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Canon Underwater Camera Cases

Updated on June 6, 2013

Options for Taking Your Canon Camera in the Water

If you're looking for a underwater camera case for your Canon camera, there are a variety of options to help you take great photos without worrying about your camera. For those who simply want to keep their camera dry in or around shallow water, you may want to choose an inexpensive waterproof bag. For more advanced users and those who need the ability to take their camera to greater depths while scuba diving, you can get cases made by Canon or other third parties. Which one works for you and your budget will depend on a variety of factors. Take a look below to see which option is right for you.

(Image of Canon underwater camera for for Canon PowerShot G11 courtesy of

The Most Affordable Option - Waterproof Camera Bags - Starting at less than $20 for a compact camera

If you're looking for the most affordable way to get your camera in or around water, look no further than a waterproof bag by DicaPac. They make reliable, flexible underwater bags in a variety of sizes and models to fit just about any camera, from small compact models to expensive DSLRs. Prices start at less than $20 for a small bag (like the one shown below) to more than $50 for larger cases that can hold larger compacts or DSLRs. To ensure a watertight seal, be sure to get the bag that matches your camera's size and then practice using it at home in a sink or tub to make sure you understand how to seal it properly.

These underwater camera cases are fine for snorkeling, rafting, kayaking, swimming, etc., but aren't suitable for most scuba diving, as the waterproof rating is typically for depths of 10m or less.

Canon Underwater Camera Cases for Compact Models - Made by Canon for Snorkeling or Diving

Canon manufacturers waterproof housings for many of its compact cameras. These are more expensive than the waterproof bags shown above, but they're designed specifically for your model to go underwater to much greater depths than the inexpensive bags can handle.

These cases typically cost a couple hundred dollars (sometimes as much as the camera itself), but should last you for years of snorkeling or diving.

Canon WP-DC34 Underwater Housing for Canon PowerShot G11/G12 Digital Camera
Canon WP-DC34 Underwater Housing for Canon PowerShot G11/G12 Digital Camera

Here's an example of a Canon underwater housing. This model is for the PowerShot G11 or G12.


Third-Party Underwater Camera Cases - For professional photographers

If you're serious about underwater photography and want to take your high-end DSLR scuba diving, you're going to need a reliable housing, and these don't come cheap. Ikelite is one well-known brand that makes popular underwater cases for specific cameras. These can easily cost as much as - are often more than - your camera body. But for professional photographers, they offer the quality, reliability and functionality that you'll need at deeper depths.

Ikelite Canon Underwater Housing Camera, Clear (6871.07)
Ikelite Canon Underwater Housing Camera, Clear (6871.07)

This Ikelite housing is made for the Canon EOS 7D.


Or You Could Forget the Case and Get a Waterproof Camera - Canon PowerShot D20 is waterproof to 33 feet

If you worry about taking your regular camera underwater in a waterproof housing, you may want to opt for a waterproof camera instead. Canon's PowerShot D20 is just one of dozens of rugged cameras now on the market. It's waterproof, shockproof, freezeproof and dustproof, and can take 12.1 MP still photos or shoot HD video. The camera body itself is sealed, so there's no need for a separate case, making this camera extremely easy to use underwater.

Canon PowerShot D20 12.1 MP CMOS Waterproof Digital Camera with 5x Image Stabilized Zoom 28mm Wide-Angle Lens a 3.0-Inch LCD and GPS Tracking (Blue) (OLD MODEL)
Canon PowerShot D20 12.1 MP CMOS Waterproof Digital Camera with 5x Image Stabilized Zoom 28mm Wide-Angle Lens a 3.0-Inch LCD and GPS Tracking (Blue) (OLD MODEL)

Product features:

- Waterproof to 33 feet, temperature from 14-104 degrees fahrenheit

- 12.1 MP Canon HS SYSTEM with a High-Sensitivity CMOS sensor, DIGIC 4 Image Processor

- 5x Optical Zoom with 28mm wide angle lens

- 3.0-inch Pure Color System LCD for easy viewing

- GPS tracker to record image locations on a map via Canon's software (does not work under water)


Canon Underwater Camera Cases on eBay - A great place to find bargains

eBay is a great place to buy just about everything, including underwater camera housings for Canon and other brands. You can find both new and used products here, and you'll often be able to find items that are no longer being manufactured. (For instance, eBay is a great place to find Nikonos underwater cameras by Nikon.) When purchasing, just be sure to select a seller with good ratings.

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