Ted's Top 5 Waterproof Cameras - 2018

28/11/2018 10:38 AM

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Waterproof compact cameras hold an important place within the digital imaging market. We reach for these cameras when we are at our most joyous and perhaps our most reckless, and we rely on them to be not only sturdy, but also to capture these fantastic moments in a way that is consistent with our own memories.

Here are our top 5 waterproof compact cameras that you should consider taking on your next beachside weekend away.


GoPro Hero 7 Black

GoPro equals action. Any outdoor adventurer will tell you of their love of GoPro, or their desire to bring one along with them on their next experience.

With the release of the GoPro Hero 7 Black, you have a new favourite action partner. Waterproof to 10 meters without a housing, the Hero 7 Black is good to go without needing too much notice.

  • Removeable lithium-ion battery
  • Touch-sensitive 2-inch LCD screen
  • Live streaming
  • 10m waterproof
  • 4K 60FPS Video
GoPro Hero 7 - Black

Regular Price: $499.95

Special Price $449.95

Panasonic FT30

Panasonic Lumix FT30

A budget entry to the market from Panasonic, the Lumix FT30 is still tough enough for the adventures that most of us would ever dream partake in, and it comes in a body that is easier to slip into even the tightest of pockets. Picture-quality is very good, comparable to other compact cameras within a similar price-range, while this one will survive drops from up to 1.5 meters and dips to 8 meters.

For a camera that can safely be used poolside or out on the boat, but doesn’t stand out or weigh you down for nights out on the town, you can’t go past the Panasonic Lumix FT30.

  • Image Stabiliser
  • 720P HD Movie
  • 25mm Wide angle lens
  • 8M Waterproof & 1.5M Shockproof
  • 4X optical zoom

Olympus Tough TG5

For some time Olympus has been a main competitor in the waterproof camera fight and with the TG5 they have continued down this path. Over its predecessors the TG5 features improvements to performance and image quality, thanks to a new and improved image sensor and processor. The 4x optical zoom lens features a max aperture of f2, which benefits low-light shooting performance, while videos can be captured in stunning 4K resolution. There is also RAW image capture which is a big bonus for lovers of post-processing.

When it comes to action-readiness, the TG5 doesn’t let you down, waterproof to 15 meters, shockproof to 2.1 and crushproof to 100KG. The TG5 is up for any adventure, so make sure you are!

  • 4K resolution video
  • RAW image capture
  • 15M waterproof &  2.1M shockproof
  • Built-in WiFi, GPS & Compass
Olympus Tough TG5

Nikon Coolpix W300

Nikon Coolpix W300

Nikon haven’t typically been a name synonymous with waterproof compact cameras, but with the Coolpix W300 this is about to change.

The W300 is one of the toughest cameras within this competitive sector, waterproof to 30m, shockproof to 2.4, as well as being dust and freeze-proof (-10c), preparing it for more extreme environmental factors. Imaging quality and usability is as reliable as you would expect from a camera boasting the Nikon name, a versatile zoom lens sitting up front with a very-wide angle 24mm equivalent, fast f2.8 aperture and hybrid Vibration Reduction doing its best to combat any bumps, grinds and blur.

  • 5x Optical Zoom
  • 4K UHD Video
  • Vibration Reduction
  • 30m Waterproof & 2.4m shockproof

Regular Price: $699.95

Special Price $649.95

Regular Price: $699.95

Special Price $649.95

Fujifilm XP130

Coming in at under $300, the Fujifilm XP130 is the ultimate bang-for-your-buck waterproof camera. Picture quality and performance is reliable, with features to find you well-suited to aptly capture any moment, including a 16MP backside illuminated CMOS sensor, a 5x optical zoom lens, 10 frames per second continuous shooting and Full HD video.

It is the cameras toughness however, which makes it stand out from the pack, being 20 meters waterproof, shockproof to 1.8 and dust and freeze-proof (-10c), features more commonly seen on cameras with a higher price tag.

  • 10 fps continuous shooting
  • Full HD 1080p Video
  • 5x optical zoom
  • 20m Waterproof & 1.8m Shockproof
Fujifilm XP130

We hope this short explanation of some of the most popular types of waterproof compact cameras on the market and their benefits has helped you on your path to choosing your new camera.

Once you outline why you want a new camera and what the camera’s main purpose is, you should be able to pinpoint which style is best for you, making your choice a lot easier.

If you need some more help or would like to discuss your options, the skilled staff at Ted’s camera stores would be more than happy to help.


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