Best Olympus Cameras for Underwater (2019)

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Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II

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The Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II is one of the best micro-four thirds cameras for photography. It is a competitor to the Sony A6500 & Panasonic GH5, and it accepts the same micro 4/3 lenses as the GH5 (both Panasonic and Olympus micro 4/3 lenses). Due to its cross compatability with various lens brands the E-M1 Mark II and it's sister models offer an extremely diverse range of lens options. The auto-focus on this camera is quite fast and packed with lots of great features. The E-M1 Mark II utilizes 121 phase detection points in addition to 121 contrast detection areas for enhanced focusing and subject tracking even in mixed lighting conditions. The camera offers more customization features over the E-M5 II and E-M10 II, as well as an improved image processor, and autofocus system.

Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II Underwater Housing Options:

Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II Packages Available:

Anemonefish by Adam Gibson with the OM-D E-M1 Mark II Camera in Aquatica Housing with Olympus 60mm macro lens
Diving Sea Lion by Kelli Bortolin. OM-D E-M1 MK II, Oly 7-14mm Lens

Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II

The Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II is a great "bang for the buck" micro-four thirds camera. It features a high-end sensor in a pro-level body with great controls. It also produces great image quality. Stepping up into the video realm, Olympus has significantly increased the capabilities of the E-M5 Mark II from the E-M5 with further improved image stabilization, and with the introduction of several different video frame rates and higher video bitrates for better video quality.

We've rated the Olympus E-M5 II Housing, Camera, and Port Bundle as the best deal of 2019, so if you're looking for a offer to optimize on, you won't find anything better than that!

Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II Underwater Housing Options:

Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II Packages Available:

Orangethroat Pikeblenny by Kelli Bortolin with OM-D E-M5 Mark II Camera
Split shot  by Kelli Bortolin with OM-D E-M5 Mark II Camera

Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III

The Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III is an awesome camera with lots of cool features. It has an affordable price tag, yet it won't disappoint you with its capabilities. It features 16.1 megapixels sensor with a quad-core TruePic VIII processor, 5-way image stabilization and has a relatively quick auto-focus. For capturing action shots, it can do continuous shooting up to 8.6 fps. It also features a 3.0" tilting touchscreen LCD and is capable to capture 4K videos at 24, 25 or 30p. 

Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III Underwater Housing Options:

Olympus TG-5 

For an excellent camera option both in and out of the housing, the Olympus TG-5 is tough to beat. The camera is waterproof to 50 feet (15 meters) by itself, making it an excellent option for the casual shooter who wants a camera that can go anywhere, and also providing a stronger peace of mind on a "what if my housing floods" situation. The TG-5 has a high speed 12 MP sensor designed for excellent low light performance and noise reduction. It shoots 4k video and RAW photos and includes built in WIFI, making transferring photos on the go a breeze.

Olympus TG-5 Underwater Housing Options:

Olympus TG-5 Packages Available:

Pacific Northwest Reef Scene by Nirupam Nigam. Olympus TG-5, Fantasea UWL-400F Wet Lens
Skin of a sea cucumber by Nirupam Nigam shot with Olympus TG-5 in microscope mode