterproof is not recommended.

If you'd like to take these types of photos, you'll either need an underwater digital camera, as specified by the manufacturer, or you'll need to purchase an underwater housing for your digital camera or some other accessories that give your camera the ability to be used underwater. As an added benefit many of the best waterproof cameras you can buy also have plenty of "tough" features, meaning they can survive a fall of several feet, will work in cold weather and are crush-proof. Here are some of the best underwater digital cameras and accessories.


Canon offers many underwater housing units designed for its specific models and brands of digital cameras. In addition to being able to purchase the underwater housing units at the Canon Web site, you'll also find advice for using your model safely underwater.

One of Canon's latest waterproof cameras is the PowerShot D20.


Ewa-Marine is a German company that offers underwater housings for digital cameras from many different manufacturers. You can use the company's Web site to determine whether a waterproof housing exists for your model of digital camera.


For beginner photographers, the Fantasea Web site specializes in underwater housings for Nikon compact digital cameras. More experienced photographers will find several other products aimed at underwater photography, such as lights, lenses, and filters.


For the most basic underwater photography, try an inexpensive "tough" camera, such as the FinePix XP10 or the XP170 from Fujifilm.


Ikelite carries underwater housings for cameras from several different manufacturers, including Canon, Fujifilm, Nikon, Olympus, and Sony. You also can see underwater photos that customers have uploaded to the Web site, giving you some ideas for your photos.


Nikon recently introduced the market's first waterproof DIL camera, the Nikon 1 AW1, which is an interesting concept.


Olympus makes underwater housings for several of its digital cameras, and the company makes a few fixed-lens tough cameras, such as the TG-860 that can be used in harsh weather and in shallow water without waterproof housings. Finally, the Olympus Web site has some great tips for shooting underwater photos.


Look for a few points and shoot models that can work underwater from Panasonic, including the Panasonic Lumix TS4. Although you can still purchase some older Panasonic waterproof cameras, the manufacturer is not focusing on these types of cameras anymore.


Pentax has a few "tough" cameras that are designed for use underwater, including the point and shoot Pentax WG-3. But Pentax doesn't offer many new waterproof cameras.

Sea & Sea

Beginning and advanced digital photographers will find products for a variety of situations at the Sea & Sea Web site. Sea & Sea also has published an Underwater Photo Guide for Compact Digital Cameras (pictured above). It's a helpful guide with advice, instructions, and sample photos for those new to underwater photography.


Through the SeaLife Web site, you'll find digital cameras made specifically for underwater usage. SeaLife also offers lenses and flash units for its cameras, as well as a gallery of underwater photographs taken with its cameras.


Sony also makes some interesting looking waterproof cameras, including the Cyber-shot TX30. As with some of the manufacturers listed above though, Sony doesn't offer many new waterproof cameras.