The Best Waterproof Cameras of 2015

The Best Waterproof Cameras

Best Waterproof CamerasWhether 2015 takes you to the beach, pool, slope or trail, waterproof compact cameras are a must for photographers who want to explore a world where regular cameras just aren’t designed to go. Built to withstand the elements, these rugged cameras are gaining in popularity thanks to their ability to take great photos in places that bigger DSLR and mirrorless cameras can’t go without expensive waterproof enclosures. To help you select the waterproof camera that will be perfect for you, we’ve selected some of the best rated and full-featured models along with the important specs like shock resistance, lcd screen size, megapixels, and the maximum depth you can take the camera to underwater.

Every camera on this list is capable of recording 1080p HD video and many come in various colors. While black or silver is always a classic look for cameras, if you’re planning on taking your waterproof camera under the waves or out on an adventure, consider a bright color that will stand out if you happen to drop it. Because these cameras are all built to be rugged, you’ll be able to spend more time enjoying yourself and less about keeping your camera clean and dry.

If you’re planning on going boating or diving with your waterproof camera, buying a floating wrist strap like this one by Nordic Flash is a worthwhile and relatively inexpensive purchase that can prevent your camera from sinking to the bottom if you accidentally drop it.

The 16 megapixel Nikon Coolpix AW130 is built to be waterproof to 100 feet, shockproof from up to than seven feet, and capable of functioning in freezing temperatures of as low as 14° F. The AW130 features built in WiFi that makes it easy to instantly send your photos to compatible smartphones, tablets, and WiFi devices. The Coolpix AW130 features hybrid vibration reduction which can help keep photos and video sharp, even in lower lighting condition. The AW130 also has a built in GPS so that you can keep a record of where your photos were taken, as well as mapping and an electronic compass.

Resolution: 16 Megapixels

Maximum Waterproof Depth: 30.4m / 100ft

Shockproof: 2.1m / 7ft

Screen Size: 3″

GPS: Yes

WiFi: Yes

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Sony-DSC-TX30

Waterproof to 33 feet, the lightweight Sony TX30 is a stylishly designed camera with impressive optical performance even in low light. The TX30 looks more like a traditional compact camera than a waterproof camera built for the outdoors and underwater, but it’s shock proof from drops of up to 5 feet and can operate in temperatures as low as 14° F. The 3.3 inch touchscreen is the largest among these six waterproof cameras.

Resolution: 18.2 Megapixels

Maximum Waterproof Depth: 10m / 33ft

Shockproof: 1.5m / 5ft

Screen Size: 3.3″

GPS: No

WiFi: No

Waterproof to 50 feet, shockproof from 7 feet, and freezeproof to 14° F the 16 megapixel Olympus Tough TG-860 is designed to be a rugged, yet functional compact camera. A useful feature not typically found on waterproof cameras is the 3 inch tilting LCD screen, which should help with shooting from a low angle and composing self-portraits. Dual Image Stabilization improves image and video sharpness in lower light conditions, and built in WiFi and GPS makes it easy to transfer files to a compatible device and tag the location your images were taken.

Resolution: 16 Megapixels

Maximum Waterproof Depth: 15.2m / 50ft

Shockproof: 2.1m / 7ft

Screen Size: 3″ Tilting

GPS: Yes

WiFi: Yes

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Canon-PowerShot-D30

Shockproof from 6.5 feet, waterproof to 82 feet, and temperature resistant to 14°F the Canon Powershot D30 is a good performer, taking sharp photos on land and underwater. A dedicated movie button makes shooting video with the D30 quick and easy and Intelligent Image Stabilization corrects for camera shake. While the resolution is lower at 12.1 megapixels than some of the competing models, the D30 offers some impressive features like its maximum depth of 82 feet that make it an attractive option for divers.

Resolution: 12.1 Megapixels

Maximum Waterproof Depth: 25m / 82ft

Shockproof: 2m / 6.5ft

Screen Size: 3″

GPS: Yes

WiFi: No

Like most of Ricoh’s cameras, the 16 megapixel Ricoh WG-5 packs a lot of features into a rugged body. The WG-5 is waterproof to 45.9 feet, shockproof from 6.5 feet, and freezeproof to 14°F. Image stabilization helps to achieve sharp photos even in lower light. The WG-5’s GPS module allows location data to be collected, and it even features a built in altitude, water-depth, and pressure gauge as well as a digital compass — features that make this an appealing camera for the outdoor adventurer.

Resolution: 16 Megapixels

Maximum Waterproof Depth: 14m / 45.9ft

Shockproof: 2m / 6.5ft

Screen Size: 3″

GPS: Yes

WiFi: No

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Panasonic-DMC-TS6D-LUMIX

With built in WiFi and GPS, the 16 megapixel Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS6 is a rugged camera, packed with several appealing features for outdoor adventurers. The camera’s Quad Indicator displays GPS coordinates, a compass, as well as a barometer that indicates both altitude and water depth. Optical image stabilization reduces the effects of camera shake, allowing sharper images to be captured even in low light. A time lapse feature allows a series of consecutive photos to be combined in the camera to create a time lapse video.

Resolution: 16 Megapixels

Maximum Waterproof Depth: 13.1m / 43ft

Shockproof: 2m / 6.6ft

Screen Size: 3″

GPS: Yes

WiFi: Yes