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-6

Olympus Tough TG-6 Camera and Housing Kit

The TG-6 has a fast 25-100mm mid-range zoom lens with a microscope macro mode that betters almost every other compact out there right now. Plus you can shoot high quality 4K video on the same dive. This camera is capable of RAW image capture, which is a powerful tool for post-dive color corrections using either Adobe Lightroom or the included software. The TG-6 is waterproofed to 50' (15.2m) even without a housing, making it the ideal outdoor companion.

Add a DS strobe with the RC1 TTL Receiver for the most accurate strobe exposure available for this camera model.  

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Sony Cyber-shot RX100 VI

Underwater Housing for Sony Cyber-shot RX100 VI

Sony has been dominating with some of the sharpest, most capable digital cameras underwater today. The RX100 VI has the same 1" CMOS sensor as previous models, now with an extended 24-200mm zoom lens. The extra reach isn't necessary underwater but is ideal for general travel photography. 

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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 250D Rebel SL3

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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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. Check out our Photo School for tips and don't be afraid to ask us for help or advice!



Additional Reading

Choosing Strobes for an Olympus Tough Housing

Choosing Strobes for Ikelite TTL Systems

The Myth of TTL Strobe Exposure Underwater

When to Use a Wide Angle Dome WD-3 or WD-4

When to Use a DC Series Dome Port

Assembly + Care Checklist

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