If your holiday travels involves being near a body of water, there’s a good chance you’d want to capture scenes of life below the surface. Thankfully, there are now quite a few cameras that can tolerate being submerged in water for quite some time.
There are even models that serve as the perfect outdoor companion – freezeproof, crushproof, dustproof and the like. Even better, some cameras are equipped with technologies that cater to our recent nature of “instant sharing.” That said, here the top waterproof cameras for your consideration:
5. FujiFilm FinePix XP120
While it may not have the same tough credentials as others on this list, it does enough for users who just want to document their adventures on water and anywhere else outdoors. The XP120 is waterproof to 65ft/20m, freezeproof to 14°F/-10°C, shockproof to withstand drops from 5.8ft/1.75m, and dustproof to keep out sand and other foreign particles so you’re able to capture unforgettable moments even in the toughest conditions.
This rugged camera utilizes a 16.4 megapixel BSI-CMOS sensor with 10fps high-speed continuous shooting and Full HD 1080p video capability at 60fps. It also comes with a Fujinon 5x optical zoom lens and boasts of new features such as Cinemagraph mode, Interval and Time-lapse shooting and Built-in Wifi Connectivity for easy sharing.
Ruggedly beautiful, the Leica X-U is constructed with a perfectly sealed body and can take breathtaking underwater photos at depths of up to 15 meters (49 feet) for up to 60-minute dives. This German-designed camera features 16.2MP APS-C CMOS Sensor and Leica’s Summilux 23mm f/1.7 ASPH lens and records Full HD videos 1080p at 30fps.
This intuitively designed camera along with the friendly-user dials allows you to capture unpredictable moments easily. The Leica X-U has an anti-slip rubber exterior for improved handling in wet conditions and has been tested to resist falls of up to 1.22 meters.
3. Ricoh WG-50
Rugged features and a range of outdoor-friendly features make this 16MP compact camera quite the catch for the adventurous in nature. It can be taken to depths of up to 46 feet, is freezeproof (14 degrees Fahrenheit), and shockproof (5.2 feet). The WG-50 can shoot 1080p HD videos at 30fps and shares a lot of features with its predecessor, the WG-30 (WG-40 was a Japan only release) but with a much better optical zoom.
Capturing scenes from way down deep is what this camera is made for. The Nikon Coolpix W300 can shoot images underwater at a depth of 30 meters (100 feet) for up to 60 minutes. Take stunning 16MP photos or even 4K UHD video wherever your adventures take you! This camera also sports a 5x optical zoom NIKKOR lens with telephoto power so you can zoom into the action while Nikon’s Hybrid VR helps keep your photos and videos steady.
Not only that, the camera also comes with features that make navigating the outdoors a lot easier with built-in GPS, eCompass, Altimeter, Depth Gauge and more. WiFi connectivity also makes it easier to share underwater snaps to your favorite social media platforms.
A successor to the TG-4, this model is indeed better in a number of ways. The TG-5 is equipped with a better sensor, fitted with an improved processor, and packed into a shell that is protected against all sorts of elements (it is crushproof, dustproof, freezeproof, shockproof, and of course, waterproof). On top of that, this camera offers 4K video capability.
The TG-5 is waterproof up to 50 feet. Its built-in Field Sensor System (uses a combination of GPS, manometer, compass, and temperature sensor to keep track of movement and environmental data) kicks in when it is used in freezing waters 25 feet deep.