Best waterproof cameras of 2016

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Best waterproof cameras of 2016

By Ryan Shaw

We pick the best waterproof cameras of 2016 tested at Which?. Waterproof, shockproof, freezeproof - our expert testing pushes these cameras to their limits.

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The best waterproof camera for you

If you're spending your holidays snorkeling around an exotic reef or hiking through picturesque mountains, you may choose to leave your camera at home for fear of it becoming damaged by water or worse. 

With a waterproof camera, you needn't suffer such worries. The best waterproof camera can withstand being dunked in water and drops from heights of two metres, plus they can still shoot great quality photos and video.

Best waterproof cameras

Nikon Coolpix AW130
Today's best price £239.00
Which? score 74%
Tested Jun 2015
Best Buy
Picture quality:
4 out of 5
Low light picture quality:
3 out of 5
Video image quality:
4 out of 5
Ease of use:
4 out of 5
Resolution:
Member exclusive
Optical zoom range:
Member exclusive
GPS:
Member exclusive
Wi-fi:
Member exclusive
Weight:
Member exclusive

Cameras don't get much tougher than this model. This 16 Mp pocket-sized model is waterproof down to 30 metres, dust-resistant and freezeproof down to -14°C. Stylish and available in a range of four colours, it comes packed with added extras for sports enthusiasts. Is this the perfect camera for adrenaline junkies? We tested it to find out.

Olympus Stylus TG-4
Today's best price £264.00
Which? score 74%
Tested Jul 2015
Best Buy
Picture quality:
5 out of 5
Low light picture quality:
4 out of 5
Video image quality:
3 out of 5
Ease of use:
4 out of 5
Resolution:
Member exclusive
Optical zoom range:
Member exclusive
GPS:
Member exclusive
Wi-fi:
Member exclusive
Weight:
Member exclusive

Available in back and red versions, this 16Mp camera can shoot in Raw and Jpeg image modes, plus it supports an underwater HDR mode for shooting in tricky lighting. Overall, we found that it's very good for low-light shots, but how easy is it to use on a daily basis? We tested this camera in tough conditions to make sure it won't let you down.

Nikon Coolpix AW120
Typical price £275.00
Which? score 72%
Tested Apr 2014
Best Buy
Picture quality:
4 out of 5
Low light picture quality:
3 out of 5
Video image quality:
4 out of 5
Ease of use:
4 out of 5
Resolution:
Member exclusive
Optical zoom range:
Member exclusive
GPS:
Member exclusive
Wi-fi:
Member exclusive
Weight:
Member exclusive

This camera is designed for action; it's waterproof, shockproof, has a built-in GPS receiver, depth gauge, compass and wi-fi. It'd make a great holiday camera for adventurous types and comes in a range of colours, including camouflage. However, can it take pictures good enough to make it the indispensable travel companion? We put this camera to test to find out.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT5
Today's best price £197.99
Which? score 68%
Tested Jun 2013
Picture quality:
4 out of 5
Low light picture quality:
3 out of 5
Video image quality:
5 out of 5
Ease of use:
4 out of 5
Resolution:
Member exclusive
Optical zoom range:
Member exclusive
GPS:
Member exclusive
Wi-fi:
Member exclusive
Weight:
Member exclusive

Designed for the great outdoors, this camera comes with a built-in GPS and wi-fi, so pictures can be shared with other mobiles devices. A rugged camera it may be, but was the picture quality good enough to survive the Which? test lab?

Canon Powershot D30
Today's best price £199.00
Which? score 67%
Tested Jul 2014
Picture quality:
4 out of 5
Low light picture quality:
3 out of 5
Video image quality:
4 out of 5
Ease of use:
3 out of 5
Resolution:
Member exclusive
Optical zoom range:
Member exclusive
GPS:
Member exclusive
Wi-fi:
Member exclusive
Weight:
Member exclusive

A rugged compact camera with a 12Mp sensor, 5x optical zoom and 3-inch display, the Canon Powershot D30 is built for adventurous holiday-makers. Most importantly, Canon claims this compact camera is waterproof up to 25m. Naturally, our experts put this to the test.

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