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Top 5 Inexpensive Waterproof Video Cameras on The Market


6 budget video cameras in the water

Events, they say, make unforgettable memories. If that’s true, you will like to narrate them to your friends and acquaintances, the lively events that you’ve been part of in a recent time or a distant past. However, you never can know the details to include or leave out in your description of the event. But with an efficient yet inexpensive video camera, you will be able to tell the whole story because pictures tell stories.

What if you are likely to come in contact with water in your adventure? In many of your outdoor escapades, rains and snows are there to greet you as you enjoy yourself. Certainly then, the camera that will be part of your accessories must be able to withstand the elements. That’s why you need a waterproof camera. Still, you sometimes need to go under the water and you like to capture and record underwater. You may actually take a dive. So you will need a best waterproof camera for the money which is rugged enough to be able to withstand shocks, falls and an extreme weather.

We’ve searched through the market and have come out with the cameras that can endure all the inadvertently and inevitably rough treatments from the hikers, divers, snorkel drivers and scuba divers. It could be challenging to determine which of these cameras that boasts of these qualities you should put your money on because of the effect of the marketing mix. We’ve braved the challenges for you and brought the following cameras for your consideration.

Top Waterproof Video Cameras For The Money in 2017

Olympus Tough TG-4 – under $500

Cost is certainly not the number one consideration in the choice of the Olympus Tough TG-4, a fourth generation of its makers’ waterproof compact camera. However, the snorkelers and scuba divers will find this camera cheap for the money they have spent buying it. It’s waterproof up to 50 feet and it’s able to cope with different kinds of hostile elements on the land because it is crushproof, dustproof, in addition to being waterproof. It can also survive the pressure up to 220 pounds.

It’s shockproof to the extent of coping with a 7-foot drop. As for its being freeze-proof; the temperature that’s as low as 14 degrees Fahrenheit can do no harm to Tough TG-4. This is a tough, budget underwater camera from Olympus, you’ll say. It features a fast, bright aperture of f/2.0 which enables it to capture light from darker scenes underwater with special underwater modes which include wide-angle and macro options. With its 16-megapixel backside illuminated CMOS sensor, it can shoot in raw formats.

Among the camera’s versatile modes are Intelligent Auto, Program Auto and Aperture Priority. Even though TG-4 doesn’t have full manual exposure controls, it still has, in addition to normal scene modes that come with many compact cameras, macro and microscope modes which allow you to have a closer focus of tiny image above or below it.TG-4 also has WIFI and GPS with an electronic compass that shows you the current latitude and longitude, barometric pressure, the altitude you are operating from and the water level.


  • Waterproof up to 50 feet
  • Drop resistance up to 7 feet
  • Megapixels/Sensor Type16MP/BSI CMOS
  • Has Wi-Fi and GPS,
  • Video1080p/60 fps


  • Is expensive
  • Photo output can be better
  • Doesn’t go deep enough

Nikon Coolpix AW130 – under $300

Nikon Coolpix AW130 is believed by some reviewers to be the best compact deep-diving waterproof camera. Even if you don’t see it that way, you’ll no doubt agree that it is indeed a cheap underwater digital camera. It has waterproof to 100 feet and takes photos that are better than many other cameras. You can be sure that at ISO 160, Nikon Coolpix AW 130 can produce crisp images and is able to show great color saturation.

It is quite simple for it to embed metadata into photos because of its GPS and WIFI buttons. Other features of this camera are the 5x optical zoom, a nice grip it has on the right side, and its controls that are easy to use. A great plus to this camera is the very secure latches that come with it. This takes care of your worries about water sipping in. The default colors are black, blue and yellow.

With its GPS and GLONASS for geotagging photos, it can take nice pictures even under a relatively darker condition. Also, the camera automatically senses it when it is deep in water and turns on water mode and when you are out of the water, it switches back to land mode.


  • Megapixels/Sensor Type16MP/CMOS
  • Water Resistance100 feet
  • Drop Resistance7 feet
  • Video (Max Resolution)1080p/30 fps


  • Can go deeper than mere 100 feet
  • Requires opening the battery to recharge via USB
  • Exposes to dust while charging

Canon PowerShot D30 – under $400

Canon PowerShot D30 camera is a tough waterproof video camera you will come across in the market which among the toughest for 2017. It is judged to be the best mid-range camera around. It is waterproof down to an impressive 82 feet while some users fix it at 150 feet.

You will agree that Canon PowerShot D30 is a tough one with shockproof up to 6.5 feet while being rugged to endure the temperature range from 14 degrees to 104 degrees Fahrenheit. You’ll like its compactness and you would still consider it a affordable underwater digital camera, considering its market status, irrespective of the cost.

Of course, you would conclude that it’s durable from the facts we’ve gathered so far. Added to that is that on the sunny days, the Sun LCD automatically reduces its glare and this makes it easier to shoot and review what you’ve shot. It is compatible with DIGIC 4 Image Processor which enhances the performance of the ability 12.1-megapixel high sensitivity CMOS sensor and enables it to produce a very good low-light performance.


  • Has ½.3-inch sensor, 12.1 megapixel
  • Has 28-140mm lens
  • Its monitor is 3 inches
  • Shoot movies at full HD 1080p at 24 frames per second


  • Is a little outdated
  • GPS doesn’t work underwater
  • Corrosion from underwater salt can make the button crusty

Olympus Tough TG-5 – under $400

If you are searching a cheap waterproof digital camera that’s stronger than the Olympus Tough TG-5, your search might take the eternity. It is the latest waterproof camera from the company, featuring a new 12-megapixel together with a high-speed photo and video shooting in addition to a 4K video recording.

Tough TG 5 comes with a wide range of camera accessories like ring-flash adapter, telephoto adapter, and a wide-angle converter. This is a great stride ahead of most of the others that can be considered as an inexpensive waterproof camera. Interestingly, TG-5 comes with a lower megapixel than its predecessor. It is 12 megapixels as opposed to 16 megapixels of TG-4. But this is for a good reason. Its resolution also comes down a bit, meaning that the pixels are not as densely packed in as the earlier models. But this produces a better performance in terms of noise.

As tough as its name sounds, it is qualitative and confidence inspiring, very rugged to the extent that it could survive most falls that damage other affordable waterproof cameras. Like others in its fold, it has the built-in Field Sensor System, which has in it a GPS sensor, pressure, compass and temperature sensor. It will display the data collected by these devices with images and videos using the Olympus Image Track app. It can capture 4K video at 30p and shoot high-speed footage at 120p in Full HD.


  • Is easy to use
  • Ergonomically designed
  • Has the latest TruePic VIII processor also found in the E-M1 Mark II
  • Waterproof up to 49 feet


  • Has lower megapixel
  • Has lower resolution

Fujifilm FinePix XP80 – under $200

Fujifilm Fine Pix XP80 is considerably the best budget waterproof, dustproof, and freezeproof camera. The same can be said of other models of Fujifilm cameras like FinePix XP90 and FinePix120. So you can’t round off a discourse about the all-weather camera without paying obeisance to these products.

A very popular side of the camera and others from Fujifilm is that it doesn’t have a mirror. When you consider the fact that FinePix XP18 has the features of Olympus TG-3 and Olympus TG-870, and still comes at a lower cost, you will agree that it is a very cheap underwater camera. For instance, it is waterproof down to about 50 feet. It is freezeproof up to 14 degrees Fahrenheit, it’s shockproof up to 5.8 feet and it is dustproof.

It also has a 16.2-megapixel CMOS sensor. This sensor works well in a low light underwater condition. It’s able to shoot continuously up to 10 fps at Full HD video recording, which is 1080p. Not to be overlooked is its wireless image transfers function and remote shooting ability. The default colors are blue, yellow, and graphite black.


  • Is very cheap for its function
  • Is rugged
  • Provides suitable alternative to expensive ones


  • Durability
  • Availability


These are just five of the cheap waterproof cameras around in 2017. You’re left with the right of picking the best after reading this guide. Be sure that when buying the one you will take with you on your next adventure you’re guided by this review.

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