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Underwater Videos: Testing the Olympus TG-610

Abigail King in an underwater video

Missed part one? Read it here: A Waterproof, Shockproof Camera – The Olympus TG-610 Review

Underwater Videos

As it turns out, once you’ve made the jump (ahem) into the water to take still photos with a piece of technology (aka the Olympus TG-610) it’s then very easy to switch to the video mode and make the most of all those underwater experiences.

What’s perhaps not so easy is to make any of your efforts look good, which is why I’m exposing my bare, raw, unsophisticated but fun collection of underwater video clips in a mashup below.


Since then, my underwater videos have got a lot better (check out How to Surf in Less Than Three Minutes, for example) but there’s still lots to learn.

Tips for Making Underwater Videos

1) If at all possible, stay in shallow water. It’s very difficult to hold the camera steady while you’re actively treading water.

2) Always hold the camera with two hands to steady it.

3) On the Olympus TG-610, there’s a slight delay before recording begins. It’s depressingly easy to inadvertently press the record button twice, thereby cancelling filming. If you do this, you end up with a collection of videos in between the event you were trying to record…

4) Record for longer than you think you need. You can always edit out the pauses later.

5) Make sure the strap is looped securely around your wrist

6) Move s-l-o-w-l-y. Zooming around while filming just makes your viewer (or even you, when editing) want to throw up.

Disclosure: Huge thanks to Olympus and Virgin Holidays for helping me to put this together. If you’re interested in the Florida Keys (shown in this video) then head over to the Florida Keys Photo Adventure website to see more photos and even upload some of your own.

This is new to me, so I’d love to hear about your experiences. Do you have any tips for making the most of underwater videos?


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3 Responses to Underwater Videos: Testing the Olympus TG-610

  1. underwater camera November 29, 2011 at 6:38 am #

    I am looking to buy a camera for preferably under 650USD. I want to use it for snorkeling and shallow diving, but also have it to use as a regular camera that takes good photos-maybe with the option of manual exposure. Is it better to buy an underwater camera like Olympus Tough or Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT3, or to buy a decent camera and get underwater housing for it? What cameras would you suggest?

  2. Lisa at Wanderlust Women February 8, 2012 at 7:43 pm #

    Kudos for your efforts – great shots – I’d be worried about sucking water! LOL

    • Abi February 8, 2012 at 11:04 pm #

      I won’t deny that it happened a few times…;)