The Best Waterproof Cameras in 2021

2/10/2020 5:45 am

We love our trusty DSLRs and mirrorless cameras, but when going on a trip or weekend at the beach, sometimes we need a camera that’s a little sturdier so we can go about capturing our days without worrying about the potential spills and shocks. This is where waterproof compact cameras come in.


We reach for these cameras when we are at our most joyous and perhaps our most reckless, so we need a camera that can survive a dip in the pool, a fall in the snow, or even come with us on our snorkelling or scuba diving adventures. Thanks to the technological advances and increasingly capable compact cameras on the market, these small rugged cameras will not only provide peace of mind, they will also capture your adventures with amazing image and video quality.


Read on for our selection of the 5 best waterproof cameras to take with you on your next trip or beachside weekend away.

1. The best tough camera: The Olympus Tough TG6

When looking at what Olympus’ range of underwater cameras can do, there’s no doubt why they have “tough” in their name. The Olympus TG6 is 15 meters waterproof, 2.1 meters shockproof, crushproof to 100kg, and freezeproof to -10 degrees. With so many fantastic features, it’s the ideal travel camera for those who don’t know exactly what their next adventure will entail but need the best tough camera to capture it all.


Olympus hasn’t sacrificed image quality when designing this sturdy camera, making it a great camera for still photography both in and out of the water. The Olympus TG6 features a back-lit CMOS sensor for impressive low-light image quality, as well as a versatile 4x optical zoom lens with a fast f2 aperture. What’s more, it is capable of 4K resolution video recording so you can take high-resolution underwater films.


  • 15M waterproof, 2.1M shockproof, dust, crush and freeze-proof
  • 4K resolution Video recording
  • 1cm closest focus
  • 12MP backlit CMOS sensor
  • Built-in WiFi connectivity

2. The best budget underwater camera: The Fujifilm XP140

The Best Waterproof Camers in 2020



Rugged and reliable, the Fujifilm XP140 provides all the tough features of the advanced underwater cameras at an affordable price. The XP140 is waterproof to a huge 25 meters, making it a great camera for those that are particularly comfortable in the water, and a great choice of underwater camera for scuba diving. It is also 1.8m shockproof, dustproof and freezeproof to -10 degrees so you can go about your adventures worry-free.


Fuji are a trusted photographic brand, so it is no wonder that the XP140 is capable of impressive photo and video quality. It features a 16.4MP CMOS sensor and can also record videos in 4K resolution. The versatile 5x optical lens of this camera starts at a wide 28mm equivalent, so you can frame landscapes and scenery shots but also zoom in to capture interesting ocean life when you are underwater. It’s hard to believe that all of these amazing features come at such a budget-friendly price!


  • 25M Waterproof, 1.8M Shockproof, Dust and Freezeproof
  • 16.4MP CMOS Sensor
  • 5x Optical zoom lens
  • Built-in WiFI Connectivity
  • 4K resolution video

3. The best underwater camera for kids: The Nikon Coolpix W150

Are you looking for a waterproof camera that the whole family can enjoy? The Nikon Coolpix W150 fits the bill perfectly. With its rugged features, budget-friendly price and ease of use, this great kids underwater camera takes good quality photos with minimal effort, while being sturdy enough to handle the inevitable spills and shocks that will occur when being handled by small hands.


This great waterproof point-and-shoot is shockproof to 1.8M, waterproof to 10M, dust-proof and cold resistant. Thanks to the 13.2MP CMOS sensor and 3x optical zoom lens, you’ll be pleased by the image quality of this compact and lightweight camera, while video capture is available in Full HD.


  • Full HD Video
  • 13.2MP CMOS Sensor
  • 3x optical zoom lens
  • WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity
  • 10M waterproof and 1.8M Shockproof
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4. The best underwater camera for scuba diving: The Nikon Coolpix W300

The Best Waterproof Camers in 2020


Being waterproof to an amazing 30 meters, the Nikon Coolpix W300 is the best underwater camera for scuba diving on our list. It is up for the harshest conditions and the most strenuous challenges, also being 2.4 meters shockproof, dust and freezeproof. Whether you surf, dive or sail, the Nikon Coolpix W300 is one of the best rugged cameras to capture excellent images and stunning 4K UHD videos, worry-free.


As can be expected of a Nikon digital camera, the W300 delivers excellent image and video quality in all shooting conditions, thanks to its 16MP backside illuminated image sensor and hybrid VR stabilisation system which eliminates vibration and camera shake.


  • 30M Waterproof, 2.4M Shockproof, freeze and dust-proof
  • 4K UHD Video
  • VR Stabilisation
  • 5x Optical Zoom lens
  • 16MP CMOS Sensor

5. The best underwater video camera: The GoPro Hero 9 Black

If you are looking for the best underwater video camera, look no further than the GoPro Hero 9 Black. The latest addition to their range of adventure cameras, this model features an advanced 23.6MP image sensor and is capable of unbelievable 5K videos. This user-friendly adventure camera features dual LCD screens, with the front one being perfect for selfie-style shooting and vlogging. It’s the perfect camera to take with you on your adventures. It can even be operated by a series of easy to remember voice commands so you can capture your exhilarating adventures hands-free.


The GoPro Hero 9 Black is compact enough to slip into your jacket pocket while not in use, and features convenient mounting fingers so you can take advantage of the many mounts and GoPro accessories that are available. Suitable for surfing, running, skiing and more, the stabilised Hero 9 is waterproof to 10m without a separate housing.


  • 5K Video
  • Rear touch-sensitive LCD screen and front-facing display
  • HyperSmooth 3.0 Stabilisation
  • Full HD 1080p Live-Streaming
  • 23.6MP Image Sensor

Choose the best underwater camera for your next adventure

Now that you have a better understanding of what the best rugged and waterproof cameras out there can do, it’s time to choose the best one for you!

Shop online now, or head to a Ted’s camera store to talk to our skilled staff if you need some more help to decide.


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