Best Action Cameras for Spearfishing

The best action cameras for spearfishing are cameras that you can firstly mount to yourself or your speargun. If you would like to record footage of your dives, underwater hunts and gathering then you're in the right place. We have years of experience with underwater photography, freediving, snorkelling and spearfishing and have selected a few features that every spearfisherman would like in their camera.

There are many other features that you may personally want, automatic white balance change during your dive so that you don't lose the colours in your videos, or you might not require a screen because you're connecting it to your body or on to a rail of your gun, you can check out the full list of action cameras at our table, or at a simplified version, or check every action camera we have in our look-up grid too.

Spearfishing Action Camera Requirements

  • Waterproof to at least 20m/60feet deep with a waterproof case, some go as deep as 100m
  • Wide field of view of at least 140degrees, super wide angle recordings to get all the action in the video
  • Can record at 1080p resolution with a frame rate of at least 60fps

 

We spent over 5 hours scouring the internet for the best and worst reviews for this camera and here is our summary. This is a top of the range camera as far as specs go but at a quarter of the price of GoPro's new 5 and 6 releases. A solid looking first camera by Xiaomi which can only mean great things to come from them in the future. It's just a shame it doesn't come with any accessories, which you have to buy separately.

Water Resistance with Housing
Removable Battery
Yes
Manufacturer Claimed Battery Life
180 minutes (at 1080p 30fps)
Weight
99grams

The Garmin Virb Ultra 30 has an amazing amount of features, it's a great alternative to a GoPro and most importantly, can be connected to a myriad of other devices to show cycling data/telemetry and more.

Water Resistance with Housing
Removable Battery
Yes
Manufacturer Claimed Battery Life
135 minutes (at 1080p 30fps)
Weight
88grams
Field of View
148 degrees
Photo Resolution
Screen
Yes
Sensor
 
Chipset
 

A fantastic little action camera that came out just before the Xiaomi Mijia 4k. Both priced at the same at around $100 but this one has voice control but loses out on the resolution and only provides interpolated 4K video recordings.

It looks a little funky but that doesn't matter and if it spends most of it's time inside the waterproof case, no worries.

Water Resistance with Housing
Removable Battery
Yes
Manufacturer Claimed Battery Life
120 minutes (at 1080p 30fps)
Weight
 
Field of View
170 degrees
Photo Resolution
Screen
Yes
Sensor

This is a very sensible action camera, it uses latest tech in Novatech and Sony processor and sensors which are decent hardware. It isn't trying to hit marketing terms by adding 4k when it doesn't need to and is good in low light conditions. If you are after something for VLOGs, drone footage or require better sound quality with your recordings this could be perfect for you and not break the bank.

Water Resistance with Housing
Removable Battery
Yes
Manufacturer Claimed Battery Life
90 minutes (at 1080p 30fps)
Weight
63grams
Field of View
170 degrees
Photo Resolution
Screen
Yes
Sensor
Water Resistance with Housing
Removable Battery
Yes
Manufacturer Claimed Battery Life
90 minutes (at 1080p 30fps)
Weight
64grams
Field of View
170 degrees
Photo Resolution
Screen
Yes

The Eken action camera is an affordable action camera that has a front and rear screen, the front being an info screen so great to see that things are happening when you are recording and facing the camera at yourself.

People are very happy with the quality of the camera, video and photos in day time shots and whilst using EIS. They are not too happy with the night time and dark shots as it gets grainy.

Video Features
Water Resistance with Housing
Removable Battery
Yes
Manufacturer Claimed Battery Life
60 minutes (at 1080p 30fps)
Weight
61grams
Field of View
170 degrees
Photo Resolution
Screen
Yes
Chipset

A fantastic action camera by Sony, very easy to hold and frame shots in with its super wide FOV. You get very good low light and image stabalization which a lot of expensive cameras are still struggling with.

Video Features
Water Resistance with Housing
Removable Battery
Yes
Manufacturer Claimed Battery Life
125 minutes (at 1080p 30fps)
Weight
109grams
Field of View
170 degrees
Photo Resolution
Screen
No
Sensor
 
Chipset
 

A true 4K action camera with Electronic Image Stabalization that works at 4k recording.

Water Resistance with Housing
Removable Battery
Yes
Manufacturer Claimed Battery Life
 
Weight
 
Field of View
170 degrees
Photo Resolution
Screen
Yes
Sensor
 
Chipset
 

It seems that ThiEYE have made another great little camera, this time with the E7.

Water Resistance with Housing
Removable Battery
Yes
Manufacturer Claimed Battery Life
100 minutes (at 1080p 30fps)
Weight
55grams
Field of View
170 degrees
Photo Resolution
Screen
Yes
Chipset

A fantastic dive camera, aimed specifically at scuba diving, freediving and spearfishing. The camera doesn't have a screen but is very easy to handle and place on the side of your mask if you want a head POV. It has an easy to use interface even with thick diving gloves on and captures fantastic video footage for such a small device.

Shooting Modes
Water Resistance with Housing
Removable Battery
No
Manufacturer Claimed Battery Life
210 minutes (at 1080p 30fps)
Weight
155grams
Field of View
140 degrees
Photo Resolution
Screen
No
Sensor
 
Chipset
 

What are the best action cameras for spearfishing? We find out right here, we have ranked them and then show a summary of each camera so you can see the top 10 action cameras to record your spearfishing adventures and underwater hunts in the ocean.

The list has been filtered from over 100+ action cameras in the directory by first, depth. Every camera in this list can go to at least 20m/66feet deep with an underwater case protecting the action camera.

Secondly we have set it to cameras that only show a field of view of at least 140degrees. To put this in perspective, the GoPro's and other action cameras can record in super wide views of 170degrees, so with 140 we think you will get everything in shot that you want, the wider, the better.

We have also filtered the list down to only show cameras that record full HD 1080p and at atleast 60fps, so that you can get full high quality video recordings at a decent frame rate, so when the action starts and you're recording, you can be sure that you'll capture it and can even slow the footage down a little in post if you require.

You will also notice that you can sort the ranking list by battery length and price, as well as the cam score. If you're in the water for a full day, you'll want to be able to record for as long as possible, just sort by battery life and you'll have the action cameras showing at the top which have the best battery life.

Just remember, you don't need to get an action camera with a screen because you will be fitting it to your gun or a part of your body or even mask. This means a camera like the Sony FDR X3000 will be more than capable of handling footage of your underwater hunting and gathering. It doesn't have a screen but is filled with loads of great specs and features, has one touch record and because it's splashproof means that if you want to change the battery for long days out on the water, you can do this without risk of flooding it.

Just other specs and features to consider for when you're looking in to getting an action camera for spearfishing.