Category Archives: Gear Reviews

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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Best Underwater Compact Strobe - Backscatter Mini Flash MF-1

THE ULTIMATE COMPACT STROBE FOR COMPACT CAMERAS Lightweight, compact, easy to use, easy for travel. These are the reasons why everyone wants a compact camera. With the Backscatter Mini Flash, now there is a flash to match. Small in size, but big on power, the Backscatter Mini Flash has enough juice to light most of…
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Olympus TG-6 Review: The Easiest Underwater Compact Camera

See why we think the Olympus TG-6 is the easiest camera to get great results with underwater in our video breakdown.    We love the Olympus TG-6 for its extremely simple operation, outstanding macro ability, and the great image quality produced in both photo and video. It’s our pick for the Best All-Around Underwater Compact Camera in 2019, and…
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Canon EOS R Underwater Camera Review

Take a look at the gorgeous color produced by the Canon EOS R in full 4K resolution with our underwater test footage.     The Canon EOS R packs such great image quality that we call it the “Mini-5D Mark IV” Canon EOS R | Canon 8-15mm Lens | 1/125 | ISO 200 | ƒ9  …
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Panasonic LUMIX S1 Underwater Camera Review

We got a chance to shoot the Panasonic S1 in Little Cayman at the 2019 Digital Shootout. Take a look at the stunning color, sharp detail, and low-light performance in our 4K 60p underwater test footage. The use of the Canon 8-15mm lens allowed for 180-degree circular images to be captured on the full-frame sensor.…
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Review: Big Blue CB15000P 15,000 Lumen COB Light

Want to Light up a Whale? Can a single very powerful continuous underwater video light work well for stills of large animals? As the quality and output of video lights have increased, I’ve been asking myself that question. We know that many continuous lights can work fine for macro and closer up images, although they…
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The Digital Shootout 2019 Gear Test, Contest Results & Event Coverage

THE 18TH ANNUAL DIGITAL SHOOTOUT CLICK HERE to go to the Digital Shootout event coverage website! See the Contestant Results, Gear Tests and the Shootout Life in Little Cayman. 2019 CONTEST RESULTS While the Shootout is mostly a learning event with an emphasis on improving underwater shooting and editing techniques, the event organizers, Backscatter Underwater…
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Olympus TG-6 & PT-059 Underwater Camera and Housing Review

We were able to get our hands on a prerelease Olympus Tough TG-6 camera and Olympus PT-059 housing and spent a few dives with it in our home waters of Monterey. On paper, the Olympus TG-6 looks very similar to Olympus TG-5, with the same great image quality and similar specs. However, there are some…
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Panasonic LX100 II Underwater Camera Review

The Panasonic LX100 II is a compact-body, fixed-lens camera with the large sensor and fast-shooting ability of a high-end mirrorless camera. We love it for producing the best image quality and fastest shooting speed from our current roundup of compact cameras. It captures 4K video at 30 frames per second and uses a stylish set…
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Backscatter M52 Wide Angle Air Lens Review

The Backscatter M52 Wide Angle Air Lens is a wet-mount wide angle conversion lens designed to work best with Olympus TG series cameras. The lens cancels out refraction and restores the camera’s topside field of view underwater while also enhancing the image clarity, sharpness, and contrast. With an 81° angle of coverage, sharp corners, no…
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The New Nikon Z7 Full Frame Mirrorless Cameras

Nikon Z 7 Underwater Camera Review The Nikon Z7 is the first full-frame mirrorless camera from Nikon, and it’s a high-resolution 46-megapixel beast that produces the best overall image quality seen yet from a mirrorless camera. Team Backscatter set the camera up in a housing and headed down to the Caribbean for a comprehensive underwater field test.…
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