What are the best Cameras for surf and other water sports photography?

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    Adobe Creative Cloud

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    Andrew Chapman
    Written on October 3, 2018
    "The fact that I can have Lightroom on my phone to edit photos on the go before posting them is just fantastic! Plus, with one single monthly plan I get access to a ton of apps on my computer and phone which for me is essential since I work making movies, short films, and taking pictures!"
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      Canon EOS-1DX Mark II
      The new Canon EOS 1D X Mark II 4K Digital SLR Camera is nothing but legendary every step of the way. Up to 14 fps (up to 16 fps in Live View mode) can be captured at a burst rate of up to 170 RAWs with a CFast card, and an improved 61-point AF system helps deliver clean, sharp images quickly, even in dim light. 4K video can be recorded at up to 60 fps with smooth AF and strikingly clear detail.
      Electronics

      $5999

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      Douglas Bishop
      Written on September 28, 2017
      "The Canon EOS is a great camera for taking action shots. There are various modes that allow high quality burst rates so you can see every individual droplet of water if you..."
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      Douglas Bishop
      Written on September 28, 2017
      "The Canon EOS is a great camera for taking action shots. There are various modes that allow high quality burst rates so you can see every individual droplet of water if you wanted. High quality shots at 4k with 60 fps."
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      Jack Burns
      Written on September 28, 2017
      "NOT recommended for water sports photography. This camera is not resistant to water or debris. Avoid taking to anywhere wet and dirty."
    2. 8
      Sony ILCE-7RM2
      Realism meets resolution and sensitivity - with the world's first (1) back-illuminated 35 millimetres full-frame CMOS image sensor. The α7R II increases image quality with 42.4MP resolution, up to ISO 102,400 sensitivity and speedy response with 5fps and a Fast Hybrid AF system (399 AF points).
      Electronics

      $2698

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      Lawrence Simpson
      Written on September 28, 2017
      "Many people want to capture photos for surfing, paddle boarding, kitesurfing, windsurfing and bodyboarding. The Sony ILCE-7RM2 is a good camera but needs an underwater..."
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      Lawrence Simpson
      Written on September 28, 2017
      "Many people want to capture photos for surfing, paddle boarding, kitesurfing, windsurfing and bodyboarding. The Sony ILCE-7RM2 is a good camera but needs an underwater camera diving waterproof housing to make it feasible for such use. More direct options include for instance the Sony HDR-AS200VR which allows you to record video and take photos with a splash proof body. The Polaroid Cube+ records video and can take 8-megapixel still photos and contains a fixed 124-degree wide-angle lens. The GoPro HD Hero5 Black is a waterproof digital surf camera which mounts on your board or attaches via a chest strap or helmet. It has 4k video, and takes 12MP photos"
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      Zhang Fang
      Written on September 28, 2017
      "Great and simple site.Easy to search."
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      Panasonic Lumix FZ1000

      Experience the world of 4K video capture. Enjoy true-to-life, ultra high-resolution images in smooth motion. Plus, the realistic ambience of audio recording with the optional Stereo / Shotgun Microphone (DMW-MS2*) with the ability to adjust sound gathering characteristics to match any shooting situation.

      Electronics

      $797.99

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      Danielle Duncan
      Written on October 12, 2017
      "If you are into recording every event in your life, from boring Sunday afternoon lounges to high flying plane rides or deep dives underwater and life's precious moments, the..."
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      Danielle Duncan
      Written on October 12, 2017
      "If you are into recording every event in your life, from boring Sunday afternoon lounges to high flying plane rides or deep dives underwater and life's precious moments, the Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 has the zoom for you. Focusing in on every vivid detail of life and never miss a beat with the magical microphone is the absolute filming experience. As a video artist who used many different types of cameras, in my opinion this camera meets the high demands and goes a 1000 miles extra with more features you ever could imagine. It is my camera of choice whatever the occasion may be, try it out for yourself."
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      Gary Harris
      Written on October 2, 2017
      "The Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 is a high performance point and shoot camera with 21 megapixels and capable of capturing 4k video. For sports photographers it has LUMIX DFD focusing technology enabling you to very quickly acquire focus on your subject."
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      Virginia Willis
      Written on September 28, 2017
      "I love this camera, its worht its weight in gold. I know its pricey, but its so worth the money. You are going to get a camera that will last and last, it has so many features on it, that you will always be up to date."
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      SeaLife DC2000
      Featuring a large SONY 1” type back-illuminated 20MP image sensor and RAW formatting capabilities, the DC2000 will let your underwater inspirations guide you to stunning results. With an ultra-fast auto focus and shutter response, you'll never miss a shot with the SeaLife DC2000. Take control of your creativity by selecting from the 8 shooting modes: manual, aperture, underwater, shutter, program, intelligent auto, land, and panorama. JPEG and RAW (Adobe .dng) imaging formats are available, providing you with nearly endless photo editing options.
      Electronics

      $699

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      Alan Garcia
      Written on September 28, 2017
      "SeaLife DC2000 is a great underwater camera. While expensive, it supports full 1080p, 60fps video recording and is great for those who like to dive and discover underwater..."
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      Alan Garcia
      Written on September 28, 2017
      "SeaLife DC2000 is a great underwater camera. While expensive, it supports full 1080p, 60fps video recording and is great for those who like to dive and discover underwater wildlife."
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      Ankita Rao
      Written on November 1, 2017
      "SeaLife DC2000 is a camera for surf or other water sports photography. Has special features that make it possible to take pictures in and around water."
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      Aqua-Vu AV Micro 5
      A Complete Underwater Camera System The Same Size As A Smart Phone Now With Built-In DVR, Depth & Temperature! The all-new Aqua-Vu Micro 5 Plus DVR-DT is a complete underwater camera system that is the same size as a smartphone! It works great for ice fishing, on the boat, or off the dock and can also be used for a variety of above water uses like looking into tight spaces.
      Electronics

      $429.99

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      Kathleen Ruiz
      Written on September 28, 2017
      "I recently got into scuba diving and wanted to find the perfect camera for getting pictures of what I was able to find. The Aqua-Vu manages that very well. The pictures came..."
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      Kathleen Ruiz
      Written on September 28, 2017
      "I recently got into scuba diving and wanted to find the perfect camera for getting pictures of what I was able to find. The Aqua-Vu manages that very well. The pictures came out very clear (as I would expect for the price) but I wouldn’t say it is the most convenient item. Whereas a GoPro makes it easier to attach to your person, this is handheld which means you have to have a place to store it while not in use. It also made me nervous about dropping it since I couldn’t attach it to myself in a convenient way."
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      Olivia Brown
      Written on September 28, 2017
      "Aqua-Vu AV Micro 5 can be used underwater so you might want to check it out. You can use it for all types of water sports without the fear of it falling in the water and being ruined."
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      Sony Alpha a6000
      The black Sony Alpha a6000 Mirrorless Digital Camera is a versatile and advanced mirrorless camera featuring a 24.3MP APS-C-sized Exmor APS HD CMOS sensor and BIONZ X image processor to produce high-resolution still images and Full HD movies with marked low-light quality and sensitivity to ISO 25600. Beyond notable imaging traits, the image processor also lends itself to continuous shooting up to 11 fps and an intelligent Fast Hybrid AF system that uses both phase- and contrast-detection methods to quickly and accurately acquire focus.
      Electronics

      $548

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      Eugene Moreno
      Written on November 3, 2017
      "get a digial camera that is worthy of those moments in your life. Get the black sony Alpha, compatible with window, and mac os."
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      Eugene Moreno
      Written on November 3, 2017
      "get a digial camera that is worthy of those moments in your life. Get the black sony Alpha, compatible with window, and mac os."
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      Juan Gonzales
      Written on September 28, 2017
      "This camera is a bad solution in my opinion. It does not have image stabalization."

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    Summary

    Best Cameras for surf and other water sports photography
    Rank Solutions Type Votes Price
    1 Canon EOS-1DX Mark II Electronics 12 Paid
    2 Sony ILCE-7RM2 Electronics 8 Paid
    3 Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 Electronics 7 Paid
    4 SeaLife DC2000 Electronics 4 Paid
    5 Aqua-Vu AV Micro 5 Electronics 3 Paid
    6 Sony Alpha a6000 Electronics 1 Paid
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