If you don’t have a waterproof digital camera, now might be the time to get one. We think you’ll be very glad you did.[dropcap]A[/dropcap]nglers of any persuasion need to own a waterproof digital camera. They’re more popular than ever, and for good reason: compact, airtight, shoot under water or above. Not too long ago, these cameras offered a limited selection and were very pricey – upwards of $500. Today, they’re affordable, perform better and have many more functions.
You can take an underwater camera anywhere without fear of it getting damaged due to a drop on the boat deck or an unpredicted dunk in the water.
Because they are waterproof, you can use these cameras to take pictures and videos in the rain or snow.
NOTE: Underwater digital cameras work in salt water, but you will have to rinse the camera off with fresh water after using it in the ocean. Waterproof cameras also operate in very humid places, and if your camera gets dirty, you can safely wash it off.
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The top five
Pros: The Lumix DMC-TS4 is waterproof to a depth of 40-feet, deeper than any other waterproof camera reviewed. Cons: Panasonic does not have live chat support. This waterproof camera can withstand harsh outdoor conditions and takes incredible underwater photos. $265
Pros: Sony’s camera has a sleek design and is waterproof to a depth of up to 16-feet. Cons: It takes several seconds to start up and load after each photo and before shooting videos. The Cyber-Shot DSC-TX20 is a useful water-resistant camera for any indoor or outdoor situation. $269
Pros: Nikon’s CoolPix AW100 is a durable camera and effective to a depth of up to 30-feet and has a useful GPS tracking feature. Cons: The sensitive buttons can cause problems when you’re in a hurry to capture a shot. Nikon’s CoolPix AW100 is a fantastic outdoor adventure companion. $249
Pros: The Pentax Optio WG-2 GPS has a unique and easy-to-grip design. Cons: The battery compartment latch seems loose and easily breakable. If you treat it carefully, this waterproof camera could last a long time. $260
Pros: The Olympus Stylus Tough TG320s camera offers advanced features like 3D image capture and panoramic picture taking. Cons: The shutter speeds are too slow to effectively capture any fast action. This underwater camera is very durable, but there’s a bit of a learning curve when it comes to using the more advanced features. $102