Underwater photography is becoming more and more popular, if you enjoy hanging out at the beach or travelling then you may want to consider a camera that can get wet without damage as well as being able to shoot photos underwater as well as on ground.
With a Waterproof camera you don’t have to worry about it getting wet or dropping it in water because it is what they are designed for, therefore it won’t get damaged or break.
As well as being able to take high quality pictures under water with a waterproof camera they also have many other advantages such as being shockproof, meaning that they are solid therefore can withstand drops from height, freeze proof, with most waterproof cameras being able to withstand temperatures as low as -10°C as well as being great travelling cameras.
The best waterproof cameras need to be able to product high quality pictures in all sorts of shooting conditions as the amount of light can be limited when under water. This Post looks at the best 5 Waterproof cameras that we recommend.
1. Olympus Tough TG-4
Just like the name implies the Olympus Tough TG-4 is a pretty tough camera, this also means that it is shockproof and freeze proof to 14 degrees therefore it shouldn’t break when you drop it and cold weather will not damage it.
As well as the Olympus TG-4 being a tough camera it is also waterproof up to 50 feet which is great distance, making this camera one of the best waterproof cameras there is. The Olympus TG-4 is a ‘pocket sized’ camera with measurements of 2.6 x 1.22 x 4.41 inches, this makes it a great compact and lightweight camera for travelling or using underwater.
More importantly the Olympus TG-4 produces high quality images which are much better than many other cameras, all the photos are sharp with high contrast and high saturation results therefore don’t require editing or special effects.
As well as being able to produce high quality photos the Olympus TG-4 has many key features making it one of the best 5 Waterproof cameras, firstly the camera has built in wifi and GPS with landmark recognition which can find your location within just 10 seconds. This makes sharing and uploading photos from your adventures quick and easy and can be done through the O.I Share app,
The Olympus TG-4 also features a high speed lens which is great for challenging adventure like environments as it will capture your pictures in high quality as the action is happening also controlling the focus range of the background of the picture.
The Olympus TG-4 has a rechargeable battery although the battery does last up to approximately 380 photos which is fairly good. Overall the Olympus TG-4 is a really affordable camera which produces high quality photos even up to 50 foot underwater.
2. Nixon Coolpic AW130
The Nixon Coolpic AW130 is built for adventures and travel as it can withstand up to 100 feet underwater and up to 14˚F making freeze proof it can also be dropped up to 7 feet without it being damaged. All these aspects make the Nixon Coolpic AW130 another durable, compact camera that is great for travelling and adventures.
The Nixon Coolpic AW130 also has built in wifi which makes it easy to transfer and share your photos via your smartphone so you don’t have to wait to share them with your family and friends. As well as this the AW130 has built in GPS with maps and records the locations of your photos
The AW130 takes high quality photos both underwater and on land thanks to its wide angled glass lens.
The Nixon Coolpic AW130 is a really high quality, compact camera which can be taken on any sorts of adventures from scuba diving, snowboarding and climbing. The built in wifi feature of the camera makes it really easy to send your photos and share your experiences.
3. The GoPro Hero 4
The GoPro Hero 4 takes high quality 12MP photos both on land and underwater and is the first every Go Pro which features a built in touch display, which also allows you to play back your photos and videos by just taping and swiping the screen. The Go Pro is waterproof up to 131 feet.
As well as being a high quality waterproof camera the Go Pro Hero 4 also has professional 1080p60 video quality that is sharper and more lifelike than ever before, The Go Pro also enables you to capture photos at 30 frames per second, Which enables you to capture every moment of your adventures and travel.
As well as this the Hero 4 has various different settings and features including settings for after dark where you can capture the night sky using the night lapse mode on the camera which has exposure settings of up to 50 seconds. The Hero 4 also has a protune setting which when enabled it unlocks the cameras full potential by delivering optimized professional photos and videos which are minimally compressed. This feature also has customizable settings for colours, white balanced, sharpness and much more.
The Hero 4 Also has built in Wifi and Bluetooth which allows you to connect the camera to the Go Pro App, Remote and much more, this enables you to preview and playback your videos and photos and also enables you to easily share your snaps over text, social media, email and much more.
4. Panasonic LUMIX TS6
The Panasonic LUMIX TS6 is a 16.1MP camera which has a 4.6x optical zoom and a 28mm wide angled lens. The Panasonic LUMIX TS6 is waterproof up to 43 feet, although you can also get a marine case that boosts the waterproof depth to 147 feet, the camera is also shockproof from up to 6.5 feet and freeze proof to 14°F.
The Panasonic LUMIX TS6 is a great compact high quality camera from camping and climbing to diving and surfing. With various different action modes including Sports, snow and beach mode the TS6 is great for all sorts of adventures and travelling. The TS6 also features a underwater mode which compensates the red tones easily lost in underwater shooting, this mode creates much more natural and high quality underwater photos.
As well as being a high quality camera the Panasonic LUMIX TS6 can also record high quality HD videos in AVCHD Progressive and MP4 format with full HD capability and fast motion.
The Panasonic LUMIX TS6 also has Built in Wifi and can connect to the pansonic apps via the remote control. This makes it easy for you to share and transfer photos and videos. As well as this the TS6 also features built in GPS and altimeter logging.
The Panasonic LUMIX TS6 also has a really impressive battery life which can take up to 370 photos when fully charged however the battery life will vary depending on how long you keep your viewfinder activated and how much you use the flash when taking photos. However this impressive battery life is great for all sorts of travelling and adventures.
5. Kodak Pixpro SP360 Action Camera
The Kodak Pixpro SP360 is another waterproof, shock proof and freeze proof camera which as the name of it suggests is a 360 degree camera, therefore you can capture pictures and videos all around you.
The PixPro SP360 is a small compact and lightweight camera which measures just 1.6 inches wide by 2 inches high by 1.5 inches deep. The majority of the best of the camera is consumed by the lens.
The Camera shoots at 16MP and records videos at Full HD 1080.
Unlike the other waterproof camera picks we have listed above the Kodax Pixpro SP360 does need a special housing in order to use the camera underwater however luckily this is included in the accessories bundle box where you get various different housings and attachments for the camera. The waterproof housing allows the camera to be used for up to four hours at up to 60 metres underwater.
The picture quality of the Kodax Picpro SP360 is average however isn’t as good as the picture quality of the other 4 cameras listed above however The Main feature and highlight of this camera is the 360 degree shooting therefore if you are looking for a camera that can shoot pictures all around you as well as it being waterproof then I would highly recommend the Picpro SP360.