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Best Waterproof Cameras

Updated on May 3, 2013

3 Reasons You May Need An Underwater Camera, Even If You Don't Snorkel

I was once in your position, diligently shopping for my next digital camera and giving myself fits comparing brands, features, and prices. When I felt that I had educated myself enough, I, armed with my new knowledge, decided to take a trip to my nearest electronics store, test drive a few models, and purchase my new camera.

I confidently strolled into the camera department and began browsing and it wasn't long before an equally confident young sales clerk asked if I needed assistance. She listened attentively as I explained what I was looking for in my new camera, and seemed mildly impressed with my research. When I had finished with my list of demands, she said she had just one question, and calmly inquired, âhave you considered underwater cameras?â

In all of my research I had not spent one moment even considering the purchase of a waterproof camera, even though all of the best waterproof cameras have equal picture quality to conventional digital cameras. Not wanting to seem unprepared for the question, I calmly replied that I simply could not think of one instance where I would need an underwater camera, and therefore not one reason to spend the extra money to buy one.

That was almost exactly one year ago and I can still remember the salesperson's knowing grin as she rang up my purchase. I could not think of one reason then to consider underwater cameras, but in the time since I have come to regret my decision. I now have three darn good reasons to research waterproof camera reviews when considering a new digital camera purchase.

Best Canon Waterproof Cameras and Cameras Underwater Housing

Canon PowerShot D20 12.1 MP CMOS Waterproof Digital Camera with 5x Image Stabilized Zoom 28mm Wide-Angle Lens a 3.0-Inch LCD and GPS Tracking (Blue) (OLD MODEL)
Canon PowerShot D20 12.1 MP CMOS Waterproof Digital Camera with 5x Image Stabilized Zoom 28mm Wide-Angle Lens a 3.0-Inch LCD and GPS Tracking (Blue) (OLD MODEL)

The Canon PowerShot D20 is an amazing camera that will give you some of the best underwater images that you have ever seen! This camera is super high-tech! There are so many impressive features including GPS tracking! The Canon Powershot D20 is a stylish fun waterproof digital camera. The canon Powershot is waterproof up to a depth of 33 feet. It is shockproof up to 4 feet, which means that you can drop it from up to 4 feet high and not break it. If you're like me and are always dropping things, you want to make sure that your digital camera is shockproof. The Canon Powershot D20 is also weather resistant; it can function in temperatures from as low as 10 degrees to as high as 104 degrees Fahrenheit.


Reason 1: Never Miss a Great Shot!

While your hiking on the world's tallest mountain, at your kids soccer game or scuba diving in the deep sea you don't have to worry about missing that perfect moment or a great shot.

Shot in Belize with an Nikon Coolpix AW100 Waterproof Camera

Shot in Belize with an Nikon Coolpix AW100 Waterproof Camera
Shot in Belize with an Nikon Coolpix AW100 Waterproof Camera

Reason 2: You Never Know When It's Going to Pour!

We live in the south where springtime always brings the promise of blooming azalea's, fragrant magnolia blossoms, and freak thunderstorms. It was one of the latter that befell me at my best friends wedding last April. The weather report showed a 20% chance of showers, and where I'm from, that means it's not going to rain; the wedding is on. I spent the entire day with the bride and the wedding party, documenting every aspect of the build-up to the ceremony for a digital photo album I planned to give them on their first anniversary. Apparently, Mother Nature had other plans. The ceremony went off without a hitch, but as we were all celebrating at the outdoor reception, the skies started looking a little threatening. As the raindrops began to fall, we sought shelter under a pavilion to wait for the storm to blow over. Forty minutes later, with the storm getting stronger, we decided we'd have to make a run for the main building in pouring rain across the now soaked ground. With arms full of as many decorations as we could carry, I attempted to skip through and jump over the puddles, with having the added burden of trying to protect the hem of my beige satin dress and, of course, the digital camera. I made it, the dress did okay, but when I hopped into the doorway, I realized that I dropped the camera! I looked out the doorway for a glint of silver, a metallic reflection, or anything that may have given a clue as to where the camera had fallen, but alas, there was none. By the time I secured an umbrella and went out to search I already knew in my heart it was too late. There goes my boss's retirement party, the hot air balloon festival, and the anniversary gift. If I had a waterproof camera then I would have had nothing to worry about!

Waterproof Digital Camera Float

Top Fuji Digital Waterproof Cameras

Fujifilm FinePix XP60 16.4MP Digital Camera with 2.7-Inch LCD (Red) (OLD MODEL)
Fujifilm FinePix XP60 16.4MP Digital Camera with 2.7-Inch LCD (Red) (OLD MODEL)

Finally a camera without a delay! Fujifilm has created all of their cameras without a delay, which means that as soon as you press the shutter button your picture is captured! Did I mention that there is no delay?!? This Fujifilm FinePix XP60 is one of the new cameras that does not have a delay. This camera also packs an awesome internal-zooming lens that's equivalent to a 35mm! Fujifilm out did themselves with this waterproof camera. It also has a 16MP sensor, 230K dot resolution viewfinder, 2.7 inch screen, macro focus and ISO range of 100-6400. This waterproof Fujifilm FinePix XP60 can also record movies; can you imagine the movies you could shot while scuba diving at a beautiful ocean reef? The Fujifilm FinePix XP60 comes in bright color choices such as green, blue, orange, red and yellow.


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      Gerald McConway 5 years ago

      Great selection of cameras and a much needed reminder for myself to get one of these. I keep missing out on some great summer shots.