Whether you’re catching a wave off the coast of Hawaii, snorkelling on the Great Barrier Reef or splashing about the pool with the family, a waterproof camera is fun bit of kit to add a new dimension to your holiday pictures
We've put a selection to the test in water and dry land - from Canon's established FT5 up to Nikon's beautifully crafted 1 AW1, here's our pick.
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5 best waterproof cameras
5 best waterproof cameras
1/5 GoPro HERO3+
Wish you could share that feeling as your surfboard connects with the wave? GoPro’s latest waterproof model offers superb quality images and video resolutions up to a depth of 40 metres in a cool black and silver casing. GoPro deservedly has a reputation for tough, reliable products and this camera can be easily attached to your surfboard, your scuba diving equipment or even your mountain bike. With built-in Wi-Fi that lets you seamlessly download your photos to your computer, a 12-megapixel capability and an ultra-wide angle lens, this is a wise investment for all thrill-seeking photographers. £359.99, gopro.com
2/5 Ricoh WG-4
A camera for the hard-core adventurer, the Ricoh WG-4 will let you take stunning photos whether you’re snorkelling at a depth of 14 metres or scaling a mountain peak. This waterproof camera is especially hardy; neither 100 kilograms of pressure nor a two-metre sheer drop will inhibit the WG-4’s performance. With an impressive 16-megapixel capability, we found it took crystal-clear, album-worthy snaps. £309.99, ricoh-imaging.co.uk
3/5 Canon Powershot D30
Don’t want to sacrifice quality for affordability? The Powershot D30 gives you the best of both worlds; it’s waterproof to a depth of 25 metres and has a 12.1-megapixel capability. This camera is great for family holidays to the beach and feels robust enough to withstand any bumps or bruises the summer holidays might inflict upon it. When we took it to the beach, neither the sand nor the waves interfered with this high-quality camera. £244.75, amazon.co.uk
4/5 Nikon 1 AW1
In terms of pure style, nothing can beat this beautiful piece of technology from Nikon. With a large, retro-style 4.2x focal lens and an impressive pop-up flash feature, the AW1 feels like a return to the heyday of camera craftsmanship. This camera is waterproof up to 15 metres, has an impressive 14.2-megapixel capability and is distinguished by its Action Control system that allows you to simply tilt the camera left or right to change the settings – great for when you’re taking photos underwater. £599.00, jessops.com
5/5 Panasonic FT5
If you’re looking for a camera that will let you take clear, quality pictures the second you take it out of the box then the Panasonic FT5 is for you. With a slightly shallower waterproof depth of 13 metres, the FT5 makes up for it with its 16.1-megapixel capability, built in GPS and at 10cm long, you can fit it in your pocket. Highlights include the Creative Control feature, which lets you easily take panorama images, as well as the incredibly simple Wi-Fi connectivity button. amazon.co.uk
GoPro continues to lead the market in terms of waterproof, adventure cameras; the HERO3+ is a great choice because of its seemingly endless versatility. If you’re looking for a slightly cheaper option, the Ricoh WG-4 is another brilliant piece of kit that gives you superb quality images in a tough, rugged design.