Preview: New Waterproof Cameras 2012
If you’re looking for new waterproof cameras, 2012 is going to be a good year. Since the first digital underwater camera hit the market in 2005, manufacturers have been slowly adding to their waterproof lineup, and this year brings more releases. The underwater cameras shown here are either available for purchase now, for pre-order, or will be released very soon. If you’re looking for a new waterproof camera, here’s a sneak preview at the new underwater cameras coming out in 2012:
Canon PowerShot D20
Canon will be releasing the PowerShot D20 in the spring, the first waterproof camera they’ve introduced since the PowerShot D10. The new model will maintain the 12.1 megapixel resolution but has new styling and features such as GPS. Like the D10, the D20 will be waterproof to 33 feet and able to withstand temperatures from 14 – 104 degrees Fahrenheit. It has a 5x optical zoom with 28mm wide angle lens and 3.0-inch Pure Color System LCD for easy viewing.
Nikon CoolPix S30
Nikon is also releasing a new camera, the CoolPix S30. This model is priced just over $100, which is much lower than Nikon’s AW100 underwater camera, and it comes with fewer features. But the new CoolPix is a great entry level model. It is waterproof to 9.8 feet (3 meters) and shockproof from falls up to 2.6 feet, and the camera company was wise enough to still include HD video. Nikon’s latest underwater camera comes in three bright colors (blue, white and pink).
Panasonic Lumix TS4
Panasonic is building on the popularity of the underwater Lumix DMC-T3 and releasing the Lumix DC-T4. It’s going to maintain many of the features that made the Lumix cameras bestsellers, such as HD video, fast response times, and a variety of shooting modes. Like the earlier Lumix, the TS4 will also come in a variety of colors – black, blue, orange and silver. it will feature a built-in GPS system, compass, altimeter and barometer, plus rugged features such as being waterproof to approximately 40 feet (12 meters), shockproof to approximately 6.6 feet (2 meters), freeze proof to temperatures as low as 14ºF, and dustproof. This is a great all-around camera for everyday use and it is sure to be another bestseller for Panasonic.
The new Panasonic DMC-TS20 is the inexpensive alternative to the TS4. This 16.1 megapixel camera doesn’t have all the bells and whistles of its feature-packed cousin, but it’s still rugged. Its waterproof to 5 meters, freezeproof to -10 degrees C, shockproof to 1.5 meters and dustproof. It features 720p HD video recording and a 4x optical zoom with 8x equivalent with the Intelligent zoom function and users can preview their shots on a 2.7-inch Intelligent LCD screen. The new TS20 also includes a variety of special modes, including the Miniature Effect and Panorama Shot modes that are also featured on the TS4. With Panasonic’s winning track record with waterproof cameras, this will be a welcome addition to the marketplace at a price that consumers will like.
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX200V
The dustproof, waterproof Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX200V will capture 18.2MP ultra-high definition images even in low-light and full HD video with dual record of stills and movies. With hi-speed autofocus, the ability to capture 10fps, and Optical SteadyShot with Active Mode for blur-free movies, your images will look great. And you’ll be able to preview everything in the 3.3-inch OLED.
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Sony is replacing its TX10 this year with the new Sony TX20. This 16.2MP waterproof, shockproof, dustproof camera shoots still pictures and Full HD 1080/60i videos with its stabilized 4X optical/8X Clear Image zoom lens. The new Dual Record feature even lets you capture still photos while shooting video. The TX20 also features Sony’s 3D photo mode and 3D iSweep Panorama, a feature that allows you to press the shutter once, pan the landscape, and let the camera do the rest. If you’re shooting action, this little camera is a winner with the ability to capture 10 frames per second. Sony will be releasing this model in May.
Fujifilm is adding three new cameras to its waterproof XP series this year. All of them will feature a 14-MegaPixel CMOS sensor, up to 10 frames per second continuous shooting, a 2.7-inch anti-reflective LCD for improved viewing in sunlight, and a FUJINON 5x wide angle optical zoom lenses (28-140mm). They’ll also be able to shoot HD video at 30fps.
The XP100 and the XP150 will also share the same standards in four-way protection: they’re both waterproof to 33ft (10M), shockproof to 6.5 ft, freezeproof to 14°F (-10°C) and dustproof. The XP150, however, will also offer additional features not found in the other two new models – GPS, an electronic compass, Photo Navigation and GPS Geo-Tagging.
The XP50 is the cheaper sibling of the XP100 and XP150, but it still sports many of the same features, including the 14-MP CMOS sensor, 10 fps continuous shooting, 2.7-inch LCD, and the FUJINON 5x wide angle optical zoom lenses. Like its more expensive counterparts, it also shoots HD video. The main difference between this camera and the other new XP models is in its specs for rugged durability. It’s not quite as tough as its siblings, but it still makes a respectable showing. It’s waterproof to 16.5 feet, shockproof to 5 feet, freezeproof to 14 degrees and dustproof. It also doesn’t have the GPS and navigation features of the XP150.
Look for more information and reviews on these new 2012 waterproof cameras as they are released.