How to Build an Underwater Camera Housing

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How to Build an Underwater Camera Housing
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Whether in a coral reef or just at the bottom of a swimming pool, some of the best pictures are taken underwater. While the traditional hardware required to waterproof a camera usually is expensive, you can build your own underwater camera housing at little cost. This device will work with any camera or camcorder, digital or film.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Sturdy, resealable clear plastic travel bag
  • Small plastic/glass porthole
  • Rubber bands
  • Super glue
  • Sharpie marker
  • X-acto knife

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  1. 1

    Lay the plastic bag flat, smooth it out, and place the porthole on the bag's centre. Trace the porthole with a Sharpie.

  2. 2

    Use an X-acto knife to cut a hole in one side of the bag roughly half an inch inside the traced line.

  3. 3

    Mount the porthole inside the hole, allowing the extra half inch of plastic to drape over its rim.

  4. 4

    Superglue the excess plastic onto the rim of the porthole, and wrap tightly in rubber bands. Apply superglue between each band.

  5. 5

    Allow the glue to dry.

  6. 6

    Insert your camera into the bag and place its lens directly behind the porthole. Re-seal the bag.

Tips and warnings

  • Adjust your camera's settings before placing it in the bag.
  • The housing may deteriorate over time. Always make sure it's still waterproof before you submerge your camera in it.

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