The Best Waterproof Cameras of 2014

Best Waterproof CamerasWhether you’re headed to the beach, pool, slope or trail in 2014, waterproof compact cameras are a must for photographers who want to explore a world where regular cameras fear to venture. Built to withstand the elements, these rugged cameras are gaining popularity thanks to their ability to take great photos in places that DSLR cameras can’t go without expensive waterproof enclosures. To help you select the waterproof camera that will be perfect for you, we’ve selected six of the best selling models and presented their features as well as 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 is always a classic look for cameras, if you’re planning on taking this 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 the great outdoors this 2014 and less about keeping your camera clean and dry.

 

Nikon Coolpix AW110

 

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The Nikon Coolpix AW110 is built to be waterproof to 59 feet, shockproof from more than six feet, and capable of functioning in freezing temperatures of as low as 14° F. The AW110 features built in WiFi that makes it easy to instantly send your photos to compatible smartphones, tablets, and WiFi devices. The Coolpix AW110 also records the exact location of each photo you take, making it easy to track your adventures and keep track of where your photos were taken.

 

Resolution: 16 Megapixels

Maximum Waterproof Depth: 18m

Shockproof: 2m

Screen Size: 3″

GPS: Yes

WiFi: Yes

 

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX30

 

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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 and has a wide viewing angle.

 

Resolution: 18.2 Megapixels

Maximum Waterproof Depth: 10m

Shockproof: 1.5m

Screen Size: 3.3″

GPS: No

WiFi: No

 

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Canon PowerShot D20

 

Canon PowerShot D20

 

Shockproof from 5 feet, waterproof to 33 feet, and temperature resistant to 14°F the Canon Powershot D20 is built to be operated easily even with gloves on, making it perfect for underwater photography use by divers and winter use by skiers and snowboarders. A dedicated movie button makes shooting video with the D20 quick and easy and Optical Image Stabilization corrects for camera shake. While the resolution is lower at 12.1 megapixels than some of the competing models, the D20 offers some impressive features that make it well worth considering.

 

Resolution: 12.1 Megapixels

Maximum Waterproof Depth: 10m

Shockproof: 1.5m

Screen Size: 3″

GPS: Yes

WiFi: No

 

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Olympus TG-2

 

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Billed as the most sophisticated rugged point and shoot camera available, the 12 megapixel Olympus Tg-2 is shockproof from 7 feet, freezeproof to 14°F, and waterproof to 50 feet making it an excellent camera for snorkeling and diving. The fast f/2.0 lens provides low light performance. A water repellent lens coating keeps water from beading on the lens surface, ensuring that your photos aren’t obstructed by water droplets. An aperture priority mode allows photographers to adjust the aperture for some additional manual control over their images.

 

Resolution: 12 Megapixels

Maximum Waterproof Depth: 15m

Shockproof: 2.1m

Screen Size: 3″

GPS: Yes

WiFi: No

 

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS5

 

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS5D

 

Waterproof to 43 feet, the Panasonic Lumix TS5 features a zoom lens made by Leica, providing impressive optical performance. Shockproof from over 6 feet and temperature resistant to 14°F, the TS5 features a compass, barometer, and altimeter than will even tell you your depth underwater. The camera’s WiFi functions allow you to use your smartphone or tablet as a remote control for the camera, letting you adjust the zoom and focus while shooting from a distance. While the HD video captured by this camera is of excellent visual quality, a complaint that several users have about the TS5 is low audio quality during video recording.

 

Resolution: 16.1 Megapixels

Maximum Waterproof Depth: 13m

Shockproof: 2m

Screen Size: 3″

GPS: Yes

WiFi: Yes

 

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Pentax WG-3 GPS

 

Pentax WG-3 GPS

 

The 16 megapixel Pentax WG-3 GPS is a uniquely shaped rugged camera that offers waterproof performance to a depth of 45 feet underwater. With shake reduction and a shockproof construction for drops of more than 6 feet, this camera is up to the job of photographing tough adventures, even in temperatures as low as 14°F. GPS, pressure, altitude, and water depth gauges let you know exactly where you are and where your photos were taken. Pentax is known for their rugged cameras that appeal to photographers and the WG-3 has some neat features you won’t find on other models like a backlit LCD on the front which shows the current time and either altitude or barometric pressure even when the camera is turned off. The WG-3 has the distinction of being the only camera currently available which can be charged wirelessly with a charging pad.

 

Resolution: 16 Megapixels

Maximum Waterproof Depth: 14m

Shockproof: 2m

Screen Size: 3″

GPS: Yes

WiFi: No

 

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