Best waterproof camera

If you’re shopping for a waterproof camera, you’ve come to the right place! At Camera Labs I write in-depth reviews of cameras but understand you’re busy people who sometimes just want recommendations of the most outstanding products. So here I’ll cut to the chase and list the best waterproof cameras around right now.

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Best Waterproof Camera

Olympus TOUGH TG5 review

There isn’t a better rugged waterproof compact around than the Olympus TOUGH TG-5. Like all great cameras it gets the basics right - a bright, good quality 25-100mm f2 - 4.9 lens paired with a quality 12 Megapixel sensor and high performance TruePic VIII processor. It builds on that with a great set of features and shooting modes, including Pro capture continuous shooting, 4K video, RAW support, and superb macro modes. Finally, it provides the control you need to make the most of those features, whatever the environment. The only downside is the poor performance of the movie continuous AF.

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Olympus TOUGH TG Tracker review

The Olympus Tough TG-Tracker genuinely offers something new in the world of personal action cameras. If you like to collect as much data as possible from your activities, you won't be disappointed with what the TG-Tracker has to offer. While the 4k video didn't resolve perceptibly higher real-life detail than 1080p in my tests, it remains an excellent debut and I'm really looking forward to seeing where Olympus takes it next. Top of my list for improvements would be a fully articulated screen and better image quality, but for which it would have received a Cameralabs Highly Recommended award. For now, the Olympus Tough TG-Tracker comes Recommended.

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Nikon COOLPIX S33 review

If you're a photographer with kids, you'll understand the desire to equip them with a camera that can survive pretty much anything they throw at it - or drop it into. Waterproof tough models are ideal since they can survive drops, sand, snow or total submersion in liquids, but equally you want one that won't break the bank. Nikon's S33 is the perfect choice, a budget digital camera engineered to survive the trials of childhood - or indeed active adult-hood. Available in a variety of bright colours, this simple-to-use 13 Megapixel / 3x zoom compact is waterproof to a depth of 10 metres, shock-proof to 1.5 metres and you can use it in temperatures down to -10C, so it's good for the piste as well as the pool or the seaside. There are superior tough cameras out there, but none at this price, nor any which can be programmed to bark or tweet when you take a photo. If you'd also like Wifi, look out for its successor, the W100.

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Olympus TOUGH TG860 review

I think the TOUGH TG860 is the real star in the Olympus rugged line-up. It offers a superior zoom, more versatile screen, better video and better support for shooting sports and action subjects all at a lower price than the TG4. You sacrifice the RAW mode, which is something a lot of people will be able to live without. A bigger loss is the bright f2-4.9 aperture of the TG4 but despite that the TOUGH TG860 remains a compelling alternative. As it stands in the current crop of waterproof cameras, the TG860 earns our Highly Recommended rating.

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