Underwater Gear

The options for submersible camera equipment are multiplying at a breath-taking pace. You can take any of almost a dozen current compact cameras into the pool, and suitable sub-sea housings exist for almost every camera. Here are three of our faves for newbies.

SeaLife DC1400

A great off-the-shelf solution, the DC1400 ($500, street) has a removeable, rubber-molded waterproof housing rated to 200 feet. What we like best is the range of accessories for it, including a sophisticated handle-mount flash and underwater monopod.

Ikelite 6000-series Housings

With versions for numerous Canon PowerShot, Nikon Coolpix, and Sony Cyber-shot bodies (and more), Ikelite’s 6000-series housings go for $300 and up, and feature rugged construction, 200-foot working depths, access to all controls, and more.