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Best Camera for Snorkeling Reviews: Complete Buyer’s Guide

Are you looking for the best underwater camera for snorkeling? Read on as we review all the top options on the market with Pros & Cons.

When it comes to snorkeling, you want to be sure that you choose a high-quality camera that will stand up to the elements and that you can rely on to capture clear images. Since snorkeling is such a popular activity, it comes as no surprise to find that that are plenty of snorkeling cameras to choose from; just do a quick search online for “snorkeling cameras” and you’ll find so many different models.

How do you sift through all of the different options and ensure that you’re choosing a high-quality and reliable model that will suit your needs? In order to save you the trouble and point you in the right direction, we’ve taken the liberty of doing the research for you.

We’ve narrowed down the options to what we believe are the best models currently available on the market. In this guide, we’ve compiled a list of our top picks and have provided overviews of the features that they offer, as well as the pros and cons of each one.

You’ll also find a handy buyer’s guide, which highlights the key factors that you should take into consideration when you’re shopping that will help you choose the best snorkeling camera for your specific needs. To wrap things up, we provide answers to some of the most frequently asked questions that consumers have about these specialized cameras.

With the information presented in this guide, you should be able to choose a high-quality camera that you can count on to capture the memories of your underwater adventures.

Our Top Picks

We realize that not everyone has the time to read through long, detailed reviews, yet they still want to be able to find a top-quality snorkeling camera, which is why we included this section in our review. Here, we offer a brief overview of our top picks for the best overall, best premium, and best budget picks for snorkeling cameras.

Best Pick: Fujifilm FinePix XP 130 Waterproof Digital Camera

Fujifilm FinePix XP130 Waterproof Digital Camera w/16GB SD Card - Sky Blue
  • Fujifilm FinePix XP130 16.4MP Digital Camera - NP-45S Li-ion Battery - AC-5VF AC Power Adapter - USB Cable - Hand Strap - Owner's Manual - Fujifilm 1 Year Limited Warranty 7
  • 16.4MP back-illuminated CMOS sensor and FUJINON 5x optical zoom lens with 28mm wide-angle setting
  • Intelligent Digital Zoom function extends zoom range up to 10x
  • Four-way protection - Waterproof up to 65 feet/20 meters, shockproof to 5.7 feet/1.75 meters, freeze proof to 14°F/ -10°C and dust proof
  • Compact lightweight design with 3.0 inch 920K dot high definition LCD monitor with anti-reflective coating

Fujifilm is one of the most trusted names in the camera industry, so it comes as no surprise that their FinePix XP130 Waterproof Digital Camera with 16GB SD Card is our pick for the best overall snorkeling camera. It’s outfitted with the most advanced Bluetooth technologies and boasts four robust protection features and multipurpose showing functions, like Electronic Level and Eye Detection to capture exceptional images and is outfitted with a Fujinon lens, a lens that’s exclusive to Fuji cameras.

Premium Pick: Olympus Tough TG-6 Waterproof Camera

OLYMPUS Tough TG-6 Waterproof Camera, Red
  • Water proof (50 feet /15 meter), dust proof, shock proof (7 feet / 2.1 meter), crush proof (100 kgf), freeze proof (14 degree Fahrenheit / -10 degree Celsius), anti-fog
  • High resolution F2.0 lens, maximum 8x zoom, true pic VIII, back illuminated CMOS image sensor
  • Variable macro system comprised of 4 macro shooting modes, magnified shooting up to 1 centimeter from the end of the lens
  • 5 underwater shooting modes including underwater microscope, 3 underwater white balance modes
  • 4K movie and full HD 120 fps high speed movies can be recorded. Battery life - Approx. 340 Images (using Toshiba SDHC UHS-I Card Exceria with is on, based on CIPA testing standards). Approx. 50 minutes (under standard JEITA testing). Approx. 110 minutes (when zoom and other operational functions are not used). When repeatedly recording at the maximum time of 29 minutes

For snorkelers who are looking for a top-of-the-line camera and have room in their budget to spare, the Olympus Tough TG-6 Waterproof Camera is an excellent choice. Like Fuji, Olympus is one of the best-known names in the camera industry. Their TG-6 camera is robust, yet lightweight, and is outfitted with a number of advanced features, making it one of the most reliable premium snorkeling cameras on the market. Waterproof up to 50 feet, shock-proof up to 7 feet, crush-proof up to 100kgf, freeze-proof to 14 degrees F, and anti-fog, too, this camera can stand up to harsh underwater climates with ease.

Budget Pick: Safe and Perfect Underwater Camera

Underwater Camera Full HD 2.7K 48MP Waterproof Camera for Snorkeling Dual Screen Waterproof Camera Digital with Self-Timer and 16X Digital Zoom (WPC-1)
  • ▶【48MP Image, 2.7K Video】Upgraded to higher resolution, this underwater camera can shoot 48 megapixels high-quality JPEG format photos. With the 2.7K video resolution option, you can record your extraordinary cool moments at AVI format vividly. 16X digital zoom allows the waterproof camera to capture the precious moments near, far, and in between.
  • ▶【10 Feet Waterproof, Shockproof】This underwater camera is completely sealed for waterproof purpose, and you can dive up to 10 feet for one hour per time without using extra casing for protection. The wrist strap makes sure you won’t lose the waterproof camera while snorkeling, swimming or drifting. The state of the art built-in anti-shaking function delivers steady and smooth pictures.
  • ▶【Continuous Shooting, Flashlight】Never lose the moment. Select the continuous shooting mode, start taking multiple photos in a short time. Never miss recording any interesting moment. The waterproof camera digital is equipped with a LED flashlight that can be turned on by one single press on the "flash" button.
  • ▶【Double Screen, Self-timer】Featured with a 1.8 inch front screen and a 2.7 inch rear screen, the waterproof digital camera allows you to easily take a selfie by pressing the screen switching button. With the 2/5/10s self-timer, no one will be missed in group photos! The underwater camera supports micro SD card maximum 128G (which is not included in the package).
  • ▶【What You Will Get】A Li-ion battery, a camera sack, a user manual, a wrist strap, a USB cable and an adapter will come with the waterproof camera. If you have any issues with your waterproof camera within one year since the purchase date, get in touch and we’ll be happy to make it right.

If you’re looking for a reliable snorkeling camera but you don’t want to invest a lot of money, the Safe and Protect Underwater Camera is an excellent choice. This durable camera is outfitted with robust features that will allow you to capture reliable images of your underwater adventures. It can capture 48 megapixel high-quality JPEG format photos and features a 2.7k video resolution option so you can record moving images of your adventures, too. With 16X digital zoom, you’ll be able to capture images that are both nearby and far away. It’s waterproof up to 10 feet without extra casing, so while it may not be able to bring it as deep as our top picks for the best overall and best premium snorkeling cameras, but given the affordable price tag, it’s pretty impressive.

Snorkeling Camera Reviews

Now that we’ve shared a brief overview of our top picks for the best overall, best premium, and best budget snorkeling cameras, let’s dive in and explore a little further. In this section, we share more in-depth reviews of our top picks for the highest quality and most reliable snorkeling cameras, including the above-mentioned options, as well as a few additional models.

Fujifilm FinePix XP130 Waterproof Digital Camera

The Fujifilm FinePix XP130 Waterproof Digital Camera with 16GB SD Card is our pick for the best overall snorkeling camera. A robust and durable design combined with numerous useful feature, this camera is one of the best snorkeling cameras currently available on the market.

Outfitted with the most advanced Bluetooth technology and rugged protection features, this camera can stand up to harsh underwater conditions with ease while capturing reliable images of your snorkeling adventures. The lightweight body is highly durable and boasts some of the most revolutionary protection features; it’s waterproof up to 65 feet, is shock-proof up to 5.7 feet, is freeze-proof up to 14 degrees F, and is dustproof.

The battery is housed in a compartment that features a double-locking mechanism, too, so you won’t have to worry about the battery being exposed to the water. A smart grip design allows you to grasp the camera and take pictures with one hand. With Bluetooth technology and Wireless LAN connectivity, you’ll be able to transfer your images with just a push of a button and print them out or transfer them to a smartphone or table so you can share your images with family and friends with ease.

You can even sync time and location information from the camera onto your images. This camera is also outfitted with new shooting functions, such as an Electronic Level and Eye Detection and features a Fujinon lens.

With the Fujifilm XP130, you’ll have peace of mind knowing that you’ll have the ability to capture incredible images when you’re exploring the underwater world.

What We Liked
  • Waterproof up to 65 feet, shockproof up to 5.7 feet, freeze-proof to 14 degrees F, and it’s dust-proof, too
  • Battery compartment features a double-locking mechanism
  • Outfitted with Bluetooth technology and Wireless LAN Connectivity
  • Thoughtful one-handed grip design
  • New shooting functions include Electronic Level and Eye Detection
  • Fujinon 5x optical zoom lens with 28mm wide-angle setting
  • 45MP back-illuminated CMOS sensor
  • Intelligent Digital Zoom function that extends zoom rang up to 10X
  • 0 inch 920K dot high definition LCD monitor with anti-reflective coating

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Olympus Tough TG-6 Waterproof Camera

If you’re looking for a high-end snorkeling camera that is outfitted with the most state-of-the-art technologies, the Olympus Tough TG-6 Waterproof Camera is an excellent option.

The robust construction is waterproof up to 50 feet, dust-proof, shock-proof up to 7 feet, 100kgf crush proof, and freeze-proof up to 14 degrees, so you can have confidence knowing that it will be able to withstand harsh conditions.

The high-resolution F2.0 anti-fog lens offers maximum 8x zoom and has a true pic VIII, back-illuminated CMOS image sensor. The variable macro system is comprise of 4 macro shooting modes, including magnified shooting up to 1 centimeter from end of the lens.

With five underwater shooting modes, complete with an underwater microscope and three underwater white balance modes, you’ll be able to capture incredibly clear images. In addition to taking still images, the Olympus Tough TG-6 is ca also capture full HD 120 fps high-speed moving images.

With so many outstanding features, there’s no doubt about it; the Olympus Tough TG-6 Waterproof Camera really is a revolutionary, high-end snorkeling camera.

What We Liked
  • Waterproof up to 50 feet
  • Dust-, shock-, freeze-, crush-, and fog-proof
  • High resolution F2.0, maximum 8x zoom lens
  • Back-illuminated CMOS image sensor
  • Variable macro system with four macro shooting modes
  • 5 underwater shooting modes
  • Can capture 4k full HD 120 fps high-speed movies

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Safe and Perfect Underwater Camera

For shoppers who want a high-quality and reliable camera but don’t want to invest a lot of money, the Safe and Perfect Underwater Camera is an economical choice. It’s waterproof up to 10 feet and is shock-proof, too. It also features a state-of-the-art anti-shaking function, so you’ll be able to take smooth images, even when the setting isn’t so smooth.

With a continuous shooting mode, you’ll never have to worry about losing a moment of your underwater adventures, because it takes multiple photos in a short period of time. An LED flashlight will perfectly illuminate your photos and can also be used to light your way.

Outfitted with two screens – an 1.8 inch screen on the front and a 2.7 inch screen on the back – you’ll be able to take standard photos and selfies with ease. In addition to great durability and numerous features, this camera also comes complete with a lithium-ion battery, a camera sack, a wrist strap, and a USB cable.

The Safe and Perfect Underwater Camera Full HD 2.7K 48MP Waterproof Camera proves that you don’t have to spend a lot in order to get a high-quality and reliable snorkeling camera, as it is very affordably priced.

What We Liked
  • Waterproof up to 10 feet and shake-proof, too
  • Features a continuous shooting mode that will snap multiple photos in a short period of time
  • Equipped with an LED flashlight
  • Double screen design: a 1.8 inch front screen and a 2.7 inch rear screen
  • A 2/5/10 second self-timer
  • Comes with everything you need, including a lithium-ion battery, a camera sack, and a USB cable
  • Affordable price tag

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Panasonic LUMIX Waterproof Digital Camera

From Panasonic, another one of the most trusted camera manufacturers, comes the LUMIX Waterproof Digital Camera Underwater Camcorder. Thanks to the robust construction, you can safely take this camera up to 26 feet underwater. It’s also shock-proof up to 5 feet, dust-proof, and freeze-proof up to 14 degrees F.

With such durability, you’ll have complete confidence knowing that this camera will stand up your snorkeling adventures. The Mega O.I.S. lens automatically compensates blurring from shaking hands and instantly detects shaking by a sampling frequency of 4,000 times/second in order to generate sharp, clear images.

Thanks the Advanced Underwater Mode, which offers red color reproduction, it compensates for red tones, which are lost underwater, which allows you to capture more natural looking underwater images. In addition to capturing still images, you’ll also be able to record moving images, as this camera features an MP4 HD video recording feature, which records MP4 HD videos in 1280x720p, which you can start with just the push of a button.

It also features 220MB of built-in memory, so when the SD card is full, the camera’s built-in memory automatically takes over to deliver 220MB of extra storage.

What We Liked
  • Waterproof up to 26 feet, shockproof up to 5 feet, dust-proof, and freeze-proof up to 14 degrees F
  • Mega OIS Camera Lens automatically compensates blurring caused by hand-shaking
  • Advanced Underwater Mode compensates for red tones that are easily lost in underwater shooting
  • MP4 HD video recording in 1280x720p
  • 222MB of built-in memory
  • Durably constructed
  • Available in three colors: black, blue, and red

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Cocac Waterproof Camera

The Cocac Waterproof Camera 21 MP 1080P Underwater Digital Camera is another high-quality, reliable, and affordably priced snorkeling camera. This digital camera is waterproof up to 5 meters and takes high-definition 8 mega pixel photos.

It also features a 8x digital optical zoom and offers auto, daylight, cloudy, tungsten, fluorescent white balance. With an auto/on/off flash mode and a 2/5/10 second self-timer, so you can capture selfies when your underwater or on dry land.

The LCD display measures 2.8 inches and it has a micro USB 2.0 PC interface, and is powered by a 1000MAH external lithium-ion battery.

The camera comes complete with a USB cable, the battery, a lanyard, a 32G micro SD card, and a storage bag, too. It can also capture and playback high-definition movies. Of all of the cameras on our list, the Cocac Waterproof Camera 21MP 1080P Underwater Digital Camera is one of the most basic snorkeling cameras on our list, but it’s also the most affordable, and while it’s basic, it’s certainly reliable and will capture clear images.

What We Liked
  • Waterproof up to 5 meters
  • Features 8 mega pixels
  • Boasts an 8x optical digital zoom
  • Outfitted with a 2/5/10 second self-timer
  • Auto/on/off flash mode
  • AVI video file format
  • Comes with all components needed to operate it
  • Very affordably priced

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Other Best Selling Options

SaleBestseller No. 1
Waterproof Digital Camera Underwater Camera Full HD 2.7K 48 MP Video Recorder Selfie Dual Screens 16X Digital Zoom Flashlight Waterproof Camera for Snorkeling (DV806)
  • ※2020 Upgraded 2.7K Waterproof Camera: With MAX 2.7K 20fps video resolution and 48 MP image resolution, this underwater camera captures every moment in crisp detail and unparalleled clarity. The upgraded camera provides more resolution to capture more fantastic moments. With the flashlight, pictures will also turn out good in dark or with dim lights.
  • ☪Lightweight and Easy to Use: The compact, lightweight and pocket size design make it easy to take this underwater camera for snorkeling to the beach, water parks or other underwater vacations. It also has a drawstring pouch and a hand loop string to easily carry it travel around and store it. All the functions on this waterproof camera are easy to operate, which make it a perfect camera for kids and the elders.
  • ☂10FT Underwater Digital Camera: Submersible up to 10 Feet in depth waterproof without casing for one hour per time. It is highly recommended to hold this waterproof camera statically for several seconds so the pictures will turn out good. The battery compartment is well sealed for waterproof purpose. Carefully make sure that the battery door is well locked before staying underwater.
  • ✪Selfie Dual Screens Design: This waterproof digital camera features a rear-facing, 2.7-inch LCD display and a front-facing 1.8-inch LCD display, with the built-in 2s, 5s, 10s self-timer, you can get yourself along with the whole gang in the same frame, and never miss a moment of action. Continuous shooting let you never miss any shot of your wonderful life. It also supports recording while charging, you don’t need to worry about battery power off during your journey.
  • ❤Friendly Service: This camera supports micro SD card up to 128GB, please purchase it separately. The battery compartment is sealed tight to be waterproof, one hand presses cover lock, another hand(or use a tool) pushes out battery cover meanwhile to open battery door! Friendly after-sale service offered by Yisence Tech!
SaleBestseller No. 2
Underwater Camera FHD 2.7K 48 MP Waterproof Digital Camera Selfie Dual Screen Full-Color LCD Displays Waterproof Digital Camera for Snorkeling (806BC)
  • 2.7K 48MP Waterproof Camera - Full HD 2.7K underwater digital camera features rich video resolution options, including 2.7K(20fps) and FHD 1080P(30fps) for your preference. 48MP photo resolution makes photos much clearer than those taken by 24MP underwater cameras. 16X Digital zoom brings you all vivid and incredible pictures.
  • 10FT Underwater Camera & Dual screens - This underwater camera is equipped with the waterproof designed for underwater world, you can dive up to 10 feet. It is ideal for water sports, including swimming, drifting, surfing, snorkeling, etc. With the front 2.7 inches screen and rear 1.8 inches screen, you can record every memorable moment and take a selfie easily.
  • Versatile and Easy to Operate - This waterproof digital camera features multiple functions including 6 continuous shooting, self-timer, exposure and white balance, humanized operation interface with convenient parameter setting with multiple languages. These features enriched this waterproof camera the ability to meet a wide range of applications. Turning on the flash light in low light places helps you take sharper and brighter photos.
  • Built-in Electronic Image Stabilization - Built-in anti-shake function delivers steady and smooth videos. This underwater camera supports Max.128 GB micro SD card, need purchase it separately. By the way, in order to achieve good waterproof performance, our camera adopts a compact structure design, so the sound when playback is a little small, you can adjust the volume of the video on computer.
  • Friendly Customer Service -The compact camera comes with a rechargeable 650 mAh battery, and it supports recording while charging, no more worry about power running out during the happy times with your family and friends in a short time. By the way, the battery door is made tight to be waterproof. Just enjoy every precious moments with this nice camera!
Bestseller No. 3
Polaroid Underwater Camera 18mp 4K UHD, Polaroid Waterproof Camera for Snorkeling and Diving with LCD Display, USB Rechargeable Digital Polaroid Camera for Videos and Photos (Orange (4K))
  • Capture HD shots underwater: Our snorkeling digital camera combines a waterproof design with a 4K UHD 18mp camera to provide you with a simple way to take clear and crisp underwater photos and record videos up to 10 feet underwater without any hassles
  • Record and share: The waterproof video camera for vlogging features Wi-Fi connectivity allowing you to share your videos and photos to social media platforms directly from your camera or you can share files to your computer or laptop for storage
  • Easy to read digital display: This polaroid digital camera is designed with a 2.4" rear preview screen that not only allows you to view recent video footage or photos but also views battery level, time, day/date, and much more to make using the camera a breeze
  • Built-in rechargeable battery: We made our polaroid camera to accompany you on all your underwater adventures; It features a built-in rechargeable battery that you can charge through any USB power outlet, laptop, powerbank, etc. using the included USB cable
  • Get the perfect shot: Thanks to the auto and manual shot modes coupled with the bright flash, our waterproof digital camera will make sure you get the perfect photo or video recording every time making it ideal for diving, snorkeling, and more to take memorable photos
Bestseller No. 4
Underwater Camera Waterproof Digital Camera Selfie Dual Screen Video Camera Point Shoot Digital Camera for Snorkeling 48MP 2.7K Waterproof Camera…
  • 48MP & 2.7K Waterproof Camera: New update 48MP waterproof camera, which can helps you capture more colorful and clear pics. 2.7K video camera records high-definition video images and provides a realistic and mind blowing visual effect. In addition, it design with flashlight, you can take prefect pics even in totally dark place.
  • Work in all terrains: With lightweight, portable appearance design, our point & shoot digital camera are suitable for any place you need to use. The waterproof function makes this digital camera can be submerged 10 feet underwater without a waterproof case. In addition, there are anti-fall and anti-shake functions, you can take it to diving, camping, climbing and any other activities. To take it and you will not miss any scenery you want to record.
  • Selfie Dual-Screen Digital Camera: With a 3.0 inch rear screen and 2.0 inch front screen, our dual screen underwater camera is great for selfie. Because you can easily check the photo through the front screen. And this waterproof digital camera also supports standard tripod (exclude in standard package) and it comes with a special Lanyard rope and camera bag.
  • Continuous Shooting & Supports 128 GB SD Card:To use continuous shooting function, you can take multiple photos in a short time. This makes it easy to capture more interesting pictures and provide more life materials for you. This underwater digital camera supports micro SD card up to 128GB (need to be purchased separately)
  • 1500mAh Rechargeable Battery & Recording While Charging: New upgraded 1500mAh rechargeable battery, you never need worry about your camera is always on the way to charging. Apart form this, our waterproof camera for snorkeling also allows you to charge while recording. This means you’ll not have to bother about running out of power while shooting.
Bestseller No. 5
ZIPOUTE Snorkel Mask Full Face, Foldable Full Face Snorkel Mask with Detachable Camera Mount and Earplugs, 180 Panoramic View Anti-Fog Anti-Leak Snorkeling Mask for Adults (Black Ver2, L/XL)
  • 180° Full Face Snorkeling Mask: Panoramic full face mask gives you the fullest visibility for an impressive diving experience compared to standard diving mask or other traditional snorkel goggles mask, which makes it easier than ever to breathe comfortably through your mouth or nose when snorkeling.
  • Anti-fog and Anti-leak Dry Snorkel Technology: Features separated inhaling and exhaling channel system, it prevents the top snorkel mask from fogging up, and anti-fog coating on the lens ensures anti-fog effect. Advanced leak-proof silicone sealing mask with floating ball stops water from entering in mask.
  • Camera Mount Design: The snorkeling mask full face has Camera stand, compatible with removable motion camera, allowing you to capture every amazing moment in the sea and share beautiful snorkeling view with your friends and family.
  • Foldable, Easy to Storage: Fold the snorkel tube by easy operation, you will never worry about the storage issue in your suitcase when you go to travel. Beside, it is easy to install and detach. Let you enjoy your each snorkeling journey.
  • Medical Original Material and Size: Made of High Quality PC and Medical Grade Silicone. Non-toxic and safe, prevent skin allergic or other skin problems. The size is measured from the bridge of nose to the bottom of your chin, if less than or equal to 4.72in(12cm), select size S/M. If more than 4.72in(12cm), select size L/XL.

Snorkeling Camera Buyer’s Guide

Did you know that we know more about the space than we do about the oceans? It’s true! Seventy-one percent of the earth is comprised of ocean and about 95 percent of those waters haven’t been explored, according to the National Oceanic and Atmosphere Administration (NOAA).

Snorkeling is an excellent way to explore the majesty and mystery of the oceans, as well seas, bays, lakes, and even rivers. While you may not be able to dive deep, snorkeling certainly gives you an opportunity to get up close and personal with the underwater world and experience it for yourself.

Whether you’re going to a tropical island or your local beach, if you’re planning a snorkeling trip, you’re going to want to bring an underwater camera along. With an underwater camera, you’ll be able to capture images of the incredible animals, plant life, and structures that you’re bound to discover, as well as the memories that you’re going to make.

A snorkeling camera, as the name suggests, are made with specialized materials that make them waterproof, but they’re more than just waterproof; snorkeling cameras are also specially designed to withstand other harsh conditions that you’ll encounter when you’re diving, such as shock and freezing conditions. These cameras are also specially made to provide great image quality and offer several features, such as Point of Interest (POI), which alerts you to nearby photo-ops, global positioning systems (GPS) and mapping systems, automatic target finding, and zoom (just to name a few).

Now that you’ve read through the detailed reviews of our top picks for the best snorkeling cameras, you’re probably wondering which one you should choose. While each of the cameras on our list are certainly high-quality, you really only need one, and each one offers specific features that will make them better suited for specific buyers.

So which one should you choose? By taking some key factors into consideration before you start shopping, you’ll be able to determine which snorkeling camera will best suit your needs. In this part of our guide, we review some of the most important factors to consider.

Waterproofing and Durability

It goes without saying that when you’re shopping for a snorkeling camera that waterproofing and durability are extremely important factors to consider. Obviously, all snorkeling cameras are waterproof, otherwise they wouldn’t be able to be used for snorkeling; however, different cameras offer different types of waterproofing.

Some options, for example, are waterproof up to 60 plus feet, while others are waterproof up to 10 feet. Typically, the deeper the camera can go in the water, the more expensive it’s going to be; but, that isn’t always necessarily the case. To determine what degree of waterproofing you’ll need your camera to offer, consider how far you’re likely to dive down when you’re snorkeling.

For instance, if you’re only going to skim the surface of the water, you probably won’t need a camera that can go to extreme depths, but if you are planning on diving down pretty far under the waves, then you’re going to want to choose a snorkeling camera that can go further down in the water without being damaged. Read the description of the cameras you’re considering to find out how deep the camera can go under the water.

In addition to waterproofing, you’ll also want to consider other durability factors that the camera offers. While you were reading through the reviews of the snorkeling cameras on our list, you probably noticed that most models were shake-proof, freeze-proof, crush-proof, and feature anti-fog lenses.

These features increase the durability of the camera and ensure that it can withstand the harsh conditions that it may be exposed to when you’re snorkeling. Again, read through the descriptions of the camera that you’re considering to find out more information about durability.

Mega Pixels

Mega pixels are units of graphic resolution that are equivalent to one million pixels. The more mega pixels the snorkeling camera offers the higher the resolution your images are going to be.

If you want super-clear, life-like images, opt for a snorkeling camera that offers a high amount of mega pixels.

Optical Zoom and Digital Zoom

An optical zoom allows the lens of the camera to behave similarly to a telescope; it magnifies whatever you’re taking a photo of with the lens. Digital zoom, however, refers to the lens zooming in on a part of the photo.

Both play an important role in picture clarity, but optical zoom is more important. The higher the optical zoom the camera offers, the better your images are going to be.

Shooting Modes

If you plan on using a snorkeling camera to capture different types of image, you should consider investing in one that features different shooting modes. Shooting modes allow you to adjust the lighting that the camera uses to capture a photo can alters the color setting, thereby adjusting the image.

Different types of cameras have different types of shooting modes. With white balance, for example, the camera will adjust the level of blue light and red light in the image; a light with higher color temperature, such as blue, has a higher Kelvin value, while lower color temperatures, like red, have a lower Kelvin value.

White balance adjusts the current lighting conditions so that the white or light colored images will appear in the images. Another shooting mode to consider is advanced underwater mode. This type of mode is designed to compensate for the red modes that are often lost under water, thus ensuring that they are captured and that they show up in the image.

Video Mode

If capturing motion images is important to you, look for a snorkeling camera that features a video mode. With this mode, you’ll be able to capture short videos on your camera.

If video mode is important to you, make sure that the snorkeling camera you choose is designed to make switching to the mode simple when you’re underwater.

Anti-Shake Mode

Shaky hands aren’t uncommon when you’re trying to capture a photo on dry land; they’re even more common when you’re trying to take a picture when you’re underwater. Your hands naturally move with the current of the water, so it’s hard to keep them still, which could result in capturing distorted images.

In order to ensure that the pictures you capture are as crisp and clear as possible, it’s a good idea to invest in a camera that features an anti-shake mode. With this feature, the camera will automatically detect shaking movements by sampling frequency of up to 4,000 times per second so that the camera can capture sharp, clear images.

Photo Transfer Feature

If you want to share your photos and videos, a photo that’s outfitted with a photo transfer feature is a great choice. This feature incorporates Bluetooth Pairing and Wireless LAN Connectivity, which allows for instant transfer to printers and to mobile devices, such as smartphones ad tables, so that you can sync your still and moving images directly to your device and then share them via email or your social media profiles.

The Price

Lastly, it’s a good idea to figure out how much you want to spend before you start shopping. Snorkeling cameras vary widely in price from under $100 to a few hundred dollars.

Generally speaking, higher priced cameras are more robust, more durable, more waterproof, and are outfitted with more features, while less expensive cameras are waterproof and do offer features, they aren’t as robust and feature-rich. Consider how much you want to spend before you start shopping so that you can avoid over-extending your budget.

Snorkeling Camera FAQs

Is the size of the camera important?

You should consider the size and weight of the camera, as it will impact its mobility and ease of use. While you don’t want it to be overly small, as it will be difficult to access the buttons and features underwater, you also don’t want it to be too large, otherwise it might be difficult to manage.

Are snorkeling cameras really waterproof?

Yes, of course! If they weren’t waterproof, you wouldn’t be able to use them for snorkeling.

What’s the best snorkeling camera brand?

It depends on your specific needs and your budget, as there are several high-quality brands to choose from such as Fuji and Olympus.


Snorkeling is always an adventure, and with the best snorkeling camera, you’ll be able to capture your adventures and preserve your memories for years to come. With the information that we have presented in this guide, you should have no trouble choosing the best snorkeling camera for your specific needs.

Happy diving!

Adrienne is a traveller and blogger with many years experience of the outdoors life. An adrenaline junkie at heart she loves to try different sports and activities all year round. With a degree in journalism she combines her love of sports with writing here at BeActiveOutdoors.com Contact adrienne@beactiveoutdoors.com

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