Underwater camera cases/housings for popular cameras from Nikon/Canon/Olympus, including DSLR cameras. An underwater (uw) housing is a camera case for your popular camera that allows full control of the camera when diving, is waterproof and pressure proof.
Lot of us enjoy going on outdoor locations or play water sports such as scuba diving. In fact we all know that the earth is covered with 70% water so if you are planning to go on holidays or are into some sort of water sports, you would definitely like to share your experiences. This is why underwater photography is becoming so popular. And that is where underwater camera bags and cases are such important accessories.
Underwater photography requires you to have a digital camera and a specific housing unit for it in order for you to protect your camera from water, and also underwater pressure. A camera bag for underwater photography should be waterproof because otherwise, the electronic circuits will come in contact with water which could make in unworkable.
You also want the bag to be positively buoyant, so that even if you accidentally drop it in the water, it will float and can be easily retrieved. With this product, the camera will automatically float on the water.
Underwater camera bag are usually well made and do not leak at all, from depth of 6 feet and in some cases even more. The bags are usually made of transparent plastic, and do not interfere with taking good videos and pictures, and will usually fit most models of cameras.
The waterproof cover allows you to operate various functions, and prevent your camera from damaging and breaking. However, it is recommended that you avoid strong impact and scratch when using, and do not use it at a high temperature.
The cheaper underwater camera bags are waterproof only up to a few meters (6m, 20ft), besides being able to protect your camera from dirt, dust and sand.
Things to Look for in DSLR underwater housings
- Access to all controls: Most underwater housings have controls for the important buttons. Make sure your housing supports the controls you use.
- Depth Rating: If you are a technical / deep diver (past 40 meters), you’ll want to check the depth rating on your housing.
- Support for fiber optic connection: Some users now prefer fiber optic connections for their underwater strobes. Some manufacturers are starting to support this.
- Material used: Aluminum and polycarbonate are the most popular; aluminum is more durable but more expensive.
- Size: Smaller size is preferred, but larger housings are more buoyant. Larger size “Buoyancy arms” are starting to become popular.
- Port mounting: Some housings have a great port locking mechanism, and owners rarely have problems with their port/housing connection. If you want a glass dome port (costs more) make sure your housing manufacturer supports it.
It can be lots of fun to take pictures and cool videos underwater. These can be used for taking pictures while scuba diving or for splashy activities. However, you should be careful if you intend to film for long periods of time. For serious underwater photography you may go in for the more expensive hard case type underwater housing units. These underwater waterproof bags/housings are however pretty handy, especially if you want to do some filming in a river or live somewhere with lots of rain.