An underwater disposable camera sounds too good to be true. Do they live up to expectations or are they a waste of money?
Differences Between a Disposable Underwater Camera, an Underwater Camera Case, & an Underwater Digital Camera?
Underwater disposable cameras are single use cameras that come preloaded with film. After all the film in the camera has been used, you must take the film somewhere to be developed. The pictures can’t be downloaded to a mobile device or computer. Also, make sure you check the depth rating on the camera if you plan to use it for scuba diving.
An underwater camera case, or housing, is a case that fits over a regular camera. Unless you’re a professional underwater photographer, these cases are generally made of plastic and are relatively inexpensive. They also have depth ratings (the maximum depth at which the housing will function), and the fit is dependent on the type of camera you’ll be using it with.
Underwater digital cameras are multiuse cameras that can be used in and under the water. Like all underwater cameras, they have depth ratings. Since they are waterproof rain or falling in puddles won’t damage them. Underwater digital cameras come in a variety of price points, but they’re all more expensive than an underwater disposable camera or a comparable digital camera that isn’t waterproof.
Uses for an Underwater Camera
You can use an underwater camera anytime a regular camera would be damaged by getting wet including:
Other activities in or on the water
Photos on a rainy day
Photos in a very damp setting like a rainforest
Best Disposable Underwater Camera
- Fujifilm Quick Snap Waterproof 27 EXP 35mm Camera 800 film
- Kodak Weekend Underwater Disposable Camera
- Polaroid Waterproof Single Use Disposable Camera
- Water Sport One Time Use Camera
- OurWarm Aqua Cam Waterproof Underwater Disposable 35mm Camera
Underwater disposable cameras are inexpensive, lightweight, and take decent pictures. They’re perfect for travelers who want photos to remember their swimming, snorkeling, and/or diving adventures. Waterproof housings for a regular camera are also inexpensive and they’re reusable, but they are a bit of a risk considering the possibility of a poor fit and leakage. If you’re a serious photographer or underwater explorer, it may be worth investing in a multiuse underwater digital camera.