Whenever you’re going to enjoy the great outdoors, it’s essential that you bring along a camera to capture stunning views and to record those memorable moments. To help give you an idea of what cameras would best suit your needs, here are the best waterproof cameras for 2017.
Olympus Tough! TG-4
If we’re going to talk about tough cameras, it’s hard not to mention the Olympus Tough TG-4. As the name suggests, it’s one tough camera that can absorb a drop from about 2.1 meters and can hold the pressure of 15m deep underwater. It’s also a traveler’s companion as it supports GPS and it’s also equipped with an electronic compass.
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Panasonic Lumix FT5 / TS5
The FT5 packs a whole lot of features that makes you wonder how this camera can hold them all. To start off, the Panasonic Lumix FT5 can be controlled using remote camera controls through Wi-Fi, for easy file sharing, it has NFC and for travelers who are adventurous, it has GPS. With fast AF performance and toughness to hold pressure underwater and extreme weather conditions, the FT5 is a good companion to have when snorkeling, skiing, and even whitewater rafting.
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Nikon Coolpix AW130
For underwater adventures, the Nikon Coolpix AW130 does a very good job of taking a wide range of shots and clear resolution. You can even take it deeper than most cameras as it tough design can hold pressure up to 30m deep underwater. So if you’re into scuba diving, you can definitely take selfies with the fishes with the Nikon Coolpix AW130.
Canon PowerShot D30
If you’re gunning for a simple camera to use that you can take 25m underwater, then the Canon PowerShot D30 fits your needs. The drawback is that it doesn’t have Wi-Fi and it doesn’t tell you how deep you are in the water. But at least it has GPS and has an impressive ergonomic design.
YI 4K+ Action Camera
It’s considered the world’s first 4K/60fps action camera in the market today. It can be fitted into a waterproof housing and a handheld gimbal; this camera can serve as your companion in shooting fast action videos or taking memorable shots while skiing, biking and even running while streaming all the action through different social media platforms.
With its unique design, the Ricoh WG-5 is a head turner. You can take this underwater up to 14 meters and can be dropped at the height of 2 meters. Easily fits the pocket, this is one travel companion that won’t let you stray away because of its GPS feature.
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Fuji FinePix XP90
If budget is an issue, then having a camera like the Fuji FinePix XP90 won’t be a challenge. It boasts of fun filters you can apply to images that you’ll be taking. However, don’t get your hopes too high for its image quality; it’s not on the “professional level” as they say, but if you’ll use this camera for family gatherings and activities, then it would certainly do the job.
These are few of the best waterproof cameras for 2017. Each camera has its own advantages and disadvantages. What’s important is how each camera would suit your needs and how willing are you to take them for a spin on your next outdoor trip.
“George Finlayson is an educator and professional writer with a BA in Creative Writing. He was born in London, England but currently resides in Shanghai, China. He has recently developed a great interest in photography and has begun a new venture into writing about photography and videography for beginners, and related topics. With so many technical details in digital photography, George likes to keep things simple so that everyone can understand and feel a part of the ever-growing global photography community.”