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Waterproof cameras are usually not known for top-notch photo quality. With advancements in technology though, manufacturers have truly managed to pack in plenty of features, and waterproof is an extra attractive feature thrown in. So your budget can get you the best waterproof digital camera that will routinely deliver great photos, while you take it down to 30 feet or lower. Apart from image quality, your camera should feature 3D shooting abilities, digital filter effects, even 1920 x 1080 full-HD video, and quite a few outdoor-friendly features like built-in GPS function, compass, altimeter and barometer, LCD with anti-reflective coating, and ISO range of 80 - 6400.

The best waterproof digital cameras under $300 are available in bright colors such as blue and provide you ease of use, and most of them come with 5x optical zoom.

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Olympus TG-850

Olympus TG-850


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Olympus TG-850
Ricoh WG-4 GPS
Fujifilm FinePix S1
Nikon Coolpix AW120
Ricoh WG-20
Olympus TG-850
Ricoh WG-4 GPS
Fujifilm FinePix S1
Nikon Coolpix AW120
Ricoh WG-20
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Release Date
Jun 2014
Jun 2014
Mar 2014
Feb 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
5.0 x
Resolution
16.0 Megapixel
16.0 Megapixel
16.0 Megapixel
16.0 Megapixel
14.0 Megapixel
Image Sensor Type
BSI-CMOS
BSI-CMOS
CMOS
CMOS
CCD
LCD Screen Size
3.0 in.
3.0 in.
3.0 in.
3.0 in.
2.7 in.
Image Sensor Size
2.5 mm
2.5 mm
2.5 mm
2.5 mm
2.5 mm

Introducing the selfie to the tough camera

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A toughened and waterproof compact camera that looks strangely familiar

The Fujifilm FinePix S1 is hardly the perfect super-zoom camera, but it definitely is in the top of the 2014 class.

Rugged, waterproof and well-equipped, but at a price