Category Archives: Gear Reviews

Olympus E-PL10 Underwater Camera & Housing Review

OLYMPUS E-PL10 UNDERWATER CAMERA & HOUSING REVIEW The Best Bang For Your Buck in Underwater Photography Striking a balance between value, performance, and ease of use is the ideal trinity of underwater photography equipment. The Olympus PEN E-PL10 camera and limited edition Backscatter E-PL10 Octo Housing create a system that is not only more affordable…
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Guide for the Best Filter for your GoPro

FLIP8 | Underwater Video Test Footage FLIP8 | Overview & Installation Instructions LOOK NO FURTHER Are you new to the GoPro or a long time shooter looking to get the best imagery possible with your camera? The Flip Filter System by Backscatter provides you with the most comprehensive filter kit available. We've got you covered…
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Sony RX100 VII Underwater Camera Review

On the surface, the Sony RX100 VII looks almost identical to the previous Sony RX100 VI camera. Under the hood, however, it packs a new upgraded sensor and an improved autofocus system. The new autofocus system, in particular, is completely game changing for compact cameras. Read on to see the details on the latest updates…
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Frogfish Underwater Photo Tips For Lembeh

FROGFISH UNDERWATER PHOTO TIPS FOR LEMBEH by James Emery TIPS FROM OUR BACKSCATTER AUTHORIZED PHOTO CENTER LEMBEH RESORT, INDONESIA My name is James Emery and I am the Backscatter Authorized Photo Pro working at Lembeh Resort in Indonesia. Lembeh Resort is a luxurious boutique resort situated in a private cove on Lembeh Island. Within the…
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THE BEST UNDERWATER LENSES FOR COMPACT CAMERAS 2020

  THE BEST UNDERWATER LENSES FOR COMPACT CAMERAS 2020 From the Caribbean to the Coral Triangle, the Backscatter team has spent hundreds of hours shooting compact cameras underwater. The team has shot and tested dozens of compact (a.k.a. point-and-shoot) cameras with accessory lenses to find the best match between performance, price and the goals of…
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WEIRD UNDERWATER LENSES

WEIRD UNDERWATER LENSES Let’s Get Weird When it comes to underwater photography lenses, the best performance and most reliable results are going to come from either the ultra-wide fisheye or high-magnification macro ends of the lens spectrum. These have long been the go-to types of lenses for creating classic underwater photos and with good reason.…
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BEST UNDERWATER CAMERAS OF 2020: COMPACT CAMERAS

BEST UNDERWATER CAMERAS OF 2020: COMPACT CAMERAS Compact cameras are some of the best cameras for shooting underwater, as they are often easy to learn, easy to dive and travel with, and less expensive than their SLR counterparts, while still yielding outstanding image results and fast shooting speeds. Backscatter compiles this guide every year to…
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Sony a7R IV Underwater Camera Review

The Sony a7R IV video looks really good in the right conditions. Macro is its strong point, but the ambient light wide angle looks good down to about 45 feet. Backscatter has been busy putting the new Sony a7R IV to the test in the clear tropical waters of Little Cayman and the mucky, macro-rich…
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Laowa Venus 24mm f/14 Macro Probe Lens–Underwater Lens Review

Tracking a subject on the move with manual focus, lighting with a snoot, and with a secondary subject in the background made for a very challenging shot with this cuttlefish. Over 90 shots later, the effort was worth the end result. A 24MM WIDE ANGLE LENS DESIGNED FOR MACRO “Whoa! What is that thing?!?" is…
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Backscatter Mini Flash Field Test—What is a Snoot and Why You Need One

The new Backscatter Mini Flash MF-1 and Optical Snoot OS-1 can turbo-charge your macro creativity by isolating subjects and creating a completely new perspective for your shots. We’ll look at side-by-side comparisons of the same subjects with and without a snoot to see the difference, and an image gallery showing creative ways to use a…
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Olympus TG-6 Best Underwater Camera Settings

In Part 1, we will cover all the settings and techniques you need to know for capturing outstanding Macro Photos with the Olympus TG-6 and a single Strobe. The Olympus TG-6 is a popular camera for divers looking for a compact and affordable way to shoot both photos and videos underwater. This is our comprehensive…
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