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 3+ 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 full 170º wide angle 1440p video, 12 megapixel photos, and Wi-Fi will do the rest. Great to impress girls and surf rivals.

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 AW110 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.

The Aqua Vu Micro 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 IC16 is ideal for capturing fast moving subjects underwater. It offers waterproof protection to 180 feet/54 meters 52 mm lens barrel for additional filters and accessories.

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

The Pentax Optio WG-1 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 and 5x optical zoom, it delivers stunning results in the line-up.

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The surf camera review has been updated on the 11th March 2014.