GoPro Hero 3, Watershot iPhone Housing
GoPro Hero 3 Black with Backscatter Flip3 Filter and Backscatter Flip3 Tray and Handle
›› Package weighs just 2.6 ounces
›› Shoot HD video at 120 fps for super-slow-motion footage
›› Flip3 Filter restores color and contrast to photos and video
Still undecided as to whether you want to shoot stills or video? Consider the GoPro Hero 3. The diminutive camera is smaller and lighter than previous models, and can shoot 12-megapixel stills or 1080p video at 60 fps. The Flip3 Filter and Tray and Handle optimize the GoPro system; you can easily flip on a red filter to correct for color and stabilize the system. Contact: backscatter.com MSRP: $399, camera/housing; $49, filter; $39, tray plus handle
Watershot iPhone Underwater Camera Housing
›› Small system can easily be brought along as a second camera
›› Dedicated app lets you share images with your social network
›› Light and filter accessories will make your images pop
They say the best camera is the one you have with you; and these days, that’s almost always an iPhone. With Watershot’s cool new housing, mobile shooters are no longer limited to topside photography. Built for divers, this housing allows you to take photos with your iPhone 4/4s down to 130 feet. The free app lets you optimize your images and then share them with your social network. Contact: watershot.com MSRP: $100 (housing only)
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.