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Best Waterproof Camera 2013

Updated on September 7, 2013

Find the Best Waterproof Camera 2013

Whether you're a swimmer, snorkeler, or water sports enthusiast, a waterproof camera is a great way to capture photos when you're near water. But what's the camera to buy? This page can help you find the best waterproof camera for 2013. We've listed the best-rated and bestselling rugged digital cameras available for purchase today and provided information about each of them. Whether you want something to take to the pool, lake, ocean or local water park, here are some of the best waterproof cameras on the market right now.

(Image: Nikon COOLPIX AW110 underwater compact camera available at Amazon. See link below.)

Nikon COOLPIX AW110 - Best waterproof camera 2013

The Nikon COOLPIX AW110 was released in early 2013 and replaces Nikon's bestselling AW100.

The AW100 was Nikon's first foray back into the world of underwater photography after leading the industry for years with its Nikonos line of underwater film cameras. But when film went out of style and the company stopped making Nikonos, they didn't immediately jump into waterproof digital cameras, allowing other manufacturers such as Olympus and Panasonic to get a headstart in the field. But when Nikon came back into the game, they came in big and consumers immediately flocked to the AW100.

The AW110 continues what the AW100 started. This rugged camera has many of the same features as its predecessor, including 1080p HD video, built-in GPS and waterproof, shockproof, dustproof, freezeproof construction. But the new version also includes WiFi so you can upload images from any hotspot, and Nikon has increased the depth rating on the camera to 59 feet (from 33 feet), making it better suited for recreational scuba diving.

The Coolpix AW110 is the best waterproof compact camera for 2013 based on its features and the ratings and reviews Nikon's previous generation camera earned. The AW110 promises to continue to tradition of excellence and once again come out on the top of the pack of underwater compact cameras.

(For more information on its predecessor, see my hands-on review of the Nikon AW100 vs the Panasonic TS4)

Nikon COOLPIX AW110 Wi-Fi and Waterproof Digital Camera with GPS (Orange) (OLD MODEL)
Nikon COOLPIX AW110 Wi-Fi and Waterproof Digital Camera with GPS (Orange) (OLD MODEL)

Product features:

- Water-proof, Shock-proof, Freeze-proof: ruggedly built for reliable and comfortable outdoor operation. Water-proof to a depth of 33 feet;3 inch LCD display

- 16 effective megapixel CMOS sensor ideal for low light shooting and fast operation,Zoom: Optical: 5x, Digital: 4x

- Full HD (1080p) movie with stereo sound and movie-record button that enables one-touch recording (HDMI mini connector equipped)

- Aperture: f/3.9 to f/4.8,Lens Focal Length : 5.0-25.0mm (angle of view equivalent to that of 28-140mm lens in 35mm (135) format)

- Points of Interest (locations, landmarks, etc.) and location information (latitude and longitude) can be added to your photos


Runner- Up: Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS5 - Another great waterproof compact camera

Before Nikon came back into the game, Panasonic's waterproof Lumix was the bestselling underwater camera on Amazon. And they're still extremely popular. The Lumix DMC-TS5 is the latest model and it comes packed with features such as Wi-Fi with NFC so you can connect with a smartphone or tablet and GPS for geo-tagging photos.

In addition to being waterproof to 43 feet, shockproof to falls from 6.6 feet, freezeproof to 14 degrees Fahrenheit and dustproof, the Lumix adds another layer of protection not found in the Nikon - the TS5 is also crushproof to 100kg of force.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS5 16.1 MP Tough Digital Camera with 9.3x Intelligent Zoom (Orange) (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS5 16.1 MP Tough Digital Camera with 9.3x Intelligent Zoom (Orange) (Discontinued by Manufacturer)

Product features:

- Waterproof to 33 feet, temperature from 14-104 degrees fahrenheit

- 12.1 MP Canon HS SYSTEM with a High-Sensitivity CMOS sensor, DIGIC 4 Image Processor

- 5x Optical Zoom with 28mm wide angle lens

- 3.0-inch Pure Color System LCD for easy viewing

- GPS tracker to record image locations on a map via Canon's software (does not work under water)

- Waterproof to 33 feet, temperature resistant from 14-104 degrees Fahrenheit and shockproof up to 5 feet

- 12.1 effective megapixel, 1/2.3-inch high-sensitivity CMOS sensor

- 3-inch TFT PureColor system LCD

Full 1080p HD video with dedicated movie button


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      Pat Moire 6 years ago from West Village, New York City

      I got a Lumix camera and it takes the best photos, even for a point and shoot. Having the option to get one with a Zeiss lens makes it impossible to take a bad shot.