If you are looking for a rugged waterproof point-and-shoot camera then this list is for you. All the cameras on this list can go underwater and survive falls, while most can also withstand freezing temperatures and resist dust. Many of the units are also compact so you can take them with in any situation. Prices range from $100 up to about $400.
To determine the ratings of these models we compared image and video quality, ease of use, features such as GPS and WiFi, size and weight, price and more.
Below we review our top 5 choices for the best waterproof digital cameras. Go to the bottom of this article to see a comparison chart full of specs.
The Stylus TG-4 is waterproof up to 49 feet, while it can survive a fall from 7 feet. Other nice features include an excellent LCD, built-in GPS and compass, HDR settings, and RAW mode (the only model on this list that supports RAW mode).
About the only negative we found is that, while the Olympus Stylus TG-4 does take full 1080p HD video, the quality is just average and the sound is not very good. However, overall if you are looking for the best rugged camera that supports RAW mode or just takes quality photos then the TG-4 is for you.
With a 12MP 1/2.3″ BSI-CMOS sensor and 5x optical lens with image stabilization the image quality is pretty good, but a bit grainy at times. The 1080/24p video quality is also decent and can record super slow motion video at 640×480. It has GPS capabilities so you can geotag your photos.
A handful of users have complained that it leaks under water right out of the box. So if you choose this Canon model we recommend testing it in water before you take in on vacation with you.
Picture quality is good, but not great, thanks to a 16.4MP 1/2.3″ CMOS sensor, 5x optical zoom lens, and image stabilization. Other features include full HD video at 60 frames per second with movie recording button, 480 fps slow motion mode, HDR capture, 360° motion panorama, wireless connectivity, and it is available in 4 different colors.
The battery life on the FinePix XP90 is below average and while the photos are decent, they won’t compare to a higher end camera, especially in low light. However, for those you looking for an affordable waterproof camera then the Fujifilm FinePix XP90 is perfect for you.
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS30 is freeze-proof to 14 degrees, shockproof from 4.9 feet, and waterproof down to 26 feet. It captures 720p HD video that is of lower quality than most models in this class.
If size and weight are your primary concerns in a rugged digital camera and you will only use it in daylight then we would recommend the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS30, however there are better options for most situations.
The photo quality is decent, but far from excellent or even very good. It has a 13.2 MP CMOS sensor and 3x NIKKOR zoom lens. It captures 1080 30p HD video which is actually pretty nice compared to other models in this price range.
Since it is a budget waterproof camera, it is lacking some features that other models have like Wi-Fi and GPS. Also its image stabilizer is poor and its start-up time and overall performance is slow.
We would recommend the Nikon Coolpix S33 if you are looking for the cheapest waterproof digital camera or to give to a child to use on vacation or other outdoor adventures.
Best Waterproof Digital Cameras Comparison Chart
|MegaPixels||Max Aperture||Shutter Speed||Weight
|Olympus Stylus TG-4||9.2||$379||4||16||f 2-4.9||1/2 – 1/2000||9||4.4 x 2.6 x 1.2|
|Canon PowerShot D30||8.9||$299||5||12||f 3.9||1 – 1/1600||8||4.3 x 2.7 x 1.1|
|Fujifilm FinePix XP90||8.8||$154.62||5||16||f 3.9-4.9||1/4 – 1/2000||7||4.33 x 2.8 x 1.1|
|Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS30||8.7||$134.99||4||16||f 3.9-5.7||8 – 1/1300||5||4.1 x 2.3 x 0.8|
|Nikon COOLPIX S33||8.6||$106.95||3||13||f 3.3-5.9||4 – 1/2000||6.3||4.3 x 2.6 x 1.5|
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