Whether you’re simply messing around in your backyard pool or exploring the depths of the Marianas Trench (OK, maybe not the depths), a waterproof camera can capture images and create memories that you never thought possible. But you still haven’t bought one…
Sure the idea is nice, but are there any waterproof cameras that are actually worth the cost and produce the results you want? Here are five different models that show how these days, a reliable, inexpensive waterproof camera isn’t just a product you’ve been daydreaming about.
5. Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX20 – Best Bang for Your Buck
At a third of the cost of other comparable options, the Sony Cyber-Shot touts the same basic features as other more expensive models like a 3.0-inch LCD and 16.2 MP with 1080 HD video and an upgraded 360 panorama option. True, it doesn’t pack the same punch in terms of optical zoom or special water related extras (no GPS here!), but the appeal of the Cyber-Shot is at least partially in its flexibility and functionality.
Lightweight and more stylish than other underwater enabled cameras, the Cyber-Shot might not be the best option for a professional scuba diver, but it is a great choice for those that will be sticking closer to shore and still want great quality pictures.
Durable, point-and-shoot, pocket-sized, and easy to use-sounds like the perfect option for your next vacation.
4. Canon PowerShot D20 – Perfect for Your Next Adventure, Whatever the Season
This camera is just about as durable as you are. Take this PowerShot into harsh environments and you won’t have to worry about affecting its performance. Designed with weather in mind, this camera is ready to take a tumble (up to five meters), trek the desert (up to 104 degrees Fahrenheit) or head into the cool mountains (down to 14 degrees).
As a result of all this safety-proofing the PowerShot is maybe a little chunkier than other options and you will lose some pixel quality, but for many its worth it for a camera that is going to last you for the hike and still capture that shot at the top of the summit.
3. Nikon COOLPIX AW110 – Taking It up a Notch
Have a little extra cash to invest? The Nikon COOLPIX serves a very similar function as the PowerShot in that it’s a camera perfect for the true outdoor adventurer. But when it comes to image quality and extra features the Nikon earns the bragging rights without costing too much extra.
Its clear image quality, fast shooting speed and especially great underwater format alone would be enough to make this camera a great choice. Add to that GPS and Wifi capabilities for easy instant uploads and this bright orange camera starts to stand out.
2. Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS5A – A Few More Bells and Whistles
The Panasonic Lumix stands out for its bevy of creative features and shooting options. With a 9.3x digital zoom at 16 MP and an underwater option up to 43 feet (13 meters), this camera offers some of the best durability and quality images for that alone. But this camera isn’t an option for some that just wants the bare minimum.
Add to those basics plenty of in-camera filter and effect options, a time-lapse feature, Wifi and GPS, a dozen different video size and format options, and you’ve got a great underwater camera for the photographer that really knows what they want.
1. Olympus Stylus TG-2 iHS – For When You Want It All
Take everything that makes these four other cameras great and make it just a little bit better and you’ve got the Olympus Stylus. Take it deeper underwater than ever (50 ft./15m. without housing) and you still won’t lose any of the control that you really want if you go with this option.
Quite simply it touts the best optics and still delivers on all the promises of durability including unique touches like a water-repellant lens coating to ensure the best shot in the moment. Whether you’re taking advantage of its sophisticated manual aperture mode or exceptional low-light autofocus, this camera gives you options that other cameras don’t - most notably a high-speed f2.0 lens, the only one of its kind. What else could you ask for? It probably has that too.
So, there you have it-five of the greatest underwater cameras on the market! With these cameras, it’s hard to go wrong. Happy shooting!