Best Waterproof Cameras (Part II)


Olympus Tough TG-6

Not just durable but with a spec sheet that goes way past the waterproof norm

Olympus’s Tough line of waterproof cameras has no doubt the strongest reputation here, and the business has kitted its most recent TG-6 model with features definitely towards the premium end of the scale. GPS? Hell yes. Raw shooting? Check. 4K video? Yep.

The Nikon Coolpix W300 can get you some stunning underwater images. 

Nikon Coolpix W300

The perfect choice if you desire to go deep underwater

The Coolpix W300 is completely loaded with a lot of features. There’s 4K video, a great GPS system, an interactive world map, and Wi-Fi connectivity, as well as an underwater depth gauge. Also, the W300 gives a high resolution, 921k dot OLED monitor, but maybe most impressive of all is that the W300 can operate at a depth of 30 meters. 

Panasonic Lumix FT7 / TS7

Possesses a built-in viewfinder

Panasonic’s new Lumix TS7 (referred to as the Lumix FT7 outside the US) is the latest waterproof camera here. As opposed to Olympus, which decreased the resolution of its TG-5, Panasonic has gone in the other direction, raising the pixel count from 16.1MP to 20.4MP. Lens coverage stayed the same as its predecessor, with a 4.6x zoom range that covers 28-128mm, but fascinatingly, the lens loses its Leica branding. 

The Lumix TS7 / FT7 does have something distinct feature for a waterproof camera that is in today’s market: a built-in electronic viewfinder. The 1,170k-dot, 0.2-inch display may not be the biggest out there, but it does provide a useful alternative to shooting with the rear display, particularly in bright light, which can make composition problematic. There’s plenty to like about the Lumix TS7 / FT7 such as its exceptional tough credentials but is let down by a sensor that stuffs too many pixels onto a somewhat little area.


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