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Top 10 Best Waterproof Tough Cameras 2014

Top 10 Best Waterproof Tough Cameras 2014 - Here are our top 10 best waterproof tough cameras for active photographers with features like GPS and Wi-Fi built in they make an ideal active holiday camera.

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Updated May 2014. Here at ePHOTOzine we have been reviewing lots of cameras which are waterproof, shockproof and freezeproof, ideal for underwater photography. Here is a run down of our top ten waterproof cameras (click the title to read our review):

Joint 1st - 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 £269.

  FEATURES
HANDLING
PERFORMANCE
VALUE FOR MONEY
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Joint 1st - 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 £599.

  FEATURES
HANDLING
PERFORMANCE
VALUE FOR MONEY
OVERALL
 

 

Joint 2nd - 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. An updated version is available, the Olympus Tough TG-835.

The Olympus Tough TG-830 is available from Amazon for £199.

  FEATURES
HANDLING
PERFORMANCE
VALUE FOR MONEY
OVERALL
 

 

Joint 2nd - Nikon Coolpix AW110

Nikon Coolpix AW120 Blue (4)
 

The Nikon Coolpix AW120, 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 AW120 is available from Amazon for £269.

  FEATURES
HANDLING
PERFORMANCE
VALUE FOR MONEY
OVERALL
 

 

Joint 2nd - 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 £229.

  FEATURES
HANDLING
PERFORMANCE
VALUE FOR MONEY
OVERALL
 

 

Joint 2nd - Olympus Tough TG-850

Olympus Stylus Tough TG 850 Silver (6)
 

The Olympus Tough TG-850 is the only waterproof camera with a tilting 3inch screen, ideal for selfie's, group shots, and family photos when shooting on holiday, or underwater.

The Olympus Tough TG-850 is available from Amazon for £259.

  FEATURES
HANDLING
PERFORMANCE
VALUE FOR MONEY
OVERALL
 

 

Joint 3rd - Canon PowerShot D30

Canon Powershot D30 Blue (3)
 

The Canon Powershot D30 is one of the toughest underwater cameras available, waterproof down to an impressive 25 metres, it makes it the most waterproof cameras available straight out of the box - it's compact and good value for money as well.

The Canon Powershot D30 is available from Amazon for £259.

  FEATURES
HANDLING
PERFORMANCE
VALUE FOR MONEY
OVERALL
 

 

Joint 3rd - 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 £179.

  FEATURES
HANDLING
PERFORMANCE
VALUE FOR MONEY
OVERALL
 

 

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 £139.

  FEATURES
HANDLING
PERFORMANCE
VALUE FOR MONEY
OVERALL
 

 

Joint 6th - Ricoh WG-4 GPS

Ricoh WG 4 GPS Black (4)
 

The Ricoh WG-4 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-4 GPS.

The Ricoh WG-4 is available from Amazon for £259, or £280 with GPS.

  FEATURES
HANDLING
PERFORMANCE
VALUE FOR MONEY
OVERALL
 

Previously number 1 - and still an excellent camera if available in your area:

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 camera has been updated by the Olympus Tough TG-830.

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Updated May 2014. Here at ePHOTOzine we have been reviewing lots of cameras which are waterproof, shockproof and freezeproof, ideal for underwater photography. Here is a run down of our top ten waterproof cameras (click the title to read our review):

 

 

Joint 1st - 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 £269.

  FEATURES
HANDLING
PERFORMANCE
VALUE FOR MONEY
OVERALL
 

 

Joint 1st - 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 £599.

  FEATURES
HANDLING
PERFORMANCE
VALUE FOR MONEY
OVERALL
 

 

Joint 2nd - 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. An updated version is available, the Olympus Tough TG-835.

The Olympus Tough TG-830 is available from Amazon for £199.

  FEATURES
HANDLING
PERFORMANCE
VALUE FOR MONEY
OVERALL
 

 

Joint 2nd - Nikon Coolpix AW110

Nikon Coolpix AW120 Blue (4)
 

The Nikon Coolpix AW120, 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 AW120 is available from Amazon for £269.

  FEATURES
HANDLING
PERFORMANCE
VALUE FOR MONEY
OVERALL
 

 

Joint 2nd - 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 £229.

  FEATURES
HANDLING
PERFORMANCE
VALUE FOR MONEY
OVERALL
 

 

Joint 2nd - Olympus Tough TG-850

Olympus Stylus Tough TG 850 Silver (6)
 

The Olympus Tough TG-850 is the only waterproof camera with a tilting 3inch screen, ideal for selfie's, group shots, and family photos when shooting on holiday, or underwater.

The Olympus Tough TG-850 is available from Amazon for £259.

  FEATURES
HANDLING
PERFORMANCE
VALUE FOR MONEY
OVERALL
 

 

Joint 3rd - Canon PowerShot D30

Canon Powershot D30 Blue (3)
 

The Canon Powershot D30 is one of the toughest underwater cameras available, waterproof down to an impressive 25 metres, it makes it the most waterproof cameras available straight out of the box - it's compact and good value for money as well.

The Canon Powershot D30 is available from Amazon for £259.

  FEATURES
HANDLING
PERFORMANCE
VALUE FOR MONEY
OVERALL
 

 

Joint 3rd - 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 £179.

  FEATURES
HANDLING
PERFORMANCE
VALUE FOR MONEY
OVERALL
 

 

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 £139.

  FEATURES
HANDLING
PERFORMANCE
VALUE FOR MONEY
OVERALL
 

 

Joint 6th - Ricoh WG-4 GPS

Ricoh WG 4 GPS Black (4)
 

The Ricoh WG-4 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-4 GPS.

The Ricoh WG-4 is available from Amazon for £259, or £280 with GPS.

  FEATURES
HANDLING
PERFORMANCE
VALUE FOR MONEY
OVERALL
 


Previously number 1 - and still an excellent camera if available in your area:

 

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 camera has been updated by the Olympus Tough TG-830.

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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Comments


fredverger 3 22 United Kingdom
2 Sep 2011 8:24PM
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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JJCR 1
12 Feb 2013 5:38AM
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.
25 Nov 2013 12:32PM
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
21 May 2014 5:43PM
Fredverger - what a sexist remark, and I bet she would take a better picture too!!!!!

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