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Cheap Digital Waterproof Cameras Worth a Look

Updated on June 13, 2013

A Good Waterproof Digital Camera Doesn't Have to Cost a Lot

If you take a look at the bestselling digital waterproof cameras on Amazon, you might be surprised to see that some of the most popular cameras are just over $100. While you can pay considerably more for top models like the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3 or the Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-TX10, which offer a lot of features you won't get in cheaper waterproof cameras, you don't need to spend that much if you just want an underwater camera for shallow depths. Here are some cheap digital waterproof cameras worth a look

(Image of Kodak EasyShare Sport C123 from Amazon)

The Most Popular Cheap Digital Waterproof Camera - Fuji FinePix XP30 has a lot of features of its more expensive competitors

The Fuji FinePix XP30 is currently (April 2012) the third most popular camera in the Underwater Cameras category on Amazon, trailing behind two different colored models of the bestselling Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3. But the XP30, currently priced a little over $100 on Amazon (MSRP is $239.95), is nearly $200 cheaper than its competitors. Consumers love this little camera because it packs a lot of features into a tiny price tag. It was the first waterproof digital camera with GPS and it shoots 14 megapixel still photos as well as 720p HD video. It's also waterproof, shockproof, freezeproof, and dustproof, and consumers have given it a 4.5-out of 5-star average rating. Pretty impressive for a camera that's barely over $100. Click here for a more complete Fuji FinePix XP30 review.

Fujifilm FinePix XP30 14 MP Waterproof Digital Camera with Fujinon 5x Optical Zoom Lens and GPS Geo-Tagging Function (Orange)
Fujifilm FinePix XP30 14 MP Waterproof Digital Camera with Fujinon 5x Optical Zoom Lens and GPS Geo-Tagging Function (Orange)

Product features:

- 14-megapixel CCD sensor; 5x wide-angle optical zoom

- Rugged design is waterproof, shockproof, freezeproof, and dustproof

- GPS Geo-tagging function

- HD video capture; 720p with sound at 30 frames per second with one-touch ease


Sample Photo from the FinePix XP30

Sample Photo from the FinePix XP30
Sample Photo from the FinePix XP30

Nikon Coolpix S30 - A cheap waterproof camera that's great for everyone in the family

Nikon has been promoting the Coolpix S30 as a camera that's easy enough for just about anyone to use, from young kids to grandparents. It has large easy-to-use buttons that make navigation simple, and you can capture both video and still photos with a 10 MP sensor and 3x zoom. This camera is tough enough to withstand drops from 2.6 feet and is waterproof to 9.8 feet (3 meters).

Nikon COOLPIX S30 10.1 MP Digital Camera with 3x Zoom Nikkor Glass Lens and 2.7-inch LCD (Blue)
Nikon COOLPIX S30 10.1 MP Digital Camera with 3x Zoom Nikkor Glass Lens and 2.7-inch LCD (Blue)

Product description: Families now have a camera to take wherever they go. Waterproof and shockproof, the COOLPIX S30 is ideal for everything from poolside fun to playground action. A 10.1 MP sensor produces top quality images, ideal for printing and sharing. The 3x wide-angle lens frames clear memories of all the important people and moments in your life.


Sample Photo from the Nikon S30

Sample Photo from the Nikon S30
Sample Photo from the Nikon S30

Kodak EasyShare Sport C123 Digital Waterproof Camera - 4.5-star average rating from over 450 customers

The Kodak EasyShare Sport C123 doesn't offer fancy styling or HD video capabilities, but what it does offer is a reliable 12-megapixel sensor with a 2.6-inch display, VGA video, an underwater mode to give true-to-life colors and the ability to go underwater to 10 feet underwater white balance mode. With a price tag around $100 (prices subject to change and vary slightly by color), what more could you want?

Kodak EasyShare Sport C123 12 MP Waterproof Digital Camera (Gray)
Kodak EasyShare Sport C123 12 MP Waterproof Digital Camera (Gray)

Product features:

- Waterproof up to 10 ft underwater

- 2.6 in. display

- 12 megapixel sensor

- Equipped with Kodak's Smart Capture feature

- One-button upload to e-mail, KODAK PULSE Display and other popular social networking sites


A Cheap Digital Waterproof Camera Under $100 - In the top 30 bestselling underwater cameras

There's only one other cheap digital waterproof camera in the top 30 bestsellers in Amazon's Underwater Cameras category, and that's the Intova CP9. It doesn't have the brand name recognition of the other cameras, but this little compact model can go to 130 feet underwater, which makes it suitable for recreational scuba diving, as well as swimming and snorkeling. Of course, you'll need an external light source to get the best results if you're diving, but it's a great choice for anyone on a budget, particularly scuba divers who want a camera that can go as deep as they go.

Intova CP9 Compact Waterproof Digital Camera (OLD MODEL)
Intova CP9 Compact Waterproof Digital Camera (OLD MODEL)

Product features:

- 9-megapixel digital camera can be used on its own or with included waterproof housing for snorking, swimming, and more

- Waterproof to 130 feet (39 meters)

- 32 MB internal memory; expansion via SD/SDHC cards up to 8 GB

- Captures videos up to VGA resolution (640 x 480) at 20 frames per second

- 4x digital zoom; 2.4-inch color LCD; multiple scene modes

- Powered by 2 AAA batteries; includes hand strap


Even cheap digital waterproof cameras can produce great results

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      myowncupoftea 4 years ago

      I love the last part where window shoppers can check out reviews and prices at a glance! Great lens!