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Top five best waterproof cameras for 2017

By Ryan Shaw

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

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If you're spending your holidays snorkelling 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.

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Best waterproof cameras

Lowest price (in stock) £299.00
Which? score 74%
Reviewed Jul 2015
Best Buy
Picture quality:
5 out of 5
Low light picture quality:
4 out of 5
Video quality:
3 out of 5
Ease of use:
4 out of 5
Resolution:
Member exclusive
Weight:
Member exclusive
Optical zoom range:
Member exclusive
GPS:
Member exclusive
Wi-fi:
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.

Lowest price (in stock) £389.00
Which? score 73%
Reviewed Aug 2017
Picture quality:
4 out of 5
Low light picture quality:
4 out of 5
Video quality:
4 out of 5
Ease of use:
4 out of 5
Resolution:
Member exclusive
Weight:
Member exclusive
Optical zoom range:
Member exclusive
GPS:
Member exclusive
Wi-fi:
Member exclusive

Boasting one of the deepest water ratings, this waterproof camera brings some new improvements, such as 4K video and an updated grip. But what is it like to use and how does the image quality compare with other waterproof cameras? Our in-depth testing delivers the verdict.

Lowest price (in stock) £399.00
Which? score 69%
Reviewed Aug 2017
Picture quality:
4 out of 5
Low light picture quality:
3 out of 5
Video quality:
3 out of 5
Ease of use:
4 out of 5
Resolution:
Member exclusive
Weight:
Member exclusive
Optical zoom range:
Member exclusive
GPS:
Member exclusive
Wi-fi:
Member exclusive

An update to a popular model, this camera promises improved image quality in a compact and rugged form. It has fast shutter speed, and a bright f/2.0 lens, plus it includes a raft of useful features, such as built-in GPS and wi-fi. But how easy is it to use, and have the controls been upgraded? Our testing uncovers all, so read on for our review.

Lowest price (in stock) £350.01
Which? score 68%
Reviewed Jun 2013
Picture quality:
4 out of 5
Low light picture quality:
3 out of 5
Video quality:
5 out of 5
Ease of use:
4 out of 5
Resolution:
Member exclusive
Weight:
Member exclusive
Optical zoom range:
Member exclusive
GPS:
Member exclusive
Wi-fi:
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?

Lowest price (in stock) £166.21
Which? score 61%
Reviewed Jun 2017
Picture quality:
4 out of 5
Low light picture quality:
3 out of 5
Video quality:
4 out of 5
Ease of use:
3 out of 5
Resolution:
Member exclusive
Weight:
Member exclusive
Optical zoom range:
Member exclusive
GPS:
Member exclusive
Wi-fi:
Member exclusive

The latest robust camera is waterproof down to 20 metres, and records video in Full HD. The image stabilisation is pretty good at steadying shots underwater, but what is the image quality like overall? We conducted stringent tests on this camera to find out. Read our full review for more.

Pricing, recommendations and test scores correct of November, 2017.

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But we also go beyond picture quality. Will the automatic scene modes and auto-focus give you a decent snap? Can you see what you're shooting on the viewfinder and how easy is the camera to use? Does the camera match its claims on waterproof and shockproof ratings? We have the answers.

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