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Waterproof Camera

The waterproof camera is ideal for those who prefer water activities. It makes you save money and not have to hassle to put your digital camera in a waterproof case. Moreover, it’s also tough enough to withstand shocks, dust and freeze. That makes it work well from underwater to snow mountain whether sunny or rainy, waterproof camera can capture photos of all your activities.

Although it’s designed for underwater use, but it can be submerged. Remember to connect it with floating strap when you use it in the sea or lake.

Top 10 Waterproof Cameras 2018

Top 10
Olympus Tough TG-4
16MP, 1080p Video, 50 ft Waterproof, 7 ft Shockproof
The TG-4 offers features that you can’t find from other waterproof cameras like RAW capture, fast lens & GPS. It also has optional fisheye converter for ultra-wide shots.
Canon PowerShot D30
12MP, 1080/24p, 82 ft Waterproof, 6.5 ft Shockproof
It’s a well build & design camera that feels solid even compact size. The buttons are positioned for easy operation with one hand even with gloves.
Nikon CoolPix AW130
16MP, 1080/30p, 100 ft Waterproof, 7 ft Shockproof
AW130 is the deepest waterproof camera on the market that it can be used underwater to a depth of 100 feet without bulky case.
Nikon CoolPix S33
13.2MP, 1080/30p, 33 ft Waterproof, 5 ft Shockproof
Except waterproof & shockproof capabilities that were worse than higher models, image quality is not inferior to them. It’s a good budget waterproof camera to try.
Fujifilm FinePix XP90
16.4MP, 1080p, 50 ft Waterproof, 5.8 ft Shockproof
It’s a great compact camera which works well both above and underwater. It makes shooting easier, as the photos are at fingertips.
Olympus Tough TG-870
16MP, 1080/60p, 50 ft Waterproof, 7 ft Shockproof
TG-870 is perfect for wide variety trips. It’s easy to grip and provides great picture and video quality. It also comes with full features - WiFi, GPS & e.Compass.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS6
16MP, 1080/60p, 43 ft Waterproof, 6.6 ft Shockproof
It’s a well-build tough camera which can take underwater photos. Its camouflage pattern feels compatible with outdoor activities.
Ricoh WG-5
16MP, 1080/30p, 45 ft Waterproof, 6.5 ft Shockproof
It’s sturdy in design and features that is great for extreme activities. It comes with 6 LED around the lens which are perfect for macro shots like insects & flowers.
Nikon 1 AW1
14.2MP 1080/30p, 49 ft Waterproof, 6.6 ft Shockproof
The AW1 is the first waterproof mirrorless camera in the market. It comes with 11-27.5mm and 10mm lenses (optional). It’s tempting to try.
16MP, 1080/30p, 49 ft Waterproof, 4 ft Shockproof
With Summilux 23 mm f/1.7 ASPH. lens, the X-U delivers high quality images of all situation. It’s a mirrorless camera that doesn’t need much care.

What It’s Good For

In addition, waterproof camera can take photos easily like general point-and-shoot cameras. But with many special features make it can be used in situations that regular digital cameras cannot.

Water Activities:
This camera type can be used underwater, so there is no problem to use it capture any of your water activity photos such as swimming, snorkeling, scuba diving, fishing, paddling, kayaking, canoeing, boating etc. without being aware that it was damaged by water.

Outdoor Activities:
If you like outdoor activities and bored to be careful not to crash the camera, this rugged camera is ideal for you. Most of it come with shockproof, dustproof and crashproof features which make you don’t to be careful when taking it to backpacking, climbing or hiking.

Cold Weather:
All general compact cameras work well above 32°F (0°C). But if you live below freezing, it may be a problem in photography or at worst it may cause malfunctions. Thanks to freezeproof feature of waterproof digital camera that make you have no problem to take photos while skiing or snowboarding.

Swim Underwater

Things to Consider for the Best

Waterproof Depth - If you intend to take it to dive, you need to consider this factor because each model can be used underwater to different depth from 10-100 feet.

Shockproof Height - The height that it can withstand in case it drop to the ground. The more height, the more sturdy.

Freezeproof Temperature - The lowest temperature that it still works well. The most resistant models can work as low as 14°F (-10°C)

For Kids? - If you’re looking for a waterproof camera for kid. You have to find it in toy department. It’s adorable, cheaper and suitable for children from 3-10 years old.

Camera Specifications:-
  • Sensor Resolution
  • Optical Zoom
  • Video Resolution
  • Others e.g. display screen, Wi-Fi, GPS

  • Floating strap


Care of Using in Water

Before Use - Make sure that there is no foreign objects on the rubber seals of all covers. Then close it tightly which must hear click and attach float strap to prevent sinking.

During Use - Do not use underwater deeper than specified and beware the covers open. Not recommended to use in hot water.

After Use - After using camera in water, it should be cleaned every time by soaking it to clean water and remove dirt on its body. Then press On-Off button 3-4 times to clean the lens barrel and cover; do this with pop-up flash too (if any). Take it from water and wipe with a clean cloth. Before opening the covers, make sure that your hands and camera are dry.


At first I thought this type of camera made for clumsy people like me. I like that I don’t have to worry about someone spill water on my camera or children drop it. It’s not only good for underwater photography, but also good for general shooting. And with the rugged body makes it’s suitable to be thrown into backpack and go on vacation. If you’re looking for a new compact camera, waterproof camera is an attractive choice even though you won’t use it in the water at all.


Does the camera float?
No, it doesn’t float itself. You need to attach a floating strap to make it float.

Does it need an additional housing if I wanna use it to dive?
No underwater housing or case requires if you dive not exceed the waterproof specifications of each model. But if you want to go deeper you need to use it.

Does it come with mount?
No. If you want to mount camera on your stuff, you must switch to an action camera which is designed for mounting in particular.

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