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Best Waterproof Digital Camera Under 100 Dollars

Updated on February 14, 2013

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If you are looking for the best waterproof digital camera under 100 dollars in 2013, you'll have a lot of options to choose from. When it comes to underwater digital cameras, you do not need to spend a ton of money, especially when you already own other digital cameras. Before you purchase one, ask yourself: how often will you be taking pictures underwater?

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If you only want to take underwater pictures during your vacation, when you are snorkeling or scuba diving, a waterproof digital camera under 100 dollars may be your best option. Digital cameras in this price range will give you great photos. Of course, if you are willing to spend more money, the picture quality will also increase.

Kodak Playsport Zx5
Kodak Playsport Zx5

Kodak Playsport Zx5

The Kodak Playsport Video Camera is an awesome piece of device, and there is currently nothing out on the market that can compete with its quality and value. I have always been a die-hard Canon fan, and all my DSLRs and small point and shoot cameras were made by Canon. However, Canon doesn't make any cheap waterproof HD camcorders, so I decided to get out of my comfort zone and purchase the Kodak Playsport.

At 5 MP, the Kodak Playsport does a decent job of capturing quality pictures. When it comes to digital cameras, there is obviously a direct correlation between how much you are willing to spend and the overall picture quality. If you just want to take family photos and post them on Facebook, this Kodak camera is more than sufficient. If you are thinking of placing your underwater photos in a magazine or gallery, I suggest buying something more expensive.

In addition to taking photos, you can capture HD video recordings. This is the real forte of the Kodak Playsport. The HD video is extremely impressive for the price tag. Capturing video is very easy to use and you can zoom up to 4x. If you want your video to be as clear as possible and not grainy, try shooting at 2x or 3x zoom. Some people have noted that the video sometimes jumps or shakes due to the rapid movement of the camera. Keep in mind that this camera is under 100 dollars and you really can't compare it to expensive cameras that cost hundreds of dollars. If you move the Kodak Playsport gently and not shake it so violently, you will be able to capture some great video.

Another great thing about the Kodak Playsport is that you get all the necessary cables! There have been so many times when I would purchase a camera only to find missing cables, which I had to purchase for an additional ten dollars. Really there is not much more you can ask for a camera at this low of a price. It feels comfortable and rugged in my hands and I will continue to use it to capture great images and video while I'm snorkeling.

Bell+Howell Splash Waterproof Digital Camera

The Bell Howell Splash is a decent waterproof digital camera that is very easy to use and gives you the best bang for your buck. At first my wife and I were hesitant to purchase one because of the lukewarm reviews on Amazon, however, I'm so glad that we did. Although my weapon of choice is the Kodak Playsport, my wife arms herself with the Bell Howell Splash whenever we go to the beach or water park with the kids. I have to admit that it takes better quality pictures than the Kodak Playsport, and is equally durable. The camera has been through a lot of punishment and has been dropped and submerged underwater numerous times. It has even gone down water slides a couple of times and we have yet to have any problems. The camera takes better pictures when the flash is off and if you do choose to use flash, use it only indoors. When you use flash outdoors, the quality of the picture looks washed out and it's not as clear.

Aqua 5500 Waterproof Digital Camera

The dual screen Aqua5500 has a whopping 18 MP, the highest on this list. As a result, it is also the most expensive, just shy of 100 dollars. It is fitted with a 1.8 inch LCD screen in the front so you can see yourself before taking the picture. In the back, it has a 2.7 inch LCD screen so you can easily view the photos you've taken. Although, I don't own this particular camera, I've played around with it a couple times when I borrowed it from a friend. It actually takes stunning pictures for an underwater camera and I was having a lot of fun with it in the water. The only drawback to the camera was that its batteries drain pretty quickly if you are constantly taking pictures and using a lot of flash. However, I never use flash when taking pictures underwater because it really interferes with the overall quality of the picture. Although, the price is a little bit off-putting, I really enjoyed all the pictures I took with this camera.

If you do your homework and research, you will find the best waterproof digital camera under 100 dollars in no time.

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      Hannah Writes 5 years ago

      My daughter could use one of these when she goes to the beach!

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      CoolFool83 5 years ago

      Thanks for the cheap and good deals I can get on a waterproof digital.