Top 5 underwater cameras

Take amazing photographs whether you’re on the beach or in the water with our round-up of the top 5 underwater cameras.

Manta Rays at Constance Moofushi

Manta Rays at Constance Moofushi

1. Olympus Tough TG-2

This tough compact underwater camera creates sharp, bright underwater pictures as well as shooting HD movies and include GPS. It is 12MP, has a 4x optical zoom, a 3” display and a CMOS sensor combined with a TruePic VI image processor for beautifully clear results.

2. Panasonic Lumix FT5

This 16.1MP camera with HD video and 3” display incorporates the very latest technology including wi-fi connectivity and NFC which allows the user to transmit images by simply touching it to another NFC device. It can also be upgraded with extra apps to allow remote usage and GPS. Picture quality is great largely thanks to its optical image stabilisation and underwater mode which compensates for red tones often lost underwater.

3. Nikon Coolpix AW110

This Nikon camera is the best all-rounder and offers built-in GPS and wi-fi for sharing or uploading photos instantly as well as enabling the photographer to use the camera remotely. The 8-frames-per-second continuous shooting option is great for capturing fast moving marine life and its underwater images are crystal clear. Features include full HD video, 16MP CMOS sensor and 5 x optical zoom.

Diving at Constance Moofushi

Diving at Constance Moofushi

4. Canon PowerShot D20

Large buttons make this 12MP camera easy to use underwater and the 5 x optical zoom brings marine life much closer to hand. Although the continuous shots at 1.9fps are slower than some of the other cameras its picture quality is good and the GPS and full HD movie shooting are useful.

5. Pentax WG-3

This 16 MP camera has the bonus of having six LED macros lights around the lens to illuminate objects close at hand while you’re underwater. It’s funky design and rubberised grip make it easy to use in water. Other features include a 3” screen and full HD movie recording.

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Top 5 cameras to take on holiday this summer

Want to make sure you capture your holiday memories with some perfect images this summer?

Constance Halaveli, Maldives photo by Marek Kluznick

Constance Halaveli, Maldives photo by Marek Kluznick

Here’s a selection of some of the best cameras on the market as chosen by Red Magazine this month:

1. The best budget buy – Fujifilm FinePix AX350

With a price tag under £100 this is perfect for taking holiday snaps. Features include 16MP, 5x optical zoom and HD movie. It also has a simple web upload feature so you can easily share your pics on social media.

2. The best for active photography – Olympus Tough TG-310

Childproof, waterproof, shockproof and freeze proof this really is the ultimate holiday camera for anyone who likes to take pictures while on the move. With 14MP, 4x optical zoom, HD movie and 3D stills.

3. The best investment – Nikon D90

More than just a digital SLR camera, the D90 allows you to film movies in Motion Jpeg with exceptional D-SLR image quality. It has a high-resolution 3” LCD monitor and advanced retouch functions so you can take photos and edit them in the camera. Other features include 12.3MP, CMOS image sensor, 65-millisecond shutter release time lag, scene recognition with face detection.

Constance Moofushi, Maldives, photo by Ming Lok Kwok

Constance Moofushi, Maldives, photo by Ming Lok Kwok

4. Best for vintage style – Lomography DianaF+

This is a return to the golden age of analogue photography celebrating the lo-fi, colour saturated photographs of the 1960s Diana original. Lomography has kept the lightweight body, simple shutter and soft-focus lens and added a pinhole and Endless Panorama option. For photography fans, other features include colour gel filters, removable super-wide-angle and pinhole lenses and variable shutter.

5. Best for family holidays – GE DVZ

Perfect for a family holiday adventure this pocket video camera can take anything you throw at it whether that’s white water rafting or playing in the sand. Waterproof to 5m, dust proof, it’s even freeze proof. Features include 3x optical zoom, full HD movie, CMOS sensor, image stabilisation, face detection and 2.5” LCD screen.

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