Best Waterproof Underwater Cameras in 2019

Do you fancy dipping your toes into the wonderful world of underwater photography? Come with us as we dive into the deep end to show you the best waterproof camera.

Modern waterproof cameras pack impressive features into compact bodies. They maintain excellent image quality but are still able to withstand harsh conditions.

Whether you are a diver, kayaker or mountain biker looking to capture action shots, here is a selection of the best waterproof, rugged cameras that will hold up to your active lifestyle.

A person holds an underwater  camera under water on a gimble
Splash out and find the best underwater camera for you. Photo by Oliver Sjöström.

After hours of research, here is a summary of features for the best waterproof cameras we are recommending. Scroll down to see the individual reviews for each camera.

Image Camera name Waterproof Freezeproof Shockproof Video Price
Olympus TG-5 Waterproof Camera with 3-Inch LCD, Red Olympus Tough TG-5 Down to 15m 14°F / -10°C 2.1m 4K UHD 2160p Buy Now
GoPro HERO 7 Black GoPro Hero7 Black Down to 10m No No 4K Buy Now
Fujifilm FinePix XP130 Waterproof Digital Camera w/16GB SD Card - Sky Blue Fujifilm FinePix XP130 Down to 20m 14°F / -10°C 1.75m FullHD 1080p Buy Now
Ricoh WG-50 16MP Waterproof Still/Video Camera Digital with 2.7' LCD, (Orange) Ricoh WG-60 Down to 14m 14°F / -10°C 1.5m FullHD 1080p Buy Now
Nikon W300 Waterproof Underwater Digital Camera with TFT LCD, 3', Orange Nikon W300 Down to 30m 14°F / -10°C 2.4m 4K Ultra HD Buy Now
SeaLife DC2000 Underwater Camera SeaLife DC2000 Down to 18m No 1.5m FullHD 1080p Buy Now
Olympus TG-Tracker with 1.5-Inch LCD (Green) Olympus TG-Tracker Down to 30m 14°F / -10°C 2.1m 4K Buy Now
Panasonic DC-TS7D Lumix TS7 Waterproof Tough Camera, 20.4 Megapixels, 4.6X Zoom Lens, USA, with 3' LCD, Orange Panasonic Lumix FT7 Down to -31m 14°F / -10°C 2m 4K Buy Now
Canon PowerShot D30 Waterproof Digital Camera, Blue Canon PowerShot D30 Down to 25m 14°F / -10°C 2m FullHD 1080p Buy Now
DiCAPac WP-S5 Waterproof Case for Digital SLR Cameras DiCAPac WP-S10 Pro DSLR Waterproof Case Down to 4.8m No No N/A Buy Now

1. Olympus Tough TG-5

A sturdy companion in the most extreme weather conditions.

Weight: 249g | Photo resolution: 12MP | Waterproof: Down to -15m | Freezeproof: 14°F or -10°C | Shockproof: 2.1m | Screen Size: 3 inches | Video resolution: 4K UHD 2160p

The Olympus Tough TG-5 underwater camera
The hardy Olympus Tough TG-5 can withstand 100kg of pressure and survive a fall of up to 2.1m.

The Olympus Tough TG-5 will get the job done even in the most extreme situations, whether you are climbing, diving, rafting or hiking. This camera can withstand 100kg of pressure and will survive a fall from up to 2.1m. Its rugged body is freezeproof to -10°C. And with a high IP code rating of IPX8, this camera is waterproof up to 15m.

To compensate for underwater discoloration, the TG-5 has an underwater photography mode that enhances red tones for vivid results. It shoots up to 20 frames per second, which is great for action photos. It is also dustproof to a rating of IP6X, which lets you capture moments in harsh environments, such as the remote savannah or sandy dunes. Additionally, the TG-5 has a GPS, a manometer, a compass, and a thermometer to show you all the important information about your surrounding environment.

2. GoPro Hero7 Black

A tiny but versatile device that shoots smooth underwater video.

Weight: 117g | Photo resolution: 12MP | Waterproof: Down to -10m | Freezeproof: No | Shockproof: No | Screen Size: 2 inches | Video resolution: 4K

The GoPro Hero7 Black underwater camera
The GoPro Hero7 Black has HyperSmooth image stabilization, so wave camera shake goodbye.

While it doesn’t look like a conventional camera, this small device will capture your adventures effortlessly. It is waterproof up to 10m and boasts features that make it an ideal camera for vlogging. Its smart processor will automatically apply tone and noise reduction according to the environment. Plus, The Hero7 Black also has a Voice Control system, which lets you control the camera without the use of your hands.

The 4K video resolution comes equipped with the HyperSmooth stabilization: making even the shakiest footage look good. Furthermore, you can record high-quality time-lapse and stabilized slow-motion clips as well. 

Plus, if you can’t wait to share your experiences, it offers live streaming to Facebook Live. And the rear touchscreen means sharing is just like working with your smartphone. Some of the downsides are that it has a short battery life, is not shock-proof or cold-proof, and streaming can be difficult to set up.

The rear touchscreen of the GoPro Hero7
The rear touchscreen of the GoPro Hero7 makes live streaming & sharing to Facebook easy.

3. Fujifilm FinePix XP130

A feature-packed underwater camera, useable in the harshest of conditions.

Weight: 453g | Photo resolution: 16.4MP | Waterproof: Down to -20m | Freezeproof: 14°F or -10°C | Shockproof: 1.75m | Screen Size: 3 inches | Video resolution: FullHD 1080p

The Fujifilm FinePix XP130 camera
The Fujifilm FinePix XP130 boasts both Underwater and Underwater Macro modes.

Equipped with a 16.4-megapixel sensor, the Fujifilm FinePix XP130 produces photos with excellent quality, even in harsh conditions.

It is shockproof, freezeproof, dustproof and waterproof. The camera will operate at up to 20m underwater and survive a fall from up to 1.75m. It won’t malfunction even in -10°C. Plus, its dust-proof rating is IP6X. For underwater shooting, XP130 has both an Underwater and an Underwater Macro mode, that reproduces the rich colors of nature.

Thanks to its many added features, the FinePix XP130 is suitable for other types of photography as well. The Electronic Level means it’s great for landscape photography, while the Eye Detection is great for shooting sharp, elegant portrait photography. And if you want more creative freedom, you can try Double Exposure or choose from 11 other filters.

Related Article: Best Fujifilm Cameras

4. Ricoh WG-60

A rugged choice with long battery life.

Weight: 227g | Photo resolution: 16MP | Waterproof: Down to -14m | Freezeproof: 14°F or -10°C | Shockproof: 1.5m | Screen Size: 2.7 inches | Video resolution: FullHD 1080p

The Ricoh WG-60 camera
The Ricoh WG-60 can withstand any environment you place it in.

The Ricoh WG-60 is a feature-rich, rugged camera designed to sustain a beating, and can shoot in any conditions. It is waterproof to 14m, shockproof up to 1.6 m, crushproof to 100 kg, and freezeproof to -10°C. A unique digital microscope uses 6 LEDs around the lens barrel to create even lighting for a perfect macro shot.

Plus, this camera has 24 scene modes, to suit any environment you may find yourself in. This is great if you’re a beginner or shooting on the go.

Furthermore, it has a long battery life of 300 shots, or 260 minutes of video: impressive for this kind of camera. And in case that’s not enough, the Ricoh WG-60 is also lighter than its predecessor, a bonus for those who prioritize portability.

5. Nikon W300

Dive deep with this feature-packed favorite.

Weight: 231g | Photo resolution: 16MP | Waterproof: Down to -30m | Freezeproof: 14°F or -10°C | Shockproof: 2.4m | Screen Size: 3 inches | Video resolution: 4K Ultra HD

The Nikon W300 camera in orange
The Nikon W300 boasts a 5x optical zoom.

If you crave 4K video with lots of other features, turn your attention to the Nikon W300. It is waterproof up to an impressive 30m and shockproof to 2.4m. Its operating temperature varies: on land, it can withstand -10°C, while underwater, it will function at up to 0°C.

Its lens has a 5x optical zoom, long enough for medium telephoto shooting, or macro photography. This zoom system includes a Hybrid Vibration Reduction function with 5-axis stabilization.

It also boasts GPS, an eCompass, an altimeter, a depth gauge, Wi-Fi, and even Bluetooth. Plus there are 20 scene modes to choose from. However, it does not work well in low light and the battery life is short.

6. SeaLife DC2000

A specialist camera designed for beginners and pros alike.

Weight: 599g | Photo resolution: 20MP | Waterproof: Down to -18m | Freezeproof: No | Shockproof: 1.5m | Screen Size: 3 inches | Video resolution: FullHD 1080p

The SeaLife DC2000 camera
The SeaLife DC2000 is one of the most specialized underwater cameras on our list.

One of the most specialized cameras on this list, the SeaLife DC2000 has 4 different underwater shooting modes. These include Dive, Snorkel, External Light, and External Flash. Each of these modes has three color correction filters.

Furthermore, the DC2000 has a Macro mode and a Super Macro mode, to better capture the small fish or sea life you may meet during a dive. These modes and filters are great for beginners, but if you are a more experienced photographer, the camera also allows for manual shooting.

Its improved autofocus and shutter capture even the fastest animals. The camera does not have 4K video, but it does have a good Full HD resolution. It is waterproof up to -18m and shockproof up to 1.5m. However, it is an expensive piece of kit and if you shoot in RAW, it can slow the performance of the camera.

7. Olympus TG-Tracker

A dream for videographers with its fish-eye lens and flip-out LCD screen.

Weight: 181g | Photo resolution: 8MP | Waterproof: Down to -30m | Freezeproof: 14°F or -10°C | Shockproof: 2.1m | Screen Size: 1.5 inches | Video resolution: 4K

The Olympus TG-Tracker
The Olympus TG-Tracker includes a fish-eye lens.

The Olympus TG-Tracker is a videographer’s dream.

It boasts 4K video and will even keep recording down to -30m underwater. Naturally, it is also crushproof up to 100kg, shockproof up to 2.1m, and freezeproof up to -10°C.

It includes a very wide, fish-eye lens, which adds another dimension to underwater photos. It is also equipped with GPS, an eCompass, a thermometer, an accelerometer, a barometer, and other action sensors.

The camera has a 5-axis image stabilization system and a high-quality lens, plus a comfortable handgrip for increased steadiness. The lens provides noise-free, crisp, vivid images even in low light situations. An added bonus is that the LCD screen can be flipped out–a feature no other camera on this list has.

A view of the Olympus TG-Tracker with the LCD screen flipped out
The LCD screen on the Olympus TG-Tracker flips out, making shooting easier.

8. Panasonic Lumix FT7

A top contender boasting high-quality images thanks to huge resolution.

Weight: 317g | Photo resolution: 20.4MP | Waterproof: Down to -31m | Freezeproof: 14°F or -10°C | Shockproof: 2m | Screen Size: 3 inches | Video resolution: 4K

The Panasonic Lumix FT7
The Panasonic Lumix FT7 has a huge 20-megapixel resolution: great for high-quality images.

The Panasonic Lumix FT7 has the biggest sensor on our list with a 20-megapixel resolution–producing photos of exceptional quality. Waterproof down to a staggering -31m, this is a camera made for deep divers. It is also able to withstand a fall from 2m.

As you would expect, it has built-in environment indicators, such as GPS, compass, and altimeter. The lens has an average zoom of up to 35mm. And for convenience, the camera can be charged with a USB.

If you want to try your hand at action photography, the FT7 has a 4K Photo function that takes a video of 30 frames per second, which can then be split into individual frames. As a bonus, the camera also boasts an electronic viewfinder. However, the battery life is not great and there is no option to shoot RAW.

9. Canon PowerShot D30

A bargain staple for beginner underwater photographers.

Weight: 218g | Photo resolution: 12MP | Waterproof: Down to -25m | Freezeproof: 14°F or -10°C | Shockproof: 2m | Screen Size: 3 inches | Video resolution: FullHD 1080p

The Canon PowerShot D30
The Canon PowerShot D30 has Intelligent Stabilization to guarantee sharp images.

Harboring Smart Auto and Intelligent Stabilization, the Canon PowerShot D30 is great for newbie underwater photographers.

The Smart Auto mode detects the scene on its own and controls the settings so you don’t have to. The image stabilization analyzes and automatically corrects various types of camera shake.

The new Sunlight LCD screen corrects the display in bright light for optimal view. In terms of its underwater capabilities, it functions down to -25m of depth. It is also shockproof, withstanding a fall from a height of up to 2m.

This camera provides limited environment indications and does not include a WiFi connection function, but, considering the price, it makes a great tool for capturing adventurous holidays.

10. DiCAPac WP-S10 Pro DSLR Camera Series Waterproof Case

The ultimate in underwater protection for your pro DSLR or mirrorless camera.

Weight: 448g | Photo resolution: N/A | Waterproof: Down to -4.8m | Freezeproof: No | Shockproof: No | Screen Size: No | Video resolution: N/A

The DiCAPac WP-S10 Pro DSLR Camera Series Waterproof Case
DiCAPac WP-S10 Pro DSLR Camera Series Waterproof Case provides the ultimate underwater protection for your precious DSLR or mirrorless camera.

This item is for those who already own a DSLR or mirrorless camera and want to take them below the surface of the sea–the ultimate waterproof case.

It is made from thermoplastic polyurethane, and despite enveloping your camera, it still provides access to all controls.

It includes a clear UV-coated polycarbonate lens port that lets a lot of light through, and it will accept lenses as big as 8cm in diameter or 9.5cm in length.

Furthermore, it has anti-fog and scratch-resistant properties. If your camera’s body is a little short, there is also extra sponge in the case that will lift it up to align the lens with the port.

You can go as deep as -10m underwater without damaging your precious gear. Additionally, the case is very lightweight, so it will be comfortable to work and travel with.

How to Choose the Best Underwater Camera

The best way to choose the right waterproof camera for you is to assess the locations you will be traveling to.

No matter what the environment you find yourself in, there is always a camera that will do the job thanks to countless shockproof, freezeproof and waterproof capabilities.

Whether you are planning to go snorkeling above coral reefs or hiking in unstable weather, there is a model out there suitable for you.

A man snorkels under rocks with an underwater camera
There are underwater cameras suitable for any location. Photo by Jakob Owens.

Dive into Your Underwater Photography Dreams

The best waterproof cameras are compact, lightweight, and offer all the features you need to shoot in conditions that a traditional camera might struggle in.

Adding a rugged, underwater camera to your gear will allow you to capture images a traditional camera would not.

So why not splash out–soon even the depths of the oceans will be within your photographic reach. If you value your memories as much as your experiences, make sure you pack one before leaving for your next adventure!

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About the author

Ramesh Yahathugoda

My love for photography started when I went on a hiking trip to Alberta's Banff national park. I have more than 10 years of experience shooting nature and landscape photography and I am a member of Professional Photographers of Canada (PPOC).

My passion is to help others become better photographers. I share photography knowledge and review camera gear on PhotoBlog's official blog to achieve that goal. In my spare time, I love to read, run, and go on hikes! To see my latest adventures, visit my travel photography blog here on PhotoBlog.com

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