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Top 11 Best Waterproof Tough Cameras 2019

Here are our top 11 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 best waterproof tough cameras that ePHOTOzine have reviewed can all be found here. 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 that we've reviewed, so you can be assured that you're purchasing a good camera that's perfect for your next trip. If you're planning on shooting underwater, then you will want a camera with a bright lens, and good noise performance. Some also feature 4K video, for high-quality underwater video recording.

 

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1. Olympus Tough TG-6 

Olympus Tough TG-6

The Olympus Tough TG-6 may be a fairly subtle update to the TG-5 but improves it in a number of ways, making it easier to get better results under water, and makes the most of the impressive macro capabilities of the lens. The price remains the same as the RRP of the TG-5, so it makes sense to go for this model. The introduction of new accessories improves the appeal of this camera, and the previous model, too. 

Overall, the Olympus Tough TG-6 offers great image quality, impressive macro performance, as well as 4K video and high-speed shooting features.

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2. 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 for better low-light performance, 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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3. Olympus Tough TG-4 

Olympus Stylus Tough TG 4 (3)

The 16mp 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 ring flash adapter. The camera can shoot raw photos and has built-in Wi-Fi and GPS. 

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4. 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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5. 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, freezeproof and shockproof, with high-speed shooting modes. The Nikon 1 AW1 is available from Amazon for £649.

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6. Nikon Coolpix W300 

Nikon Coolpix W300 Underwater

The Nikon Coolpix W300 features 4K video, and similar to the AW130, 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, orange, camouflage and yellow.

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7. 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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8. 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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9. Fujifilm FinePix XP130 - 

Fujifilm XP130 (2)

The Fujifilm FinePix XP130 adds Bluetooth and improved battery life to the features on offer in the XP series. It also sports a 5x optical zoom lens and a 16-megapixel sensor. The camera is waterproof down to 20m and has Full HD video recording. 

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10. Panasonic Lumix FT7 

Panasonic Lumix FT7 Blue Hands On (1) (Custom)

The Panasonic Lumix FT7 features a 20mp BSI-CMOS sensor, a wide-angle 4.6x optical zoom lens, 4K video recording, and is waterproof down to 31m. It's also shockproof from the height of 2m. It's also unique in offering an electronic viewfinder, for when it's too bright to use the screen. Built-in Wi-Fi makes it easy to remotely control the camera, and transfer images. (Known as the TS7 in the USA)

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11. Fujifilm FinePix XP140 

Fujifilm FinePix XP140 Underwater

The Fujifilm FinePix XP140 adds 4K video shooting and an extra 5m to the max waterproof depth. However there aren't many other changes compared to the XP130 above, so if the 4K shooting (at a relatively slow 15 fps) isn't important to you, opt for the XP130 which will be cheaper.   

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Other Travel Camera Options 

If you want something smaller, you might want to look at the Best Action Cameras. You'll also need a memory card for your camera, so why not have a look at our memory card guide? Do take a look at our 'Best Gear' section, too, where you'll find more top lists like this one. 

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aksoyk 4 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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