Waterproof and Robust Digital Cameras

Most leading brands now offer robust digital cameras. Just how robust a camera is varies from model to model. For example one camera may be waterproof to depths of 3m while another may be waterproof to depths of 10m. As well as being drop proof to certain heights these cameras can also continue to operate in freezing conditions. Again the exact temperature a camera can continue working in varies from camera to camera.

In terms of standard features these cameras tend to be similar to a typical point and shoot digital camera. Most of them will fit into a larger size pocket, although there are now some very small models on the shelves.

Canon Powershot D20

Canon Powershot D20

Type: Waterproof

12 Megapixels 5x Zoom

Guide Price: £199.99

The Powershot D20 is waterproof to depths of 10m, shockproof to drops of 1.5m, freezeproof to temperatures as low as – 10 degrees centigrade and dustproof. It has a 3 inch LCD screen and can record both High Definition and slow motion movies. It has GPS tracking and in macro mode can focus from 1cm away from your subject.

Fuji FinePix XP150

Fuji FinePix XP150

Type: Waterproof

14 Megapixels 5x Zoom

Guide Price: £129.99

The Fuji Finepix XP150 is a robust digital camera. It can operate underwater to depths of 10m. It can survive 2m drops and can also cope with temperatures as low as -10 degrees. It also has special seals to keep out sand and dust and a rubberised coating. Other features include GPS tracking, Full 1080p High Definition movies, a 2.7 inch LCD screen and image stabilisation.

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Nikon Coolpix S30

Nikon Coolpix S30

Type: Waterproof

10 Megapixels 3x Zoom

Guide Price: £92.99

The Coolpix S30 is waterproof to 3m and shockproof to falls of up to 76cm. Aside from the waterproof and shockproof features this is a fairly basic digital camera. It is able to shoot High Definition movies and has a 2.7 inch LCD screen. For close ups it can focus from 5cm away from your subject. It is available in blue, pink and white.

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Olympus TG-320

Olympus TG-320

Type: Waterproof

14 Megapixels 3.6x Zoom

Guide Price: £129.99 Rating: 81/100

The TG-320 is waterproof to depths of 3m, shockproof to drops of 1.5m and freezeproof down to temperatures of -10 degrees centigrade. It has a 2.7 inch LCD screen, image stabilisation and can shoot High Definition movies. Other features include the ability to recharge the battery via a USB port and compatibility with Wi-Fi memory cards.

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Olympus TG-620

Olympus TG-620

Type: Waterproof

12 Megapixels 5x Zoom

Guide Price: £165.00

The TG-620 is waterproof to depths of 5m, shockproof to falls of 1.5m and can continue to operate in temperatures down to -10 degrees centigrade. It has plenty of other features too. These include a 3 inch LCD screen, image stabilisation and battery charging via a USB port. There is also a 3D stills photography mode as well as being able to shoot full 1080p High Definition movies.

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Olympus TG-820

Olympus TG-820

Type: Waterproof

12 Megapixels 5x Zoom

Guide Price: £204.95 Rating: 83/100

The Olympus TG-820 is one of the most robust digital cameras you will find. It can withstand depths of 10m, is shockproof to falls of 2m and can work in temperatures as low as -10 degrees centigrade. In addition it is also crushproof to weights of 100kg. There is a 3 inch LCD screen, image stabilisation and a Full 1080p High Definition movie mode. Olympus have also included the ability to produce 3D still photos and battery charging via a USB port.

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Panasonic DMC 3D1

Panasonic DMC 3D1

Type: Waterproof

12 Megapixels 4x Zoom

Guide Price: £325.00

The Lumix DMC 3D1 produces 3D images. It can also shoot 3D video clips as well as being able to shoot 2D High Definition movies. The camera uses two lenses to create the 3D images. When you are not shooting in 3D mode they can be used for dual shooting of 2D wide and zoom photos. Other features include a 3.5 inch LCD screen. The screen gives you touch control. The Lumix DMC 3D1 also has the capability to shoot 2D images at 8 frames per second.

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Panasonic DMC FT20

Panasonic DMC FT20

Type: Waterproof

16 Megapixels 4x Zoom

Guide Price: £174.99 Rating: 81/100

Taking a look at the robust features on offer the Lumix DMC FT20 is waterproof to 5m, shockproof to falls of 1.5m and freezeproof down to -10 degrees centigrade. Aside from those features it operates as a straightforward point and shoot digital camera. It can shoot High Definition movies, has image stabilisation, a 2.7 inch LCD screen and can focus from 5cm away from your subject.

Panasonic DMC FT3

Panasonic DMC FT3

Type: Waterproof

12 Megapixels 4.6x Zoom

Guide Price: £249.99

The Lumix DMC FT3 is a robust digital camera. It is waterproof to depths of 12m, freezeproof down to temperatures of -10 degrees centigrade, shockproof to drops of 2m and dustproof too. Features also include a compass, GPS positioning, a barometer and an altimeter. It can also shoot High Definition movies.

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Panasonic DMC FT4

Panasonic DMC FT4

Type: Waterproof

12 Megapixels 4.6x Zoom

Guide Price: £199.99

The Lumix DMC FT4 is waterproof to depths of 12m, shockproof to drops of up to 2m, dustproof and freezeproof to temperatures down to – 10 degrees centigrade. It can capture both full High Definition movies and time lapse movies. Other features include a 2.7 inch LCD screen and image stabilisation. It has GPS tracking and a built in compass.

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Pentax Optio WG-1

Pentax Optio WG-1

Type: Waterproof

14 Megapixels 5x Zoom

Guide Price: £209.50

You can use the Optio WG-1 in water to depths of 10m. You will also be able to continue to take pictures in temperatures down to -10 degrees centigrade. This camera is also shockproof to 1.5m and crushproof to 100kg. In addition there is a 2.7 inch LCD screen for composing your photos and a High Definition movie mode. To help light subjects in macro mode Pentax have added five small lights around the lens.

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Pentax Optio WG-1 GPS

Pentax Optio WG-1 GPS

Type: Waterproof

14 Megapixels 5x Zoom

Guide Price: £340.00

The Optio WG-1 GPS offers GEO tagging so that you know exactly where you were when a picture was taken. It is waterproof to depths of 10m, protected against falls of up to 1.5m, crushproof to weights of 100kg and freezeproof to temperatures down to -10 degrees centigrade. It has a 2.7 inch LCD screen and can shoot High Definition movies. It also has five lights around the lens. These are activated fro close up shots to ensure your subject is lit correctly.