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Till a while ago, no waterproof camera was known for great image quality, because the user looked for other attractive features in his companion for outdoor adventure. Of late though, all manufacturers catering to the waterproof segment have been packing in many more necessary features, and include waterproof ability too on-board. When you scout for the best waterproof camera, whatever the brand, take care to ensure a few niche features that will easily make you happy as you use the camera in rain or shine, at the pool and the beach. Look for cameras that combine image quality, HD video capture, and maybe even panoramic views. It should be simple to use and handle rough treatment.

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Sony A7 II

Sony A7 II


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Sony A7 II
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 II
Sony Alpha A7S
Sony Alpha A77 II
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10
Sony A7 II
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 II
Sony Alpha A7S
Sony Alpha A77 II
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 20.2 MP Digital Still Camera
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Mar 2015
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Jun 2014
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Waterproof
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Waterproof
Waterproof
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Camera Type
SLR-style mirrorless
SLR-like (bridge)
SLR-style mirrorless
Mid-size SLR
SLR-like (bridge)
Resolution
24.0 Megapixel
20.0 Megapixel
12.0 Megapixel
24.0 Megapixel
20.0 Megapixel
Image Sensor Type
CMOS
BSI-CMOS
CMOS
CMOS
BSI-CMOS
LCD Screen Size
3.0 in.
3.0 in.
3.0 in.
3.0 in.
3.0 in.
Image Sensor Size
43.04 mm
13.23 mm
43.04 mm
28.2 mm
13.23 mm

  • The Sony A7 II is the best all-round A7-series camera yet, offering significantly improved ergonomics and customisability, more video options, faster autofocusing and startup times, better build quality and the headline-grabbing and very effective 5-axis image stabilisation system. It is slightly bigger and quite a bit heavier than the original A7, but that's a small price to pay for the improvements that Sony have made.


  • - Wifi with NFC and downloadable apps.


  • The Sony A7 II is a superb camera that has all the benefits of a full-frame sensor without the bulk. It has good AF, superb image stabilization and produces very high quality images in a wide range of conditions.


  • - Somewhat narrow and vertically uneven coverage from built in strobe at wide-angle.
    - Many apps are payware, and often surprisingly expensive compared to much more complex smartphone apps.
    - Performance is degraded slightly if you shoot in raw format.
    - Default colors somewhat muted compared to most cameras.
    - Corners can be a bit soft wide-open, especially at telephoto.
    - Rear control dial is too small and has poor feel with little feedback.
    - Very versatile 24 to 200mm-equivalent zoom range.


  • The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 II could be considered the on the market. Where most bridge cameras offer little more than an oversized lens, the RX10 II blends a useful zoom range with a wide aperture, a larger than average sensor, tough weather-resistant construction and a wide selection of advanced features.
    Its 1-inch sensor may still be smaller those used in DSLRs and most CSCs, but it gives much-improved image quality over the 1/2.3-inch sensors in typical bridge cameras.


  • - The Sony RX10 II is a versatile stills shooter, but it stands out even further on video.
    - Quicker backroom computing power is one of the most important upgrades since last year’s model.
    - It’s an excellent EVF, though, among the best available at present.
    - The Sony RX10 II isn’t small, and it certainly isn’t cheap.


  • If low-light shooting is your thing, then the Sony A7S should be right at the top of your shopping list. Offering a killer combination of massive ISO range, 15-stop dynamic range, sensible 12 megapixel resolution on a full-frame sensor, truly silent shooting mode and autofocusing down to EV-4, the new Sony A7S is the most capable low-light camera that we've ever tested.


  • It's a great camera but its comparatively low pixel count and high price mean it's unlikely to have wide appeal amongst enthusiast photographers. However, it will find favour with those who need to be able to shoot in near-dark conditions or want lots of control over video.


  • Just like the original A7, the A7S is mini marvel with a massive sensor. It's the new 12-megapixel chip that's the main point of interest as image quality is the cleanest out of the current trio of A7 cameras available. That will benefit those who spend a lot of time low-light shooting using ISO 1600 and above. And there's plenty available above that thanks to the headline maximum ISO 409,600 option. But despite glorious image quality the A7S is not a £700 improvement compared to the original A7 model in our view.


  • It may look almost identical to the three-year-old A77, but the latest Mark II version has a lot of new tricks up its sleeve that take Sony's prosumer interchangeable lens camera in a more action oriented direction that will particularly appeal to sports and wildlife photographers.


  • Image quality from this camera is excellent, even at high sensitivity settings. Also, the autofocus system is fast and accurate; it can even cope with very low light levels, making this a great camera for enthusiasts who want to shoot a range of subjects in a wide variety of conditions.


  • Solidly built and boasting top-notch autofocus, the Alpha 77 II is jostling with high-end DSLRs at a price point that’s hard to argue with. You won’t want to push your images past ISO 6400 too often, but this really is a fine offering from Sony. Built-in Wi-fi, outstanding EVF and LCD, snappy burst shooting – the Alpha 77 II is packed with good points. Excellent.


  • Offering excellent image quality, great build, speedy performance, and slick ease-of-use, the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 is the best super-zoom camera currently on the market. Only you can decide if all of that is worth the the admittedly substantial investment - we'd strongly suggest that it is...


  • We began this review with the conundrum every DSLR owner confronts – dealing with myriad lenses and shoulder-breaking gear bags – and whether there is a high-quality, portable solution for these issues. The Sony Cyber-shot RX10 is it and it deserves our Editor’s Choice designation. Still and video quality is excellent while the Zeiss glass is outstanding. Granted it is expensive and there are a few negatives, but we’d be hard pressed to believe anyone would squawk about the tradeoffs. If you’re looking for a fine camera for your next vacation, this is it.


Top 5 waterproof sony digital camera:

  1. Sony A7 II
  2. Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 II
  3. Sony Alpha A7S
  4. Sony Alpha A77 II
  5. Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 20.2 MP Digital Still Camera