Best Waterproof Shockproof Digital Camera

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Last summer we went to Fiji for a little surf, sun, and honeymooning and put in some serious time researching and figuring out the best waterproof shockproof digital camera we were going to get to take with us on our trip halfway across the world. Our budget was between $200-300 and we hoped to find a sweet digital camera that was waterproof, shockproof, freeze proof, and took great pictures underwater and on land (who needs two cameras, right?) Plus we spend most of our free time in the water anyway so why not have a digital camera that’s waterproof.

After a lot of searching we narrowed it down to the below six options. We ended up going with the Panasonic Lumix, but still think the other waterproof shockproof digital cameras in this list are serious contenders. Remember, you get what you pay for so spend wisely and DO YOUR HOMEWORK. We hope the below reviews can help you sort through the chaos and narrow your choices down to only the best waterproof shockproof digital camera contenders.

CameraCamera NameRatingCostNotes
Olympus TG-620 Tough iHS Waterproof Digital Camera (Blue) with Case and Float Strap ★ ★ ★ ★ $149.99Bestseller in Underwater Photography on Amazon.
Panasonic Lumix TS4 12.1 TOUGH Waterproof Digital Camera with 4.6x Optical Zoom (Orange) ★ ★ ★ $294Voted best rugged, waterproof camera of 2012 by Gizmodo.
Nikon COOLPIX AW100 16 MP CMOS Waterproof Digital Camera with GPS and Full HD 1080p Video (Camouflage) Nikon COOLPIX AW100 16 MP CMOS Waterproof Digital Camera with GPS and Full HD 1080p Video (Camouflage)Nikon COOLPIX AW100 16 MP CMOS Waterproof Digital Camera with GPS and Full HD 1080p Video (Camouflage) ★ ★ ★ ★ $279.99Works well in low lighting situations.
Fujifilm FinePix XP60 16 MP Digital Camera with 2.7-Inch LCD (Yellow) ★ ★ ★ ★ $177Great value for price point.
Canon PowerShot D20 12.1 MP CMOS Waterproof Digital Camera with 5x Image Stabilized Zoom 28mm Wide-Angle Lens a 3.0-Inch LCD and GPS Tracking (Blue) ★ ★ ★ ★ $295Full HD video capabilities, optical image stabilization.
Kodak Easyshare Sport Waterproof Camera ★ ★ ★$94.25Decent camera for the price, but there are better options if you're willing to spend a little more.

If you see a camera that is waterproof and shockproof that you think rocks and is not on our list, let us know and we’ll get right on it. These digital waterproof cameras are great whether you are stand up paddle boarding, surfing, swimming, kayaking, snorkeling, or scuba diving. Plus they are a ton of fun and the pictures they take are of high quality and look great. We love taking pictures here at SUP Surf Blog and look for a gallery of photos we’ve taken out on the water coming soon!


  1. You didn’t tell us why you picked the Panasonic or how it performed compared to other cameras. You’re Headline should have been, “List of waterproof cameras”

    • The Editors says:


      You make a good point. We went with the Panasonic ultimately because it’s the same camera my friend had on a surf trip we took to Panama and I really liked it. I will update the article with this info and appreciate your feedback!


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