Housing comparison: Surf housing for Sony a6000 & Sony a6300

If you’re wondering which surf housing to buy for your Sony a6000 or a6300 this housing comparison will help.

I’ve used several of the most popular options for shooting surf photography with the Sony a6000 series, and I’m going to go through which one is most suitable for you. All the options I talk about here have equivalent options for the a6300 camera, and some of them can even accommodate both camera bodies.

To help I’ve prepared a video, some housing comparison images and all the links you need to find out everything you need before making a purchasing decision yourself.

The main thing I’ve learned is that there isn’t a bad option. All of the housings that I’ve used work well and have their own strengths.

You need to decide how important different types of surf photography are to you, then work out which housing will make that easiest for you.

If you’ve shot in the water before this should come naturally, but if you’re new to shooting surf photography in the water then it’s a little harder. I know from the questions I get on email that a lot of people who have an a6000 or a6300 are buying their first water housing for an interchangeable lens camera. So you might want to watch until the end to see what I found to be the benefits and limitations of each housing.

Cheapest Sony a6000 housing

If you’re on a tight budget and you want to get your Sony a6000 or a6300 in the water then this is the best option for you.

If you want to shoot surf photos I’d definitely recommend saving up the extra for a housing with a pistol grip and interchangeable ports.

Meikon dive housing

Meikon Housing for Sony a6000

Cheap and cheerful, this is a great way to get into the water, but it has some serious limitations when it comes to surf photography.

Although Meikon manufacture the housing, many other brands have licended it and put their own name to it, here are a few on Amazon that are all the same Meikon housing:

Benefits

  • Cheapest
  • Easiest to seal
  • Full controls
  • optical connectors for dive style strobe flash units

Limitations

  • No viewfinder access (can be polished)
  • No pistol grip (DIY options available)
  • Fixed lens port (you can add your own port)

If you can live with the limitations, or you’re happy to work around them, it’s a fantastic option for people wanting to get into surf photography on a tight budget.

Surf housing comparison for the Sony a6000 & a6300

The remaining options are all designed for surf photography, they all offer interchangeable lens ports for a variety of lenses and a pistol grip for shooting one handed.

Here’s a little animation of the outlines of the three housings, so you can get an idea of how the sizes compare:

A housing comparison for the Aquatech ATB, Liquid Eye C6000 and Salty Surf housings a6000

Liquid Eye C6000 & C6300

The Liquid Eye C6000 water housing with pistol grip and dome port

Great design and good value with a couple of issues for some surf photographers.

Go for this if you want the best value, smallest set up and you only use smaller native e-mount lenses.

Benefits

  • Good value
  • Smallest and lightest surf housing
  • Easy to seal – 4 x bolts

Limitation

  • Small lens port limits possibilities with big FE or third party lenses

There are other little issues that I cover in my video review, but they don’t limit my ability to shoot photos.

Salty Surf Housings

Salty Surf Housing a6000 housing

Salty Surf housings are a relatively new company but they were the first to offer an off the shelf surf housing for the Sony a6000.

Choose Salty if you need the biggest selection of lens ports.

Benefits

  • Strongest housing, made form a single piece of aluminium
  • Good two stage trigger (not standard on BASIC model)
  • Bigger lens port allows for lenses like the Sony 70-200 f4

Limitation

  • Fewer controls than some alternatives

Aquatech ATB 6000 & ATB 6300

The Aquatech ATB A6000 and ATB A6300 share the same housing and back plate

Aquatech have a great history for producing professional camera housings. Their ATB range aren’t the smallest housings but they do offer the biggest possibility for third party lens support and a great network of distributors worldwide.

Aquatech are your best option if you need face to face customer service or you’re using third party DSLR lenses.

Benefits

  • Worldwide distribution and customer service network
  • Same housing for a6000 and a6300 bodies (different tray needed)
  • Biggest port system, useful for third party DSLR lenses

Limitation

  • No video record control on a6000 version

Alternative surf housings for the Sony a6000 & a6300

There are a few more options that are worth considering. My Ultimate Sony a6000 water housing page has all the options I know of so far listed with prices and other details.

If you know of a housing that isn’t on the list or if you want some more specific advice on which option might be best for you let me know in a comment below, or send me an email at ben@learningsurfphotography.com

More information:

Read up on the different housings I mention in the video in these posts:

Comments

  1. Hey Ben! Quick question buddy! How have you dealt with the fogging because of the heating of the a6000/6300? Thanks!

    1. Hey Reynaldo,

      I haven’t really had any issues with fogging. If you set the auto power off to 10 seconds that will help, but generally I don’t have a problem with overheating.

      I guess you might have issues if you shoot long videos, but I never shoot videos over 20 seconds or so when I’m shooting surfing anyway, and I mostly use a GoPro mounted on top for videos.

      Generally you should avoid getting any kind of moisture inside the housing too, because if there’s no moisture in there it wont fog up, so be careful when opening the housing and chuck a couple of dessicant packs in there when you’re not using it.

      When are you having the fogging issues?

      1. I live in Costa Rica, 95% of Humidity Lol.. I use the desicants I find in every thing that I buy but still isn’t enough and it fogs, maybe I should try brand new desiccant bags? What else can I do? I use the meikon housing, I’ll be buying the Aquatech soon hope this problem doesn’t affect that housing.

        1. That does sound tricky, I don’t think brand new desiccant packs will help much, just making sure the housing is completely dry is the main thing.

          I think your best bet is to try and keep the camera cool. set the auto power off to 10 seconds and see if that helps.

          There’s a lot more space inside the Aquatech housing, so there’s more room for air to flow around and the camera won’t get as hot, so I expect there will be much less of an issue with fogging if it happens at all.

          1. If you have fogging issues with your housing is because some moisture is trapped in your water housing. To prevent that you must open your water housing and expose it to the direct sun for about 10mn in order for the sun to dry everything very well and get rid of any moisture. You should also expose your camera to the sun to get the same effect. Then seal the 2 components with a desiccant bag (be sure the desiccant has been reactivated by heating it in an oven at at least 50°C) enclosed inside. You should avoid any fogging by using this method. If you still have fogging problem then it means your water housing is probably leaking from somewhere. Then you will have to consider to perform a leak test. Sometimes you can have a very small leak, you can see other than by the fog.

            My 2 cents words.

        2. hey – if you still have this problem, try running the A/C in your car for a bit and closing the housing inside. The A/C dries the air in the car = no humidity in the housing = no fog.

  2. Hey Ben!

    I just picked up a Sony a6000 today. it came with 2 kit lenses, a 18-55mm and a 55 -210mm. So none of my lenses would fit in a Meikon. I scuba dive often and want to bring my camera on my adventures. Any recommendations on a lens and housing? What is your instagram?

        1. I like both, but if I could only have one I reckon the 30mm has the edge, it can give you a shallower depth of field and it gives you a field of view that’s very similar to your eyes, so framing comes quite naturally.

  3. Hi Ben, Thanks for the blog – it’s really cool of you to share your experiences with the world – I have now got A6300 and Liquid Eye – Liquid Eye seems really solid… first test today ;) housing arrived with the swell :) cheers Nigel

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