Top 10 Best Waterproof Cameras 2018
A waterproof camera is not anything unfamiliar with us. They are also freezeproof, dustproof, and crushproof. We can use them while swimming, diving for our adventures and travelling. Under these environments, normal camcorders can’t shoot the most beautiful and unique photos. Today, I will synthesize top 10 best waterproof cameras 2018 for your trips.
1. GoPro HERO4 Black – the first waterproof cameras
Referring to the best waterproof camera, I’m strongly sure the first thought of professional photographers is GoPro. This camera body is not water resistant. But when attaching an included enclosure, this GoPro Hero4 can dive up to 40m deep.
Its shock resistance can’t be measured by a specific parament. I used to drop my Hero4 from the height of 40m to the ground. Surprised! The camera is not broken and only the enclosure gets cracked.
In my point of view, this GoPro Hero4 is one of the best waterproof video cameras with the high video quality, namely 4K for 30fps, 2.7K for 50fps and 1080p for 120fps. Hence, users can capture still-images from a 4K video recording with the resolution of 8.3MP as needed.
The continuous shooting is 12MP for 30fps. This version has no touchscreen. Instead, it has setting and buttons to switch functions more easily than its predecessors. The recording, Wifi and Bluetooth connection are improved twice dramatically than its old versions.
2. GoPro HERO4 Silver
This GoPro edition gives priority to more use-convenience than the video quality of the Black version. It has a touchscreen in the back, so users closely follow and customize easily and conveniently.
The same as the Black version, this Silver model can shoot 12MP images at the speed of 30fps. But, the video quality is only 2.7K for 30fps, 1080p for 60fps and 720p for 120fps.
The Wifi and Bluetooth connection is upgraded twice faster than its predecessor Hero3+. To sum up, GoPro Hero4 Silver is more use-convenient than other Gopro models without qualifying 4K videos.
3. Olympus TG-4
TG-4 is a super durable camcorder model which can dive up to 15m deep and have shock resistance from the height of 2.1m. But, the Olympus TG-4 is more focused on the image quality than the weather-seal capability.
It has a 4.5-18mm zoom with the aperture of f/2.0, so you can shoot the most beautiful RAW images which is not equipped for other waterproof cameras. Also, this camera has capability of AE BKT, Focus Stacking, Focus BKT, etc.
It’s one of the best travel cameras with the compact design. If you’re a big fan of travelling, adventures and trips, this model is an ideal option for you.
4. Olympus TG-870
While the Olympus TG-4 focuses on the image quality, this Olympus TG-870 focused on the harsh-weather resistance. It is builts-in a “new GPD generation” with the less-10 second location.
The 180-degree LCD screen has 920,000-dot resolution. This TG-870 can dive up to 15m and up to 45m if you attach its included accessory PT-057.
It operates well under even -10°C temperature. Plus, it has shock resistance from the height of 2.1m and weight-compressing resistance up to 100kgf.
The lens has the focal of 21-105mm (35mm sensor) and the aperture of f/3.5/5.7. This camcorder uses a BSI CMOS16MP sensor and a image processor TruePic VII.
If you are seeking one of the nest waterproof cameras 2018, this Olympus TG-870 is an awesome suggestion.
5. Olympus TG-Tracker
Based on the appearance and paraments, Olympus Stylus Tough TG-Tracker is one of the world’s best action-camera models.
In addition to the waterproof, dustproof and shockproof capability, this compact camera has freezeproof capability up to -10°C temperature.
It also has weight-compressing resistance up to 99 kgf can dive up to 30m. This camera model has a 1,5″ folding screen which is not featured of other action-camera models.
Stylus Tough TG-Tracker is equipped with a 8MP lens, a 1/2.3″ CMOS sensor and an image processor Truepic VII.
The aperture of f2.0, a 204° wide-angle and 4K video recording at 30fps combinated with a 5-axis vibration reduction are some highlighted features.
Above the lense is a super-light LED so as to record videos under the dark environment or the deep sea.
6. Fujifilm Finepix XP120
For those who are passionate about swimming and scuba-diving, this Fujifilm FinePix XP120 camera is an ideal option to shoot the most beautiful photos.
In comparison with its predecessors, Xp120 is absolutely outstanding with the durability and weather-seal capability. The robust construction allows to dive under the water up to 20m and have shock resistance from the height of 1.7m.
This model works well under any weather conditions because of being high waterproof, dustproof, and freezeproof.
Despite of not upgrades, Fijifilm XP120 uses a CMOS 16.2MP sensor so as to shoot the sharpest images. ISO 100-3200 (expands to 6400) is a quite optimal solution to photography under the low-light conditions.
The lens has a 5x optical zoom (equivalent 28-140mm and 35mm sensor) to stabilize images while shooting during travelling.
7. Fujifilm Finepix XP80
This Fujifilm XP80 is a predecessor of XP90 model with a small screen. Other paraments are similar to XP90 such as freezeproof capability at -10°C and shock resistance from the height of 1.8m. It’s waterproof up to 15mm according to the standard IP68.
This camera uses a 1/2.3″ CMOS sensor with 16.4MP resolution. The lens has a 5x zoom with the focal 28-120mm (full-frame sensor) with the optical vibration reduction.
The largest opening of the lens is f3.9-4.9. Photographers can record videos Full HD 60fps and slow motion 480fps. Interestingly, Fujifilm XP80 is built-in such auto shooting modes as HDR, panorama 360, timelapse, etc.
You can share images and videos with other mobile devices thanks to the Wifi connection. If you like this XP80 model, why don’t you grab it!
8. Nikon AW1 + AW 11-27.5mm lens
This camera is some of a few models whose lens is waterproof up to 15m deep (the flash is not waterproof). It’s shock-resistant from the height of 1.8m or freezeproof in the -10°C temperature.
Nikion AW1 is equipped with the white balance, especially shooting under the water. Hence, the images are the sharpest with the specialized modes for diving and shooting Close-up.
In terms of the configuration, AW1 uses a 1” CX sensor with 14.1MP resolution (higher than 10MP of the first J1 and the same as J3). It also supports ISO 100-6400, fast shooting, continuousing within 15 images per second when Autofocus.
If you reduce the resolution and use Auto Focus Lock, you can shoot up to 60 images per second. Plus, it allows recording Full HD 1080p videos or use slow-motion ones with the speed of 400fps or 1200fps.
9. Ricoh WG-50
This compact camera is super durable for such adventuous actions under the water. WG-5 allows being waterproof up to 14m, freezeproof at -10°C and weighting-compressing resistance up to 100kgf.
It uses a CMOS BSI 16MP sensor with the size of 1/2.3″. The lens allows zooming 4X with the focal of equivalent 25-100mm/2-4.9 (35mm sensor).
10. Sony 1.0-type RX0
Sony RX0 is an interesting option because of such professional features. Its’s dustproof and waterproof up to 10m.
If combinating with removable MPK-HSR1 cabinet, Sony RX0 will work well even drenching at 100m.
Like other best waterproof cameras, Sony RX0 has shock resistance from the height of 6.5m. Thus, this camcorder is suitable for moutain-climbers.
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