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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Multiple picture effects and color modes
The Canon D20 has a very different design than its predecessor, has a completely different sensor, and even includes a different lens. So, this new camera isn't so much of an update it's more of a reboot of Canon's waterproof PowerShot. Some of the design alterations made by Canon are solid, but others miss the mark. The D20 is bigger and heavier than its predecessor, and it also has a strange shape on its left side that doesn't offer a very good grip.
Pretty good camera to use on a day to day basis
Our initial thoughts about the Canon Powershot D20 weren't good. It has a rather poor dynamic range which really shone through on the first set of pictures we took with it. The camera's metering prefers the darker areas over the light and will happily bleach out the sky to keep the shadows. With i-Contrast, the camera should be able to recover shadows, so it's worth exposing for the sky, o at least 60% sky, 40% ground, then use i-Contrast.
Water, dust, shock and freeze proof
The Canon PowerShot D20 is a waterproof, shockproof and freeze-proof digital compact camera with built-in GPS. As such the Canon PowerShot D20 will primarily appeal to adventurous and active types looking for a camera that's as home on the piste as it is underwater. Thanks to well-spaced and relatively large buttons it's pretty easy to use and despite being fully automatic also offers a pretty good range of shooting options, including Full HD movie recording and Super Slow Motion video capture.
Excellent image quality, Full 1080p HD
Many of the rugged, waterproof cameras we have previously reviewed score heavily for their features, but image quality is often lacking. This is where the D20 bucks that trend, it's not quite scored full marks for its features, but image quality is amongst the best of the outdoor cameras. It is also well designed, with a largely rubber exterior and large chunky buttons, great when out shooting in the less than ideal conditions.
Produces reasonable image quality
There's a lot of choice out there when it comes to tough and waterproof compact cameras. The Canon PowerShot D20 certainly ticks the boxes when it comes to underwater use, but it's the awkward design and the lack of the core image quality elements that leave it short of the mark.
Softness at all ISO, strong past ISO 400
Canon's second rugged digital camera is encased in a more conventionally-designed body while providing a hefty amout of protection. The Powershot D20 can be taken underwater to a depth of 10m while being shockproof to falls from 1.5m and freezeproof down to -10C.
The D20 features an internal wide-angle 5X optical zoom lens with built-in stabilization paired with a 12 CMOS sensor with ISO 100 to 3200 sensitivity range and capable of capturing full 1080p HD video.
Easy to use and comes in a choice of three colours
If you want to buy a rugged, waterproof camera, the Canon PowerShot D20 is the one to go for. It's easy to use and comes in a choice of three colours. Build quality can't be faulted and the buttons are responsive, with a satisfying action, unlike those on some rivals.
Overall a GREAT camera with just a couple minor misses
Overall, I really love this camera. A great set of features and usability. The price point is a bit steep, but if you are the type of user that is very hard on your camera or you like to dig into the different features and modes and actually use them, then this is a perfect camera for you. I have a dedicated video camera, so I have not used that feature more than twice. But the times I did, it was easy to use and the HD quality was impressive.
Waterproofing and shock-proofing
If you're into your extreme sports and also enjoy cataloguing all your activities, then the Nikon Coolpix AW110 deals with everything from where you are to how high or low you are by adding a new dimension with the altimeter. With the aforementioned improvement in image quality and the added durability, this is a serious contender. You should take a look at the new Nikon Coolpix AW110.
Good photo quality for its class, Responsive performance in most respects
The Coolpix AW110 is a capable rugged camera with good photo quality for its class, an elaborate GPS feature, Wi-Fi for remote camera control, and a nice movie mode - all without breaking the bank. It can also go further underwater than any of its peers. Downsides include smudged details, blue color casts underwater, poor outdoor display visibility, and below average battery life.
Good picture quality, Decent macros
The AW100 was Nikon's first all-weather camera and the AW110 proves to be a steady upgrade, adding Wi-Fi to its wide set of features and almost doubling its waterproofness to 18m. Image quality is good and the images are less noisy than the AW100's at lower ISOs. Images are softer in the corners, but this is generally the case with cameras that have internal zoom lens. Overall, we are happy to recommend the Nikon Coolpix AW110.
Good performance, Great OLED screen, Wi-Fi remote control from smartphones
The Nikon COOLPIX AW110 is a great camera for adventure-seekers. Its rugged build, GPS, electronic compass, hydro-barometer, altimeter and water/dust/shock-proof features combined with the small size and weight make it an ideal camera for road warriors. The camera is able to capture fairly accurate colours and details even underwater. If there is one problem with it, then that would be the chromatic aberrations that adversely affect an otherwise excellent photo quality.
Camera will also create panoramas and 3D photos
Overall Nikon have created a very capable camera. The photo quality is very good and it is easy to use requiring only a minimal look at the manual - and even then that was more for confirming what a feature did rather than how to use it. The GPS tagging works brilliantly and is very accurate and the added bonus of recording track logs is a useful feature too. The bundled software is equally capable and is well thought out, although at times the display can sometimes feel a bit cluttered.
Camera has a well-built, sturdy feel
The sturdy Olympus TG-830 iHS camera provides good protection against harsh photographic environmental conditions, but it's also a surprisingly good camera in terms of performance; especially compared to its similarly priced peers, both those with and without tough features. It includes advanced features like a built-in GPS and an LED. The biggest drawback for this camera is its very small 5x optical zoom lens.
Good image quality, Built-in GPS
If you're in the market for a waterproof camera, the TG-830 offers good value for money, it is one of the cheaper "tough" cameras going. It has an impressive set of features such as 11.5 fps continuous shooting, full 1080p HD video recording and GPS. Image quality is good and as well as being waterproof, it is shockproof, freezeproof and crushproof - great if you often go out shooting in extreme weather conditions.
Very sturdy body is one of the most rugged on the market
The Olympus TG-2 offers a very rugged body combined with good image quality, a fast lens, superb performance, a full-featured GPS system and plenty of fun extras. Downsides are few, which include issues with panning in movies, highlight clipping and chromatic aberrations in photos, and difficulty seeing the display outdoors.
Great piece of gear
Has a powerful zoom although difficult to keep steady without tripod. Still great function. Takes great pics. Bought it for my wife who really loves the look and feel. Very tough and versatile and we are not afraid to take it kayaking, backpacking, or biking. Still learning all the functions.
Capable of a low-resolution burst mode
On the whole, the Pentax WG-3 just doesn't stand out in any notable way from any other waterproof cameras this year. It finished right in the middle of the pack in our 2013 Waterproof Showdown, and we don't think that it's the best option for any kind of photographer. The Pentax WG-3 isn't anything more than a run-of-the-mill point-and-shoot that you can put through some extracurricular abuse.
Good photo quality, with respectable high ISO performance, Very rugged body
The Pentax WG-3 GPS offers a curvy, rugged design that can handle tough conditions with aplomb. Its lens is faster than most of its peers at its wide end, which allows for better low light photos. It also features a unique macro ring lamp, front-mounted LED clock/altimeter, and wireless battery charging support. Image quality is typical for a compact camera, meaning good, not great. Low light focusing is quite sluggish, and the flash is weak and slow to recharge. Battery life is below average.
Ideal camera body for using in extreme weather conditions
A lot of thought has gone into the design of the WG-3, it looks like an outdoors camera and it certainly acts like one. You can drop it, freeze it and even go down to 14m underwater, this is as deep as any other waterproof cameras will go. Unfortunately image quality isn't as good as we hoped, detail isn't great and we found the images suffered with noise from ISO 200 upwards, although the bright lens will mean you can stay away from the higher ISO settings, unless you're in really dark...
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