Underwater Camera Cases
The need to film underwater is not restricted to scuba divers. While sports and nature videos can take up a large part of this market, there are very practical reasons to get a few clips from a submerged angle. You could be testing out a product for use in the water or filming a special effects scene that requires a distorted view. However you find yourself in the need to acquire underwater shots can vary and so can the options for shooting.
The need for a case can cost almost as much as the camera so providing a budget option can help for those times you only need a few seconds of underwater footage.
There are budget ways to protect the camera such as homemade cases but these should only be used in conjunction with cheaper cameras as they are not the safest. Here is a solution for making a case under $20. If you have an old camera ready for this purpose then a trip to the hardware store for some PVC pipe, gaskets, and a piece of glass will do the job. This option is customizable for various sized cameras
Moving beyond the budget options budget option is the Ikelite housing for about $2000 which supports smaller sized dslr cameras. Ikelite has been making underwater cases for decades and the ports are very versatile for the various lenses the camera might need. Ports will run a few hundred more depending on the ones you need to accommodate your lenses. Ikelite cases give you the fullest protection possible with easy to control handles. If you want the best case available look no further.
Now for a middle of the road option try out Ewa Marine cases which are soft plastic bags uniquely designed for dslr cameras in underwater use. At a price tag under $400 they are made for professional and consumer use. Since they are soft cases they take up little storage room when not in use. The drawbacks are they lack the versatility of the Ikelite ports and the strength to take deep dives or crashing waves. For use in a home pool Ewa Marine is a more logical solution than spending four times the amount on an Ikelite.
If you have several uses for underwater video then investing in a high priced Ikelite is definitely the way to go. Perhaps search used options as many people who purchase them realize they did need it for more than a few uses. If you only do the occasional shoot underwater than try the Ewa Marine brand. Being able to shoot underwater gives you options you would not have thought of before including filming in the rain and foggy weather.