GoPro can do a lot of stuff that a traditional camera can’t, like taking action shots and videos of your adventures with your camera mounted to your gear. But, what if you want to film while you’re surfing, white-water rafting, scuba-diving or simply hiking in the rain? Well, there is a solution for that too. You need a GoPro Housing/Dive Housing to protect your camera from water.
Since a GoPro camera is a costly investment, you should make the necessary arrangement for its protection. The right housing for your GoPro helps keep your camera protected in all weather conditions, while still allowing you easy access to its controls.
In this article, you’ll learn about the top 8 GoPro Dive Housings & Underwater Cases in the market today.
Do You need a Dive Housing for GoPro?
If you own a newer GoPro camera, chances are that it is already waterproof without a housing. The older units, however, do require a housing for underwater use.
Here are the details of waterproof characteristics of GoPros from Hero 3 to Hero 12 (including Session and Max/Fusion).
GoPro Hero 12 Black, 11 Black, 10 Black, 9 Black, 8 Black, Hero 7 Black/Silver/White, Hero 6 & 5 Black, Hero 4 & 5 Session:
- Yes. As long as all camera doors are closed, all these cameras are waterproof down to 10m (33ft) without a housing.
- Hero 12, 11, 10, 9 Black users can use the GoPro Protective Housing to take your camera down to 60m (197ft).
- Hero 8 Black users can use the GoPro Protective Housing to take your camera down to 60m (197ft).
- Hero 7, 6 & 5 Black users can use the GoPro Super Suit housing to dive deeper with your camera down to 60m (196ft).
- Hero 7 Silver/White users can use the GoPro Protective Housing to use their camera up to a depth of 40m (131ft).
GoPro Fusion & Max:
- Yes. As long as all camera doors are closed, Fusion/Max cameras are waterproof down to 5m (16ft) without a housing.
GoPro Hero 4 Black/Silver:
- No. These cameras are NOT waterproof without a housing.
- All Hero 4 cameras come with a Standard Housing that can go as deep as up to 40m (131ft).
GoPro Hero 3 Black/Silver/White:
- No. These cameras are NOT waterproof without a housing.
- All Hero 3 cameras come with a Protective Waterproof Case that can withstand depths of up to 60m (197ft).
GoPro Hero 12/11/10/9 Dive Housing
Hero 11,10, and 9 Black are waterproof up to 10m, but beyond that, they require a case.
#1: Kupton’s Waterproof Underwater Case for GoPro
The case marked Kupton is definitely at the top of our preferences list.
- Case Compatible with GoPro Hero 9: Specially designed for GoPro Hero 9 (2020...
- Convenient & Water-Resistant: With an integrated design, the housing case is easy and...
- 60M/ 196ft Waterproof Depth & Superior Shockproof Thick Shell: Made of thick PMMA...
What we like: Perfect for pushing even up to 60 meters, with truly impeccable clarity. This case is very durable and competitively priced.
What we don’t like: Although compatible with almost all GoPro filters, it does not always support third-party ones. It’s always better to check the compatibility with accessories as well.
GoPro Hero 8 Dive Housing
As mentioned previously, Hero 8 Black is waterproof up to 10m (33ft), but needs a case to go beyond that. Have a look at two of the best housing cases for your Hero 8.
#2: GoPro Protective Housing (HERO 8 Black)
The GoPro official protective housing is meant for you if you own a Hero 8 Black and would like to dive down to 60m (196ft) depth with your camera.
What we like: Although your Hero 8 Black is rugged and waterproof right out of the box, this tough housing is a perfect solution for you if you want to go deeper than 10m (33ft) underwater. It is an amazing companion for your GoPro during deep-sea diving and protects it from mud, dirt and debris during your extreme activities. The included skeleton backdoor helps to capture audio effectively and easily access your camera’s touchscreen. It also features a flat glass lens for sharp and high-quality images both above and below water.
What we don’t like: Although this GoPro housing case functions perfectly, it is a bit expensive for what it does! Another thing that we wish it had is the option to allow charging of your cam while in the case.
#2: 60m Waterproof Housing Case for GoPro Hero 8 Black
Designed specifically for GoPro Hero 8 Black, this waterproof housing case by Finest+ allows you to use your camera down to 60m underwater while diving, snorkeling and other underwater extreme activities.
What we like: With this durable housing case made of high strength PC material, you don’t need to worry about your GoPro anymore while enjoying extreme underwater sports. This case has a large and flat glass lens which provides maximum sharpness to image both over and underwater. Its rubber material pins ensure better protection for your power button unlike normal metal pins. The case has a special T-Form Thumbscrew design that helps you install your camera quickly. It also offers a better grip while you tighten the camera.
What we don’t like: A few users have reported issues of leakage and its soft rubber button pressing itself when subjected to pressure of water while diving below 30ft.
GoPro Hero 5/6/7 Dive Housing
#1. GoPro Super Suit Housing (Hero 5, 6 & 7 Black)
- Ultimate protection for your HERO7 Black or HERO6 Black or HERO5 Black during extreme...
- Waterproof to 196ft (60m)
- Includes two Waterproof Backdoors which can be used with Floaty
The GoPro Super Suit Housing for Hero 5, 6 & 7 Black protects the camera’s exterior and lenses during diving up to 60 meters. With this housing on, you can feel freedom in underwater shooting.
The Super Suit is one the most reliable GoPro housing for Hero 5/6/7. Touch‐screen access and improved audio capture are guaranteed thanks to 2 waterproof backdoors and a skeleton backdoor . The maximum image sharpness above and below water level is provided by the flat glass lens.
#2: GoPro Dive Housing Case with Red Filters & Anti Fog Inserts
This product by Sruim includes some awesome accessories for using your GoPro Hero 5, 6 & 7 Black underwater. With a wonderful dive housing case for underwater photography (down to 45m/147ft), the package also includes red filters and anti-fog inserts.
What we like: This waterproof housing case is ideal for diving, surfing, snorkeling and other water sports activities. It’s extremely easy-to-install as you don’t need to remove the cover lens before the camera is put into the housing. Thanks to this design, your camera lens is also better protected! What’s more? You get 3-Pack dive filters with this case, containing Light Red, Red and Magenta filters for awesome underwater photography at varied depths. The included anti-fog inserts prevent fogging of your camera lens in cold, humid environments inside the housing.
What we don’t like: The only down side of this case is that the touchscreen doesn’t work in the housing.
#3: Suptig Protective Housing Case (GoPro Hero 6,5 and 4)
- Rechargeable Waterproof housing: Suptig Rechargeable waterproof housing For Gopro...
- Wide range of applications: Rechargeable waterproof case allows you in the underwater...
- EXTRA PROTECTION: The housing does not only offer greater waterproof protection to...
Nechkitter Protective Housing Case for GoPro 6,5 and 4 can be your pick if you are a scuba diver and want to film up to 50m (164ft) underwater.
This waterproof Housing Case is durable and is one of the best ones on the market to keep your camera safe and dry while you dive deep into the sea. The housing also offers great protection against dust, scratch or shock thanks to its stainless steel production and professional watertight seal. The optical tempered glass on the front cover provides you with clearest photos ever.
Underwater Dive Case for GoPro Hero 3/4
Designed specifically for GoPro Hero 3/4, this underwater dive case by Yimobra is perfect for use in harsh environments of outdoors/underwater while enjoying your favourite adventure sports like surfing, diving, mountaineering and riding.
What we like: Made of PMMA material, this high quality waterproof housing case is equipped with HD, scratch proof tempered glass lens to let your GoPro record clear and vivid footage. It is lightweight and easy to carry, with big button sizes that allow for easy underwater operation of the shutter, Power or Mode buttons. This product comes at a highly affordable price. And the brand is also very thoughtful and sensitive to your needs, which is why they have included an extra clip for you to use in case the original one is damaged.
What we don’t like: Fogging up of lens when using underwater is an annoying issue with this case. The buttons are also a bit hard to press with this case on.
Dive Housing for GoPro Hero Sessions
If you own a GoPro Session cam, here are the two protective dive housing cases that we highly recommend.
#1: 60m Dive Protective Housing Case for GoPro Sessions
Perfect for scuba-divers, Nechkitter Protective Housing Case for GoPro Session cameras allows you to dive into the sea up to 60m (196ft) underwater.
What we like: With professional waterproof seal and stainless steel production, you don’t have to worry about the rust while taking your camera into the sea with this case on. In addition to being waterproof, this housing also offers extra protection for your GoPro against dust, scratch and shock. The front cover is made of optical tempered glass with a great light transmission rate of 98%, which means that you get to shoot high definition, crystal clear footage. Big external button design makes it extremely easy to operate your camera buttons.
What we don’t like: A lot of users have complained that this case starts malfunctioning as you go down deeper into the water, and that it can’t handle the pressure at 60m depth as the company claims.
#2: FitStill 60M Dive Housing Case for GoPro Hero 5 Session
This kit by Fitstill includes a dive housing for your GoPro Hero 5 Session cam. It works down to 60m (196ft) depth underwater.
What we like: Apart from being waterproof, this housing for your Session also protects it from sand, snow and dirt. With GoPro quick buckle, it is easy to install and remove. The included filter kit lets you make your underwater explorations come to life! It’s deal for diving, surfing, snorkeling and other water sports activities thanks to its amazing water-resistant characteristics.
What we don’t like: The plastic material used for the latch is a bit brittle. So, don’t force open/close it as it is prone to break. Placing anti-fog inserts is also hard as GoPro fits too snugly in this case.
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Check out our GoPro Underwater Guide
Visit this article to learn how to shoot underwater (for divers and snorkelers). You’ll get all the useful information there about the various settings and accessories for underwater use of your GoPro.