If you are planning to film underwater and you are looking to buy a GoPro, but you are not sure which model to go for, make sure to read this article until the end to find out which GoPros are waterproof.

Here you’ll learn all about GoPro waterproof specifications for all GoPro camera models, like:

  • Which GoPros are waterproof
  • GoPro waterproofing specifications
  • What depth can you take your GoPro
  • GoPro waterproof cases

 

Discover Which GoPros Are Waterproof


All the latest GoPro models are waterproof without housing. Older GoPro models (such as Hero 2, Hero 3, Hero 4), however, need a separate housing for underwater use.

Here are the details of waterproof specs of different GoPro camera models:

GoPro Hero 12

Engineered for durability, the HERO 12 Black is fully waterproof, making it your ideal companion for any adventurous endeavor. It can withstand tough environments like mud, snow, and even underwater conditions up to a depth of 33 feet (10m). A specialized anti-glare lens cover further enhances your captures by reducing lens flare and other visual anomalies. When used in conjunction with the GoPro underwater housing, its water-resistance capability increases to 196 feet (60m), making it perfectly suited for deep-sea diving excursions.

GoPro Hero 11 Black and 11 Mini

The GoPro Hero 11 Black and 11 Mini are capable of withstanding depths up to 10m (33ft) without any additional housing. However, when paired with the GoPro underwater case,  its water resistance extends to 196ft (60m), making it ideal for deep-sea diving adventures.

GoPro Hero 10 Black

The GoPro Hero 10 Black has a water resistance of up to 10m (33ft) without needing a housing. However, when equipped with the protective housing, it can withstand depths of up to 196ft (60m), making it ideal for deep-water diving adventures.

GoPro Hero 9 Black

The GoPro Hero 9 Black is waterproof down to 10m (33ft) without a housing. But, with the GoPro Protective Housing for Hero 9, it can go down to 196ft (60m) — perfect for deep-water diving.

GoPro Max

The GoPro Max is waterproof down to 5m (16ft) without a housing. GoPro doesn’t make a waterproof housing for this model. However, you can use a third-party housing – VGSION Underwater Housing for the GoPro Max camera to take it down to 40 meters underwater. More details about this housing are available in the next section.

GoPro Hero 8 Black

The GoPro Hero 8 Black is waterproof down to 10m (33ft) without a housing. However, the users can use the GoPro Protective Housing for Hero 8 to take it down to 60m (196ft).

GoPro Hero 7 Black/Silver/White

Like most other cameras on this list, the GoPro Hero 7 Black/Silver/White cameras are waterproof down to 10m (33ft) without a housing. Hero 7 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 down to the depth of 40m (131ft).

GoPro Housing

GoPro Hero 6 Black

The GoPro Hero 6 Black is waterproof down to 10m (33ft) without a housing. Like Hero 7 Black, the users can use the GoPro Super Suit housing with Hero 6 Black too, in order to dive deeper with your camera down to 60m (196ft).

GoPro Hero 5 Black

The GoPro Hero 5 Black is waterproof down to 10m (33ft) without a housing. You can use the GoPro Super Suit housing to dive deeper with your camera down to 60m (196ft).

GoPro Hero Session

GoPro Hero Session cameras are waterproof down to 10m (33ft) without a housing. However, you can add a third-party dive housing and the Session becomes waterproof down to 196 ft (60 m).

GoPro Hero 4 Black/Silver:

Both these cameras (Hero 4 Black & Silver) are NOT waterproof without a housing. However, these cameras come with a Standard Housing that can go as deep as up to 40m (131ft).

GoPro Hero 3 Black/Silver/White:

Hero 3 Black/Silver/White – all three of these cameras are NOT waterproof without a housing. But, they come with a Protective Waterproof Case that can withstand depths of up to 60m (197ft).

To identify which exactly GoPro model do you have read this article.

 

GoPro Waterproof Housings


Now that we know which GoPros are waterproof, here are some great underwater housings suitable for different models of GoPro cameras:

GoPro Protective Housing (Hero 12, 11, 10 and 9 Black)

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  • Protects your GoPro from mud, dirt and debris during extreme activities
  • Front LCD screen remains accessible for viewing
  • Waterproof down to 196ft (60m) perfect for deep-water diving

Explore the hidden wonders beneath your favorite bodies of water with this GoPro Protective Housing. Designed to securely shield your camera from mud, dirt, and debris during extreme activities, it ensures the front LCD screen remains visible even when submerged up to 196ft (60m).

Ideal for deep-sea diving, this official GoPro Protective Housing doesn’t compromise audio quality, as the skeleton backdoor provides easy access and improved acoustics. Capture stunning images both above and below the surface with the flat glass lens, ensuring high-quality photos in any environment.

More underwater cases for these models:

VGSION Underwater Housing for GoPro Max

VGSION Waterproof Housing Dive Case for GoPro Max
  • The waterproof case can protect the camera from water and protect the camera from...
  • light transmission and pressure resistance features
  • Lens is made of tempered glass; Adopts AF, AR double-layer optical coating to make...

This VGSION Underwater Housing is compatible with GoPro Max, allowing your 360-degree camera to work underwater down to 40 metres (131 feet). It’s made of high-quality materials and a rubber seal to prevent water damage to your camera.

The lens of this dive housing is made of tempered glass and adopts AF, AR double-layer optical coating which makes it more transparent and scratch-proof. All these great features make this housing perfect to capture your memorable moments underwater, whether you’re out for diving or snorkelling.

More waterproof cases for GoPro Max: Best GoPro Max 360 Underwater Dive Housings.

GoPro Protective Housing for Hero 8 Black

GoPro Protective Housing (HERO8 Black) - Official GoPro Accessory
  • Protects your HERO8 Black from mud, dirt and debris during extreme activities
  • Waterproof down to 196ft (60m)—perfect for deep-water diving
  • Includes a skeleton backdoor for improved audio capture and easy access to the...

This 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.

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.

More waterproof cases for Hero 8: Top 5 Waterproof Cases for GoPro Hero 8 Black.

GoPro Super Suit housing (For Hero 7, 6, 5 Black)

GoPro AADIV-001 Super Suit with Dive Housing for HERO7 /HERO6 /HERO5 , Clear, One Size
  • 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

Compatible with the highly popular GoPro Hero 7, 6 and 5 Black cameras, this highly versatile GoPro official Super Suit housing lets you take your camera along for extreme outdoor activities and deep water diving. It features waterproof backdoors that provide protection to your GoPro camera down to the depths of 196ft (60m). In addition to water, this housing also protects your camera against flying debris, gravel, dirt and small rocks.

The flat glass lens of Super Suit housing lets you achieve maximum image sharpness both above as well as below water. The package also includes one Skeleton Backdoor for touchscreen accessibility and improved audio capture. However, please bear in mind that your GoPro cover lens must be removed before the camera is put into the housing.

Check out the best waterproof cases for Hero 7: 5 Waterproof Cases for GoPro Hero 7 (Black/Silver/White).

Nechkitter Protective Housing Case for GoPro Session

Perfect for scuba-divers, Nechkitter Protective Housing Case for GoPro Session cameras allows you to dive into the sea up to 60m (196ft) underwater.

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.

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 Which Waterproof GoPro is For You?


With all the details given above, you should now have an idea as to which GoPros are waterproof and which models require an additional housing to use them in water. So, if you’re snorkeling, you don’t need a housing with your camera (for GoPro Hero 5 and newer cameras). But, if you want to take your GoPro deeper than just 33ft/10m, then you need to use one of the GoPro waterproof housings reviewed above.

More tips on snorkeling: 13 GoPro Snorkeling Accessories for Epic Underwater Shots.

 

 

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