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The best cheap waterproof cameras are available from brands like Nikon, Panasonic and Olympus under the price range of $300 and $200. Some of these cameras are also capable of high definition video recording.

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Fuji FinePix XP80

Fujifilm FinePix XP80


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Fujifilm FinePix XP80
Ricoh WG-4 GPS
Fujifilm FinePix S1
Olympus TG-850
Olympus Tough TG-3
Fujifilm FinePix XP80
Ricoh WG-4 GPS
Fujifilm FinePix S1
Olympus TG-850
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Release Date
Mar 2015
Jun 2014
Mar 2014
Jun 2014
Jun 2014
Waterproof
Waterproof
Waterproof
Waterproof
Waterproof
Waterproof
Camera Type
Compact
Compact
SLR-like (bridge)
Compact
Compact
Optical Zoom
5.0 x
4.0 x
50.0 x
5.0 x
4.0 x
Resolution
16.0 Megapixel
16.0 Megapixel
16.0 Megapixel
16.0 Megapixel
16.0 Megapixel
Image Sensor Type
CMOS
BSI-CMOS
CMOS
BSI-CMOS
BSI-CMOS
LCD Screen Size
2.7 in.
3.0 in.
3.0 in.
3.0 in.
3.0 in.
Image Sensor Size
2.5 mm
2.5 mm
2.5 mm
2.5 mm
2.5 mm

  • The Fujfilm XP80 offers affordable durability in a compact package.
    ISO 6400 (reduced file size). The Fujifilm XP80 is excellent for shooting right in the middle of the action. The 10 fps burst speed is among the best for the category. The video capabilities and wide range of mounting options makes it a good choice for mounting on a bike, surfboard, or whatever else you can imagine. It's not a good option for shooting indoors, however.


  • The Fujifilm FinePix XP80 is a good all round compact camera, which is ideal if you’re the type of person who likes to go on adventure holidays - or, alternatively if you’re just looking for something which will be able to withstand average family life.
    Although picture quality may not be quite as high as some cameras without such rugged credentials, for a holiday or family camera, it’s still pretty good and you should be pleased with what it can produce.

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    The FinePix XP80 from Fujifilm is a nice point-n-shoot camera that will work well for the beginning photographer seeking waterproof capabilities in a simplistic model. This camera's images are surprisingly sharp for such a basic camera with a small image sensor. Another pleasing surprise is that the XP80 has very little shutter lag when the lighting conditions are good. However, color representation and exposure are a little off with the XP80.


  • The Ricoh WG-4 has a lens that matches that of our favorite rugged camera, but its performance isn't quite as good.


  • There’s no doubt that the Ricoh WG-4 makes a very good rugged camera. Its toughness credentials may not be the best on paper, but in the hand the WG-4 feels like it’ll survive almost anything you could throw at it.
    But exactly the same could be said of its predecessor, the WG-3, which is a virtually identical camera. That means image quality is unimproved and shows more detail loss and colour speckling at higher ISO sensitivities than you may expect from a ‘new’ camera.


  • Great build quality and useful features make the WG-4 GPS a capable action camera that also performs well and usually produces attractive images. However, it's little more than a rebranded Pentax WG-3 GPS.


  • The Fujifilm FinePix S1 is a solid 50x zooming camera thanks to quick autofocus and a weather-resistant design.


  • The Fujifilm FinePix S1 is an impressive do-it-all camera that will satisfy a lot of people's needs, although the more discerning pixel-peepers may be disappointed by the high levels of noise at low ISO speeds.
    The S1 really is an all-in-one camera that will cope with virtually everything that you can throw at it, from macro photography to sports and wildlife, safe in the knowledge that its weather-resistant construction should withstand most things that you subject it to.


  • The S1 is hardly the perfect super-zoom camera, but it definitely is in the top of the 2014 class. In fact, its positives outweigh the negatives by a wide margin, so we’ll easily give it Recommended status. The fact it costs around $500 and is the only weather-resistant mega-zoom makes it even more appealing. Just don’t expect DSLR performance.


  • The Olympus Tough TG-850 is a tough camera with a wide-angle lens that is a fine choice for photographers on a budget.


  • Arguably, the biggest surprise of the TG-850 is how good the image quality is. That's by no means a derisory comment towards Olympus, but more towards Tough style cameras as a concept. Typically – and based on other reviews of similar style cameras from all manufacturers – image quality is low down on the list of priorities, but here Olympus seem to be getting it right in most places.

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    The Olympus Stylus TG-850 is a compact and versatile "Tough" digicam. It has been built to go anywhere that you can go. It is easy to use and performs very well, but it lacks in image quality.


  • The Olympus Tough TG-3 is a worthy successor to the TG-2. Despite some image noise, it's still the best rugged camera we've tested.


  • As long as you have some patience, then using the Olympus Tough TG-3 is a delight. We took it to many events from gigs to days out at the beach and it coped with all of them. The patience comes with the frustrations we discovered. For example, putting a memory card in will frequently knock the protective catch down the card making it write protected. You have to take it out to slide it back up again. That's not too much of an issue until you've done it a couple of times a week.


  • Pricey, but if you need a camera that's built and equipped for life well off the beaten track, the Olympus TG-3 is worth the money.