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A woman using her waterproof camera at the beach on her family vacation. Credit: Akaso

The Best Waterproof Cameras of 2022

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A woman using her waterproof camera at the beach on her family vacation. Credit: Akaso

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Akaso Brave 7-GY

The Brave offers a great waterproof camera, with a front and back LCD as well as a screen on the remote, at an affordable price. Read More

Pros

  • Responsive customer service
  • Mounting options included
  • Great value for the price

Cons

  • No SD card included
  • Akaso Go app is difficult to use
  • Issues with audio recording
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Olympus Tough TG-6

A workhorse of a camera, the Olympus Tough is easy to use, is filled with intuitive features, and takes incredible photos in all kinds of conditions. Read More

Pros

  • Intuitive
  • Durable
  • Excellent low-light capability

Cons

  • Costly
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Nikon Coolpix W300 Waterproof

The Coolpix is an easy-to-use camera for some fun sand-and-sun photos or quick videos while on vacation. Read More

Pros

  • Easy to use
  • Crisp LCD screen, even in sunlight
  • Durable

Cons

  • LCD screen scratches easily
  • No SD card included
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Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS30A

For a pocket-sized option, the Panasonic DMC-TS30A is a great camera for quick point-and-shoot pictures in wet conditions. Read More

Pros

  • Compact, slim design
  • Internal memory
  • Good battery life

Cons

  • Pixelated video
  • No SD card included
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Insta360 One X2

If your phone and SD card lines up with the Insta360 One X2 requirements, this camera offers seamless video that captures everything around you. Read More

Pros

  • Unique footage
  • Compact size
  • Durable camera

Cons

  • Requires a recent cellphone to set up
  • Lens scratches easily
  • Customer support slow

All the aspects that make for a great holiday, like water and heat, can be hard on your camera. Whether your getaway involves sand and saltwater, or simply unpredictable weather like rain, having a waterproof camera can reduce any worries about your camera not working after your time off.

If you prefer videos over photos, consider options like action cameras. These will require larger, speedier SD cards to deal with larger file sizes, but are small and especially durable. If your style leans towards still photography, a more traditional camera body will work fine. With cameras that are more rugged, you’ll have extra protection against falls and dust, as well as waterproofing. For folks that like to spend more time in the water on vacation, cameras that do well with scuba or snorkeling photography are worth a closer look. While all these cameras are labelled waterproof, for scuba or snorkeling use there are often extra cases to allow for further depth. Any of the ports on a waterproof camera should have gaskets, so follow the manufacturer’s instructions on how to care for those gaskets to keep your waterproof camera dry. Particularly after using your camera in saltwater, a good rinse will help keep the camera from getting corroded. Ideally, a more rugged camera allows for more fun and less time being concerned about your electronics getting too wet.

To help you find the right camera, we dug through thousands of reviews for a variety of options available online. Based on our research, these are the best waterproof cameras you can get right now.

Editor's Note

The recommendations in this guide are based on thorough product and market research by our team of expert product reviewers. The picks are based on examining user reviews, product specifications, and, in some limited cases, our experience with the specific products named.

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Akaso Brave 7-GY

The Akaso Brave 7-GY offers similar styling (and specs) to a GoPro at a significantly lower price. The Brave 7 mimics the currently popular camera style with LCD screens on both the front and the back of the camera, as well as a screen on the remote control. Shoppers found the Akaso offered great value, with several included mounting options and accessories. Reviewers mentioned that setup was easy and the remote option was useful. Some reviewers experienced issues with the sound on their camera, however, noticing there was significant static. One reviewer in particular had a camera replaced because of this issue and found the second camera to be significantly better.

Akaso offers a one-year warranty on their cameras, which can be extended to two if you register the camera on their website. Some reviewers experienced issues with the waterproofing on their camera, with the camera leaking even within the recommended depth restrictions. Other reviewers also noted the remote is not waterproof. Some reviewers had issues with the app for the camera, noting there were several advertisements and it was a bit tricky to work through. If the remote isn’t a feature you’d see yourself using, drop back down to the Brave 7; the specs are similar, and you’ll save a bit of cash.

Pros

  • Responsive customer service

  • Mounting options included

  • Great value for the price

Cons

  • No SD card included

  • Akaso Go app is difficult to use

  • Issues with audio recording

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Olympus Tough TG-6

The Olympus Tough TG-6 has a list of conditions it can handle to varying degrees: waterproof, dustproof, crushproof, shockproof, freezeproof. In reviews, the durability of the camera wasn’t driving any complaints, with many shoppers pointing out how durable the camera is. The main concern by reviewers was the ease of use. The TG-6 isn’t exactly a point-and-shoot, which many users seemed to be looking for. Some reviewers were frustrated with the different settings on the camera and felt the manual wasn’t particularly helpful. That said, the happiest reviewers mentioned moving down from a DSLR to the Olympus TG-6 because they didn’t want to risk their more expensive gear.

Reviewers who used the macro settings were particularly happy with the TG-6, noting the crispness of the images. One reviewer in particular felt the 12-megapixel sensor shot images better than expected, even in low-light conditions. The panorama, HDR and focus-stacking modes also got praise from reviewers. Shoppers were concerned about the lack of a lens cover as well as the touchscreen being vulnerable to scratches. With the camera’s waterproofing down to 50 feet without an extra case, using the TG-6 for diving or snorkeling is a reasonable expectation.

Reviewers liked the different underwater modes on this camera and found using the TG-6 underwater straightforward. With an additional waterproofing case, as well as underwater LED light, the TG-6 can reach 195 feet, well past recreational scuba limits. With some time invested in learning the settings for this camera, the Olympus TG-6 offers excellent results from a waterproof, rugged camera. You can purchase an additional year of warranty from the Olympus site; this includes a checkup and camera cleaning during that time, too.

Pros

  • Intuitive

  • Durable

  • Excellent low-light capability

Cons

  • Costly

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Nikon Coolpix W300 Waterproof

The Nikon Coolpix W300 Waterproof offers an affordable camera that can survive holiday beach conditions so you can relax and enjoy your vacation. The Coolpix offers a 16 MP sensor—a reasonable resolution for most hobbyist use—and 4K HD video. The camera also has GPS and Wi-Fi, making it easy to upload photos to your camera in a .jpg format. Many reviewers commented on the camera being easy to use, with several shoppers mentioning children using the camera since it’s rugged enough to withstand less careful handling and still intuitive to use.

Shoppers recommend getting a memory card right away: while there’s a small amount of onboard storage that allows the camera to be used out of the box, it is very limited. Though some reviewers found the camera getting dunked in water seemed to be fine, others who used it while snorkeling or diving were disappointed with it fogging up or leaking.

Pros

  • Easy to use

  • Crisp LCD screen, even in sunlight

  • Durable

Cons

  • LCD screen scratches easily

  • No SD card included

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS30A

As a holiday point-and-shoot, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS30A is a waterproofed camera with a great brand name. Shoppers usually commented that the camera was purchased specifically for beach holidays, and were happy with the photo quality both above and below the water. While the specs are similar to other cameras reviewed, more reviewers commented the video on this camera wasn’t great and came out a bit pixelated. Several users mentioned that maintaining the gaskets for the battery compartment is important for longer waterproofing.

The DMC-TS30A takes photos at a resolution of 16 MP, but the video is a bit lower than other cameras at 720p. The camera has some onboard memory—about enough for thirty pictures out of the box. Battery time was described by several shoppers as exceeding expectations. The camera itself is slim, reportedly weighing 0.78 pounds and easy to tuck in a pocket. If you’re looking for a slim but rugged camera, the Panasonic Lumix might be just the right choice for you.

Pros

  • Compact, slim design

  • Internal memory

  • Good battery life

Cons

  • Pixelated video

  • No SD card included

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Insta360 One X2

If you’re the designated photographer on family holidays, often it looks like your family goes on vacation without you. With a waterproof camera like the Insta360 One X2, even the photographer is included in shots. Reviewers liked the shots, using a particular selfie stick that gets erased by the Insta360 software, resulting in footage that looks like a drone or a camera crew snapped it. Shoppers liked the quality of the camera and the straightforward use with the quick capture button. While some reviewers mentioned the software is easy to use, other reviewers were frustrated by the requirements for the phone or computer connections. The camera doesn’t work on its own—a newer smartphone needs to be connected to it to access files, with particular speed and OS requirements. The files are large, which has its own pluses and negatives.

On the upside, the camera captures everything. If you missed a great shot, reviewers reported being able to edit and frame it. However, with big files, your hardware is working, well, hard. The camera is also selective about the SD card; some reviewers were frustrated by the limited type of SD card that works with this camera. The updated One doesn’t seem to have the same overheating issues that other cameras from Insta360 are reported to have, however, there can be issues with the waterproofing.

While battery time is estimated by the manufacturer to be 80 minutes, some reviewers felt the battery lasted just under an hour. Several reviewers mentioned the lenses scratch easily and, considering there are lenses on both sides, it’s hard to set the camera down without touching a lens. Support from Insta360 seems to be lacking, with several shoppers commenting on the long wait for a response or support simply not being helpful.

Pros

  • Unique footage

  • Compact size

  • Durable camera

Cons

  • Requires a recent cellphone to set up

  • Lens scratches easily

  • Customer support slow

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GoPro Hero9 Black

The GoPro is a popular action camera and useful as a waterproof camera in taking photos where there’s water threatening. Both the GoPro 9 and 10 have high photo and video resolutions—20 MP stills for the GoPro 9 and a slight increase at 23 MP for the GoPro 10. With the new GoPro only offering a slight increase in resolution and a change in processor, the GoPro 9 is still a great deal for shooting either video or photos in a watery environment. With LCDs on both the front and the back of the GoPro 9, taking selfies is much easier than before.

Reviewers like the “Hindsight” feature that records a bit of video before a photo, letting you catch great action shots even if you’re slow on the draw. Shoppers liked the improved batteries, although generally the expectation is about an hour’s worth of shooting. Users noticed the stabilization software was effective and improved from the earlier versions. For some users, there are still issues with the GoPro overheating and limited help from customer support. There isn’t any onboard memory, so don’t forget to pick up an SD card for this one.

Pros

  • LCD in front and back

  • Touch zoom

  • Tons of accessories

Cons

  • Short battery time

  • Heating issues

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Rebecca Boniface

Rebecca Boniface

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Rebecca Boniface is a certified PADI dive instructor, full-time nomad, and DIY enthusiast.

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