The Best Waterproof Cameras – A Buyer’s Guide

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The interesting thing about electronic products is that they don’t typically react well with water. Despite this, people seem to love taking their digital cameras to places where there’s lots of water – to the beach, when they’re out fishing or when they’re relaxing around the pool whilst on holiday.

Because of this, camera manufacturers have realized the need for waterproof cameras. While most waterproof cameras won’t be able to match the picture quality of your average digital SLR camera, the fact that they’re extremely compact and portable and that they’re resistant to water makes them perfect for certain situations.

On this page we’ll take a look at what makes a waterproof camera and what you should look, followed by a rundown of the 5 best waterproof cameras currently on the market today.

What Should You Look For?

As outlined in this article titled ‘buying a digital camera for travel’, there’s a few key things to look for when buying a digital camera if you want good quality pictures. 3 key things to look out for (that will all affect the quality of your pictures) are the number of megapixels, the lens quality and the lens speed.

As well as obviously being waterproof, you should look into how tough (i.e. drop-proof, shockproof and crushproof) a camera is before buying. The reason for this is that a lot of the times when your camera gets wet will be because it was dropped into some water, so it needs to be able to survive the initial impact of landing.

How Deep Should Your Camera Go?
Most basic waterproof cameras remain waterproof in up to three meters of water (meaning they’re perfect for taking to the beach or round the pool where the water will rarely be that deep).

Cameras that stay waterproof for up to 10 meters are more recommended for fishermen or for those doing water sports – where the water is typically deeper than in a swimming pool.

If you’re into scuba diving deep under water, your best bet is to buy a waterproof camera housing kit that will allow you to use it at depths of around 30-40 meters.

The Top 5 Best Waterproof Digital Cameras

As with every kind of product, some models are better than others. Here’s our pick of the top 5 (affordable) best waterproof digital cameras on the market right now

1. Canon PowerShot D10

Canon Powershot D10

  • $268.95 on
  • Waterproof to 33 feet
  • Cold resistant from 14-104 degrees (F)
  • Shockproof up to 4 feet
  • 12.1 MegaPixels
  • f/2.8–4.9 lens
  • 3x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom
  • 2.5-inch LCD screen


2. Fujifilm FinePix Z33WP

Fujifilm Finepix Z33WP

  • $250.00 on
  • Waterproof up to 10 feet
  • 10.0 MegaPixels
  • f/3.7–4.2 optical lens
  • 3x optical zoom
  • 2.7-inch LCD screen with Micro Thumbnail View


3. Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS1

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS1

  • $364.95 on
  • Waterproof to a depth of 10 feet
  • Shockproof from falls up to 5 feet
  • 12.1 MegaPixels
  • f/3.3–5.9 wide-angle Lumix lens
  • 4.6x MEGA image-stabilized optical zoom
  • 2.7 inch LCD screen
  • Records AVCHD Lite HD video


4. Pentax Optio W60

Pentax Optio W60

  • $389.99 on
  • Waterproof to 13 feet
  • Coldproof to sub-zero temperatures
  • 10.0 MegaPixels
  • f/3.5–5.5 lens
  • 5x optical zoom
  • 2.5-inch LCD screen
  • 720p HD movie capture (15fps)


5. Olympus Stylus Tough-8000

Olympus Stylus Tough 8000

  • $225.00 on
  • Waterproof to 33 feet
  • Cold resistant from 14 degrees (F)
  • Shockproof up to 6.6 feet
  • Crushproof up to 220 pounds of pressure
  • f/3.5–5.1
  • 3.6x wide-angle optical dual image stabilized zoom
  • 2.7-inch Advanced HyperCrystal III LCD screen

Related posts:

  1. A Guide to Buying a Digital Camera for Travel

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