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Beginner Budget Setup

Discussion in 'Underwater Photography' started by riceowls, May 11, 2021.

  1. riceowls

    riceowls Registered

    # of Dives: 25 - 49
    Location: Houston, TX
    I am finally comfortable enough with my underwater experience to want some pictures (mainly) and short videos on my next diving adventure. I don't want to overinvest since I am not sure how much I will enjoy that side of diving. From prior experience, I know that I would definitely not have time to extensively edit the photos - my nice DSLR stays at home, while I take my on-land pictures on my latest pixel phone (have been upgrading them regularly for the cameras) as it was so easy to quick-edit what I need on the go vs going to the pc, starting lightroom, etc. But I see there are AI-based apps and tools that do decent color-correction etc, e.g. Dive+ app so I think I can get away with not spending too much time on post-processing.

    I actually own NIKON COOLPIX AW120 but some of my dives are over 18m and I think I was never happy with how good pics look. I think I need a decent strobe for good photos and I am not sure this is an option.

    So I am thinking of about $500 budget to get a decent setup going but not sure which way to go:
    1) Gopro with a decent video light.
    2) Older camera with a housing(e.g. sealife) + strobe.
    3) Phone case plus a good video light
    4) Anything else?
  2. Lostdiver71

    Lostdiver71 ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: I'm a Fish!
    Location: Jupiter, Florida, United States
    At that budget you are looking at an older GoPro or phone case with an inexpensive video light. Underwater photography is expensive!
  3. JasmineNeedsGills

    JasmineNeedsGills Contributor

    Going for a used setup can save you a lot, but it's a gamble. I did that and piked up an old Olympus TG-3 which I've absolutely loved, but sadly it looks like the electronics have finally gone. I'll go for a new camera this time, but it got me started and for the price I really can't complain.

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