Choosing a Digital Waterproof Camera

Choosing a digital waterproof camera isn’t as simple as it may seem because there are a number of different grades of waterproofing.

Firstly, there’s an outdoor digital camera which will have been specially ruggedised so that it won’t get damaged if you drop it. It will withstand some rain and water splashes but it will not survive being fully submerged in water so you won’t be able to swim or dive with one.

Secondly, there are digital waterproof cameras which are specifically designed to be used under water and are enclosed in a watertight plastic cover. However, waterproof cameras have a depth rating which will indicate to what depth the waterproofing will be maintained and what water pressure will be withstood.

If you want a camera that you can take in the pool or out in a boat then you won’t need the degree of waterproofing required for a camera that you want to take scuba diving.

However, even some quite simple point-and-shoot cameras are built to withstand moisture, cold, pressure and dust. For example, the Olympus TG-4 16 MP Waterproof Digital Camera with 3-Inch LCD is waterproof to depths of 50 feet, freezeproof to 14 degrees F, Shockproof to 7 feet, Crushproof to 220 lb and is small enough to fit in your pocket as well as having fantastic image quality.


For a bit more than point-and-shoot, the GoPro HERO4 Silveris a good relatively inexpensive choice. This digital waterproof camera has a really wide-angle lens which will allow you to get close to your underwater subjects. It is also water- and pressureproof to the the maximum limit for recreational diving (131 feet/40 metres).

As well as these two, there are plenty of digital waterproof cameras to choose from in prices to suit all pockets and with specifications to suit all abilities and requirements, so browse around and you’re sure to find the camera and accessories that you need.

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