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Cheap Diving Cameras for Underwater Photography

Updated on April 8, 2014

Get Cheap Diving Cameras for Less Than $300

The underwater digital camera market has exploded in recent years with waterproof models that are great for swimming, snorkeling or other water sports. But most of these must be used in shallow water. Fortunately, there are cheap diving cameras that can go to the Open Water Diver limit and beyond. All the waterproof digital cameras listed on this page can be taken to 100 feet or more and shoot both still images and video. Prices range from less than $100 to about $300. Take a look and see a few great choices in cheap diving cameras.

(Image of scuba camera mask by Amazon. See link below)

GoPro Hero3 Silver Edition - 11 MP images and HD video to 197 feet

GoPro waterproof cameras have become very popular in the last few years because they're so versatile. They can be mounted on a surfboard, attached to a mask or worn on your chest for great hands-free video and images. They can be used above water or underwater to a depth of 197 feet, and they're shockproof so you won't need to worry about it getting ruined if you get tossed around in the surf. (I've even seen a video of a shark chomping on a GoPro camera, and it survived without problem.) The one thing you can't do with these cameras, however, is take any type of manual control. You simply mount it or hold it, turn it on and let the camera do the work.

GoPro HERO3: Silver Edition
GoPro HERO3: Silver Edition

Manufacturer's description: Born from a passion to capture your love of sport from your perspective, the HD HERO2 is a feat of engineering. Wearable and gear mountable, waterproof to 197' (60M) and boasting an immersive 170-degree FFFD wide-angle lens, the HD HERO2 has ushered in a new era of image capture. Professional quality 30 fps 1080p and 60 fps 720p video, combined with 11 megapixel still photo capture that has landed magazine covers, HD HERO2 has stoked out more professional and amateur athletes, adventurers and filmmakers than any other camera in the world. GoPro gives you the ability to capture and share life's most passionate experiences.

Features:

- Shoot hands-free, 11 megapixel photos automatically at multiple intervals until the SD card is full.

- Shoot 8+ hrs of HD Video with 32GB SD Card

- Resolutions - 11MP, 8MP, 5 MP

- FOV - 170� wide angle FOV, 127� Medium FOV

- Capture Modes - Single, 10 Photo Burst, Time-Lapse*, Self-Timer (Now supports time-lapse photo every 0.5 seconds. Requires Class 10 speed SD Card.)

- 10 Photos Per Second Burst

- Wi-Fi BacPac + Wi-Fi Remote Compatible: Long range remote control of multiple cameras, Wi-Fi Video Preview + Playback on Smartphone / and Medium 127o FOV VIDEO

 

Liquid Image Wide Angle Scuba Series HD Camera Mask - Hands-free photos down to 130 feet

Now you can keep your hands free while taking photos underwater. The Liquid Image Scuba Series mask has a built-in camera that shoots still images and video down to a depth of 130 feet. The lever-style buttons make it easy to take photos underwater even while wearing dive gloves, and you can get an optional light that also attaches to the mask and helps ensure great color in your images, even when you're deep below the ocean.

Wide Angle Scuba Series HD-(Large)-Camera Mask
Wide Angle Scuba Series HD-(Large)-Camera Mask

Product description: The XSC Wide Angle Scuba Series is an Underwater Camera built into a dive mask making underwater photography "Hands Free" for safer swimming, snorkeling, and scuba diving. Photograph or video friends, family or fish. Connect camera to your computer with the USB cable provided. Download the images and video to your computer to email or print. 5.0MP images. Lever style buttons are easy to use with diving gloves.

 

Intova CP9C - A very cheap diving camera that goes to 130 feet

When it comes to cheap diving cameras, you're not going to find a cheaper digital camera capable of going to the limits of an Open Water Diver than the Intova CP9. At less than $100 (on Amazon), this camera is a bargain. You can shoot VGA video and 9 MP images down to 130 feet (39 meters) with the CP9, which also offers a 4x digital zoom and multiple scene modes. You'll need an off-camera strobe to get the best results, but if price is your primary concern in a diving camera, this is the one.

Intova CP9 Compact Waterproof Digital Camera (OLD MODEL)
Intova CP9 Compact Waterproof Digital Camera (OLD MODEL)

Product Features:

- 9-megapixel digital camera can be used on its own or with included waterproof housing for snorking, swimming, and more

- Waterproof to 130 feet (39 meters); 32 MB internal memory; expansion via SD/SDHC cards up to 8 GB

- Captures videos up to VGA resolution (640 x 480) at 20 frames per second

- 4x digital zoom; 2.4-inch color LCD; multiple scene modes

- Powered by 2 AAA batteries; includes hand strap

 

You can get cheap diving cameras for under $300

More Waterproof Cameras - Rugged models are great for everyday shooting, too

If you're looking for a camera that you can use every day and also take underwater, there are now over a dozen underwater point and shoot cameras on the market from which to choose. They can't go as deep as the cameras above, but if you're going to be doing shallow water diving, you may want to take a look at some of these. The Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS4 is the best of the bunch in terms of depth - it can go to 40 feet underwater. Others vary from 5 feet to 33 feet. Take a look at some of the choices below.

Sample Videos from These Cheap Diving Cameras - See examples shot with the cameras featured above

The videos below show footage taken with the GoPro Hero2, the Liquid Image scuba mask and the Intova CP9. Take a look to see what you might expect with one of these cameras.

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Great for the Pool, Too!

Great for the Pool, Too!
Great for the Pool, Too!

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      5 years ago

      Great looking Lens! Cool cameras this is helpful for photography addicts like me, Thanks!

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      peggygallyot 

      6 years ago

      Nice information

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      puppyprints 

      6 years ago

      that mask camera looks very cool!

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