The cameras featured on this list are all waterproof, shockproof and freezeproof which makes them ideal for underwater and travel photography. They’re also our highest scoring tough digital cameras so you can be assured that you’re purchasing a good camera that’s perfect for your next trip.
As well as the list below, there are a few new tough cameras that have recently been announced. As of yet, we’ve not reviewed them so they’re not featured in the top ten but we thought you might want to check them out. More information on these can be found at the end of the top ten.
1. Olympus Tough TG-860
The Olympus Stylus Tough TG-860 features a tilting selfie screen, plus a front shutter release button, and a side tripod socket. It’s waterproof down to 15 metres, shockproof from 2.1 metres, as well as featuring an ultra wide-angle 5x optical zoom lens.
2. Olympus Tough TG-4
The Olympus Stylus Tough TG-4 features a bright f/2.0 4x optical zoom lens, and a front ring that can be removed to let you add a variety of different accessories, including a ringflash adapter. The camera can shoot raw photos, and has built-in Wi-Fi and GPS.
3. Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT5
The Panasonic Lumix FT5 offers a 4.6x optical zoom lens, a tough shockproof body, and is waterproof to 13 metres. It even has GPS built in. The Panasonic Lumix FT5 is available from Amazon for £215/$322.
4. Nikon 1 AW1
The Nikon 1 AW1 is the World’s first waterproof interchangeable lens digital camera, and is waterproof to 15m, freeze proof and shock proof, with high speed shooting modes. The Nikon 1 AW1 is available from Amazon for £649/$973.
5. Nikon Coolpix AW130
The Nikon Coolpix AW130, with built in GPS, Wi-Fi and NFC, is waterproof to 30 metres, shockproof to 2.1 metres, and features a wide-angle 5x optical zoom lens. The AW130 is available in a number of different colours.
6. Olympus Tough TG-850
The Olympus Tough TG-850 is the only waterproof camera with a tilting 3inch screen, ideal for selfies, group shots, and family photos when shooting on holiday, or underwater. The Olympus Tough TG-850 is available from around £259/$388, depending on colour.
7. Canon PowerShot D30
The Canon Powershot D30 is one of the toughest underwater cameras available, waterproof down to an impressive 25 metres, it makes it the most waterproof camera available straight out of the box – it’s compact and good value for money as well. The Canon Powershot D30 is available from around £179/$268.
8. Fujifilm FinePix XP120
The FinePix XP120 has a 16 megapixel BSI-CMOS sensor and a 5x optical zoom lens. It’s waterproof to 20m, freezeproof to -10 degrees C and shockproof to a 1.75m drop. It offers 10 fps continuous shooting, and can record 1080p video at 60/30fps.
9. Fujifilm FinePix XP90
The Fujifilm FinePix XP90 offers great value for money, as well as being waterproof down to 15m, shockproof to 1.75m, and features built in Wi-Fi, a 5x optical zoom lens, a larger 3inch screen, and Full HD video recording. The Fujifilm FinPix XP90 is available for around £128/$192 (depending on colour).
10. Ricoh WG-5
The Ricoh WG-5 is waterproof to 14metres, shockproof to 2.2m, and available in a number of colours with or without GPS built-in. The camera has a front LCD screen that displays the time, and there are 6 macro LEDs surrounding the lens.
Even More Tough Cameras
As mentioned at the start of this article, these cameras are newer models and as of yet, we’ve not reviewed them but we thought you still might want to check them out. Some may have reviews over on Amazon so do click the links to find out more information and we will update this guide as soon as we’ve got hands-on with the newer tough cameras.
The WG-50 is waterproof to a depth of 14 metres, shockproof against falls from a height of 1.6 metres, and freezeproof to temperatures as low as -10°C. It also captures Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels) video and is equipped with a 2.7 inch LCD screen where the brightness can be instantly adjusted to the lighting levels outdoors.
A five-times optical zoom lens with a focal length coverage from 5mm to 25mm is built in and there’s an Intelligent Zoom function that extends the zoom range to approximately 36 times (equivalent to 1008mm in the 35mm format.
The TG-5 from Olympus has the same image processor as the OM-D E-M1 Mark II giving enhanced dynamic range and improved response time. It’s also freezeproof down to -10 degrees centigrade and waterproof to 15m without a housing. Plus, the TG-5 is really rugged – 2.1m shockproof and 100kg crushproof.
4K video recording and 120fps Full HD high-speed movies can be captured and there are 4 macro modes available: microscope, microscope control, focus bracketing and focus stacking mode. The camera also supports RAW files.
Nikon Coolpix W300
The Nikon Coolpix W300 features 4k video and similarly to the AW130 mentioned in our top 10, it is waterproof to 30m, shockproof to 2.1m and freezeproof to -10°C. It has a 16-megapixel sensor. an internal 5x optical zoom lens and WiFi / Bluetooth are built in. The W300 is available in black, blue, orange, camouflage and yellow.
Other Travel Camera Options
If you want something smaller, you might want to look at the Best Action Cameras, alternatively, if you’re on a budget, you could look at the Nikon Coolpix W100.
To find the right memory card for your camera, have a look at our memory card guide and do take a look at our ‘Best Gear’ section where you’ll find more tops lists like this one.