Review: Top 5 Best WaterProof Digital Cameras
August product review month continues and today’s review is a request from a friend who asked if I could review the top waterproof digital cameras. Since I spend a lot of time on the water and went to Fiji for my honeymoon, my husband and I decided a waterproof digital camera would be a good investment for us. We did a lot of research of all the best waterproof digital cameras on the market so I feel well versed to tackle this subject. I love photography and already own several cameras as it is. Here’s what is in my current camera quiver:
- One Canon EOS Rebel T2i
- One Telephoto 50-200mm lens
- One Prime F1.8mm Lens
- GoPro HD Hero(The Original, baby!)
- Digital Camera (waterproof / shockproof). I will disclose which one I have at the end.
As you can see, I have quite the assortment. I wanted a nice point and shoot for when I didn’t want to carry my big ole DSLR around. Our friend Christine has the Nikon CoolPix and she took it to Panama on a surfing trip and likes it a lot. I figured that would be a good one, but wanted to go with something a little different.
After researching all the different brands, I had it narrowed down to the Panasonic Lumix and the Canon Waterproof powershot. The Canon would be an obvious choice because I’ve owned several Canon cameras throughout my life and I’ve enjoyed them all. However, I decided to go with the Panasonic Lumix because I liked the camera body design better and because it came with an award from Gizmodo for the best rugged and waterproof camera of 2012.
I’ve had the Panasonic Lumix for about a year now and have enjoyed taking it out with me swimming, surfing, hiking, snorkeling, and stand up paddle boarding. I think it is one of the top waterproof digital cameras on the market and would recommend it to anyone who is looking for a solid camera that can take a beating. I like the orange color too because it’s easy to find in my bag amongst lots of other crap.
One accessory I did purchase for the camera is a floaty cord. That way if you drop your camera in the water it always floats and doesn’t sink.
Also, always make sure your camera door is on lock before you take it in the water. I have had a couple scares before when I didn’t think it was locked and it was so scary!
Here’s a little comparison chart I made for the Top 5 Best Waterproof Digital Cameras. All of them link to Amazon where you can read more on the reviews:
|Olympus TG-620 Tough iHS Waterproof Digital Camera (Blue) with Case and Float Strap||★ ★ ★ ★||$149.99||Bestseller in Underwater Photography on Amazon. Reasonable price point.|
|Panasonic Lumix TS4 12.1 TOUGH Waterproof Digital Camera with 4.6x Optical Zoom (Orange)||★ ★ ★||$294||Voted best rugged, waterproof camera of 2012 by Gizmodo. Expensive, but a great camera. This is the one I have.|
|Nikon COOLPIX AW100 16 MP CMOS Waterproof Digital Camera with GPS and Full HD 1080p Video (Camouflage)||★ ★ ★ ★||$279.99||Works well in low lighting situations. Comparable to the Panasonic Lumix above.|
|Canon PowerShot D20 12.1 MP CMOS Waterproof Digital Camera with 5x Image Stabilized Zoom 28mm Wide-Angle Lens a 3.0-Inch LCD and GPS Tracking (Blue)||★ ★ ★ ★||$295||Full HD video capabilities, optical image stabilization. And it's Canon. What more can you say?|
|Fujifilm FinePix XP60 16 MP Digital Camera with 2.7-Inch LCD (Yellow)||★ ★ ★ ★||$177||Great value for price point.|
And here’s a pic I took with the camera on my honeymoon:
What about you? Do you own a waterproof digital camera? In the market for one? Post in the comments and let me know!