Waterproof surf cameras: capture the best of surfers

Waterproof surf cameras have become part of the surfer's gear and equipment. In the last decade, digital photo and video cameras have been improved and upgraded to fit the wave riding needs.

Today, it's easy to capture the essence of surfing, kitesurfing, windsurfing and bodyboarding, right in the center of the action.

Waterproof surf cameras provide a great legacy for surfers. Riders can now review their position on the surfboard, can fine-tune their surf tricks and correct future positions and wave decisions.

Digital cameras for water sports have special features and must meet a handful of surf requirements. Portability, wearability, quality of the images and videos, weight and digital compatibility are the most important things you must confirm before buying a digital surf camera.

There are more options that you might imagine. Filming and photographing waves and surfing is more than just mounting a small camera on a surfboard and clicking the record button. As your enthusiasm in water surf capture grows, you might think of better professional immersive water cameras.

The GoPro HD Hero 4 is one the best waterproof digital surf cameras for capturing yourself. You can mount the camera on your surfboard or carry it in your chest and helmet. Its high-resolution 4K30 and 2.7K50 video, high frame rate 1080p120 video, and Wi-Fi will do the rest. Great to impress girls and surf rivals.

The Polaroid Cube records Full HD 1080p video and can take 6-megapixel still photos. To help capture more of the action, it features a fixed 124-degree wide-angle lens. Helping ensure the camera is safe to go on all sorts of adventures, the rubberized body is splash-proof and impact resistant. 

The Sony HDR-AS100VR POV Action Cam features built-in Wi-Fi, XAVC S HD recording and 120/240p frame rates into a splash-proof body. With a built-in tripod mount, GPS tagging and included LiveView Remote (LVR) it's ready for the waves.

The SeaLife DC1400 is a great waterproof camera for those who would love to kick off a surf career as a surf photographer. This underwater digital camera offers 12-megapixel results and vibrant colors to make photos you will never forget. It was depth tested to 200 ft and has a great flash option.

The FLIR Thermal Night Vision Camera is for futurists of surf photography. With this surf gem, you can capture high quality maritime surf sessions, in total darkness. It requires no light at all.

The Nikon CoolPix AW130 is waterproof and shockproof camera prepared for all water battles. The quality of the glass lens allows three shots in one second and Full HD (1080p) movies. As an extra, enjoy the built-in GPS.

The Aqua Vu AV Micro II is the size of a smartphone and automatically turns two invisible infrared lights on and off depending on light conditions. A small and versatile option for surfers.

The Intova Nova HD is ideal for capturing fast moving subjects underwater. It offers waterproof protection to 200 feet/60 meters, 140 degree wide angle lens, 1.5'' TFT LCD, 1080p HD video (30fps).

The Drift HD Ghost offers full HD for creating crystal clear footage, with its 1080p high definition lens.

The Pentax Optio WG-3 GPS is more than just a waterproof camera. It also offers a GPS functionality for positional data recording of the exact places where the photo was taken. With a 16 megapixel sensor, wide angle zoom and built-in LCD monitor, it delivers stunning results in the line-up.

The Contour Roam 3 is one of the easiest-to-use waterproof cameras on the market. With a slide of the power on and record switch, you're filming your favorite adventures in crystal clear HD video.

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The surf camera review has been updated on the 8th July, 2015.