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996 | 999 | 2020-04-16T00:00-07:00 | Gear Guides & Reviews

Backscatter Is Shipping Daily With Full Tech Support

In an effort to keep our staff and customers safe we are working with a very small shipping team at headquarters in Monterey, with the rest of our staff working from home. Rest assured that we are sti...

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953 | 100 | 2020-07-01T00:00-07:00 | How to Articles

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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952 | | 2020-07-28T00:00-07:00 | How to Articles

Stingrays Underwater Photo Tips for Little Cayman

Hi there! My name is Tiago Peixoto and you can find me shooting in Little Cayman as the Backscatter Photo Pro for the Reef Divers Photo Center. Little Cayman is truly a fantastic place for underwater ...

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951 | | 2020-06-17T00:00-07:00 | How to Articles

Frogfish Underwater Photo Tips For Lembeh

Lembeh Resort is a luxurious boutique resort situated in a private cove on Lembeh Island. Within the resort you will find the Authorized Backscatter Photo Centre where our Backscatter trained staff wi...

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950 | | 2020-04-15T00:00-07:00 | How to Articles

Manta Underwater Photo Tips For Socorro

Positioned in the Pacific, 240 nautical miles off the southwest coast of Baja you can find a magical place like no other: the Revillagigedo Archipelago, also known as the Socorro Islands. This protect...

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940 | 900 | 2020-03-25T00:00-07:00 | Gear Guides & Reviews

Backscatter Mini Flash Demo Squad Images

The new Backscatter Mini Flash and Optical Snoot combo is one of the easiest to use and most versatile underwater flash systems available today. As we covered in our comprehensive review, the Mini Fla...

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925 | | 2017-04-04T00:00-07:00 | Gear Guides & Reviews

The Best Underwater Lenses for Compact Cameras 2020

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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920 | 700 | 2020-05-05T00:00-07:00 | Gear Guides & Reviews

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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910 | 910 | 2020-04-10T00:00-07:00 | Gear Guides & Reviews

Weird Underwater Lenses

When it comes to underwater photography lenses, the best performance and most reliable results are going to come from either the ultra-wide fisheye or high-magnification macro ends of the lens spectru...

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900 | 800 | 2018-05-23T00:00-07:00 | Gear Guides & Reviews

Best Underwater Cameras of 2020: Compact Cameras

Updated in April 2020! We reviewed dozens of options and picked the best cameras suited for underwater photography. Top rated cameras for our 2020 review include the GoPro HERO7, Olympus TG-6, Panason...

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900 | 800 | 2017-02-01T00:00-08:00 | Gear Guides & Reviews

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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700 | 50 | 2018-04-26T00:00-07:00 | How to Articles

Olympus TG-6 Best Underwater Camera Settings

The Olympus TG-6 has been a popular camera for divers looking for a compact and affordable way to shoot both photos and video underwater. Here’s a quick look at our favorite settings for macro photo a...

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650 | 600 | 2020-07-21T00:00-07:00 | Gear Guides & Reviews

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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600 | 550 | 2019-07-26T00:00-07:00 | Gear Guides & Reviews

Olympus TG-6 Review: The Easiest Underwater Compact Camera

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 C...

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585 | 925 | 2019-12-06T00:00-08:00 | Gear Guides & Reviews

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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575 | 525 | 2020-02-20T00:00-08:00 | Gear Guides & Reviews

Sony a7R IV Underwater Camera Review

Backscatter has been busy putting the new Sony A7R IV to the test in the clear tropical waters of Little Cayman and the mucky, macro-rich black sands of the north coast of Bali. While the big news wit...

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550 | 500 | 2019-11-29T00:00-08:00 | Gear Guides & Reviews

Laowa Venus 24mm f/14 Macro Probe Lens–Underwater Lens Review

“Whoa! What is that thing?!?" is the most common question I get when people see the Laowa Venus 24mm ƒ14 Macro Probe Lens on my underwater camera rig. The best way to describe it is a super macro...

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525 | 950 | 2019-10-17T00:00-07:00 | Gear Guides & Reviews

Best Underwater Compact Strobe - Backscatter Mini Flash MF-1

Most of the conventional wisdom surrounding underwater strobes is that brighter and wider always equals better. While no one can deny that bright and wider is better for super-wide scenes and large su...

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515 | 499 | 2019-09-05T00:00-07:00 | Gear Guides & Reviews

Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema 4K - Underwater Camera Review

The Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema Camera 4K (or BMPCC4K for short) is one of the most affordable cameras for capturing stunning cinematic 4K 60p video. It possesses a unique combination of Micro Fou...

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510 | 498 | 2019-07-12T00:00-07:00 | Gear Guides & Reviews

Panasonic LUMIX S1 Underwater Camera Review

The Panasonic S1 is the first full-frame mirrorless camera in the Panasonic Lumix camera line. It joins a crowded field of other full-frame mirrorless heavy hitters, like the Canon EOS R, Nikon Z7, an...

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506 | 497 | 2019-07-12T00:00-07:00 | Gear Guides & Reviews

Canon EOS R Underwater Camera Review

The Canon EOS R is Canon’s debut in the full-frame mirrorless arena. It’s got outstanding image quality that’s so good, you can essentially consider it a mini-5D4. It feels right at home performance-w...

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505 | 491 | 2019-02-11T00:00-08:00 | Gear Guides & Reviews

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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501 | 495 | 2019-04-12T00:00-07:00 | Gear Guides & Reviews

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 system. We love it for producing the best image quality and fastest...

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500 | 490 | 2018-08-24T00:00-07:00 | Gear Guides & Reviews

Nikon Z 7 Underwater Camera Review

This high-resolution 46-megapixel beast produces the best overall image quality that we’ve seen yet from a mirrorless camera. Let’s break down what us underwater shooters need to know about the Nikon ...

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165 | 400 | 2018-02-20T00:00-07:00 | Gear Guides & Reviews

Nikon D850 Underwater Camera Review

When the specs for the Nikon D850 were released, we couldn’t help but lick our chops. With high resolution, fast frame rates, and some big claims in the video arena, the camera sounded too good to be ...

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6 | 99 | 2017-07-12T00:00-07:00 | Gear Guides & Reviews

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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5 | 200 | 2017-05-10T00:00-07:00 | Gear Guides & Reviews

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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5 | 300 | 2016-05-13T00:00-08:00 | Gear Guides & Reviews

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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2 | 0 | 2016-11-23T00:00-07:00 | Gear Guides & Reviews

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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