Backscatter Hybrid Flash Underwater Strobe & Video Light Review

With the introduction of the Backscatter Hybrid Flash HF-1, underwater photographers can now capture stunning stills and video with a single versatile tool. The Hybrid is the most powerful strobe and ...

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Best Underwater Cameras of 2024: Compact Cameras

The Backscatter team spent hundreds of hours testing the best underwater cameras to find the best and not-so-good cameras for underwater photography. We publish this article annually from the results ...

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Best Underwater Cameras of 2024: Mirrorless Cameras

The Backscatter staff have spent plenty of time shooting mirrorless cameras in the water around the world in all sorts of conditions, from our home waters of Monterey, CA, to the Caribbean, and the In...

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Best Underwater Lighting of 2024: Strobes & Flashes

The Backscatter team has taken all of the best strobes for underwater photography and put them to the test to determine which strobe is our Top Pick for different applications and budgets. Whether see...

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Guide for the Best Filter for your GoPro

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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The Best Underwater Lenses for Compact Cameras 2024

From the Caribbean to the Coral Triangle, we've spent hundreds of hours shooting compact cameras underwater. We've shot and tested dozens of compact (a.k.a. point-and-shoot) camera lenses to...

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What Is The Best Accessory For Underwater Photography & Video?

What is the best accessory for underwater photos and videos? During The Digital Shootout, we asked a panel of the world’s best underwater photographers and videographers this question to get their hot...

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What Is The Best Way To Get Started In Underwater Photo & Video?

What's the best way to get started in underwater photography and videography? During The Digital Shootout, we asked a panel of the world’s best underwater photographers and videographers this que...

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What Is The Best Macro Lens For Underwater Photography & Video?

What is the best macro lens for underwater photos and videos? During The Digital Shootout, we asked a panel of the world’s best underwater photographers and videographers this question to get their ho...

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Best Underwater Compact Strobe - Backscatter Mini Flash 2

The Backscatter Mini Flash MF-2 is a major upgrade to the MF-1, with tons of new features and performance upgrades, including Olympus TTL, remote strobe control, high-speed sync, test mode, emergency ...

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What Is The Best Wide Lens For Underwater Photography & Video?

What is the best ISO for underwater photos and videos? During The Digital Shootout, we asked a panel of the world’s best underwater photographers and videographers this question to get their hot-take ...

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Can You Shoot Underwater Photo & Video On The Same Dive?

Can you shoot underwater photo and video on the same dive? During The Digital Shootout, we asked a panel of the world’s best underwater photographers and videographers this question to get their hot-t...

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Ikelite DS230 & DS232 Underwater Strobe Review

The Ikelite DS230 and Ikelite DS232 strobes stand as Ikelite’s latest flagship offerings. Both models boast identical flash features and characteristics, with the only discernible difference being a b...

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Retra Flash Pro Max Underwater Strobe Review

The Retra Flash Pro Max is Retra's latest top-end strobe. It has a redesigned battery compartment and booster, as well as a rear OLED screen added to the back. This is an attractive upgrade for R...

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Sea & Sea YS-D3 Duo Underwater Strobe Review

The YS-D3 Duo is the latest strobe from Sea & Sea. This strobe adds Olympus RC automatic TTL flash power, giving you the most accurate automatic flash power ever from a Sea & Sea strobe when s...

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The Zen of Underwater Strobe Placement

Over the years I have taught thousands of people how to shoot underwater. By far the number 1 question I am asked is “Where do I put my strobes?” My simple Zen master answer to the student is always, ...

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The Best Underwater GoPro Wide Angle Lens & Filter System

Get a significant upgrade in image quality from your GoPro camera with the Backscatter Sharp Wide Lens Pro (SWLP). This optical grade glass wide conversion lens will dramatically increase the sharpnes...

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What Is The Best Shutter Speed For Underwater Photography & Video?

What is the best shutter speed for underwater photos and videos? During The Digital Shootout, we asked a panel of the world’s best underwater photographers and videographers this question to get their...

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What Is The Best ISO For Underwater Photography & Video?

What is the best ISO for underwater photos and videos? During The Digital Shootout, we asked a panel of the world’s best underwater photographers and videographers this question to get their hot-take ...

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What Is The Best Aperture For Underwater Photography & Video?

What is the best aperture for underwater photos and videos? During The Digital Shootout, we asked a panel of the world’s best underwater photographers and videographers this question to get their hot-...

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Strobes vs. Video Lights for Underwater Photography

One of the most common questions at Backscatter is whether you can use video lights instead of strobes for underwater photography. The straightforward answer is that a strobe is always going to be bet...

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OM System TG-7 Underwater Camera Review

Get ready to embark on new underwater adventures with the next generation of the world's most beloved camera for underwater photography.

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Olympus OM-D E-M10 IV Underwater Camera & Housing Review

Excellent image quality, more affordable than similar rigs, and compact enough for travelers and novice shooters - is this the new Best Bang For Your Buck in underwater photography? That’s a 10-4, goo...

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Complete Guide for GoPro HERO 11 & 12 Best Underwater Video & Photo Settings

The GoPro HERO 11 & 12 is one of our favorite action cameras yet because of the impressive built-in video stabilization, how easy it makes it to start capturing great looking 4K Ultra High Definit...

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Nikon Z 8 Underwater Camera Review

In this article, we'll provide an in-depth review of the highly anticipated Nikon Z8 for underwater photography from our first-hand perspective. We’re going to explore and discuss the key aspects...

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Sony a7R V Underwater Camera Review

The Sony a7R V is the newest full-frame mirrorless camera from Sony. It’s an all-around serious upgrade for α7 shooters and we dove deep to find what matters most to underwater photo and video shooter...

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OM System 90mm Macro Lens Underwater Review

The OM System 90mm Macro Lens provides an all new, greater focal length to use on micro four thirds sensor and lens mount cameras than was previously available. What does this mean for underwater phot...

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Nauticam EMWL Underwater Lens Review

The Nauticam EMWL (Extended Macro Wide Lens) is a wet-mounted accessory lens for capturing macro-sized subjects with a wide angle perspective. It features interchangeable objective optics for differen...

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Canon R5 vs Canon R5C Underwater Review - The best underwater video camera?

Canon underwater shooters are spoiled for choice at the moment between two great full-frame mirrorless cameras with the Canon EOS R5 and Canon EOS R5C. While these cameras appear similar in both name ...

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Sony a7 IV Underwater Camera Review

The Sony a7 IV boasts an all-new sensor and other significant performance upgrades from the previous Sony a7 III camera. The “middle” child of the a7 series, the base model has often been looked over....

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OM System OM-1 Underwater Camera Review

The OM System OM-1 camera is the latest top-of-the-line flagship Micro 4/3 camera from OM Systems, formerly Olympus. We took the new OM System OM-1 mirrorless camera underwater to the Digital Shootout...

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Nikon Z9 Underwater Camera Review

The Z9 is Nikon’s first foray into a pro-body mirrorless camera. Unlike the company’s pro body DSLRs which mainly concentrated on speed at the sacrifice of resolution, this is the highest resolution p...

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Nikon Z7 II Underwater Camera Review

The Nikon Z7 II is a relatively minor - but very welcome - upgrade from the original Nikon Z7. The second generation of Nikon's full frame mirrorless camera has the same image sensor and will pro...

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Sony a1 Underwater Camera Review

The Sony a1 on paper looks like the “one” camera to rule them all. With high resolution (50mp), speed (up to 30 fps stills), and 8K 30p/4K 120p video, can this camera live up to being a jack of all tr...

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Sony a7S III Underwater Camera Review

The Sony a7S III camera looks and feels similar to other cameras in the a7 series, but under the hood, it is dramatically different. This camera was made for video shooters. The camera allows for shoo...

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Best Buoyancy Solutions For Underwater Cameras

Diving with a camera system and shooting underwater images or video is difficult enough. Adding a camera and housing that is too negatively or positively buoyant can turn a fun dive into a challenging...

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Sony RX100 VII Underwater Camera Review

On the surface, the Sony RX100 VII looks almost identical to the previous RX100 VI camera. Under the hood, however, it packs a new upgraded sensor and an improved autofocus system. The new autofocus s...

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Backscatter M52 Wide Angle Air Lens Review

The 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 v...

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Olympus TG-6 and Backscatter Macro Wide 4300 Video Light Demo Reel—How it Was Shot

James Emery, manager of the Backscatter Authorized Photo Center at Lembeh Resort, recently shot an amazing demo reel with the Olympus TG-6 and the new Backscatter Macro Wide 4300 light. We sat down wi...

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Introducing the Backscatter Color Filter System

Add a new dimension to your videos and photos with the Backscatter Color Filter System. The Backscatter Color Filter system is compatible with the Backscatter Mini Flash MF-1, Backscatter Macro Wide 4...

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Best Underwater Video Light - The Backscatter Macro Wide 4300 Has You Covered

The Backscatter Macro Wide 4300 Video Light is the ultimate video light for any video or photo shooter. Its compact size is great for travel, it’s versatile for macro and wide shooters, and offers pra...

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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-...

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