Cheap and cheerful waterproof camera
The Nikon Coolpix S31 is a great little camera for anyone that hasn't got the slightest clue about what photographic terms such as ISO means, or even cares about what it means. This is a camera that will work for you. It will determine the best shot and all you have to do is point it at something. You can zoom as well if you want to. The zoom is restricted to the size of the tube that the lens resides in.
Good value for money, Good macro performance
The Nikon Coolpix S31 is subtle improvement on the S30 and is one of the cheapest waterproof cameras on the market, so it's ideal for the kids. It's easy to use and image quality is fairly decent, with good colour reproduction meaning they'll look great when shared on Facebook.
A small camera that's easy to use but functionally limited
Camera worked great till it came in contact with water, I posted a couple of the pics from the pool. The camera is very function friendly, the instructions are straightforward, easy to operate, takes great pictures as well as being small and compact - fits even in child's small shorts' pocket.
Simple yet stylish
Whilst the TF1 may enable you to take pictures in shooting scenarios you might not otherwise attempt - and this is the true value of the camera above all else, we naturally have to give a verdict based as much on image quality as handling. And whilst the camera is as easy to use as one would expect and features such as picture effects and sweep panoramas are a nice value added touch, stills image quality is, unfortunately, commensurate with a budget snapshot camera, being softer than we...
Subtle design, Speedy autofocusing, Easy to use
Sony's TF1 is a capable action camera, and while it may not be as tough as some, it's at least styled to look good in any environment.
Considering you're getting a toughened camera with reasonable specs for modest money, the Sony TF1 is undoubtedly good value, even if it is a bit short on features and can only muster mediocre image quality.
Intelligent Auto mode
The Sony Cybershot DSC-TF1 is available at a decent price for a waterproof camera but unfortunately image quality is poor. If you're looking for a waterproof camera and you only share images on the web, then you might be quite happy with what the images produced, particularly as colour reproduction is decent. Overall, we suggest you look around at the alternative waterproof cameras on the market.
Rugged build quality, handy tracking focus mode
The Cyber-shot DSC-TF1 fits in nicely in the budget category of Sony's tough shooters, without compromising on looks and usability. Although the TF1 suffers from slow shooting performance, the camera has a good feature set along with a user-friendly user interface which should appeal to shutterbugs on a budget.
Maximum aperture is too slow
The Fujifilm Finepix XP170 is the top dog in Fuji's "Extreme Sports" lineup (the almost identical XP150 is also still available). Many camera users call this class of imaging devices "underwater cameras" or "all-weather cameras", but cameras in this class are actually designed for Extreme Sports aficionados.
Full 1080p HD movie recording and underwater movie mode
If we were to base the review of the XP170 on image quality alone it wouldn't score particularly well. Detail in images isn't great even at the lowest of ISO settings, but if you aren't going to be using the images for large prints but for sharing on the web, this won't be of much concern, particularly as colour reproduction is good enough. Where the XP170 does excel is with its range of features and handling.
The XP-series has carried an affordable price legacy. Until now. The XP170's addition of Wireless Image Transfer hoiks this price point up beyond its XP150 predecessor, acquiring a more sizable Â£220 asking price.
But the XP170 sees no improvements in optical or image quality performance compared to its predecessor and, as a result, it lacks in the all-important camera department.
Full HD video mode and HDMI slot included
It's important for the best waterproof cameras to be tightly sealed against the elements. The last thing you want is to use your camera underwater, only to discover that it wasn't properly built and that it leaks.
With the Fujifilm FinePix XP170, you won't have that problem. Fujifilm has created a very well-built camera with the XP170, ensuring through a double-locking mechanism that this camera will not have problems with leakage.
Comfortable to use and easiest to handle
Overall, a very solid camera for those looking for a rugged camera that can do just about everything. It may be larger than the other cameras, but in my opinion, it's the most comfortable to use and easiest to handle. In my opinion, you can't go wrong buying the XP170 if you're looking for an all around, great rugged camera.
Not as rugged as competitors
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.
Poor resolution of detail
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.
Dedicated Video Capture Button is always ready to record
Panasonic's Lumix TS20 is a compact and affordable waterproof digicam. Featuring a 16-Megapixel imaging sensor, 4x optical zoom with Mega O.I.S, 720 P HD video recording and 2.7 inch LCD screen, this camera is not lacking any features normally found on a Panasonic model. It's image quality is very good, just showing us a little noise when viewing the images at 100%, which we have seen with most 16-megapixel models.
Slim and lightweight and inexpensive
The Panasonic Lumix TS20 / FT20 probably won't find much appeal either with photography enthusiasts or those who take their outdoor and water-based pursuits seriously. It's a point-and-shoot compact, which photo enthusiasts tend not to get enthusiastic about, but it's also a pretty conventional compact to which water, dust and shock-proofing have been added.
Waterproof, Shockproof, Dustproof and Freezeproof
Anyone who enjoys outdoor activities like swimming, skiing, boating, hiking or walks in the rain. Also great for kids, because the shock resistance protects against butterfingers. It's the kind of camera you can slip in your jeans pocket and have with you at all times - without worrying about the weather or clumsy people.
Excellent image quality, Built for extreme conditions
If you participate in activities which will put your camera at risk of being dropped and have the extra cash available you are may be better off with the TG-820, which has a metal body, is crushproof to 100Kg and shockproof to 2m. Other than that, the TG-620 is much the same, with excellent image quality, full 1080p HD video recording and fast high-speed shooting.
Family-friendly waterproof and shockproof point-and-shoot
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.
Good value for money
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.
Affordable rugged compact
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
Family-friendly waterproof camera
All in all, Nikon Coolpix S30 is one among the affordable yet feature-packed cameras. Undoubtedly, it delivers somewhat lesser than the other performers in the line, but still the performance that it delivers is simply cherishable. So, if you are tight on budget and wants to explore your photography experience, this snapper is nice pick to consider!
Ok for a one time use
I bought this camera in a bind I was in need of one, had moved, and my camera was packed away and not with me at the time. I am not sure if I am doing anything wrong but most of the pictures seem out of focus and blurry even if you mess with the settings. If you want a close up it seems like you can forget it, the closer the worse it is. I got stuck outside in a very bad storm hiking in a strong steady rain for about 1-2 hours.
Good colour reproduction
If you are on a budget but want a camera that is waterproof, shockproof and freezeproof, the XP20 ticks the box. You can spend a little more and get the XP30 which has GPS. The camera isn't going to win any prizes for image quality, and if this is important to you then look elsewhere. But for your money, the XP20 offers images with good colour reproduction which are going to look great on Facebook and Flickr, as long as they haven't been taken using ISO 3200.
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