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Best Underwater Video Cameras 2008 - Entry Level Cameras

Jump to page... 1. Which camera is best for you? 2. Entry Level Cameras 3. Ultra-Compact Cameras 4. Professional Broadcast Cameras 5. Red One 4K Professional

Our Top Picks: Entry Level Cameras

Sony SR5 and Sony DVD610
We wadded through over a dozen top cameras in this category and finalized on a tie for first place. Sony is a clear leader in this category based on housing availability and price. The Sony SR5 is our favorite due to its 1440 x 1080 HD resolution, but the Sony DVD610 is such a great camera for such a low price we had to include it. Choose the Sony DVD610 if you are on a budget and willing to work harder to download the latest editing solutions required to edit the DVD format. The Sony DVD610 is best for folks that are fine with standard definition quality and just want to pop out the DVD from the camera and hit play. Choose the Sony SR5 if you want higher HD image quality and plan to cut up your videos to music.
In the housing options listed below, we have selected the lowest cost, but best quality housings on the market. If you're on a budget, choose the Top Dawg as you can't beat the price for such a high quality and reliable housing. The Top Dawg is also unique in that one housing model fits over 100 Sony cameras. If you are willing to spend a little more, consider the Stingray HD as it adds features such as wider angle optics, flip down color correction filter and microphone.
Best underwater video cameras - Sony SR5 and Sony DVD610
Favorite Entry Level: Sony SR5 and Sony DVD610
Sony SR5 Sony DVD 610
Resolution1440 x 1080 720 x 480
Sensor1 CMOS 1/3 in. 1 CDD 1/8 in.
CompressionAVCHDSD MPEG2
Media Type Hard Disk
or Flash Memory
3 in. DVD
or Flash Memory
Approx Price $749$349
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