Outdoor adventures are risky enough already for your well being, so adding an expensive DSLR to the packing list can add another level of stress. This is why people who embark on adventures often prefer to own rugged cameras that will endure the wear and tear of their outings. Apart from being extremely tough and resistant to shocks, they are also waterproof, and this allows you to take them underwater for exploring newer photography scenarios. A few of the finest such waterproof cameras in India are listed below. Go through them to decide which one suits you the best.
This is one hell of a rugged camera. Olympus has granted this device an extremely durable body as well as waterproofing for going up to 50ft underwater. Plus, this camera also ships with several underwater modes. It holds onto a 16MP BSI CMOS sensor and offers a f/2.0 25-100mm zoom lens. A superb attribute of this shooter is its ability to shoot RAW images which gives you more control over how they eventually pan out. Lastly, the Tough TG-4 boasts of built-in GPS for image-tagging, apart from Wi-Fi for quick transfer of images and videos to other devices.
For those on a tight budget, the Fujifilm FinePix XP90 will be the right option. It can be taken 50ft deep underwater and can withstand temperatures of up to -10°C. The XP90 features a 1/2.3-inch 16.4MP CMOS sensor for high quality images and videos. Speaking about videos, it does 1080p recordings at 60fps. 5x optical zoom is on offer as well, apart from Wi-Fi support. And on top of all this, there’s optical image stabilisation on this shooter, which is again very impressive at this price tag. Its burst mode can capture images at 10fps.
This Nikon offering gets big points for design, since despite being a waterproof camera, it still supports interchangeable lenses. Apart from that, it’s also shockproof and freezeproof. It grants users the benefits of a 14.2MP CX CMOS sensor which combines its prowess with a high-end engine capable of delivering bursts of 15fps and 60fps with locked focus. And that’s not all; you can shoot 1080p videos at 60fps and even stretch the framerate up to a whopping 1200fps if you’re willing to sacrifice on the resolution. The AW1 has built-in GPS, but getting Wi-Fi support requires an additional accessory.
The Canon PowerShot D30 is equipped with a large variety of shooting modes. This camera’s ruggedness is truly impressive as it can withstand drops from up to 6.5ft, cold temperatures of up to -10°C and underwater immersions of up to 82ft, making it the perfect camera for amateur scuba divers. The D30 comes fitted with a 12.1MP CMOS sensor, a 5X optical zoom lens and Canon’s mid-range DIGIC 4 engine. It’s capable of offering 1080p videos at 24fps. Although there’s no Wi-Fi support, you do get GPS with this shooter.
This is yet another incredible all-rounder among all these waterproof cameras. Its main highlight is 4K video which it manages to shoot at 30fps. Nikon has fitted the camera with a 5X optical zoom lens and a 16MP 1/2.3-inch backlit CMOS sensor. It’s waterproof up to 98ft and even provides protection from cold temperatures and shocks. It’s sold in four colour options, with one of them bearing a sweet camouflage paintjob. Apart from Wi-Fi, it also features Bluetooth support for enabling Nikon’s SnapBridge technology for quicker transfer of images to other people’s devices.
While buying a waterproof camera, it’s a given that it must also be pretty durable. Apart from checking its underwater capabilities, take a look at how it reacts to drops and rough use. Outdoor use involves rough terrain and demands some good resistance from your camera.
Photo and video resolution is important in order to capture the best underwater footage. Sometimes, you will also need to crop an image because the subject is not in clear view. At such times, having greater resolution helps in final making the image look better.
Using a rugged camera means you’ll be outdoors most of the time, which also means transferring your captured media to your laptop will not happen often. Hence, having wireless capabilities in your camera is important since it will allow you to view your content on your smartphone without the hassle of cables.
|Olympus Tough TG-4||NA||9||9||9||8||8.8|
|Fujifilm FinePix XP90||37,560||7||7||8||8||7.5|
|Nikon 1 AW1||NA||8||8||9||8||8.3|
|Canon PowerShot D30||NA||7||9||8||8||8|
We’ve curated this list based on our own expert reviews, overall user reviews from shopping websites like Amazon and B&H Photo Video, and expert reviews from trusted websites like DP Review, Photography Blog and PC Mag.
As far as the weighted averages of our final expert scores are concerned, the split is: 50% for expert reviews, 25% for expert reviews from our trusted websites, and 25% for user reviews.
For example, in this list, the Olympus Tough TG-4— our favourite waterproof camera in India by far — had a score spilt of:
Expert review: 8.8/10
Expert reviews from trusted websites: 8/10 (Photography Blog and Trusted Reviews)
User reviews: 8/10 (Amazon and B&H Photo Video)
Overall expert score: 8.4/10 (rounded off)
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