Budget Underwater Camera

Started Dec 13, 2018 | Questions thread
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DocHolliday Junior Member • Posts: 32
Budget Underwater Camera

Hello,

I am planning a trip to the Caribbean next year and want to have a decent underwater camera with me.  I am an enthusiastic amateur photographer on land.  I can't currently justify spending $1000+ on a new camera or housing for my dslr, so I am looking for the best photography experience I can have for around $500.  I won't be SCUBA diving, but I will be snorkeling and am an excellent swimmer with an interest in modest free diving on the trip.  I keep seeing the Olympus Tough Tg-5 on the top of most "best budget dive camera" lists.  It has some interesting features (super macro with optional macro light, decent slow motion video, raw support), but I am wondering what people think about the Nikon 1 AW1.  It has some similar features, is priced about the same used, and has a 1 inch sensor.  Is the AW1 a good buy for underwater photography on a budget, or should I get a new, modern compact like the TG-5?  Or are there other good options out there that I haven't seen yet?

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX100V Nikon D500 Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 35mm F1.8G Nikon AF Nikkor 24mm f/2.8D Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 16-80mm F2.8-4E ED VR +1 more
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Nikon 1 AW1 Olympus TG-5
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