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300 | 2017-02-01T00:00-08:00

Best GoPro Underwater Filter and Macro Lens - Filter Solutions for GoPro 3, 3+, 4 & 5

The Flip Filter System by Backscatter provides you with the most comprehensive filter kit available. We've got you covered underwater with color correction, lens correction as well as topside len...

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300 | 2016-06-10T00:00-08:00

Canon 1Dx Mark II Underwater Camera Review

Here at Backscatter we are fortunate to have a large customer base of professional underwater filmmakers. This year our conversations have revolved around three cameras: Red Weapon/EPIC Dragon, Sony...

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300 | 2016-05-13T00:00-08:00

Nikon D500 Underwater Camera Review

The D500 is Nikon’s long awaited update to the D300. With blazing shooting speed and Nikon’s first dive into 4K video, see how this camera performs in the water in our full review with images and vide...

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200 | 2017-05-10T00:00-07:00

Panasonic GH5 Underwater Camera & Housing Review

We tested the Panasonic GH5 in our home waters of Monterey, CA and traveled halfway across the globe to Anilao, Philippines. Our main goal was to see if it would perform a manual custom white balance ...

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99 | 2017-07-12T00:00-07:00

Panasonic Lumix LX10 Underwater Camera Review

When the Panasonic LX10 was released, all the specs pointed in the direction of a perfect compact camera. Large sensor, 4K video, and a zoom lens that does not require any housing port changes for wid...

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50 | 2017-06-13T00:00-07:00

Best Underwater Cameras of 2017: Compacts & Mirrorless

Updated in March 2016! We reviewed dozens of options and picked the best cameras suited for underwater photography. Top rated cameras for our 2016 review include the GoPro HERO5, Olympus TG-4, Sony RX...

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5 | 2017-05-17T00:00-07:00

Olympus TG-5 and PT-058 Underwater Camera and Housing Review

Olympus was able to get us an early release of the new Tough TG-5 camera and PT-058 housing. We were able to shoot it on the island of Bonaire for some macro and wide angle testing. Read on to see how...

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5 | 2017-01-10T00:00-07:00

Introducing Isotta Underwater Camera Housings & Accessories

Backscatter is now the premiere global dealer for Isotta underwater camera housings! Learn more about many of the unique features Isotta housing offer.

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1 | 2015-09-14T00:00-08:00

Sony a7R Mark II Underwater Review

The Sony A7R Mark II is a full frame mirrorless camera that shoots 42 MP stills, 4K video, and has low light capability that is second only to the best low light camera ever, the Sony A7S. Can the new...

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| 2017-07-14T00:00-07:00

Nikon 8-15mm Circular Fisheye Lens Underwater Photography Review

The new Nikon 8-15mm fisheye zoom lens was released only days before our departure to the Digital Shootout. We were able to MacGyver a makeshift zoom gear with a few items around the shop that worked ...

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| 2017-06-26T00:00-07:00

Nauticam Red Weapon Underwater Housing Review

Just when camera manufacturers started catching up with the resolution of digital cinema cameras released by RED, they were once again left behind with the release of RED’s new 8K Helium sensor. Gran...

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| 2017-05-25T00:00-07:00

Arri Alexa Mini Underwater Camera & Nauticam Housing Review

We take a look at the Nauticam underwater housing for Arri Alexa Mini with Backscatter's own Resident Cinematographer Matt Ferraro. Check out some awesome sample footage from the Channel Islands!

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0 | 2017-04-04T00:00-07:00

The Best Underwater Lenses for Compact Cameras

Compact cameras do not offer interchangeable lenses, so these recommendations are for externally mounted wet lenses. The native lens on your compact camera is going to be great for doing fish portrait...

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0 | 2017-03-18T00:00-07:00

AOI UMG-01 LCD Magnifier for Olympus Compact Camera Housings Review

This is the AOI UMG-01 LCD Screen Magnifier for Olympus Compact Housings. This is the best accessory we’ve seen yet for the Olympus TG-4 system because it cuts out annoying screen glare in bright wate...

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0 | 2016-11-23T00:00-07:00

Canon 5D Mark IV Underwater Camera Review Part II

The Canon 5D Mark IV is the long awaited 4K update to the Canon 5D line. But with an updated 30MP sensor and true live focus in video mode, this is more than just a 5D Mark III with a 4K update. Read ...

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0 | 2016-09-30T11:30-08:00

GoPro HERO5 Hands-on Underwater Review

We've put the new GoPro HERO5 through a series of test dives and have explored all the menus. Watch the videos below for an overview of new features and great underwater footage.

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0 | 2016-09-16

Canon 5D Mark IV Underwater Camera Review

Canon has just announced the Canon 5D Mark IV Camera. This long awaited camera looks to have some great features with some beautiful options for underwater. Stay tuned for more information and reviews...

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0 | 2016-06-21

Backscatter Dual Handle Tray - More Than Just For GoPro

Our custom aluminum handle gives you a comfortable foam grip and helps stabilize your shots. This tray is not just for GoPro. The Backscatter Double Handle Tray is affordable, small and our handle ke...

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0 | 2016-05-10

Sola Lights - Tips and Troubleshooting

The Light & Motion Sola line is one of the best and simplest underwater imaging lights ever created. It is one of our best sellers and performs consistently well under challenging conditions to he...

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0 | 2016-05-05

Nauticam A7II External Battery Pack

If you shoot underwater video with the Sony a7 II, a7R II or a7S II then you need the Nauticam External Battery Pack for Sony a7 II, a7R II, & a7S II Cameras! One knock on the Sony a7R II and a7S...

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0 | 2016-01-01

Underwater Camera and Housing TTL Reference Guide

The D500 is Nikon’s long awaited update to the D300. With blazing shooting speed and Nikon’s first dive into 4K video, see how this camera performs in the water in our full review with images and vide...

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0 | 2016-01-01

Sony a6300 Underwater Test and Review

The Sony a6300 is a 24MP APS-C sized mirrorless camera that also shoots 4K video at a bit rate of 100mbps. You can shoot it like a compact with the kit lens and add wet lenses for wide angle and macro...

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0 | 2015-12-12

10Bar Strobe Snoots - Underwater Snoot Review

Snoots are a great way to add more drama to your macro pictures and rekindle your love for all things small in the ocean. The 10Bar Snoot will narrow the beam of your strobe, concentrating the light o...

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0 | 2015-08-14

Olympus Tough TG-4 Underwater Test and Review

TG-4 now shoots RAW photos! We recently shot some amazing photos and video with the new Olympus TG-4. Read on for the full review.

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0 | 2015-07-17

Want color? Add an underwater light to your GoPro!

If you want great underwater color you need a video light. Read this review to find the best light for you.

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| 2015-07-09T00:00-07:00

Panasonic Lumix LX100 Underwater Camera Review

Read our underwater review of the Panasonic LX-100. 4K video recording capability, excellent custom white balance, 11 fps shooting in RAW with super-fast auto focus. The LX-100 is a camera that will f...

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0 | 2015-06-04

MACROMATE MINI - The Ultimate GoPro Macro Lens

The design team at Backscatter spent more than a year perfecting the ultimate underwater macro lens for GoPro. Watch this video to see razor sharp macro images and open a new door on your GoPro creati...

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0 | 2015-04-08

Best Underwater Video Lights 2015 - Review

Backscatter has done extensive testing of the best underwater video lights currently on the market. Read on for the results. In the past few years, there has been a revolution in underwater video ligh...

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0 | 2015-02-15

Canon Powershot G7X Compact Camera Underwater Review

The Canon G7X is Canon’s first 1 inch sensor compact camera. Watch some of the first underwater sample footage shot with the G7X camera.

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0 | 2015-02-06

Olympus E-M5 Mark II Underwater Photo & Video Review - First Look and Details

Olympus was kind enough to send us an E-M5 Mark II camera and PT- EP13 Underwater Housing to check out. Watch the video and get a rundown of the new key features and a first look at this camera and ho...

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0 | 2015-01-26

Canon Powershot G7X Compact Camera First Look for Underwater Photography

Learn more about using the G7X Camera for scuba diving with this thorough first look video by Backscatter Underwater Video & Photo's very own Mike Tamayo.

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0 | 2014-10-08

Sony A7 Underwater Camera Review - Three Camera Models, One Housing

If you’re looking for a small backup system to your Canon SLR or a full frame mirrorless system at a smaller size, the A7 lineup is a great choice. You actually get 3 choices—A 12MP low light monster,...

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0 | 2014-07-30

Panasonic GH4 Underwater Camera Review - Big 4K Resolution, Small Price

The GH4 is the only mirrorless or SLR camera to offer on board 4K 30p video recording directly to an SD card—no bulky external recording units required. Shoot cinema quality video at a consumer-friend...

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0 | 2014-07-23

The Olympus TG-3 Underwater Camera Review - Amazing Super Macro

Olympus was kind enough to send along a pre-release sample of the newest Tough camera to The Digital Shootout, the TG-3. The tough series of cameras are truly tough—waterproof to 50 feet without a hou...

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0 | 2014-07-04

Crop Sensor or Full Frame for Underwater Photography - A Review of the Nikon D800E in a Nauticam Housing

Backscatter's Pro Team Member, Jason Bradley, gives his impressions of the performance of the Nauticam DA-800 housing in a recent expedition to photograph whale sharks.

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0 | 2014-05-31

Panasonic GH4 Preview - 4K Revolution

It’s a 4K revolution! Now consumers can shoot cinematic 4K video with the Panasonic GH4. Compatible with lenses from previous models of Panasonic GH, GF or GX cameras and also Olympus OMD and PEN seri...

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0 | 2014-05-05

The Fiber Optic Cable or Sync Cord Debate - Pros & Cons

With so many underwater housings to choose from, plus a large selection of strobes, how do you decide on what strobe sync system is right for you? Here is a list of the pros and cons of fiber optic an...

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0 | 2014-01-31

Sea & Sea Optical YS TTL Converter First Look and Details

Introducing a new compact unit that converts the camera's TTL signal to a light signal.

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0 | 2014-01-30

A Guide to Using the GoPro Hero3 / Hero3+ Underwater

Whether you are just getting started with underwater image-making or a serious cinematographer, the GoPro Hero3 / 3+ is a versatile, fully auto HD camera, perfect for making underwater moments lasting...

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0 | 2014-01-30

Olympus OM-D E-M1 Micro 4:3 Mirrorless Camera Review - First Dives and Photos

Get an in depth first look at the new Mirrorless Camera from Olympus, the E-M1. Learn more about the new 1/320 sync speed, 16 megapixel sensor with increased ISO sensitivity, 4 bank white balance, cus...

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0 | 2013-12-01

The Backscatter AirLock Vacuum System for Underwater Camera Housings

Backscatter is pleased to announce AirLock, our new vacuum verification system for underwater camera housings. With custom bulkheads available for Aquatica, Sea & Sea, Subal, Seacam, Nauticam and ...

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0 | 2013-11-15

Olympus PT-EP11 Underwater Housing for the Olympus OM-D E-M1 Micro 4:3 Mirrorless Camera

Get an in depth first look at the new Underwater Housing for the OM-D E-M1 Mirrorless Camera from Olympus. Learn more about taking the OM-D E-M1 Underwater with the PT-EP11 housing from Olympus.

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0 | 2013-11-13

Underwater Strobe Testing

Strobe manufacturers typically publish the guide numbers of their strobes in air, but we wanted to test them in controlled conditions to see how they stacked up against one another. We especially want...

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0 | 2013-10-20

Panasonic Lumix GH3 and Nauticam NA-GH3 Underwater Housing Review

The GH3 is the latest micro 4/3 camera from Panasonic. Micro 4/3 is a joint venture between Panasonic and Olympus. Both brands share the same camera mount, meaning lenses from one brand will work on t...

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0 | 2013-10-16

Nauticam Canon 70D Underwater Housing Review

The NA-70D, the latest in Nauticam's acclaimed line of precision crafted underwater camera housing features a new, totally integrated electronic vacuum check system - and a host of refinements su...

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0 | 2013-10-11

Canon 6D Underwater Camera Review

The Canon 6D is a new addition to the Canon SLR line up. It's a lower end full frame sensor camera that slots in below the Canon 5D Mark III . It's a little bit smaller and has fewer buttons...

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0 | 2013-06-14

Sony RX100 Underwater Camera Review

The RX100 is our favorite underwater point and shoot camera for 2013. This diminutive camera is a remarkable piece of engineering that delivers outstanding stills and full 1080p/60p video in a sleek, ...

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0 | 2012-11-01

Hands on with the Canon 5D Mark III, the Nikon D800, and the Nikon D4

The Backscatter crew has had a chance to play with the three most exciting SLRs of 2012 - the Canon 5D Mark III, the Nikon D800, and the Nikon D4.

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0 | 2012-05-23

Canon 5D Mark III Underwater Video Samples

This video is composed of 70% underwater footage from the Canon 5D Mark III. Read on to learn the pros and cons of this new camera.

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0 | 2011-07-13

Pegasus Thruster Scooters now available from Backscatter

Pegasus Thrusters, an innovative tank-mounted underwater scooter are now available from Backscatter.

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0 | 2010-12-06

Olympus PEN E-PL1 & PT-EP01 Underwater Housing Review

A unique compact camera system featuring interchangeable lenses, the Olympus PEN E-PL1 represents our favorite option for shooting the new micro four thirds system underwater. We took the PEN to sever...

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0 | 2010-10-08T00:00-07:00

Canon T2i Underwater Housing Review

All images and video in this article were taken with the Canon Rebel T2i in Aquatica T2i and Nauticam T2i underwater housings. Well over 100 test dives were logged making this one of our most diverse...

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0 | 2010-09-15

Nikonos lenses on a digital camera?

Nikonos lenses were a cornerstone of underwater photography for over 30 years and unfortunately faded away in the digital age. Nauticam, a new manufacturer in Hong Kong, is soon to deliver a solution ...

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0 | 2010-01-04

Canon 7D Underwater Housing Review

Canon 7D vs. Canon 5D Mark II for underwater photography. All images in this article were shot with the Canon 7D underwater. Read this article if you're deciding between the Canon 7D or the Can...

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0 | 2009-08-06T00:00-07:00

Canon 5D Mark II Underwater Video Review

The Backscatter team has extensively tested the Canon 5D Mark II underwater in video and photo modes. Watch the Bahamas dolphin and shark test video that owner Berkley White shot mounted to a Dive-X ...

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0 | 2008-04-08

First Dives: Nikon D3 in a Subal ND3 Underwater Housing

Russ Sanoian popped open our first shipment of Nikon D3 underwater housing from Subal. Here's a brief review of out thoughts on the best underwater camera housing for the Nikon D3.

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0 | 2008-01-17

First dives with the Nikon D300

First underwater photography with the Nikon D300 in a waterproof Sea & Sea MDX-D300 underwater camera housing. Underwater sunballs are back and the Sea & Sea MDX-D300 underwater housing is th...

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0 | 2007-08-13T00:00-07:00

Sea & Sea YS-250 - the big bang

The much anticipated Sea & Sea YS-250 finally arrived. After prying it out of the staff's hands I was able to put it through a few quick tests. Sea & Sea recently updated the published ...

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