The Best Underwater Point-and-Shoot Camera Systems

Looking for something compact to travel with that shoots great photos underwater? Here's the run-down of your best choices right now.

Olympus Tough TG-5

Olympus Tough TG-5

The TG-5 has a fast 25-100mm mid-range zoom lens with a macro mode that betters almost every other compact out there right now. This model introduces RAW image capture to the Tough series, which is a powerful tool for post-dive color corrections using either Adobe Lightroom or the included software. The TG-5 is waterproofed to 50' (15.2m) even without a housing, making it the ideal outdoor companion.

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Sony Cyber-shot RX100 V

Sony Cyber-shot RX100 Mark V

Sony has been king of the compacts over the past few years with its wildly popular RX100 series. The latest RX100 V combines a fantastic 1" CMOS sensor with a bright 24-70mm lens for crisp and colorful underwater images. Compared to its predecessor, the Mark V now has even faster autofocus and better 4K video quality.

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Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III

Canon G1 X Mark III

The Canon G-series has been at the front of the pack underwater for over a decade. The new smaller, lighter PowerShot G1 X Mark III features a large, 24MP APS-C sensor and sharp 24-72mm lens. The fast and accurate Dual Pixel autofocus system is the same one used on current model Canon DSLR cameras. Unlike some other cameras in its class, the G1 X Mark III boasts a TTL flash hot shoe which eliminates reliance on the built-in flash to trigger an underwater strobe. An electrical flash connection improves image quality, battery life, and speed. 

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Canon EOS 200D Rebel SL2

Canon EOS Rebel SL2

The size and price of a compact, but the power and speed of a DSLR. Its performance-to-dollar ratio makes it the top choice on any list. The kit lens is a versatile 18-55mm zoom range, plus it accepts many of the most popular DSLR lenses underwater including the Tokina 10-17mm Fisheye.

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Canon EOS Rebel SL1

With the introduction of the SL2, we are now able to offer the SL1 kit at an unprecedented low price of only $1499 including housing, dome port, camera, lens, and tray with dual quick release handles. This deal simply can't be beat!

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The Bottom Line

You can get fantastic photos underwater with any of the systems featured above. Pick a camera that feels good to you with menu settings that you understand. Then work on your lighting and composition. And don't be afraid to ask us for help or advice!