Best camera for snorkelling and scuba

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Best camera for snorkelling and scuba
Feb 26, 2013

So, made my first (but certainly not last trip to Hawaii) last month, did a lot of snorkelling with a cheap disposable underwater camera, and now I'm anxious to get back in the water with a good dive camera.  I plan on taking scuba lessons, so I'll need a camera that goes deeper than the current line of rugged cameras from Canon, Nikon, Olympus, Pentax, etc.  Are there any scuba divers here that have found a camera rig that works well for them?  I want something that will take good pictures, and can do HD video.  My main camera for above the waterline is a Pentax K5, which would be awesome to take underwater.  But the Ikelite housing for it is rather expensive.  I've been thinking of a little Point and Shoot, with a much cheaper housing, but now I'm thinking maybe I should go with a mirrorless body, lens, and housing that can back up the Pentax up top when needed.  I'm a ways off from making a decision, so now I'm just seeking opinions about others have used.

Mark

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