The Best Waterproof Cameras for Capturing Underwater Memories
If you go on vacation and don’t take photos, did you really even go on vacation? Of course the answer is still yes, but taking photos and videos of your trip for memory’s sake is still a highly suggested practice. And sure, documenting your adventure on your smartphone is a fine choice, but let’s say you want to capture some memories while snorkeling in the deep blue ocean, while white water rafting, or while enjoying the hotel pool. You’re going to need some waterproof gear for that. So we went ahead and gathered up the best waterproof cameras worthy of taking on your next trip.
One technical bit you'll definitely want to pay attention to when shopping for a camera that can shoot underwater is the depth it's built to withstand. If you attempt to document your dive with one that's only rated to stay waterproof at three meters deep, it's highly likely you'll resurface with some very sad, nonfunctional tech.
From affordable action cameras with super-wide lenses that’ll help you capture everything to water- and freeze-proof cameras that are perfect for the ultimate adventure to kids’ underwater digital cameras you won’t have to worry about getting ruined — we've rounded up all of the best underwater cameras, below.
Campark ACT74 Action Camera
Not only does this camera have a 170-degree ultra wide angle lens, it's also WiFi enabled so you can connect it to your phone and share photos and video on social media. It currently holds the Amazon's Choice title for shoppers looking to buy a waterproof camera. Plus, at $55, it's a steal.
Depth capability: 30 meters/98 feet
To buy: amazon.com, $55
Olympus Tough TG-5
This camera was built to withstand basically any and all conditions. Not only is it waterproof up to 50 feet below the surface, it's also freeze-, shock-, crush-, and even dust-proof.
Depth capability: 15 meters/50 feet
To buy: amazon.com, $449
Panasonic Lumix Waterproof Camera
Here's a great under-$150 option that's perfect for those looking for a tough point-and-shoot camera that they can take on any adventure. Water-, freeze-, and crushproof, this is the ultimate adventure camera that you won't have to break the bank for.
Depth capability: 7 meters/23 feet
To buy: amazon.com, $138
GoPro Hero Waterproof Digital Action Camera
A household name in action cameras, GoPro is here with its Hero camera, jampacked with smart features such as a touch screen, hands-free voice control, and WiFi connection.
Depth capability: 10 meters/33 feet
To buy: amazon.com, $180 (originally $200)
Fujifilm FinePix XP130 Waterproof Digital Camera
This water-, dust-, and shockproof camera not only comes with Bluetooth connectivity, it also has geo tagging capability so you can choose to embed location data downloaded from your smartphone in your photographs for added nostalgia.
Depth capability: 20 meters/65 feet
To buy: amazon.com, $129
Comi Underwater Camera
This waterproof digital camera has a dual screen that's perfect for taking cool underwater selfies in the pool.
Depth capability: 3 meters/10 feet
To buy: amazon.com, $80
Akaso EK7000 4K WiFi Sports Action Camera
At just $60, this action camera is an Amazon No. 1 Best-seller with almost 8,000 reviews and a 4.5-star rating — so you know it's pretty great. With this camera, you can dive into waters up to 100 feet deep and record for up to 90 minutes with its long battery life.
Depth capability: 30 meters/100 feet
To buy: amazon.com, $60
DECOMEN Kids Waterproof Camera
This compact, waterproof camera was designed for kids and even comes with a built-in flash and self-timer.
Depth capability: 3 meters/10 feet
To buy: amazon.com, $57