What Cameras Do We Use for Sailing and Scuba Diving?
Sailing around the world is tough on cameras, so we’ve gone through our fair share. Check out some of the vlogging gear and cameras we use and have come to trust while traveling, sailing and scuba diving this amazing planet. If you buy any of the items below by using the links on this page we want to say THANK YOU, because we do get a cheeky little kick-back for the beer fund 🙂
If you’re just starting out and want to capture the moment we recommend a simple point and shoot camera that can take some abuse and take on ticking.
We’ve used GoPro since we first started filming, and the new Hero 6 is pretty sweet. Good image quality, hard to destroy, and lot’s of accessories available. This model also has pretty good built in stabilization, can go in the water without a case. We actually use the TimeLapse feature quite a bit.
We’ve also had a number of these on Delos through the years. The Olympus Tough is an easy to use point and shoot that does decent photos and okay videos. I’d say the video quality of the GoPro is better, but this one does pretty good. It’s waterproof for snorkeling and can take quite a beating. You can also get a dive case for it if you’re into Scuba Diving. One thing that really sets this one apart is underwater macro, if we’re on our macro game there’s a good chance it was with this camera.
This one is a step up, but you don’t want to get it wet. It takes some awesome stills, has a decent zoom, and if you get an underwater case for it you can get some great shots in the water as well.
If you’re ready to up your game in both video and photo these should do the trick!
This is our go-to workhorse on Delos. Hand this camera to anyone, tell them to point it in the right direction and you’re gonna get a decent shot. It does 4K video recording, has awesome autofocus, and has night mode. If you’ve ever seen the “Night Sailing Vlog” shots we do on Delos this is the one that does it. The stabilization is pretty damn good too.
This camera is a videographers dream. Shoots in 4K, has good light sensitivity, interchangeable lenses, and does awesome SLOW MOTION as well. The sensor is Micro 4/3 which means it’s much smaller than a full frame camera. If you really want to up your video came this is the one for you. A favorite of Capt. Brian and Senor Brady.
If you’ve seen any of the incredible stills that Alex Blue does, this is her go-to camera. Sensational shooting in full-frame format and crazy crisp still photos. The video is exceptional as well. This is a very big-boy camera 🙂
We’ve been using drones and 360 cameras since they very first came out, crucial for those sweet shots of the boat undersail or chilling at anchorage.
This is our go-to drone. The entire kit packs up into a backpack and uses your smart phone as a display which makes it ultra portable. You know all those sweet shots of us hiking around and exploring the beach? Chances are it’s this little baby that snapped them. This one will fly in some wind, but if you are going to do lot’s of flying from a moving boat I recommend the Phantom P4, the handles on the bottom makes it a lot easier to catch!
If you are gonna fly from a boat a lot this is the one I would recommend. The handles make it easier to catch, and the little bit of extra weight adds to stability. This is an incredible flying machine. The only downfall is it takes up much more space in a backpack than the Mavic Pro.
The world of 360 photos and video is here! If you want to give it a shot this is a very sweet camera. It does great quality footage, and is waterproof so you can even take it snorkeling!
If you plan to get clean audio, cut down on wind noise, or generally want to improve your game a bit check out these accessories we’ve found to be pretty useful.
A gimbal can be super cool to get stabilized shots, with ours we find it works really well both on and off the boat zooming around in the dinghy. We’ve also had great luck clamping to to Delos’s rail to try and get time-lapses while the boat is moving. Actually works pretty well!
Nothing sucks worse than bad audio! Save yourself a-lot of time and heartache and buy an external microphone. You’ll thank me if you do!
Wind will destroy your audio in a hurry, so if you’re filming outdoors and have an external microphone be sure to grab a Dead Cat to kill that wind noise!
These little recorders are incredible! We use them to do our voice recordings for narration, filming random noises on the boat and in nature, or even recording music when we have people that can play instruments around.
If you’re going to do time-lapses then you’re gonna need a tripod, and you might as well have one that’s easy to carry around and pack into the dinghy.
This thing is awesome! Probably the single most useful GoPro clamp ever made. Clamp your GoPro to the rail, solar panels, anywhere! We use our all the time especially for time lapses.
Some cameras like the Go Pro and Olympus Tough are rated for snorkeling, but if you want to take it to another level you’ll need an underwater housing, and probably a few lights to make the colors pop.
If you want to take your Olympus T-G5 Scuba Diving, this case works pretty good! It’s a good value for the money and allows you to do basic things like attach a red filter, zoom in and out, and even a wide-angle lens if you want.
If you’re ready to go to the next level in your underwater filming, the G16 will do a nice job for you! Be sure to grab a red filter for the case as it makes a HUGE difference!