The 4 Best Waterproof Cameras


These days, there’s so much choice out there for waterproof digital cameras and action cameras that it can be tricky to narrow down the best underwater cameras from the wide bunch.

Even we couldn’t manage it, which is why this list includes our four favourite waterproof cameras on the market in 2018.

The waterproof cameras listed here work perfectly well when submerged without any underwater housing. But they also add a little something extra in taking superior videos and photographs, along with other features that help them stand out from the competition.

If you’re looking for the best underwater camera for all your crazy aquatic adventures, here are four of the best waterproof cameras to buy this year.

The Best Waterproof Cameras for 2018

Olympus TG-5 Tough

olympus tg-5 waterproof camera

The Olympus TG-5 Tough is the perfect waterproof camera for all your rough outdoor activities.

It lives up to its name with dependable, rugged qualities, including an anti-fog dual-pane protective glass. It’s also crushproof, freezeproof, and built to survive drops from over two metres.

What really sets this waterproof camera apart is its upgraded image sensor, TruePicVIII image processor and the bright f/2.0 high-res lens, all of which guarantee excellent image quality.

Meanwhile, your expeditions will be recorded with the Field Sensor System – latitude and longitude, temperature, altitude and depth are all noted in your smartphone.

The Olympus TG-5 is also one of the best waterproof video cameras, with 4K capabilities and 120 fps recording capabilities at Full HD resolution. And you can even shoot in a versatile RAW format.

But what you’ll truly love about the TG-5 is the Underwater Mode, built for underwater photography to a depth of 15 metres.

Nikon COOLPIX W300


Nikon’s Coolpix W300 is one of the best waterproof cameras around, with amazing features built for underwater and other outdoor adventures.

It’s shockproof, cold-resistant, dustproof, and, of course, waterproof to an incredible depth of 30 metres.

The Nikon Coolpix W300 stands out because of its balance between durability and amazing picture quality. It’s built with 4K video capabilities, plus a fantastic 16 megapixel back-illuminated CMOS sensor.

This camera comes with some other superior features, including a 5x optical zoom and built-in WiFi and Bluetooth. Not to mention it comes in some awesome colour options.

GoPro Hero 7


Of course, we’d be remiss if we didn’t mention the ever-expanding action camera market (here’s an article to help you choose an action camera).

Within this market is the incredible, popular GoPro Hero range, with the most recent GoPro Hero7 upping GoPro’s game with some incredible new features.

Aside from being super lightweight and compact – perfect for underwater shooting – the GoPro Hero7 includes some of the following features:

  • Durable waterproof design.
  • 10 MP sensor with a burst mode that can capture 15 shots a second.
  • 4K video recording.
  • Video stabilisation.
  • WiFi enabled.
  • Waterproof to 10m without any additional housing.

The Hero7 will immerse all your viewers in the action with its superior image and video quality and its durability.

It is also equipped with Quikstories, which sends footage straight to your phone to be automatically edited into amazing videos, and a Short Clips mode, a great feature for those on-the-go Instagram Stories or uploads to Facebook.

Fujifilm Finepix XP130


The Fujifilm Finepix XP130 is a rugged compact camera with plenty of grunt. It can take high-definition video at 1920x1080p video and can endure depths over 19 metres underwater.

There’s a lot more to like about this great value camera, such as its 16.4MP CMOS sensor, high resolution stills at 10 fps, a 3” LCD monitor and its built-in 5x optical zoom lens.

Add to these specs an ISO range of 100-6,400 (on automatic setting), a shutter speed range of 1/2000-1/4 and full HD video recording.

Find Your Ideal Underwater Camera Now

As you can see, there are some amazing options on the underwater camera market right now. But you don’t have to limit yourself to cameras designed specifically for rugged adventures.

Many more cameras we haven’t listed here can be paired with dedicated underwater housings to convert your best-performing cameras into instant waterproof cameras.

But of course, nothing will beat a camera designed to be submerged! Browse our full range of weatherproof cameras built for rugged adventures today and capture your adventures in style today.

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