Choosing and Underwater Point and Shoot Camera
It was not that long ago that the first digital waterproof camera entered the market. Now new waterproof shockproof digital cameras are being released every year. So how should you choose an underwater point and shoot camera? The first thing you need to do is figure out what you really need in a camera. Here are some questions to ask yourself.
How will you use your camera?
If you’re looking for an underwater point and shoot camera, it might seem obvious that you will be using your camera in water. But what type of water? Are you planning a once-in-a-lifetime trip to the Great Barrier Reef where you want to take photos while snorkeling or scuba diving? Or are you getting something to use in your backyard swimming pool? Is this going to be your primary camera or a secondary one? The answer to these questions is important, as you might want to splurge on a higher-end camera like the Panasonic TS4 for a snorkeling trip to the Great Barrier Reef or for an all-purpose camera to take everywhere. But if you’re buying a secondary camera to use while swimming, going to the lake or visiting the local water park, you might want to save some money, get fewer features and select something like the Fujifilm XP30 or Nikon S30.
What feature is most important to you?
Are you buying your camera for its waterproof ability? Its shockproof features? The GPS function? Popular underwater point and shoot cameras offer various levels of toughness and a variety of different features. While most can withstand dust and freezing temperatures down to 14 degrees Fahrenheit, they differ greatly in their waterproof and shockproof qualities. And some, like the new Sony TX200v, are waterproof but not shockproof. If you’re buying a waterproof camera for its GPS features, you may not be as concerned about these features, but consider whether you want something that can be dropped and survive from 2 feet or 6 feet.
How simple or complicated do you want your camera to be?
One of the least complicated underwater cameras on the market today is the Nikon Coolpix AW100. It’s designed to be easy enough for everyone, from kids to grandparents, to use. On the other end of the spectrum, the Panasonic TS4 and Nikon AW100 are packed with so many features, from panorama and 3D images to GPS and compasses, that you will need to take some time learning how to use all of these nifty gadgets.
What’s your budget?
Finally, you need to consider your budget. While you may love the 18.2 MP resolution and 3.3-inch LCD on the Sony TX200v, your bank account may not love the $500 price tag. So what features do you absolutely positively need in your camera? Are you willing to pay a little more for GPS? Or would you rather have higher resolution at a lower price? There are waterproof point and shoot cameras for every budget, so