The 10 Best Waterproof Cameras in 2018

cNo matter wherever you are. Whether you are just spending time on the beach or you are on your adventurous trip or you are planning to dive in the deep blue water, if you love capturing photos, you will be excited enough to carry a camera with you. But here the problem arises. In such trips, you cannot just take a normal camera with you. You will definitely be needing a digital waterproof camera. This is because in such trips you have to face harsh conditions, moistures, shocks, freeze, etc. So, a waterproof camera is a must for those trips. In this article, we are going to talk about the ten best waterproof cameras in 2018 which you should go for.

 

Nowadays most of the brands stopped manufacturing compact cameras, where they used to keep the waterproof options available. So now for those trips, which camera will work best for you? This is what the article is all about.

 

Now there can be various reason to go for a waterproof digital camera, although we know that nowadays there are lots of smartphones available in the market which offer waterproof features to their users with waterproof casingcs. But there is a difference between a waterproof camera and waterproof smartphones. Waterproof cameras are well designed with a high range of physical controls as well as these cameras come handy and very much easy for handling and can be easily operated underwater as compared to smartphones. These cameras have strong optical zoom quality.

 

So in this article, we have shortlisted the top 10 best waterproof cameras which can fit your budget and at the same time very user-friendly too. We have started from the beginner level cameras to the advanced features cameras t make it understandable for everyone.

Olympus Tough TG-5


Specifications:

  • Camera Type: Compact
  • Megapixels: 12MP
  • Sensor: ½.3 inch
  • LCD: 3 inches, 460K dots
  • Lens: 25-100mm
  • Shockproof: 2.1m/7ft
  • Waterproof: 15m/50ft
  • Freezeproof: -10°C/14°F
  • Movies: 4K

As everyone knows that the Olympus TG series has gained a lot of reputation in the industry. When we talk about the tough camera, Olympus TG is what comes to our mind. Their models are not only efficient enough to work great in tough situations but also offer impressive photo as well as video output. In the Olympus TG-5, there is a raw shooting feature available whose quality is much better than its predecessor. It can shoot 4K video at 30fps as well as if the user wants to choose Full HD video, it can shoot up to 120fps for slow-motion professional output. To make it easier for the users to carry, they have attached a handgrip whereas the internal zoom quality of the camera is so protective that the lens does not even separate from the body. One can easily carry it in harsh to the harsh conditions. In short and simple words, Olympus TG-5 is the must buy a digital camera for the passionate photography lovers,

 

GoPro HERO6 Black

Specifications:

  • Camera Type: Compact
  • Megapixels: 12MP
  • Sensor: ½.3 inches
  • Lens: 14-28mm
  • Waterproof: 10m/33ft
  • LCD: 2 inches
  • Freezeproof: Not rated
  • Shockproof: Not rated
  • Movies: 4K

Each and every travel vloggers are familiar with GoPro. They can capture the videos in harsh conditions without any knocks and bumps. And that is the reason that we have kept GoPro HERO6 Black at number two. The GP1 chip available in the camera helps to shoot 4K video at the frame rate of 60fps.  Along with this, it has waterproof features available up to 10m.

 

Nikon Coolpix W300

Nikon Coolpix W300

Specifications:

  • Camera Type: Compact
  • Megapixels: 16MP
  • LCD: 3 inches, 921K dots
  • Lens: 24-120mm
  • Freezeproof: -10°C/14°F
  • Shockproof: 2.4m/8ft
  • Waterproof: 30m/100ft
  • Movies: 4K

If you are planning a trip to explore deep blue water, then we would highly recommend you to go for Nikon Coolpix W300 camera. This is one of the best waterproof cameras available in the market out there. It has been rated to a depth of around 30m which is much more higher than the other waterproof cameras available in the market. It also contains a barometer which offers detailed underwater data such as depth and altitude and not only this, it also contains an electronic compass. The camera has Bluetooth connectivity features through which the users can easily transfer the photos and the videos on the other electronic devices. The video lovers will love the quality of the video of this camera as it has 4K video resolution along with the 2.4m shockproof rating.

 

Ricoh WG-50

Ricoh WG-50

Specifications:

  • Camera Type: Compact
  • Megapixels: 16MP
  • Sensor: ½.3 inch
  • Lens: 28-140mm
  • Freezeproof: -10°C/14°F
  • Shockproof: 1.6m/5.2ft
  • Waterproof: 14m/45ft
  • LCD: 3 inches, 230K dots
  • Movies: Full HD

Ricoh WG-50 is also known as the tough camera after Olympus TG series. It does not have the shockproof features of 100kg but also contains various other additional features which make the photograph quality very professional.  It contains attached macro light in front of the lens which increases the picture quality. It is also able to shoot slow-motion video at 120fps because of its 5x optical zoom feature. Yes, we agree that the cost of this camera is a bit higher than the previous cameras which we have mentioned above but it is definitely worth buying.

 

Panasonic FT30:

Specifications:

  • Camera Type: Compact
  • Megapixels: 16.1MP
  • Sensor: ½.3 inch
  • LCD: 2.7 inches, 230K dots
  • Lens: 25-100mm
  • Shockproof: 1.5m/5ft
  • Waterproof: 8m/26ft
  • Freezeproof: -10°C/14°F
  • Movies: 720p (HD)

The Panasonic FT30 is one of the reasonable waterproof cameras available in the market. Yes, it is true that the camera doesn’t offer those features which are mentioned above but one can definitely go for it if he or she wants the basic features. Moreover, the camera is very handy which can easily fit on the pockets while you are on your trip. It also contains such waterproof features which can easily capture the memories of your underwater diving. Although it has a low-quality video resolution which is 720p but overall it is good for the beginners.

 

Fujifilm XP130

Specifications:

  • Camera Type: Compact
  • Megapixels: 16.4MP
  • Sensor: ½.3 inch
  • Lens: 28-140mm
  • Shockproof: 1.75m/5.8ft
  • Waterproof: 20m/65ft
  • Freezeproof: -10°C/14°F
  • Movies: Full HD

This camera has image stabilization feature which helps in capturing sharp photos even in low light. It also contains extra features from its predecessor such as Bluetooth connectivity, Wi-Fi and electronic function which help in ensuring the horizons are straight. It also handles the toughest situations and rough weather which are just great for the adventures. The camera also has extra filters for beautifying the images. Overall it is just great for the underwater photoshoot.

 

Sony RX0

Specifications:

  • Camera Type: Compact
  • Megapixels: 15.3MP
  • Sensor: 1 inch
  • LCD: 1.5 inch and touchscreen and 230K dots
  • Lens: 24mm
  • Waterproof: 10m/33ft
  • Freezeproof: No
  • Shockproof: 2m/6.5ft
  • Movies: 4K

It has a 1inch sensor available which is just great. Also, it has waterproof features available from head to feet. We would say that among all the cameras which we have mentioned above, the waterproof features of this camera is the best of all. Also, the photo quality is richer than its competitors. Basically, this camera is specifically designed for the professional users and also it is a bit costlier than the others as it contains LCD which is of the touchscreen, enable to record slow-motion video in Full HD mode, high frame rate and also capable enough to record 4K videos. The depressing part of this camera is that it is the costliest camera and if you want to spend extra bugs of money then we would definitely recommend you to go for this camera.

 

GoPro HERO5 Black

Specifications:

  • Camera Type: Compact
  • Megapixels: 12MP
  • Sensor: ½.3 inch
  • Lens: 14-28mm
  • LCD: 2 inches touchscreen
  • Shockproof: No
  • Waterproof: 10m/33ft
  • Freezeproof: No
  • Movies: 4K

As compared to the previous version of GoPro, this model is much more impressive. If you do not want to spend extra bugs of money in buying HERO6, then you can definitely go for this one. It can shoot 4K videos with high resolution. Yes, the frame rate will be lower than the HERO6 but the quality will be good as compared to the others. It also has a touchscreen on its rear camera. It also can shoot Full HD video at 120fps and not only this, it can also shoot in the raw-format which gives the user a good amount of flexibility in its video quality. It has microphones on its two sides which is beneficial for the bloggers while shooting videos. Isn’t this features enough to go for an adventurous trip?

 

Fujifilm XP120

Fujifilm FinePix XP120 Compact Rugged Waterproof Digital Camera – Skyblue

Specifications:

  • Camera Type: Compact
  • Megapixels: 16.4MP
  • Sensor: ½.3 inch
  • LCD: 3inches, 920K dots
  • Shockproof: 1.75m/5.8ft
  • Waterproof: 20m/65ft
  • Freezeproof: -10°C/14°F
  • Movies: Full HD

If you are planning to buy a cheap but at the same time a good quality camera then we cannot force enough, you should definitely go for Fujifilm XP120. In such a budget you will be getting quality features which are just amazing. It has Bluetooth connectivity feature which will help the user in transferring photos and videos and along with this, it has various additional features such as it has the waterproof feature available which is perfect for adventurous trips. Along with this, it has an autofocus feature, a bright rear screen as well as Full HD video mode which are just perfect for a trip.

 

Leica X-U (Type 113)

Leica X-U (Typ 113)

Specifications:

  • Camera Type: Compact
  • Megapixels: 16.2MP
  • Sensor: APS-C
  • LCD: 3 inches, 920K dots
  • Lens: 23mm
  • Shockproof: 1.22m/4ft
  • Waterproof: 15m/50ft
  • Freezeproof: No
  • Movies: Full HD

Last but definitely not the least, the camera which we will be talking about is Leica X-U which contains APS-C sensor as well as a focal length of 23mm. The image quality which it provides is extremely good and it best among all the above-mentioned options. The features don’t end here, it also has the waterproof feature of depth 15m. The camera contains aluminium palette all around for giving it full protection which helps the user in carrying it underwater. As per the price, it is definitely a go-to camera for the photo or the video lovers.

 

When the trips get tough enough then an ordinary or a simple camera doesn’t work at all. This is where the waterproof camera comes handy. These types of cameras work best when you are on your adventure, or hiking, paragliding or walking in a rugged terrain. In such harsh situations, these types of the camera come to your photography rescue. These cameras are waterproof enough to survive under the deep blue water. Like human beings need sunscreens or beach towels to provide protection around the body then cameras also need to have waterproof features available and these type of cameras are specially manufactured for summer seasons.

 

So these are the top ten best waterproof cameras which we wanted to share with you. But you have to keep an important point in mind that the waterproof cameras which are available in the market or which we have shortlisted in this article are efficient enough in capturing the best photographs. And if you are looking for a camera which has an excellent video quality then we would highly recommend you to go for an action camera. All the cameras which are listed above have excellent waterproof features available. But if you are planning to go for scuba diving or snorkelling then you should choose among those cameras which have higher depth rating. This is some key features which you should always keep in mind. These cameras are efficient enough in handling the accidental drops by avoiding the hiccups. Olympus, Nikon, GoPro, Panasonic, Fujifilm, Sony or Leica has been rated as the best cameras for the underwater adventures.

 

We hope that this article has helped you out to some extent. We have tried to cover each and every concept starting from the basic level to the advanced level. Now you have got an idea on which camera you should go for but if you are confused in buying from the above-mentioned cameras then we recommend you to shortlist some cameras and then start comparing the features which these cameras have. And finally, you can easily choose your perfect camera. Isn’t it so easy? Please let us know if you have any doubts. We are always there to help you out.

 

 

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