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Best Waterproof Cameras

Find the Best Underwater Cameras That Offer "Tough" Features


Point and shoot waterproof cameras are becoming a bit more popular in the market, so that makes the process of choosing the best camera with waterproof and "tough" capabilities a little more difficult. However, that also means that you have more good choices in terms of these types of cameras.

Keep in mind that a waterproof camera requires you to do regular maintenance on it, and you don't want to exceed the manufacturer's limitations when it comes to water depth. Still, if you follow the rules, underwater photography can be a great hobby. The waterproof tough cameras here are listed in alphabetical order.

1. Canon PowerShot D20

Canon has broken away from its traditional PowerShot look with its recently released tough camera, the PowerShot D20.

The D20 has some strong waterproof features, including the ability to work in up to 33 feet of water depth. It also can survive a fall up to 5 feet, and it can work in temperatures as low as 14 degrees Fahrenheit. You'll appreciate the underwater macro mode in the D20.

The photography features found in the PowerShot D20 aren't too bad, either, with 12.1MP of resolution in a CMOS image sensor, full 1080p video capabilities, a 3.0-inch LCD, and a 5X optical zoom lens.

The D20 is available in blue, yellow, orange, or silver camera bodies with black, curved trim, depending on your location in the world.

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2. Fujifilm FinePix XP10


Fujifilm's FinePix XP10 has a set of limited tough features, including: The ability to survive up to 10 feet of water, a 3-foot drop, and 14-degree Fahrenheit temperatures.

The XP10 offers an interesting non-symmetrical camera body that's available in five colors: Black, blue, green, pink, and silver. The lens is off center and the left side is rounded, giving the XP10 a unique look.

For its photographic features, the XP10 offers 12.2 megapixels of resolution, 720p HD video, a 5X optical zoom lens, an a 2.7-inch LCD.

The XP10, which is called the XP11 in some parts of the world and which made my list of the best cameras in 2010, measures only 0.9 inches in thickness.

3. Fujifilm FinePix XP170


The FinePix XP170 has 14.4MP of resolution, a 5X optical zoom lens, a 2.7-inch LCD, and 1080p HD video recording. The XP170 measures only 1 inch in thickness.

This Fujifilm model can work in up to 33 feet of water depth, can survive a fall up to 6 feet, and will work in temperatures as low as minus-14 degrees Fahrenheit.

The XP170 is available in blue or orange camera bodies.

4. Kodak EasyShare PlaySport


"Tough" still image digital cameras are growing in popularity and availability. "Tough" dual digital cameras aren't quite as easy to find, though, which makes the Kodak EasyShare PlaySport dual camera an interesting option.

The PlaySport can shoot full 1080p HD video in a small video camera body. With still images, the Playsport can shoot at 5MP of resolution. It has a 2.0-inch LCD.

The Playsport's "tough" features include the ability to work in up to 10 feet of water depth, the ability to survive a short fall, and a dust-proof camera body. Kodak is providing five colors for the PlaySport: Aqua, black, green, red, and white.

5. Nikon 1 AW1 DIL


The world's first waterproof interchangeable lens camera is now available, and the Nikon 1 AW1 is one of the more impressive mirrorless DIL cameras heading into this holiday season.

Nikon's AW1 can be used in up to 49 feet of water depth and it can survive a fall of up to 6.6 feet. To use this camera's waterproof capabilities, you will need to purchase a 1 Nikkor lens that's also rated as being waterproof.

The Nikon 1 AW1's photographic capabilities are pretty impressive, too, as it has a 14.2MP CX-sized CMOS image sensor, full 1080p HD video recording, a 73-point autofocus array, full manual control, a built-in GPS unit, and a 3.0-inch LCD. The AW1's popup flash unit is waterproof, too.

Look for the AW1 to be available in three colors, black, white, or silver, and Nikon is also offering some skins to provide additional body colors, including khaki or orange.

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6. Olympus TG-2 iHS


The Olympus TG-2 iHS "tough" camera is the top-end waterproof model from Olympus released in 2013.

The TG-2 iHS features a high-end f/2.0 lens and a 12 megapixel CMOS image sensor. It has a 4X optical zoom lens and a 3.0-inch OLED display screen.

This Olympus camera has some excellent tough features, too, including waterproof capabilities up to 50 feet and shockproof capabilities up to 7 feet. If you choose to purchase an underwater housing unit, you can increase the TG-2's waterproof features to 135 feet of water depth.

A built-in GPS unit and manometer give the TG-2 some nice advanced features. Look for the TG-2 iHS in red or black camera bodies.

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7. Olympus TG-830 iHS


The latest tough camera from Olympus, the TG-830, provides a nice mix of photographic features and "tough" features.

The TG-830 can be used in up to 33 feet of water depth and can survive a fall from up to 6.6 feet. Olympus also included a built-in GPS unit and an e-compass with this camera.

The TG-830 has 16 megapixels of resolution, a 5X optical zoom lens, full 1080p HD video capabilities, and a 3.0-inch LCD. Olympus recently dropped the price on this camera. It's available in blue, red, silver, or black body colors.

8. Panasonic Lumix TS4


Panasonic's latest "tough" camera, the Lumix TS4, provides the ability to work in water depths up to 40 feet. Its ability to work in such deep water sets it apart from many of the point and shoot tough cameras on the market.

The other tough features with the TS4 -- also called the FT4 in some parts of the world -- shows that it can survive a fall of up to 6.6 feet, and it works in temperatures as low as 14 degrees Fahrenheit. The TS4 is an upgrade to last year's TS3.

The TS4 has 12.1MP of resolution, a 4.6X optical zoom lens, 1080p HD video, and a 2.7-inch LCD. The TS4 is a colorful option, available in orange, blue, black, and silver.

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9. Pentax Optio W90


The Optio W90 digital camera from Pentax offers a nice set of tough features, making it a good option for nature photography.

It works in up to 20 feet of water depth, can survive a fall of 4 feet, and can operate in temperatures as low as 14 degrees Fahrenheit. In addition, the Optio W90 includes a "microscope" mode, using an LED light for close-up focus.

The photography features found with the Optio W90 are good, too, as it offers 12.1 megapixels of resolution, a 5X optical zoom lens, 720p HD video resolution, an HDMI port, and a 2.7-inch LCD screen.

The Optio W90 is available in a mostly black camera body, with two choices in trim color -- black and pistachio green.

10. Pentax Optio WG-3 and WG-3 GPS


Pentax has been one of the top camera manufacturers for several years when it comes to tough cameras. Two of the latest models from Pentax -- the WG-3 GPS (pictured here) and the WG-3 -- should be really good waterproof cameras, too.

Both cameras are usable in up to 45 feet of water depth and can survive a fall from 6.6 feet.

The WG-3 GPS and WG-3 includes a 16MP CMOS image sensor, 4X optical zoom in an f/2.0 lens, a 3.0-inch LCD screen, full 1080p HD video recording, and six LED macro lights.

The WG-3 GPS has a built-in GPS unit, which sets it apart from the Pentax WG-3 camera, and which also adds about $50 to the price of the WG-3 GPS.

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11. Sony Cyber-shot TX30


The waterproof Sony Cyber-shot TX30 digital camera is one of the more interesting looking cameras on the market this year.

Sony gave the Cyber-shot TX30 some high-quality features, including 18.2MP of resolution, a 3.3-inch touch screen OLED display, full 1080p HD video, and a 5X optical zoom lens.

You can use the TX30 in up to 33 feet of water depth, and it can survive a 5 foot drop. The Cyber-shot TX30 is available in orange, pink, blue, or black camera bodies.

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