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Top 5 Best Waterproof Cameras

The first underwater color photo was taken by National Geographic photographer Charles Martin and Dr. William Longley in 1926. Taken off the coast of the Florida Keys, the photo was of a hogfish, and Martin and Longley had to use exploding magnesium powder to illuminate the underwater darkness. Luckily for modern ocean enthusiasts, underwater photography no longer requires special skills or exploding powder. Here are the top five waterproof cameras available today.

Nikon Coolpix AW110


Nikon’s underwater version of the Coolpix is just as sleek as its land version. A large back screen with easy button controls make it worthy of the brand.

Pros:
• Wi-Fi enabled for easy sharing
• On-board GPS makes it possible to record the location of your shots—an especially nice feature underwater
• Full 1080 HD video capability
• Shockproof, weatherproof, and dustproof
• One of the only waterproof cameras with a touchscreen

Cons:
• A bit of space between the LCD screen and its plastic cover allows the screen to bend if under pressure (ie: when diving)
• LCD screen not very bright
• Auto-flash function isn’t always intuitive

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Pentax WG–3


This Pentax may look more like a surveying tool than one that takes great shots. Never judge a camera by its casing.

Pros:
• Backlight sensor for ease of use in dark locales
• Shots well in low-light, ISO 6401
• Full 1080 HD video capability
• Shockproof, weatherproof, and dustproof

Cons:
• Lens glare when close to surface of water
• No dial for quick-select of shooting mode
• Tends to fog internally

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Sony Cybershot DSC–TF1


If you’re shooting video the Cybershot isn’t your best bet, but it shines for photos with lots of creative effect options and in-camera editing tools.

Pros:
• 4x optical zoom and 16.1 megapixel resolution
• Image stabilization option
• 360-degree panorama mode
• Shockproof, weatherproof, and dustproof

Cons:
• Lag in autofocus
• Doesn’t come with memory card
• 720 HD video isn’t always stable

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Olympus Tough TG 830–iHS


This Olympus series is known for being almost entirely life-proof, but getting beautiful images with this gem is anything but tough.

Pros:
• 5x optical zoom and 16-megapixel resolution
• Dustproof, weatherproof, crushproof, shockproof
• On-board GPS
• An average of 350 shots per battery charge (most waterproof cameras range between 150 and 250 shots per charge)

Cons:
• No internal memory option
• A bit bulkier and heavier than competitors
• Buttons are close together, can be difficult to use (especially underwater)

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Fujifilm FinePix XP60

If you’re unable to spend more than $150 on an underwater camera, this Fujifilm will give you the most bang for your buck.

Pros:
• 5x optical zoom and 16.4-megapixel resolution
• Full 1080 HD video capability
• ISO 6400 (possible to function in low light situations)
• Image stabilization option

Cons:
• Exposure levels are difficult to maintain
• No memory card included
• Doesn’t shoot well in shadows

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