You can forget your underwear, your socks, and your comb, but the one thing you need in your bag is a camera. Both underwater and topside. If you're new to the photo game, check out our Editor's Pick in the Point-and-Shoot Category, the SEA&SEA DX-1200HD . This camera not only takes digital still images, but carries a mighty punch with onboard HD (High Definition) video capabilities. Check it out! Click Here
For even greater flexibility check out the Olympus e520 for an easy to use SLR system, or the Olympus 560UZ, a capable upper end point-and-shoot camera. www.olympusamerica.com/underwater
And if you're hunting for the next cover of Sport Diver magazine, take out the credit cards and load them up with a complete housed SLR system for the new Nikon D3x, with its 24 MB, full frame image sensor. You'll need two strobes (I like the Ikelite 160's and the SEA&SEA YS 250), a housing (Ikelite, Sea & Sea, Aquatica, Subal or SeaCam), a selection of lenses for the camera and ports for the housing. Check out www.Backscatter.com.