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The waterproof cameras with easy usability features, is a great combination for children, beginners and others during vacations and parties. Along with the waterproofing feature, this listing also has ultracompact cameras which come in attractive colors and with rugged bodies. The best easy to use waterproof cameras are available from brands like Pentax, Olympus and Sony under $200 price range.

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Olympus Tough TG-3
Olympus TG-850
Ricoh WG-4 GPS
Canon PowerShot D30
Nikon Coolpix AW120
Olympus Tough TG-3
Olympus TG-850
Ricoh WG-4 GPS
Canon PowerShot D30
Nikon Coolpix AW120
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Release Date
Jun 2014
Jun 2014
Jun 2014
Apr 2014
Feb 2014
LCD Screen Size
3.0 in.
3.0 in.
3.0 in.
3.0 in.
3.0 in.
Waterproof
Waterproof
Waterproof
Waterproof
Waterproof
Waterproof
Weight
0.54 lb.
0.48 lb.
0.52 lb.
0.48 lb.
0.47 lb.
Camera Type
Compact
Compact
Compact
Compact
Compact
Optical Zoom
4.0 x
5.0 x
4.0 x
5.0 x
5.0 x
Resolution
16.0 Megapixel
16.0 Megapixel
16.0 Megapixel
12.0 Megapixel
16.0 Megapixel
Image Sensor Type
BSI-CMOS
BSI-CMOS
BSI-CMOS
BSI-CMOS
CMOS
Image Sensor Size
2.5 mm
2.5 mm
2.5 mm
2.5 mm
2.5 mm

  • 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.


  • 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 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 Canon PowerShot D30 can go deep underwater, but feels pretty dated in terms of image quality and performance.


  • Canon have really pushed the boundaries on their tough cameras by increasing the integrity of the chassis. While the 2m drop is already matched in many tough cameras – and even bettered – the PowerShot D30 is unsurpassed in the depth that you can swim without an extra casing to protect the camera. It's certainly an easy camera to use as well, aside from the sneakier sub-menus that aren't immediately noticeable.


  • The D30 excels underwater and its new external design makes it one of the most ergonomic tough cameras on the market. However, the D30's direct rivals can go deeper. Image quality isn't bad compared to rival cameras, but a tendency to underexpose can make shots look initially uninspiring.


  • With Wi-Fi, GPS, and an OLED display, the Nikon Coolpix AW120 is one of the better rugged compact cameras you can buy, but it's not quite an Editors' Choice.


  • So should you buy a Nikon Coolpix AW120? As far as its features go, it’s up there with the best cameras in the toughened compact class. Its GPS geotagging and world map navigation are useful for the aspiring adventurer, as is the compass, altimeter and depth gauge. The AW120’s Wi-Fi capability is a little more limited, but nonetheless a welcome inclusion.


  • A good compact camera with plenty of features, but only really worth the price if you need its waterproof, shockproof qualities.