Going on a beach-front vacation? Well, you may want your camera to be waterproof. These waterproof cameras are handy and you can easily take them up to a depth of 30 meters underwater. They are specially designed and tested to survive in any condition, which means they are shockproof, dustproof and freeze proof as well.
These cameras also offer connectivity options like Wi-Fi, NFC and Bluetooth, which makes transferring of files easy and time-saving.
We have compiled a list of some of the best waterproof cameras that you can own, to capture those precious moments.
Olympus Tough TG-5
Sensor: 1/2.3-inch, 12MP | Lens: 25-100mm | Waterproof: 15m | Freezeproof: -10° | Shockproof: 2.1m | Monitor: 3-inch, 460K dots | Movies: 4K | User level: Beginner
Raw format support
Range of accessories
Image smoothing at high ISOs
Zoom control is fiddly
As the name suggests, the Olympus Tough TG-5 is a tough camera with a solid build. It has the TruePic VIII image processor that can shoot 4k videos at 30 fps or high-speed footage at 120 fps in full HD. The camera is equipped with various field sensors like GPS, thermometer, barometer and compass that can record the related data while shooting. The user can transfer this data to any smartphone using the Olympus Image Track app.
It also has different shooting modes including Underwater Mode for shooting pictures underwater, and a Pro-Capture mode for capturing split-second movement. The camera is waterproof up to 15m, shockproof up to 2.1m, freeze proof down to -10 degrees, crushproof and dust proof.
Nikon Coolpix W300
Sensor: 1/2.3-inch, 16MP | Lens: 24-120mm | Waterproof: 30m | Freezeproof: -10° | Shockproof: 2.1m | Monitor: 3-inch, 921K dots | Movies: 4K | User level: Beginner
Waterproof down to 30m
Wide zoom range
The Nikon Coolpix W300 is made for those who love capturing adventurous moments as it happens. For that purpose, there’s already the GoPro series cameras on the market, but this one has more features. It comes with a 16MP back-illuminated CMOS sensor and is capable of shooting 4K UHD videos. It is rugged and that’s the USP of the camera; it is waterproof to a depth of 30m, shockproof from a height of 2.4m, cold resistant down to -10 degree Celsius and dust-proof as well.
It also has a SnapBridge feature that allows users to easily transfer images to any mobile device via Bluetooth Low Energy connection. Nikon is offering the camera in four amazing colours – Orange, Yellow, Black and Camouflage.
Canon PowerShot D30
Sensor: 1/2.3-inch, 12.1MP | Lens: 28-140mm | Waterproof: 25m | Freezeproof: -10° | Shockproof: 2m | Monitor: 3-inch, 460K dots | Movies: 1080p | User level: Beginner
Good ergonomic design
White balance performance
Poor GPS functionality
No built-in Wi-Fi
The Canon PowerShot D30 features a good ergonomic design with big sized controllers. This lets users operate the camera smoothly underwater. Its 12.1 –megapixel sensor and DIGIC 4 processor may be dated, but delivers good quality images with high details.
The camera is waterproof up to 25mm and has a built in GPS tracker. It lacks Wi-Fi connectivity and cannot record altitude and depth data either.
Nikon Coolpix W100
Sensor: 1/3.1-inch, 14.1MP | Lens: 30-90mm | Waterproof: 10m | Freezeproof: -10° | Shockproof: 1.8m | Monitor: 2.7-inch, 230K dots | Movies: 1080p | User level: Beginner
Wi-Fi and NFC connectivity
Lacks optical zoom
If you are looking for an inexpensive and tough waterproof camera, then the Nikon Coolpix W100 is a right choice for you. Priced at Rs 9,950, it’s a decent camera with 14.1-megapixel CMOS sensor. Its SnapBridge feature allows users to easily transfer the files to their smart devices. In addition, it has built in Wi-Fi and NFC that extends connectivity options for users.
The camera is available in four colours.
Nikon 1 AW1
Sensor: 1-inch, 14.2 MP | Lens: 30-90mm | Waterproof: 15m | Freezeproof: -10° | Shockproof: 2m | Monitor: 3-inch, 921K dots | Movies: 1080p | User level: Beginner
Waterproof and tough
Reliable exposure metering
Bright, high res monitor
Rear controls fiddly
Essential settings are hidden in menus
Most waterproof cameras have fixed lenses, which disappoints users sometimes. That’s a problem Nikon’s 1 AW1 solves. It was the first mirrorless camera with interchangeable lenses, and it’s waterproof, dust proof, shock proof and freeze proof as well. Its 1-inch 14.2-megapixel sensor is capable of capturing some really good pictures and can shoot videos in HD.
You can also shoot slow-motion videos with the camera.