The month May passed without making a list of the best cameras in the category Top of the month. There are two main reasons – lack of time and the list stayed pretty the same as for the April. But with the beginning of the summer and warmer weather in June, a lot of new shuffling in the bestseller cameras occurred. So here we are again with the new list of the best waterproof digital cameras in the market this moment:
1. Olympus Stylus Tough 6020
The winner of the April FujiFilm FinePix XP10, which was scored at amazing 11th place two months ago, was conquered by Olympus Stylus Though 6020. This month’s winner is currently placed as 12th most wanted digital camera on Amazon. We find this pretty interesting since there are many newer waterproof digital cameras available on the market and we’ve found some comments of the unsatisfied customers buying this camera, claiming that the camera is not waterproof and it is not waterproof as promised at Olympus. Even though, it may be just bad series and it seems now they solved the problem at Olympus and also there are many more happy users of this model recently.
Anyhow, let us list some of the camera’s features. For less than $300 you will get the waterproof camera up to 16 feet underwater that makes a superb quality pictures with resolution of 14 MP or recording 720p full HD videos. Like many other waterproof cameras this one is shoockproof, freezeproof and dustproof as well. You don’t need to worry about the memory cards anymore, Olympus Stylus Though 6020 uses 1GB internal memory for storing all images and video clips. The reviews of the users you can find on the Amazon.
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2. Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3
The new camera from Panasonic seems to be the success of this summer. The press release and announcement was published at the end of January this year and the blue version is already on the 17th place among all the digital cameras, following by the orange version on the 18th place. And the 2nd place in the list of the bestselling waterproof digital cameras. We predict this is the waterproof camera of the summer 2011.
The camera is designed very visually appealing and rugged at the same time. Currently available for a little more than $300, you get the last-generation point-and-shoot rugged digital camera with 4.6x optical zoom, wide angle lens with image stabilization and 2.7″ LCD screen. For additional $30 we suggest you to buy a set suggested by Amazon, in combination with waterproof camera float and 16 GB SDHC memory card. These are two basic accessories you need when taking pictures underwater. This camera is able to record Full HD videos in amazing resolution 1080p! And now the best features, the ones you came across this post: camera had build-in GPS function so now you now for every picture when and where it is captured. It also has a compass, altimeter for current height above the sea level and barometer for knowing how deep underwater you are.
At Panasonic they pushed the limits of this camera even one step higher, comparing to the previous version TS2 we have reviewed as well. Now the DMC-TS3 is waterproof up to 40 feet (12 m), shoockproof to drops up to 6.6 feet (2 m) and freezeproof to -14 °F (-10 °C). It has better sensor than it’s predecessor, faster processor and many other smaller attributes. Definitely consider buying this camera. Depending on the characteristics and first happy users the best buy this moment! For more pictures of this camera and user reviews follow this link.
3. Kodak EasyShare Sport C123
This entry-level digital waterproof camera has also climbed the bestselling digital cameras last few weeks to the 40th place overall. It is probably the strongest competition to FujiFilm FinePix XP10 which was the winner of April’s list and has now dropped a way down. At the time of writing this you can get Kodak EasyShare Sport C123 for a very inexpensive price $69. This is definitely the camera you can use just for one summer and don’t care much if you get mugged on the beach. Except you have some great pictures stored on it.
Anyway, despite the low price, this camera still has some great features that will satisfy your needs as easy photographer. Its resolution is 12 MP, which is pretty a lot for such a cheap waterproof camera. The lens can produce 5x optical zoom. Yes, you’ve heard right. It has an optical zoom, not like other cheap cameras in the same price range that only stretch your image with digital zoom and spoil the resolution this way. It is waterproof to the depths of 10 feet, and has 2.4″ LCD screen.
Last but not the least, the “123″ in the name is not 1, 2, 3 just by accident. It is a Kodak’s EasyShare special attribute, that the camera will share the pictures automatically to your favorite sites or send it to your friends or family via E-mail. It goes like this:
- Just press Share when in review mode
- Choose your favorite sharing destination, e-mail address, or Kodak PULSE Display
- Connect your camera to your computer or insert your memory card and your videos or pictures are automatically uploaded to the destination(s)
We are sure many users will find this feature very helpful (or they already did as you can read here). Consider buying it together with 4 GB SD card and camera case. Priced $75 together with the camera, these two are the best accessories you can buy for such a price with the camera.
Other popular waterproof digital cameras in June 2011
Of course there are many other waterproof digital cameras following the winning triplet. Here are some of them:
- 43th place: Sony DSC-TX10 16 MP waterproof camera
- 47th place: Olympus Stylus Tough 8010 14MP waterproof camera
- 76th place: Sony DSC-TX9 12 MP waterproof camera
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