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Waterproof Digital Camera Reviews 2013

Updated on February 7, 2013

Best Waterproof Digital Cameras

You will have a lot of great choices in finding the best waterproof digital camera in 2013. Obviously, the more money you spend, the better quality camera you will be able to buy. Does this mean that you should buy the most expensive waterproof camera? Absolutely not! If you simply need an underwater camera to take pictures of your family on vacation, you won't need anything extravagant. If you are going to take underwater photos and have them displayed in an art gallery or magazine, I definitely recommend that you go for higher end digital cameras that cost thousands of dollars. If you purchase the right body with the proper lens, it'll be worth every penny. Below, I will review the top 3 waterproof digital cameras in 2013.

Olympus TG-310

The Olympus TG-310 is a sleek and stylish camera that will fulfill all your needs in terms of taking quality pictures underwater. The TG-310 comes with 3.6x optical zoom and is armed with a whopping 14 megapixels. It also has a 2.7 inch LCD monitor and can capture HD (720p) movies. The camera works wonderfully underwater, however keep in mind that if you go deeper than 10 feet, you run the risk of damaging it. I've had the opportunity to use this camera during my last vacation and whenever I went below 10 feet underwater, it would freeze up. Thankfully, after following the cleaning instructions, the camera became fully functional again! The TG-310 also has the option to take several pictures simultaneously, which then neatly comes together to become one.

Panasonic Lumix TS20

By far my favorite looking waterproof digital camera under 200 dollars, the TS20 is very robust and comes in four beautiful colors (black, blue, orange and red). Before purchasing this particular camera, I had previously owned the Panasonic Lumix Lx3, which is a small point and shoot that produces amazing photos that rival some DSLRs. It is really my go to camera for street photography and I love it because it is so small and portable. After being hugely impressed by the Lx3, I decided that I couldn't go wrong with purchasing the TS20 for my underwater photography shots. Boy, was I not disappointed. I love the feel of the camera in my head, and it doesn't feel light and cheap like a toy when I grip it underwater.

The TS20's performance underwater is superb and I love how it turns out extremely fast so you don't miss those 'magic' moments. I was surprised with the burst mode which I found to be very fast, allowing me to take clear pictures of movement. Usually, with other waterproof cameras, I get a lot of blurred images, but I didn't find a single blurry picture when I was browsing through all my photos on the TS20. In addition, the TS20 also boasts an HD video (720p) function. Although the video quality is not the best, I would say that it is still pretty impressive considering the small size of the TS20. I really love how you can easily switch back and forth from camera to video with a click of a button. This is a really nice feature because I know how cumbersome it can be to change from camera to video (or vice versa) when the moment you want to capture is happening right in front of you!

Kodak Easyshare

The Kodak Easyshare is the best waterproof camera for the money. Although it is the cheapest point and shoot on this list, it is in no way inferior to the cameras mentioned above in terms of quality, durability and ease of use. It comes with 12 megapixels, 2.6 inch display and is waterproof up to 10 feet underwater. I've used this camera numerous times on my snorkeling expeditions and I've found it to be completely worth the money. I've been able to produce great looking photos that 'pop' with vibrant colors.

Keep in mind that this camera does not come with a viewfinder, and so you'll have to stare at the LCD screen when you're taking pictures. This is easy to do when you are underwater, but may be more difficult when you are outside on really sunny weather. I've noticed that it is very difficult to see what is on the LCD screen when the sun is shining directly at it. Nevertheless, this is a problem with all cameras and shouldn't really be a big problem. The Kodak Easyshare uses AA batteries and from my experience, lasted about a week with moderate use. Although the battery life is not that bad, I suggest you purchase rechargeable ones so you don't have to keep wasting money.

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