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-5
The Olympus Tough TG-5 is the latest waterproof camera from Olympus and features a new 12-megapixel sensor, along with high-speed shooting (both stills and video), and 4K video recording. The camera also features built-in Wi-Fi, GPS, a bright 4x optical zoom lens, with a f/2.0 aperture, and a number of advanced features.
If you’re in the market for a tough waterproof camera, then the Olympus Tough TG-5 offers a big step up from other waterproof cameras and there’s a wide range of accessories available for the camera including a ring-flash adapter, wide-angle converter and telephoto adapter, thanks to the unique detachable ring on the front.
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 W300
The Nikon Coolpix W300 features 4K video, and similar to the AW130, 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, orange, camouflage and yellow.
6. 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.
7. 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.
8. Fujifilm XP130 –
The Fujifilm XP130 adds Bluetooth and improved battery life to the features on offer in the XP series. It also sports a 5x optical zoom lens, and 16 megapuixel sensor. The camera is waterproof down to 20m and has full HD video recording.
9. 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.
10. Ricoh WG-50 –
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.
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.