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The Photographer Gift Guide

Holiday Gift Guide - The Photographer

One of the best things about snorkelling and diving is capturing pictures that allow you to keep the memories forever. If you have friends who love underwater photography and/or videography, we've put together a list of gifts they will absolutely love this holiday season.

The new GoPro HERO10 Action Camera is the most popular option for those getting into taking video underwater. Completely waterproof and tougher than ever, the GoProHERO10 Black is versatile enough for any adventure. Its rugged build quality can take a beating and keep going, whether you're ripping through mud, snow or water. The Backscatter range of Flip Filters has highly desirable options for every underwater GoPro user.

Backscatter FLIP8/9/10 Two Filter Kit for GoPro 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 Backscatter FLIP8/9/10 Two Filter Kit for GoPro 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
RRP: $215.80, Our Price: $205, You Save $10.80 (5%).
This is a complete filter and lens system for GoPro HERO5, HERO6, HERO7, HERO8, HERO9 and HERO10 action cameras. Backscatter perfected a multi-filter system and integrated it into their world-renowned FLIP design. This kit gives the videographer two filters at the flip of one finger. Optimal colour has never been so easy!

Backscatter FLIP8/9/10 Pro Package with +15 MacroMate Mini Lens Backscatter FLIP8/9/10 Pro Package with +15 MacroMate Mini Lens
RRP: $418.60, Our Price: $398, You Save $20.60 (5%).
Combining filters for colour correction plus a macro lens this is an amazing piece of kit. Without corrective optics, GoPro HERO5, HERO6, HERO7, HERO8, HERO9 and HERO10 cameras can only focus to about 1 to 2 feet underwater. The custom +15 MacroMate Mini design allows photographers to get within 3 inches of their subject to bring the tiny wonders found underwater to the big screen. If your friends favourite underwater subjects are about the size of a golf ball, the +15 MacroMate Mini is about to become their best friend.

Backscatter MW-4300 Dual Underwater Video Light Package Backscatter MW-4300 Dual Underwater Video Light Package
RRP: $2,598.70, Our Price: $2,469, You Save $129.70 (5%).
This amazing package is perfect for a GoPro, Compact, or Pro Level underwater video shooter. The Backscatter Macro Wide 4300 Video Light pairs well with a GoPro or a compact camera for those shooters looking to keep travel size down but still have a wide powerful beam for wide angle. Two Backscatter 12-inch Flex Arms are provided for easy angle adjustment, and the Backscatter Double Handle Tray makes for a great stable platform for GoPro and Compact cameras.

Isotta GoPro Hero9/10 Black Underwater Housing Isotta GoPro Hero9/10 Black Underwater Housing
RRP: $695, Our Price: $675, You Save $20 (3%).
Take a GoPro Hero9/10 Black down to 200 metres deep with this strong aluminium underwater housing. Easy access to all key/main camera controls by means of clearly labelled laser engraved long lasting buttons. The two displays on the GoPro are perfectly visible thanks to the large openings protected by scratch-resistant methacrylate, shaped on the shape of the screens, and a removable rear lens hood that ensures optimal viewing of the display in any light condition or situation.

Kraken Universal Smart Phone Underwater Housing Pro Kraken Universal Smart Phone Underwater Housing Pro
RRP: $658, Our Price: $638, You Save $20 (3%).
Smart phones these days can take professional-looking photos that can look as good as images from professional cameras. Now, your diving friends can take their phone with them underwater to capture pictures and keep memories forever. Kraken delivers a compact and durable underwater housing which is compatible with most popular smartphones available on the market. There are various wet lenses available whether your friend is shooting wide-angle or macro.


A good camera can make all the difference in the quality of underwater photographs. This camera from Sea & Sea DX-6G Camera is designed to handle the water so the photographer doesn't have to worry about flooding it. Offering high-definition video as well as high resolution stills, this camera is the perfect gift for budding underwater photographers.


This rugged sports camera is depth rated to 14 metres (46 ft) without the housing but can be taken all the way down to 180ft (55m) with the housing. It has a drop impact resistance of five feet (1.6m) and will function in temperatures as low as 14F (-10C). This adventure set is not only a great underwater camera, but it can also be used while skiing, mountain climbing, fishing, and more.


Treat the underwater photographer in your life to this pro set from Sea & Sea. Not only is it waterproof down to 55 metres (180 ft) when used with the housing, it is wide angle, and has a 5-times zoom lens that produces high-quality, crystal-clear images. But it doesn't stop there. It also comes equipped with two fibre-optic cable sockets for external strobes.

The best all around Compact Camera is the Olympus Tough TG-6 Compact Camera. It takes amazing photos and stunning video. The Scuba Doctor dive shop has the following accessories for enhancing your friend's underwater photo and/or video results.

Isotta Olympus Tough TG-6 Underwater Housing Isotta Olympus Tough TG-6 Underwater Housing
RRP: $1,216, Our Price: $1,179, You Save $37 (3%).
Easy access to all key/main Olympus Tough TG-6 compact camera controls by means of clearly labelled laser engraved long lasting buttons. The back door has a large window for a fine camera display view and it is entirely detached from the front body to make for easier camera fitting.

Backscatter M52 Wide Angle Air Lens for Olympus TG Series Backscatter M52 Wide Angle Air Lens for Olympus TG Series
RRP: $374.40, Our Price: $356, You Save $18.40 (5%).
This lens expands the underwater field of view to 81 degrees by canceling the refraction effect on the flat port of the housing. This is the same field of view that the Olympus TG-6 has topside, so that's why it's called it the "Air" lens. The advantage of the Backscatter M52 Wide Angle Air Lens is that it does not have to be removed to shoot macro. This wet-mount wide angle conversion lens is designed to work best with Olympus Tough TG series camera housings. The lens cancels out refraction and restores the camera's topside field of view underwater while also enhancing the image clarity, sharpness, and contrast.

Backscatter M52 Underwater 0.50X 120° Wide Angle Wet Lens Backscatter M52 Underwater 0.50X 120° Wide Angle Wet Lens
RRP: $938.60, Our Price: $892, You Save $46.60 (5%).
Every compact camera needs a wide angle accessory lens to expand the field of view. This allows the shooter to get closer to large subjects and fill the frame. This one was designed with the Olympus Tough TG 1 through 6 series of cameras in mind. With a 120 degree angle of coverage, sharp corners, and no vignetting at 24 mm, this lens is the perfect combination for the first time wide angle shooter with a TG camera.

Sea & Sea YS-03 Solis Underwater TTL Strobe Package Sea & Sea YS-03 Solis Underwater TTL Strobe Package
RRP: $749, Our Price: $674, You Save $75 (10%).
Adding a strobe is the best way to enhance photos taken by underwater photographers. For users of compact underwater cameras, this affordable, easy to use strobe and tray combination is a great strobe lighting system. The YS-03 is compatible with any camera with a pre-flash and that has a TTL flash exposure function, regardless of make.

Mares EOS 10RW Video Set Mares EOS 10RW Video Set
Our Price: $499
Any budding videographer will love this dual video light system with a camera tray and flex arms. The 1,000-lumen floodlights with a 120 angle wide beam will fill the video area with an even glow. A great combination for use with action cameras like the GoPro Hero10/9/8/7 and compact cameras.

Scuba Doctor Ring Light Nudi Hunter Package Scuba Doctor Ring Light Nudi Hunter Package
RRP: $545, Our Price: $529, You Save $16 (3%).
A minimalist solution to lighting nudibranchs and small critters for great close-up macro shots with compact and mirrorless cameras. The 1,800 lumen Ring Light is great for video and focus lighting for photos. The optic fiber cable triggers the 3,000 strobe mode.

Backscatter Mini Flash 1 and Optical Snoot Combo Package Backscatter Mini Flash 1 and Optical Snoot Combo Package
RRP: $1,090.70, Our Price: $1,036, You Save $54.70 (5%).
Olympus TG series users love this combo package of a video light, strobe and snoot to enhance their underwater photo and video opportunities. And so do we!

Backscatter Mini Flash 1 and Optical Snoot Combo Package Backscatter Mini Flash 1 and Optical Snoot Combo Package
RRP: $1,090.70, Our Price: $1,036, You Save $54.70 (5%).
Compact and Mirrorless camera users are going to love this combo package of a video light, strobe and snoot to enhance their underwater macro photos. It's a fantastic combination.

Kraken Hydra 8000 WRGBU Underwater Video/Strobe Light Kraken Hydra 8000 WRGBU Underwater Video/Strobe Light
RRP: $1,175.90, Our Price: $1,139, You Save $36.90 (3%).
A powerful 8,000 lumens of white light flood beam, plus a 10,000 lumen burst strobe light mode. Built-in RGB LEDs allow the diver to use red as a focus light, or any of the multitude of different colours to produce endless creative lighting effects. Of course, UV/Blue mode is available for fluro diving too! This amazing combination covers all of the regular underwater photo and video lighting needs.

Sea & Sea YS-D3 Lightning Underwater DS-TTL Strobe Sea & Sea YS-D3 Lightning Underwater DS-TTL Strobe
RRP: $1,499, Our Price: $1,349, You Save $150 (10%).
The lightning strobe from Sea & Sea boasts broad and evenly distributed light intensity, and a wide beam angle to produce the ultimate underwater photographs. As well as the strobe, the package includes a diffuser, a ball mount, and silicone grease. This is the ultimate tool to take an amateur photograph and make it look professional.

Scuba Doctor Dual YS-D3 Strobe Light, Tray and Ball Arm Package Scuba Doctor Dual YS-D3 Strobe Light, Tray and Ball Arm Package
RRP: $3,896, Our Price: $3,505, You Save $391 (10%).
For the ultimate strobe setup to light wide-angle photos, here is our dual handle tray, dual Sea & Sea YS-D3 Lightning Strobe, dual wide angle ball arm, and dual optic fiber cable package. No excuses!

Kraken Vacuum Leak Detection System Kraken Vacuum Leak Detection System
RRP: $329, Our Price: $319, You Save $10 (3%).
Give the peace of mind that every underwater photographer and videographer should have when shooting. It allows them to draw air out of the housing to have a pre-dive check to know if everything is okay. Suits any underwater camera housing with a M16 port. Comes with Vacuum System and Manual Pump as standard.

Our favourite books for underwater photographers include:


This book is a full colour handy guide of 222 species in temperate and tropical waters, useful as a pocket guide to use on a dive trip or as a handy reference. Its layout makes it particularly useful as an identification guide.

The Diving Photographer The Diving Photographer
RRP: $19.95, Our Price: $15, You Save $4.95 (25%).
This is an easy-to-use guide for all levels of photographers. It will help you through all aspects of underwater photography, from buying a new camera and housing, preparing it all and setting up your equipment, all the way through to technical advice, lighting techniques and editing your photographs when you are back on land.

Still Not Sure? Get Them Gift Certificates

The Scuba Doctor Gift Certificates The Scuba Doctor Gift Certificates$5 to $1000
If you still can't decide on a gift for the diver in your life, then why not give them a Gift Certificate from The Scuba Doctor. You may think they already have all of the dive gear they could possibly need, but they WILL be hankering for something. This way they get to choose what's most important to them.

For more information, please take a look at our guides to Underwater Photography and Videography, including Best Underwater Cameras and Housings, Underwater Camera Buying Help and Underwater Camera Arms and Trays.

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