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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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Category : Compact Cameras
Product : Olympus Stylus Tough TG-860
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Here at ePHOTOzine, we have been reviewing lots of cameras which are waterproof, shockproof and freezeproof, ideal for underwater and travel photography. Here is a run-down of our top ten waterproof and tough cameras (click the title to read our review):


1. Olympus Tough TG-860 

Olympus Stylus Tough TG 860 Black (10)

The Olympus Stylus Tough TG-860 features a tilting selfie screen, plus a front shutter release button, and a side tripod socket. It's waterproof down to 15 metres, shockproof from 2.1 metres, as well as featuring an ultra wide-angle 5x optical zoom lens. 

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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 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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9. Fujifilm FinePix XP80 

Fujifilm FinePix XP80 Black (4)

The Fujifilm FinePix XP80 offers excellent 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 and Full HD video recording. The Fujifilm FinPix XP80 is available for around £125 (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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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. You can find all the latest camera reviews here.

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1 Mar 2015 1:25PM
you can get a lemon no matter what brand. seems each brand has a particular feature at which they excel, just depends on what you need or want. none of the p&s water/weatherproof cameras are going to win a prize for IQSad with the exception of the Nikon 1 AW1 but it isn't a true point&shoot. i own an Olympus TG620 and have never had any problems and it's been through hell. it routinely functions at 0 degrees F, takes above average photos and videos and has a very good feature set.less than $120 investment.SmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmile
2 Dec 2015 11:54AM
An Olympus TG-4 has been good to me. It's a way above standard instrument with great fast optics, Raw mode, and some clever features that make it a travelers' bud. For the naturalist in you, extreme macro with an optional ring-light accessory (that weighs maybe an ounce!) and built-in focus stacking. GPS, sure, but also altitude, depth (in water) and compass. Where you were, how high/deep, which direction you're pointing how's that for photo-documentation! It stitches horizontal and vertical panoramas in-camera with easy visual guidance, has an intervalometer and video up to 240fps for hummingbirds and other fast ones. Filter threads, too. Remote viewing, control, shooting and download from Apple/Android phones/tablets via Wi-Fi. (And all the usual features on an easy menu system.) All that and it slips into your pocket. Quite the winner.
21 Dec 2015 8:38AM
The Pentax DSLR K-2S might be worth a mention. I bought mine in June and have used it in pouring rain to get the effects of rain on boat reflections, and it is still working perfectly.
spr 7 United States
14 Mar 2016 2:52PM
It's only March.
Yes ok than ..... so which is best?????
russmac 6 9 England
2 Dec 2016 1:59PM
I have a DMC-FT5 which I bought for snorkelling. I have to say I was impressed with the results as well as the GPS and wifi functions. the app to transfer photos to my phone is easy to use too. it has limitations like they all do but for a holiday camera its very good and way cheaper than forking out for a waterproof housing for a DSLR

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