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Top 10 Best Waterproof Tough Cameras 2017

Top 10 Best Waterproof Tough Cameras 2017 - 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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The cameras featured on this list are all waterproof, shockproof and freezeproof which makes them ideal for underwater and travel photography. They're also our highest scoring tough digital cameras so you can be assured that you're purchasing a good camera that's perfect for your next trip. 

As well as the list below, there are a few new tough cameras that have recently been announced. As of yet, we've not reviewed them so they're not featured in the top ten but we thought you might want to check them out. More information on these can be found at the end of the top ten.


1. Olympus Tough TG-5 

Olympus Tough TG 5 (3)

The Olympus Tough TG-5 is the latest waterproof camera from Olympus and features a new 12-megapixel sensor, along with high-speed shooting (both stills and video), and 4K video recording. The camera also features built-in Wi-Fi, GPS, a bright 4x optical zoom lens, with a f/2.0 aperture, and a number of advanced features. 

If you're in the market for a tough waterproof camera, then the Olympus Tough TG-5 offers a big step up from other waterproof cameras and there's a wide range of accessories available for the camera including a ring-flash adapter, wide-angle converter and telephoto adapter, thanks to the unique detachable ring on the front. 


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2. Olympus Tough TG-4 

Olympus Stylus Tough TG 4 (3)

The Olympus Stylus Tough TG-4 features a bright f/2.0 4x optical zoom lens, and a front ring that can be removed to let you add a variety of different accessories, including a ringflash adapter. The camera can shoot raw photos, and has built-in Wi-Fi and GPS. 

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3. 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 £215.

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4. Nikon 1 AW1 

Nikon 1 AW1 White (17)

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 £649.

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5. Nikon Coolpix AW130 

Nikon Coolpix AW130 (3)

The Nikon Coolpix AW130, with built in GPS, Wi-Fi and NFC, is waterproof to 30 metres, shockproof to 2.1 metres, and features a wide-angle 5x optical zoom lens. The AW130 is available in a number of different colours. 

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6. 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 selfies, group shots, and family photos when shooting on holiday, or underwater. The Olympus Tough TG-850 is available from around £259, depending on colour.

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7. Canon PowerShot D30 

Canon Powershot D30 Blue (2)

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 camera available straight out of the box - it's compact and good value for money as well. The Canon Powershot D30 is available from around £179.

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8. Fujifilm FinePix XP120 

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The FinePix XP120 has a 16 megapixel BSI-CMOS sensor and a 5x optical zoom lens. It's waterproof to 20m, freezeproof to -10 degrees C and shockproof to a 1.75m drop. It offers 10 fps continuous shooting, and can record 1080p video at 60/30fps. 

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9. Fujifilm FinePix XP90 

Fujifilm FinePix XP90 (1)

The Fujifilm FinePix XP90 offers great value for money, as well as being waterproof down to 15m, shockproof to 1.75m, and features built in Wi-Fi, a 5x optical zoom lens, a larger 3inch screen, and Full HD video recording. The Fujifilm FinPix XP90 is available for around £128 (depending on colour).

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10. Ricoh WG-5 

Ricoh WG5 Orange (2)

The Ricoh WG-5 is waterproof to 14metres, shockproof to 2.2m, and available in a number of colours with or without GPS built-in. The camera has a front LCD screen that displays the time, and there are 6 macro LEDs surrounding the lens.

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Even More Tough Cameras

As mentioned at the start of this article, these cameras are newer models and as of yet, we've not reviewed them but we thought you still might want to check them out. Some may have reviews over on Amazon so do click the links to find out more information and we will update this guide as soon as we've got hands-on with the newer tough cameras.  


Ricoh WG-50 


The WG-50 is waterproof to a depth of 14 metres, shockproof against falls from a height of 1.6 metres, and freezeproof to temperatures as low as -10°C. It also captures Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels) video and is equipped with a 2.7 inch LCD screen where the brightness can be instantly adjusted to the lighting levels outdoors. 

A five-times optical zoom lens with a focal length coverage from 5mm to 25mm is built in and there's an Intelligent Zoom function that extends the zoom range to approximately 36 times (equivalent to 1008mm in the 35mm format.

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Nikon Coolpix W300 

Coolpix W300

The Nikon Coolpix W300 features 4k video and similarly to the AW130 mentioned in our top 10, it is waterproof to 30m, shockproof to 2.1m and freezeproof to -10°C. It has a 16-megapixel sensor. an internal 5x optical zoom lens and WiFi / Bluetooth are built in.  The W300 is available in black, blue, orange, camouflage and yellow.

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Other Travel Camera Options 

If you want something smaller, you might want to look at the Best Action Cameras, alternatively, if you're on a budget, you could look at the Nikon Coolpix W100.

To find the right memory card for your camera, have a look at our memory card guide and do take a look at our 'Best Gear' section where you'll find more tops lists like this one. 

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aksoyk 2 Turkey
31 May 2017 4:30PM
Well, I own a FujiFilm XP90.
Although it is listed in the 8-th rank, it is really a good value for its performance / price ratio.
It does not deliver photos like 70D, 7D or 6D, but they are quite acceptable and satisfactory in quality.
I can recommend XP90 for a budget underwater camera option.
Meanwhile FujiFilm announced a new version for XP-series: XP120. You would better check that one if you intend to buy an XP-series underwater camera.

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