Canon, SeaLife, Sony
Canon G15 and Ikelite #6146.15 housing
›› Camera has a 3-inch LCD screen; housing offers access to all controls
›› 5x optical zoom lens with a fast maximum aperture of f/1.8-2.8
›› Electrical TTL bulkhead The popular G-series gets even better: smaller, more ergonomic and just as affordable.
Accessorize with a choice of wide-angle options. Add the DC161 strobe ($1,100) for true TTL communication. Contact: ikelite.com MSRP: $650, housing; $500, camera
SeaLife DC1400 Maxx Duo
›› Camera is specifically designed for underwater photographers
›› System comes with two strobes for adding contrast and color
›› Camera offers easy setup mode
Built for users who want a complete system that’s simple to use, the DC1400 Maxx Duo has a straightforward setup mode and easy-to-operate piano keys on the housing. Also included are two strobes: one for stills and one for video. Contact: sealife-cameras.com MSRP: $1,700
Sony DSC -rx100 and Ikelite #6116.10 housing
›› 28-100mm lens with a 3.6x optical zoom and f/1.8-4.9 aperture
›› The housing offers easy access to all camera functions
›› 1-inch CMOS sensor
High-resolution images and HD video are made easy with fast autofocus and a sharp Sony lens. Add the optional Manta strobe (shown), which adjusts to any shooting mode. Contact: ikelite.com MSRP: $400, housing; $650, camera
There’s never been a better time to jump into the world of underwater photography. Here are eight compact systems and six cool accessories to help you get started.
The race among manufacturers to create smaller cameras with more features — while keeping prices low — has led to a range of do-it-all compacts suitable for beginners or savvy semi-pros. It’s tough to keep up with the ever-changing technology, but manufacturers are doing just that — creating innovative, high-quality housings that enable photographers to access a camera’s cool features. We’ve selected eight new systems — all starting at less than $2,000 — along with six must-have accessories, perfect for those looking to get started in underwater photography.