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Updated on January 31, 2013

Capture Underwater Video with a Waterproof Camcorder

Whether you're swimming, snorkeling, surfing, skiing, or just hanging out near the water, a waterproof camcorder can help you capture the action without fear of ruining your video recorder. Although the first consumer models were only introduced a few years ago, waterproof camcorders are now available from several manufacturers who offer a variety of features and prices as low as $100. This page shows the current bestsellers, along with other featured underwater camcorders.

(Image of Kodak PlaySport (Zx5) HD Waterproof Camcorder provided by Amazon)

GoPro Camera HD HERO2 - Waterproof camcorder shoots HD video and still photos

If you'd like a camcorder that can go way underwater, this popular underwater camera is waterproof to 197 feet. It can shoot HD video or 11 MP images and can mounted on a surfboard, waterski, kayak or other piece of equipment to help you capture POV shots.

GoPro Camera CHDOH-002 HD HERO2 Outdoor Edition
GoPro Camera CHDOH-002 HD HERO2 Outdoor Edition

Product 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� 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.


GE Active DV1-VR - 1080p HD Video Recording For Less Than $100

This inexpensive camcorder from GE offers1080p video recording, a 2.5-inch LCD monitor, waterproof ability to five meters, built-in USB transfer, face recognition technology and more other features.

Panasonic DMC-TS4 Waterproof Camcorder and Camera - Waterproof, shockproof, dustproof and freezeproof - and GPS, too!

When Panasonic's SDR-SW20 underwater camcorder was unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show in 2008, it became one of the world's first submersible camcorders for consumers. Since then, Panasonic has continued to make great waterproof cameras and camcorders. The TS4 is the latest underwater camera from the manufacturer, and it can shoot HD video, as well as 12 MP still images. Plus, with four-way rugged design (it's waterproof, shockproof, dustproof and freezeproof) and a built-in GPS, compass, barometer and altimeter, this camera is tough enough to go just about anywhere.

Panasonic Lumix TS4 12.1 TOUGH Waterproof Digital  Camera with 4.6x Optical Zoom (Blue)
Panasonic Lumix TS4 12.1 TOUGH Waterproof Digital Camera with 4.6x Optical Zoom (Blue)

Product description: The DMC-TS4 is shockproof, waterproof, dustproof and freezeproof in design. Swim along with tropical fish and capture shots of beautiful coral reefs, or take recordings of your friends around a camp fire. The DMC-TS4 is an extremely versatile camera that you can take with you wherever the action calls.


Oregon Scientific ATC 3K Waterproof Action Cam Video Recorder - Waterproof cam can be mounted to surfboards, helmets or other devices

This little camcorder is great for capturing the action when you need your hands free. Simply mount it on your helmet, surfboard, skis or other sports equipment and you'll be ready for action.

Oregon Scientific ATC 3K Waterproof Action Cam Flash Memory Video Recorder with Web Cam Capabilities (Black)
Oregon Scientific ATC 3K Waterproof Action Cam Flash Memory Video Recorder with Web Cam Capabilities (Black)

You can capture all the action with this all-terrain digital video camera. It's even waterproof up to 3 meters (15 feet) with NO additional casing. With an expanded 48 degree field of view, the hands free digital video and audio captures all the thrill of your adventure in 640X480 VGA resolution (up to 30 frames per second) with the 32 MB internal memory. It's 3 button operation mode and the added webcam feature makes the ATC3K not only incredibly user friendly but increasingly versatile. This product comes standard with a carrying case and all the mounting accessories necessary for easy connectivity to helmets, bikes, and a wide array of other equipment.


ProDV Cam Aqua-501 - Inexpensive waterproof camcorder is available for less than $100

If you're looking for an inexpensive underwater camcorder, the ProDV Cam Aqua-501 is easy on the pocketbook but will still do the job down to 50 feet.

The Underwater Photographer - Book gives tips on underwater photography

If you're going to be shooting photos or videos while snorkeling or scuba diving and want to learn more about underwater photography, this book can help you capture the best images. You may also want to take a look at some of the waterproof cameras that shoot video and learn more about them waterproof camera reviews on Underwater Camera

The Underwater Photographer: Digital and Traditional Techniques
The Underwater Photographer: Digital and Traditional Techniques

If you want to get the most from your submersible camcorder, be sure to get a book on underwater photography. This is a good one to choose. A review on Amazon says, "The Underwater Photographer is seriously comprehensive and will clearly serve as a faithful reference manual. But the author's enthusiastic, personal and accessible style make it easy reading. Technical issues are dealt with thoroughly but reassuringly free from jargon, and even if it gets a bit technical, you can always skim through the heavy stuff and skip to Martin's personal recommendations, to instantly improve your shots."


First Submersible Camcorder in Action - Panasonic SDR-SW20 Waterproof Camcorder

When it was introduced at the Consumer Electronics Show in 2008, the Panasonic SDR-SW20 was one of the world's first underwater, submersible camcorder. This video shows more about it.

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