Best Compact Camera for Underwater Photography Comparison Chart

Best underwater camera for Underwater Photography and Videography

 

 
Sony RX100 VA
Sony RX-100 VI
Olympus TG-5
Panasonic LX10
Canon G7X II
Auto-focus speed (normal)1
Very Good Very Good
Average
Good
Very Good
Auto-focus speed (macro)2
Very Good
Very Good
Average
Good
Very Good
Specs
20MP, 24-70mm, F1.8-2.8
20MP, 24-200mm, F2.8-4.5
12MP, 25-100mm, F2.0-F4.9
20MP, 24-72mm F1.4-2.8
20MP, 24-100mm, F1.8-2.8
Max magnification
with macro lens3
< 1 inch
< 1 inch
< 1 inch
< 1 inch
1.25 inches
Wide-angle capability
KRL-01, UWL-09, Nauticam WWL
KRL-01, UWL-09, Nauticam WWL
Takes UWL-04 fisheye lens, wet mount
KRL-01, UWL-09, Nauticam WWL
Dyron super-wide
Battery
  Life
2-3 dives
3 dives
2 dives
3 dives
2 - 3 dives
Control
  dials
1 dial
1 dial
1 dial
2 dials
2 dials
 Size
small, 299 grams
Small, 301 grams
Small, 247 grams
Small, 310 grams
Small, 304 grams
  Hot
 shoe
No
No
No
No
No
Video mode
1080p @ 60fps, 4K video @ 30fps,
slow-mo
1080p @ 60fps, 4K video @ 30fps,
slow-mo
4K, 1080p @ 120fps; 720p @ 240fps for slow-motion; 
4K @ 30 fps or 24 fps, 1080p  @ 120 fps for slow-motion
1080p @ 60fps, .mp4, zoom allowed
Price as of February 2019 in USD
$998.00
$1,199.99
$499.99
$699.99 $679

Notes:
1) All cameras tested in similar low-light conditions, focusing 2-10ft away
2) All cameras tested together in similar low-light conditions, focusing 2-12 inches away
3) Results are the approximate width of the smallest photo possible, taken with a Bluewater+7 macro lens. Widths will be similar with a Subsee +10, and larger (less magnification) with a Subsee +5.

 


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