Best waterproof camera 2022

If you’re shopping for a waterproof camera, you’ve come to the right place! At Camera Labs I write in-depth reviews of cameras but understand you’re busy people who sometimes just want recommendations of the most outstanding products. So here I’ll cut to the chase and list the best waterproof cameras around right now. Note like my other guides they’re also listed by review date, not in order of preference.

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Best Waterproof Camera

GoPro Hero 9 Black review

The GoPro Hero 9 is the 2020 edition of the popular action camera series that’s also carved a successful niche in the vlogging and webcam Worlds. Like its predecessor, it’s a rugged block of a camera, waterproof to 10m / 33feet and including built-in mounting feet for GoPro accessories. New to the Hero 9 is a higher resolution sensor allowing 5k video or 20 Megapixel photos, as well as even more effective stabilisation in 4k and below. Timelapse and speed-ramping have both been improved, and the 9 now features not just a larger rear screen, but a new front colour screen to check compositions when you’re in-front of the camera. The bigger screen coupled with a new larger battery are nice upgrades, but also mean the 9 is the largest Hero in the standard series and incompatible with older batteries and cage mods. Owners of the 7 and 8 will certainly be tempted, but it’s a significant upgrade over older models, as well as an ideal choice for anyone buying their first action camera. Like all GoPros, the small sensor means it’s best-suited to bright conditions, but little if anything can match the stabilisation and unique opportunities the camera presents. Highly Recommended. PS- if the 9 is no longer available, go for the newer Hero 10, a mild upgrade but worth having for the same money.

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Olympus TOUGH TG6 review

The Olympus TOUGH TG-6 is a modest update to the earlier TG-5, with a higher resolution 1040k dot screen and new anti-glare glass in front of the sensor. The quality of underwater photos and video have been improved by the addition of three new white balance modes for differing water depths and the microscope macro mode can now be used under water. So a minor update, but over what was already arguably the best rugged waterproof camera around, which makes the TG-6 top dog – there’s nothing to match its bright f2 lens, superb image quality, speedy continuous shooting and wealth of video modes including 4K. I'm highly recommending it because of its unmatched performance in and out of the water. But one thing it’s not is cheap, so if you’re on a budget check out the older TOUGH TG-5, the Fujifilm Finepix XP140 or Panasonic’s Lumix FT7. Meanwhile if you're after something cheaper for active kids, check out Nikon's COOLPIX W150.

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