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Top 10 Best Waterproof Cameras - Here are our top 10 best waterproof tough cameras for active photographers.

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Updated November 2013. Here at ePHOTOzine we have been reviewing lots of cameras which are waterproof, shockproof and freezeproof. Here is a run down of our top ten waterproof cameras (click the title to read our review):

1st - Olympus Tough TG-820

Olympus Tough Tg 820
The Olympus Tough TG-820 has some unique features, such as TAP control and LED macro, really making it stand out as an ideal camera for those who like to take pictures in extreme conditions.

The Olympus Tough TG-820 is available from Amazon for £199.
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Joint 2nd - Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT5

Panasonic Lumix FT5
The Panasonic Lumix FT5 offers a 4.6x optical zoom lens, a tough shockproof body, and is waterproof to 13 metres. It even has GPS built in. 

The Panasonic Lumix FT5 is available from Amazon for £289.
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Joint 2nd - Nikon 1 AW1

Nikon 1 AW1 White (16)
The Nikon 1 AW1 is the World's first waterproof interchangeable lens digital camera, and is waterproof to 15m, freeze proof and shock proof, with high speed shooting modes. 

The Nikon 1 AW1 is available from Amazon for £685.
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Joint 4th - Canon PowerShot D20

Canon Powershot D20 Front 2
The Canon Powershot D20 has great image quality, is well designed with a largely rubber exterior and has large chunky buttons, great when out shooting in the less than ideal conditions.

The Canon Powershot D20 is available from Amazon for £249.
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Joint 4th - Olympus Tough TG-830

Olympus TG-830
The Olympus Tough TG-830 features GPS, a wide-angle 5x optical zoom lens, and is waterproof to 10 metres with a shockproof rating of 2.1 metres.

The Olympus Tough TG-830 is available from Amazon for £199.
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Joint 4th - Nikon Coolpix AW110

Nikon Coolpix AW110
The Nikon Coolpix AW110, with built in GPS and Wi-Fi, is waterproof to 18 metres, shockproof to 2 metres, and features a wide-angle 5x optical zoom lens. 

The Nikon Coolpix AW110 is available from Amazon for £199.
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Joint 4th - Olympus Tough TG-2

Olympus Tough TG-2 (3)
The Olympus Tough TG-2 delivers in terms of features, and is waterproof to 15 metres. It includes a bright f/2.0 lens and you can add a fisheye or tele converter.

The Olympus Tough TG-2 is available from Amazon for £249.
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Joint 5th - Sony Cyber-shot TX30

Sony Cyber Shot Tx30 Black (3)
The Sony Cyber-shot TX30 is one of the more compact waterproof cameras, with a stylish design and full HD video recording. It is waterproof to 5 metres.

The Nikon Coolpix AW100 is available from Amazon for £235.
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Joint 6th - Olympus Tough TG-630

Olympus Tough Tg 630 Blue Large
 
The Olympus Tough TG-630 is waterproof to 5metres, shockproof to 1.5m, and available in a number of colours including blue, red, white or black.

The Olympus Tough TG-630 is available from Amazon for £155.
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Joint 6th - Pentax Optio WG-3

Pentax Wg 3 2
The Pentax Optio WG-3 is ideal if you are looking for your first rugged camera, it offers good image quality and a couple of unique features, and is shockproof, crushproof, freezeproof and waterproof. There is also a version with GPS, the WG-3 GPS.

The Pentax Optio WG-3 is available from Amazon for £189, or £229 with GPS.
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You'll also need to buy a memory card and a case or bag to give your camera extra safety and protection - have a look at our complete guide to camera bags.



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fredverger
2 Sep 2011 - 8:24 PM

like the funky look of the pentax but not enough of a real camera for me Would buy one for my wife

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12 Feb 2013 - 5:38 AM

I wouldn't go with the PENTAX. I recently bought my waterproof camera and it was a complete disaster . I share my sad story because I don't wish this to happen to anyone.

I bought in Singapore a 10m underwater proof, dust proof, shockproof, etc.,Pentax Optio WG-1. It has been one of the biggest mistakes I’ve ever made. After been ripped off by the dealer in Sim Lim Square, I found out that the “international warranty” they handed me was valid only in Singapore. And I learned that in Australia after trying the camera for the first time underwater and it broke down! BTW this was during my holidays in South East Asia so it also ruined the rest of my trip, I had to take pictures with my iphone.

I am very upset with the dealer because they scammed me since they knew I wasn't buying the camera if it didn't had an international warranty. This has completely disappointed me, adding on top of that the frustration of not been able to claim the warranty here in Australia.

Seems like the company's faulty products and the dealer's treacherous selling practices made the purchase my nightmare (by the way the dealer ripped me off with $900 in the camera and all its accessories ).

Note: If you ever buy a Pentax underwater camera, please be sure it’s the cheapest option, put it into water in front of the dealer before buying just to make sure it won’t brake immediately, and make sure that your warranty is international, believe me you’ll need it.

Last Modified By JJCR at 12 Feb 2013 - 5:39 AM
Tonymac2
25 Nov 2013 - 12:32 PM

Hmm Olympus TG 820 was voted 1st on tis site

But did any body test the door??

I bought one last year and on second trip out door opened.

The catches are not spring loaded so can easily come undone as did mine.

Olypus did replace camera and chip was ok once dry.

But why do you not test the door??

Thanks

Tony

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