Underwater Cameras Under $100

If you’re looking for a top-of-the-line waterproof camera, you’re probably looking at spending anywhere from $300-$400 for a popular camera like the new waterproof Lumix camera from Panasonic to over $1000 for a camera designed for deep diving, such as the SeaLife 1400DC. But if you’re on a budget, it is possible to get an underwater camera under $100. All of the cameras below are currently available on Amazon for less than $100, although a few of them have suggested retail prices much higher than that and you could easily pay more than $100 for these cameras at some retail stores. None of them will produce the quality of underwater photos you see in National Geographic, but all of them will help you have some fun at the beach, the pool or the lake without breaking the bank.  Here’s a quick comparison to help you determine if any of these cameras is right for you.

(Please note that prices and user ratings are subject to change. This information was current when last checked on April 10, 2012.)

*max resolution of 12 MP via interpolation
WP5300 Pink Waterproof Digital Cameramax 12 MP*to 10 feetnoFace detection3 stars
Coleman Mini Xtreme C3WP Waterproof Digital Camera5 MPto 10 feetyesFace detection4 stars
Bell+Howell Splash WP7 Waterproof Cameramax 12 MP*to 10 feetno8x digital zoom4.5 stars
GSI Waterproof Cameramax 12 MP*to 10 feetyes - HDDustproof,shockproof2.5 stars
Coleman Xtreme C5WP Waterproof Digital Cameramax 12 MP*to 33 feetyes10 scene modes2.5 stars
Vivitar ViviCam 8400 Underwater Digital Camera8.1 MPto 33 feetyes8x digital zoom2.5 stars
Intova CP9 Compact Waterproof Digital Camera9 MPto 130 feetyesmultiple scene modes3 stars