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If you remember that waterproof cameras are not known for image quality, you have won half the battle. Also, with a camera meant for good outdoor and underwater performance you want reliability and ease of use. An affordable point-and-shoot to splash with at the beach or pool should allow use at some depth, provide a clear viewing screen, some video capability, and some zoom. Some new models even allow GPS tagging. Well-known brands Fuji and Kodak and lesser-known companies Vistaquest, Vupoint and Vivitar have waterproof cameras for under $150. Look for the sport camera label along with the waterproof tag - this means that the camera is rugged enough for usage in the wet.

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Nikon Coolpix S32

Nikon Coolpix S32


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Nikon Coolpix S32
FUJIFILM FinePix XP55
Polaroid IF045
Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS20 / DMC-FT20
Nikon Coolpix S30
Nikon Coolpix S32
FUJIFILM XP55 Digital Camera
Polaroid IF045 Waterproof Digital Camera
Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS20 / DMC-FT20 Light Field Camera
Nikon Coolpix S30 Light Field Camera
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Release Date
Mar 2014
Jul 2012
Jul 2012
Feb 2012
Feb 2012
Waterproof
Waterproof
Waterproof
Waterproof
Waterproof
Waterproof
Camera Type
Compact
Standard Point and Shoot
Compact, Standard Point and Shoot
Light Field Camera, Compact
Light Field Camera, Compact
Optical Zoom
3.0 x
5.0 x
9.0 x
4.0 x
3.0 x
Resolution
13.0 Megapixel
14.4 Megapixel
14.0 Megapixel
16.6 Megapixel
10.1 Megapixel
Image Sensor Type
CCD
CCD
CCD
LCD Screen Size
2.7 in.
2.7 in.
2.7 in.
2.7 in.
2.7 in.
Image Sensor Size
3.16 mm
7.66 mm
6.0 mm

  • The Nikon Coolpix S32 is so easy to use that it's easy to become a little lackadaisical in your attitude to photography while using it. Saying that, it's not really a camera designed for the keen photographer. The S32 is a camera that's intended to be used by a point and shoot family. The happy snappers that wish to go abroad with a camera and not worry if it gets dropped in the pool or if the kids knock it off a table.
    Still, it does have limitations, such as the 3x optical zoom.


  • The Coolpix S32 is a fun camera for the whole family that takes pretty okay pictures. Nikon stepped things up compared to the previous models by adding a 13 Mpx CMOS sensor and Full HD video. A low price is one of its main selling points, and it actually has an advantage over more traditional compacts: it's waterproof!.


  • If you're looking for a rugged pocket shooter that you can take anywhere without worry, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS20 is an inexpensive option. Its lens isn't the sharpest, and noise reduction smears away image detail at higher ISOs, but the camera performs admirably in good light.


  • The Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS20 is certainly marketable. Itâ?? s got some impressive durability specs and, for some people (not journalists), itâ?? s cheap enough to purchase on a whim, maybe en route to that warm-weather vacation. Sadly the appeal ends there. The TS20 is best suited to an impulse buy because image quality doesnâ?? t hold up under anything except casual use. Nearly all of our image tests returned below-average results.


  • The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT20 is an affordable rugged compact camera that would be a perfect fit for the rough and tumble of family life, if it wasn't for its disappointingly poor image quality.


  • The Nikon Coolpix S30 is an inexpensive, family-friendly waterproof point-and-shoot that's best used outdoors in good lighting and with slow-moving or stationary subjects. If you need more than that, be prepared to spend more than $120 on a different camera.


  • The Nikon Coolpix S30 is a waterproof camera that is easy to use and designed to survive being dropped and generally treated in a less than ideal way. This makes it ideal for families or those with small children, especially as it's design makes it very easy to use. The camera is good value for money and while it does not feature many controls, it should keep the point and shoot user happy with bright colourful photos that will be good for web use or prints up to A4.

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    Overall, we think that the Coolpix S30 offers an affordable weatherproof option for shutterbugs on a budget. Despite having a smaller feature-set than its tougher AW100 brother, its low price makes it attractive to users who want something hardy without breaking the bank--from frugal, globe-trotting backpackers to parents looking for their child's first camera


Top 5 waterproof digital camera under $150:

  1. Nikon Coolpix S32
  2. FUJIFILM XP55 Digital Camera
  3. Polaroid IF045 Waterproof Digital Camera
  4. Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS20 / DMC-FT20 Light Field Camera
  5. Nikon Coolpix S30 Light Field Camera