2012 Waterproof Camera Showdown

It's a 7-way battle between the year's top waterproof tough cameras, and we declare a decisive winner.

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Introduction

The best camera is the one that you have. So when you're playing in the surf, spending a weekend at the slopes, or going on any kind of rugged adventure, you want a camera that can face up to the elements with you. A waterproof, rugged camera is the way to go.

With more waterproof cameras to choose from than ever before, picking the right one can seem daunting. We're here to help. We took a long, hard look at the top-billed tough cams of the year, measuring how they perform outdoors, underwater, and in dim lighting; how tough they are and how tough they really need to be; and how they'll work once they're in your hands. Read on to see how they fared.

Update: This is our 2012 roundup. We've posted a newer roundup with up-to-date models from 2013. Check it out here!

Our editors review and recommend products to help you buy the stuff you need. If you make a purchase by clicking one of our links, we may earn a small share of the revenue. Our picks and opinions are independent from any business incentives.

Sections

  1. Introduction
  2. The Contenders
  3. Outdoor & Underwater Image Quality
  4. Indoor & Low-Light Image Quality
  5. Toughness
  6. User Experience & Features
  7. Conclusion

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