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Top 7 Best Waterproof Cameras - We look at the digital camera market and pick out seven of the best waterproof cameras for underwater and water sport use.
Waterproof digital cameras are becoming even more interesting looking and feature packed. Today's breed have video modes and fancy focusing options such as subject tracking and face detection. Many have a brace of scene modes and some have exposure compensation. But which are the best waterproof cameras you should consider for your outdoor activities? Here we review seven of the current models from the leading camera manufacturers, which not only offer waterproofing, but add shock, dust and freeze-proof features too.
Fujifilm Finepix XP10 digital camera
Sony Cybershot TX10
Olympus mju TOUGH 8010
Canon Powershot D10
The Canon D10 is starting to look a bit dated in terms of spec with its moderate 3x zoom and 12.1mp sensor, but still up there in the design front. If you're after a camera for beach and water activities this one certianly looks and feels the part, but not so good for video as most of the others have superceeded it with HD recording. The lens offers a close focus of 3cm and face detection focusing.
Pentax Optio WG-1 GPS
Specifications compared (bold is best)
|Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT3||Fujifilm Finepix XP10||Sony Cyber-shot TX10||Olympus mju TOUGH 8010||Canon Powershot D10||Pentax Optio WG-1 GPS||Casio Exilim EX-G1|
|Video mode||1920||1080||1280||720||640||1280||640 (848-wide)|
|LCD Monitor size||2.7in||2.7in||3.0in||2.7in||2.5in||2.7in||2.5in|
It's a tough call, parden the pun, but there's got to be just one winner. We've chosen the Sony, Cyber-shot TX10. It may not look as fun as some of the others, but just because it's designed for outdoor sport use doesn't mean it has to look like a bathtime accessory.
The Cyber-shot TX10 will look just as good when you're out in the evening, but has a rugged case that makes it great for the rough conditions too.
Its larger LCD is brilliant for looking at results or framing up shots and the touch screen makes easy work of setting modes.
It's not as useful for deeper underwater shooting, but if you're going that deep you really need a serious underwater model anyway. The camera's video mode is high resolution, the sensor is the best of the bunch and the Carl Zeiss lens really will deliver super sharp results.
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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT3
Read our updated guide to the Top 10 Best Waterproof Cameras.