Best Waterproof Cameras 2013

Best Waterproof Cameras 2013

Waterproof cameras are great for warm-weather vacations and allow for great photographs during a range of outdoor activities including scuba diving, snorkeling, surfing, kayaking, whitewater rafting, skiing, and snowboarding. Below we’ve rounded up our picks for the best waterproof cameras for 2013, including important specifications like the maximum waterproof depth, megapixels, sensor size, and weight.
 
 
The Olympus Stylus TG-2 iHS is waterproof, dustproof, freezeproof, and crushproof (all to an extent). In addition to a waterproof depth of 50 feet, a big selling point of the Olympus TG-2 iHS is the f/2.0 lens, giving it the best low light performance of any waterproof camera with the Pentax WG-3 below. 
Waterproof Depth: 50 ft. (15 m)
Megapixels: 12
Sensor Size: 28 sq. mm
Weight: 8.2 oz.
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The new FujiFilm FinePix XP200 features a 16.4-megapixel sensor and rugged design that is easy to grip. Along with a waterproof depth of 50 feet, the FujiFilm XP200 offers a number of connectivity options for browsing and transferring photos from your smartphone. 
Waterproof Depth: 50 ft. (15 m)
Megapixels: 16.4
Sensor Size: 28 sq. mm
Weight: 8.2 oz.
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The  Sony DSC-TX30  has arguably the best optical performance of any waterproof camera. With an 18.2-megapixel sensor and fast Carl Zeiss f/3.5 lens, the Sony DSC-TX30 packs a punch and weighs only 4.9 oz.  One consideration is that the camera isn’t as easy to grip as other rugged cameras—the body of the Sony TX30 is closer to a normal point-and-shoot but with waterproof capability. 
Waterproof Depth: 33 ft. (10 m)
Megapixels: 18.2
Sensor Size: 28 sq. mm
Weight: 4.9 oz.
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Pentax doesn’t get nearly the credit it deserves in the camera world, and the Pentax Optio WG-3 is an excellent waterproof camera and a good value. Along with a 16-megapixel sensor, the Pentax WG-3 is the only waterproof camera besides the Olympus Stylus TG-2 iHS to offer an f/2.0 lens for better low light performance. A GPS version of the Pentax WG-3 is available for $297
Waterproof Depth: 45 ft. (14 m)
Megapixels: 16
Sensor Size: 28 sq. mm
Weight: 8.4 oz.
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The Powershot D20 is Canon’s leading waterproof camera. Some of the strengths of the Canon D20 are its color rendition, video options, and GPS tracking. Taking into consideration image quality and a waterproof depth of 33 feet, the camera is expensive relative to the options above. 
Waterproof Depth: 33 ft. (10 m)
Megapixels: 12.1
Sensor Size: 28 sq. mm
Weight: 8.1 oz.
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The COOLPIX AW100 is Nikon’s leading waterproof camera and one of the lightest cameras on this list at 6.3 ounces. It also shoots fast and features built-in GPS and an electronic compass function. No camera is completely waterproof under all conditions, but leaking issues have been reported with the Nikon AW100.
Waterproof Depth: 33 ft. (10 m)
Megapixels: 16
Sensor Size: 28 sq. mm
Weight: 6.3 oz.
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Panasonic boasted the megapixels of the new Lumix TS5 from 12.1 to 16.1 and the camera features a zoom lens from high-end manufacturer Leica. The camera’s optics are solid overall and it has a built-in altimeter, compass, and barometer. However, a widely reported issue with the Lumix TS5 is poor audio quality when recording video—the quality of still shots is good but those who frequently shoot video may be disappointed. 
Waterproof Depth: 43 ft. (13 m)
Megapixels: 16.1
Sensor Size: 28 sq. mm
Weight: 7 oz.
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Waterproof Housing

Canon S110 Waterproof HousingIf you need to dive deeper than the depths listed above or prefer to use a camera with better optical performance, a good option is waterproof housing (an advanced waterproof case for normal cameras). Waterproof housing is expensive but can result in better photos both in and out of the water. An example of a nice waterproof camera set-up is the popular Canon S110 with the Canon S110 waterproof case ($284).
 
 
 

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