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The best waterproof digital cameras typically fall in the $200- $400 range. The newer waterproof models have very good resolution and features such as in-built image stabilization and look pretty cool as well, so this can function not only as the best underwater camera but also as your primary point and shoot camera

If you are the adventurous kind and need a companion on your underwater travel adventures then the best waterproof digital cameras are for you. The best underwater cameras of 2016 are sturdy, rugged yet lightweight and take good quality pictures as well, making them a good bet for those beach expeditions or trekking trips. A good waterproof camera works up to 12m or more and in addition have shock, dust and freeze-proof features. Many of the models today have additional GPS tagging features as well.

The best waterproof cameras are on offer from Canon, Sony, Pentax and Olympus and are weather-proof rugged models. Waterproof cameras are especially handy when you are on vacation whether on the beach, scuba diving or on a skiing trip instead of carrying heavy equipment or a waterproof case for your normal camera.

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Nikon D7200

Nikon D7200


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Nikon D7200
Sony A7 II
Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8
Canon EOS 5Ds
Nikon D7200
Sony A7 II
Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8
Canon EOS 5Ds
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Release Date
Apr 2015
Mar 2015
Mar 2015
Aug 2015
Jun 2015
Waterproof
Waterproof
Waterproof
Waterproof
Waterproof
Waterproof
Camera Type
Mid-size SLR
SLR-style mirrorless
SLR-style mirrorless
Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Mid-size SLR
Resolution
24.0 Megapixel
24.0 Megapixel
16.0 Megapixel
20.0 Megapixel
51.0 Megapixel
Image Sensor Type
CMOS
CMOS
CMOS
CMOS
CMOS
LCD Screen Size
3.2 in.
3.0 in.
3.0 in.
3.0 in.
3.2 in.
Image Sensor Size
28.2 mm
43.04 mm
21.64 mm
21.64 mm
43.26 mm

A clear Dave's Pick, the Nikon D7200 is the company's best effort yet in the enthusiast DSLR market.

It all adds up to make the Sony A7 II a very attractive camera.

If you need better autofocus in a Micro Four Thirds camera, the Olympus OM-D E-M1 is a better choice thanks to its hybrid phase/contrast system.

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Focus and clarity were inconsistent in our tests.

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The Canon EOS 5Ds has inherited some extra design features from the EOS 7D Mk II which make it the best designed 5-series camera to date.

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