Most digital cameras do not work well in wet environments, and can become damaged if submerged. A waterproof camera, however, is specifically designed to function underwater or during rain. Water-resistant cameras are good choices for people who enjoy snorkeling or other aquatic activities. On land, the ruggedness of a waterproof camera allows users to stop worrying about rain or snow, and focus on capturing great shots. Many waterproof cameras can also resist mud or sand, and can be used just about anywhere outdoors.
1Olympus TG-310: The Olympus TG-310 is a budget-priced digital camera that is water-resistant to 10 feet. In addition to being protected from underwater immersion, the TG-310 is also shockproof and freeze-proof. This means that the camera can withstand use in harsh climates, and is a great choice for skiers or other winter sports enthusiasts. An optical zoom with 3.6x magnification is included on this Olympus model. The camera can capture photos with up to 14 megapixels of resolution, or record in high-definition video mode. A digital image-stabilization feature helps to reduce blur when capturing action. Overall, the Olympus TG-310 is a solid and low-priced waterproof camera, but is not designed for serious diving use beyond 10 feet.
2Fujifilm FinePix XP50: Another low-priced camera is the Fujifilm FinePix XP50. This camera can be taken to slightly deeper depths than the Olympus TG-310, and is water resistant to 16 feet, a perfect depth for snorkelers and swimmers. The rugged design of the XP50 makes it able to withstand dust, sand, and falls from nearly 5 feet. This model also resists to cold weather, and can be used in temperatures down to 14 degrees Fahrenheit. The Fujifilm XP50 can capture either HD videos or 14 megapixel still photos. This model can also create 360-degree panoramic photos automatically, which allows the user to capture a full view of the landscape. Like the Olympus TG-310, the Fujifilm XP50 provides entry-level features at a low price, and offers an improved depth rating for underwater use.
3Nikon Coolpix AW100: The Nikon Coolpix AW100 is a mid-level underwater camera, and offers improved digital photo resolution. Its 16 megapixel capability means that pictures can be printed in very large sizes, without losing quality. High-definition video can also be recorded with the touch of a button. An underwater depth rating of 33 feet makes the AW100 a smart choice for serious snorkelers, beginning scuba divers, or freedivers. Two interesting features on the Nikon AW100 are its built-in GPS and digital compass. These allow owners to tag photos with a specific location, and view them later on an interactive map. The GPS and compass can also be used for navigation, and help keep users on track during adventures. An AW100 is an option for serious outdoor enthusiasts who want to combine navigation and photography into one waterproof device.
4Canon PowerShot D20: Canon's PowerShot D20, more expensive than the other models here, is packed with quality features. This camera has a resolution of 12.1 megapixels, and can also record full 1080p HD video. The D20 is waterproof to 33 feet, and can survive a fall from 5 feet above the ground. This model can handle both low and high extreme temperatures, with a range between 14 and 104 degrees Fahrenheit. Like the Nikon AW100, the Canon D20 includes a built-in GPS sensor for basic navigation or photo tagging. The lens of D20 is designed for wide-angle capture. This allows more of the frame to be saved in a picture.