Deliver a decent burst mode and a fun high-speed video mode
Of all of the tough cams we've seen this year, the XP200 was the least desirable. Even though it rings in at under $300, you're a stone's throw (roughly $75) away from the best all-round tough cam, the Olympus TG-2. Your $75 nets you much better image quality, great autofocus, a fast f/2.0 lens, and even options for adding filters and a tele or fisheye converter lens. It's a great package and it takes good photos for a point-and-shoot and excellent photos for a tough cam.
Nice camera to use
Why not just use your phone? There are waterproof ones after all. Well, it all boils down to image quality. If you're going on a journey of a lifetime, a camera phone won't give you the image quality you need in all photographic situations. The flash won't be as intelligent and the dynamic range will be much more limited. For those reasons alone, you should look at a camera like the Fujifilm FinePix XP200.
Built in Wi-Fi, 15m waterproof
The Fujifilm FinePix XP200 is very tough, with a rating of 2 metres shock proof, as well as waterproof down to 15 metres, making it one of the tougher waterproof cameras available. The Fujifilm FinePix XP200 is good value for money, with lots of features including 60fps full HD video with optical image stabilisation, although we would have preferred to see better image quality from the camera.
A durable point-and-click from Olympus
We travel frequently, so I enjoy the durability of this camera. I really like the ability to take pictures underwater. I bought this to replace an Olympus Stylus Tough 8000. This camera is less expensive and can take less of a lickin', but the LCD screen is larger and the features are more streamlined for casual point-and-shoot. If you are trying to decide between this and a more expensive Stylus Tough, I recommend this camera.
Full 1080p HD video recording, Waterproof, shockproof and freezeproof
The Olympus Stylus is good value for money if you want a waterproof, shockproof and freezeproof camera. It has a few other handy features, such as full 1080p HD video recording and 5 fps continuous shooting. Image quality is OK, particularly for sharing on the web. The body could do with some extra grip, there's next to none when compared to the Pentax WG-3.
Locking mechanism for connectivity covers
The biggest difference between the TG-630 and the TG-620 is the addition of the TruePic VI processor, which makes it a highly responsive camera. But it comes at a price: the new processor helps it in some ways, but also lessens some of the advantages found on the TG-620. The sensor, for instance, could use some improvement.
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.
Great camera, With Limitations
I would only recommend this camera for kids that need a camera that can take a beating or using this around extreme outdoors. For general indoor and sight seeing by land you want to keep your existing camera that probably has better zoom, better in low light, and hopefully better picture quality when blown up on the computer.
Burst modes are very fast which is great for candid street scenes
The price varies depending on retailer but for an average price of around £179, the Fujifilm FinePix XP60 is a good little camera. You get some decent features built in while any issues that surround it, such as the centrally located flash producing red-eye and having an awesome red-eye reduction feature. If you're looking to go on your travels and you want a little camera that has some decent features, the XP60 will suit your needs.
Image stabilisation, Quick focusing
The Fujifilm FinePix XP60 looks good, and offers an impressive set of features including full HD video recording, it's waterproof to 6 metres, and is available in a number of colours. With a 16 megapixel CMOS sensor it offers high speed shooting and fast focusing, however, as it's not a backlit sensor, noise is high and this has a negative effect on images. The lens suffers from vignetting, as well as soft corners, giving disappointing image quality.
Tough outer shell and cosseted interior
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT4 is a creme egg of a camera; unless there's plenty of light around to make the best of the fact that this is basically a snapshot camera in wolf's clothing, image quality is soft in comparison to the rock hard exterior.
Still, there is the potential to have a lot of fun with it and go where lesser snappers fear to tread.
Solid build, Good image quality
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT4 is similar in many ways to its predecessor, the FT3, with a few tweaks to some of the features found. You get good image quality, a solid body and more although we'd like to see a slightly larger screen and panoramas with a little more detail. If it's all about picture quality for you, you can find it in cheaper cameras, but for those active, outdoors photographers, the extra features are bound to appeal.
Fair enough, it's adequate and mostly does the job
Rarely has an upgrade seemed as if merely the model number has changed while everything else has stayed the same, so owners of the FT3 needn't feel a need to rush for this upgrade. But where does it sit in the current market? Well, recent rivals to Panasonic's FT4 include the Nikon's AW100 and Coolpix S30, plus the Olympus TG-320, Canon D20, and Fujifilm XP50, to name a mere handful.
Tough, waterproof, solidly-built camera
Panasonic's new DMC-FT4 continues to claim the title of the best underwater camera Photo Review has reviewed so far. Designed for outdoor adventurers, surfers, snorkellers and boating enthusiasts, like the FT3 it is built to withstand rough treatment.
It's waterproof to 12 metres, can withstand a drop of two metres, tolerate temperatures down to -10 degree C and is also dustproof.
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.
Excellent color accuracy
We can't call the Sony TX20 a plainly bad camera. We scored some fairly attractive shots, particularly when taking advantage of the fast burst mode. Plus, the idea of a moderately rugged camera inside a chic body is a lead that other manufacturers should follow. Yet, what else can we really say about a camera that makes no improvement on its predecessor? The only reason to buy a TX20 is because the TX10 is no longer widely available.
Increased focusing speed and mode flexibility
The Sony DSC-TX20 is a largely iterative update to last year's TX-10 model. Waterproofing hasn't improved, and neither has the sensor's specs, but apparently increased focusing speed and mode flexibility make it the better bet. Treading water? Perhaps, but then that's what this camera is all about.
Good image quality and colour
You can tell that the Sony Cyber-shot TX20 has put an emphasis on design and style, rather than ruggedness, as the camera has a stylish sliding front cover (that also makes it slower to dry after being wet), and a stylish wide-aspect touch screen rather than chunky buttons. As the camera is rated to depths of 5 meters, and shockproof from 1.5 meters we would say that this is a camera for someone who wants an ultra compact, stylish camera, with the occassional water adventure.
16-megapixel backside-illuminated (BSI) CMOS sensor
Overall, we think that the TX20's ultracompact build coupled with its unique dual-color design may be appealing to young and trendy shutterbugs. Those in the market for a compact that can handle more than a little the usual knocks and bumps could find the TX20 as a worthy candidate, too.
Good video quality, Decent image quality
The TX20 is a tough camera that doesn't look like one. Casual shooters and anyone wanting to bring a touch of style to the seaside will be pleased with its images. Pixel peepers and those wanting to make serious enlargements from its prints will probably want to look elsewhere.
We like the TX20, but can't help feeling a bit disappointed that this is not the successor we would have expected, given how well its predecessor, the TX10, performed.
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.
Freezeproof and shockproof
With a limited set of features and fairly decent performance, the Olympus Tough TG-320 is a worthy option if you are looking for a waterproof camera, but have a limited budget. If you have more money to spend, Olympus offer the TG-620 and TG-820, which have scored higher in our reviews.
Image Stabilisation, 3D Photo Mode
The Olympus Tough TG-320 offers quite a lot of features for the price. It is able to cope with most typical snapshot opportunities. It scores well for ease of use. All in all it is a good choice if you are looking for a digital camera with robust features and you would like one with a lower price tag.
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