The Top 15 Underwater Cameras for Under $300

It’s been a while since we did an equipment roundup on PhotographicBlog so for this one I thought I would take a look at the most popular underwater compact cameras. All these come in under the $300 a few are a lot less than that. If you are interested in underwater photography, also take a look at the guide we wrote about taking photos underwater and also this roundup we did of 25 Stunning & Beautifull Underwater Photographs.

The ranking of these cameras was based on their popularity at in the underwater camera section.

1. Nikon COOLPIX AW100

The AW100 can handle all that Mother Nature can throw at it. Take it diving to depths of up to 33-feet. Shoot at temperatures as cold as 14° F. And don’t sweat drops of up to 5-feet. Whether it’s in your hand, mounted to a surfboard, clipped on a backpack or attached to a scuba tank, every twist, splash, dive and crash can be recorded in both still and Full HD (1080p) movie. Plus, Nikon’s new Action Control brings fast and easy operation to gloved hands.


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2. Olympus TG-1iHS

The TG-1 iHS is the world’s first rugged camera on the market* to include an ultra-bright, high-speed f2.0 lens so you can capture scenes that were previously “impossible” with a point & shoot. This new lens strengthens the camera’s shooting capabilities making high-quality images and blazing fast shutter speeds possible even when a flash cannot be used or when shooting fast action or in low light.


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3. Panasonic Lumix TS20

Featuring a flat and slim profile that was made possible by using folded optics for the 4x optical zoom* lens unit, the DMC-TS20 is incredibly tough. It lets you save precious memories in the most suitable form – videos or photos –. Enjoy easy, casual shooting with style both in town and during outdoor adventures. The DMC-TS20 is optimal for both.


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4. Canon PowerShot D20

Outdoorsy, adventurous types need to look no further for a camera that can handle it all. The PowerShot D20 digital camera is waterproof to 33 feet, temperature-resistant from 14°F to 104°F, shockproof up to 5.0 feet, and equipped with a GPS tracker.


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5. Panasonic Lumix TS4

The DMC-TS4 is shockproof, waterproof, dustproof and freezeproof in design. Swim along with tropical fish and capture shots of beautiful coral reefs, or take recordings of your friends around a camp fire. The DMC-TS4 is an extremely versatile camera that you can take with you wherever the action calls.


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6. Olympus 14 Megapixel Camera TG-320

Drop it, dunk it, splash it, freeze it… The TG-320 is built to keep up with your every move. Whether you’re vacationing with family on the beach, hiking in the mountains, enjoying a bike ride or just hanging around the back yard, the durability of the TG-320 ensures that you’ll never miss a moment.


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7. Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX200V

The sleek and stylish DSC-TX200V fits the slimmest pocket or purse. Thanks to its airtight construction, it is dustproof as well as waterproof to a depth of 16 feet.


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8. Nikon COOLPIX S30

Families now have a camera to take wherever they go. Waterproof and shockproof, the COOLPIX S30 is ideal for everything from poolside fun to playground action. A 10.1 MP sensor produces top quality images, ideal for printing and sharing. The 3x wide-angle lens frames clear memories of all the important people and moments in your life.


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9. Fujifilm Fine Pix XP50

The FinePix XP50 is outstandingly durable. It’s waterproof to a depth of 5m and can capture both movies and still images underwater. The camera’s casing will withstand shocks or drops from a height of 1.5m, while cold environments are also no problem for this rough and ready device. The FinePix XP50 can withstand temperatures down to -10°C and dust is never a problem, with all the camera’s access points specially sealed for ultimate protection.


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10. Olympus Tough 14 MP Waterproof Digital Camera

  • 14 megapixels (effective), 1/2.3 inch image sensor; 5x optical zoom (28mm wide) plus 4x digital zoom
  • 3.0 inch HyperCrystal III LCD monitor; CCD contrast detection; One touch 720p HD movie with HDMI
  • Waterproof; Shockproof; Freeze proof


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11. Liquid Image 304 XSC Explorer Series

The XSC Explorer Series 8.0MP Underwater Video Camera has a built in Camera embedded into a Snorkeling Mask that makes underwater photography “Hands Free” for safer swimming and snorkeling. Photograph or video friends, family or fish.


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12. Coleman Xtreme C5WP 12 MP 33ft Waterproof Digital Camera

Great snapshots and videos have never been easier as they are with the versatile Coleman digital camera.  Able to go anywhere you would want to take pictures, this sturdy camera will more than hold its own. Waterproof up to 33 feet, you can take this camera on all your outdoor adventures and never worry about missing a moment.


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13. Fujifilm Fine Pix XP50

The FinePix XP50 is outstandingly durable. It’s waterproof to a depth of 5m and can capture both movies and still images underwater. The camera’s casing will withstand shocks or drops from a height of 1.5m, while cold environments are also no problem for this rough and ready device.


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14. Liquid Image XSC 337BLK Digital Camera

The Liquid Image XSC Summit Series 1080P HD is a Snow Goggle with an integrated True POV HD Video camera. The goggle contains a 136 degree (FOV) wide angle lens to capture all the action for all Snow Sports. The Helmet Compatible hands free unit has a 12.0 MP camera mode and a video mode that records HD 1080P at 30fps as well as the High Action Mode HD 720P at 60 frames per second.


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15. Intova Sport Pro HD Video Camera

Small and compact, Intova SP-1 Sport HD Waterproof Video Camera offers full 1080p HD video with a 140 wide-angle lens. This design allows the maximum view angle without the distortion found in wider lens angles. Intova’s unique and patented Unibody design builds the electronics directly into the buoyant, rugged, compact housing. Waterproof to 200 feet (60 meters), the housing includes buttons for full camera control in any environment.


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