Underwater Photography and Video Equipment

Your Scuba Gear


A mask is one of the most important, and personal, pieces of scuba diving equipment you own because it lets you explore with your eyes. More...


A snorkel is a very personal piece of equipment. It lives with your mask, spends time in your mouth, and lets you breathe while you look below, until you’re ready to submerge on scuba. More...


There are fins for swimming, snorkeling, free diving and body surfing. More...


Imagine scuba diving while hovering, weightless underwater – eye to eye with a fish. How is it possible? It starts with your buoyancy control device (BCD). More...


Most people float, which is great if you like to stay at the surface. However, scuba divers want to descend and need a weight system to help them offset this tendency to float. More...


If you think about it, breathing underwater is pretty remarkable, and it all happens because of the regulator. The scuba regulator is a great invention that delivers the air from your scuba tank to you just the way you need it to breathe. More...


Your SPG displays how much air remains in your tank so that you can end your dive well before you get too low. More...


You can track your dives using dive tables, a depth gauge and dive watch, but most scuba divers use a dive computer – it’s easier. More...


In the 1970s and 1980s, divers wore dive watches because it was the standard way to track bottom time while scuba diving. More...


A dive knife is a general tool that scuba divers occasionally use to cut entangling fishing line or rap on their tanks to get a buddy’s attention. More...


It’s obvious that a dive light is necessary to scuba dive at night to help you navigate, see your gauges, and observe interesting aquatic life. More...


Whether you’re driving to your local dive site or getting on a plane headed for the tropics, a sturdy gear bag will help you organize, protect and carry your scuba diving equipment. More...

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It’s called exposure protection because while scuba diving you’re not only exposed to water’s cooling ability but also to things that can scrape, cut or sting. More...


With the rise of digital photography capabilities, there are now numerous options for capturing images underwater. More...


An accessory is defined as an item that can be added to something else to in order to make it more useful, versatile, or attractive. More...


A dive flag indicates that scuba divers are nearby. In some areas, flying a dive flag while scuba diving is required by law, but in general it’s a good idea for safety reasons. More...


In the unlikely event that you’re at the surface and need to get the attention of someone on shore or on a boat, you’ll be glad you have a surface signaling device. More...


High-pressure cylinders are relatively small, yet very strong containers that hold large volumes of compressed gas. More...


Scuba diving with a sidemount configuration simply means that you carry your tanks at your sides instead of on your back. More...


Underwater Imaging

With the rise of digital photography capabilities, there are now numerous options for capturing images underwater. From simple point-and-shoot cameras that take both photographs and video to more high-end equipment that shoots high-definition images, you’re sure to find a system that meets your needs. Visit or ask Da Nang Scuba's experts to get advice about underwater imaging equipment.

Standard Underwater Camera Features

  • Underwater housing – Although some cameras are water resistant to very shallow depths, none can perform at scuba diving depths without an underwater housing to protect them from water and pressure. There are camera housings that mount on masks, and others that can be attached almost anywhere.

Underwater Camera Styles

  • Point-and-shoot – Compact, easy-to-use cameras designed for casual, fun pictures or videos. Smartphones and tablets fall into this category with the release of underwater housings for many models.
  • dSLRs – Digital SLR (Single Lens Reflex) cameras are for those who are serious about photography. They have multiple lenses and other accessories that make shooting more productive and convenient.
  • Full-featured – These cameras bridge the gap between point-and-shoot and dSLRs by offering a moderately compact, easy-to-use camera with many features of a dSLR.

Optional and Desirable Underwater Camera Features

  • Manual white balance – Allows you to adjust for more realistic color.
  • External flash – A separate strobe underwater provides more light from a better angle.
  • Full control access –The more controls your housing provides, the more options you have while shooting.
  • Wide-angle adapter – This allows you to use a wide-angle lens. Nearly all dSLR systems have this capability.
  • Large memory card – You want enough capacity to shoot as much as you can on a single dive without concern about running out of memory.

How to Choose Your Underwater Camera

Start by taking the PADI Digital Underwater Photographer course, which helps you determine which system best suits your needs and interests. Along with enlisting the help of the photo pro at Da Nang Scuba, here are a few suggestions:

    1. Ask yourself why you want to take underwater images, and of what?
    2. If you already have a camera you enjoy using, check if an underwater housing exists for it. If not, shop for your camera, housing, lenses and strobes or other accessories together.
    3. Consider all the features starting with size. Then consider how much control you want, not just now, but as your passion for underwater imaging grows.
    4. Make sure your personal computer and software will work with your camera system and matches your interest in editing photos.

Take Care of Your Underwater Camera

  • Have a camera bag or padded case to protect your imaging gear.
  • Use a port cover to protect the lens port before getting in the water and as soon as you get out, before your housing goes into the rinse bucket.
  • After a dive, rinse the system thoroughly in fresh water, ideally by swishing it back and forth in a clean rinse bucket.
  • Thoroughly dry the housing before opening it. You also need to be dry so you don’t drip water into the housing and onto your camera.
  • Store your camera system in a cool, dry place out of direct sunlight. If you won’t be using it for a while, remove large o-rings from housing and remove batteries from the camera.