Best Waterproof Cameras

Here are our favorite waterproof cameras which are perfect for snorkeling, surf photography and shoot at shallow depths. These are perfect for shooters who wants to have their setup very simple and streamlined. All you need to bring is your camera, no need to think of any strobes, lights and housings. It is also best for traveling as you only need is the camera. Here in Bluewater Photo, we have some avid snorkelers and surf photographers on our team, so we put our heads together to find the best waterproof camera for you.

Jump To:



Best Value - SeaLife Micro 3.0 Camera

SeaLife Micro 3.0

Read the SeaLife Micro 3.0 Review

Camera Features:

  • 16 Megapixel Sony CMOS image sensor
  • Permanently sealed
  • 3+ hours battery life
  • Built-in 64GB memory card
  • Easy operation
  • "Easy Setup" feature
  • Capable of manual white balance and RAW format for post-processing
  • 100° Lens

SeaLife Micro 3.0 Packages:


School of Ta’ape Lanai,HI. SeaLife taken with SeaLife Micro 3.0

School of Ta’ape Lanai,HI. SeaLife taken with SeaLife Micro 3.0



Best for Macro - Olympus TG-6 Camera

Olympus TG-6

Read our Full Review of the Olympus TG-6 Camera

Camera Features:

  • Bright f/2.0 fast lens
  • Anti-reflective coating glass around sensor (reduces flare and ghosting)
  • 12MP high-speed image sensor for improved low-light performance and noise reduction
  • Improved LCD: 1.04 million dots compared to 460 K dots on the TG-5
  • Improved microscope mode 
  • Microscope mode available in program and aperture priority mode
  • Dual Quad Core TruePic™ VIII image processor
  • Image file format: RAW, JPEG and RAW+JPEG
  • 4K and high speed video
  • Field sensor system w/ GPS, manometer, compass & temperature sensor
  • Waterproof, shockproof, freezeproof, crushproof
  • 3" LCD screen

Olympus TG-6 Packages:

Olympus TG-6 sample image
Shot in Mircroscope mode



Best Action Camera - GoPro Hero10 Black

Camera Features:

  • GP2 processor 
  • 5.3K 60p + 4K 120p video resolution
  • 23 megapixels photos
  • HyperSmooth 4.0 video stabilization
  • Automatically upload footage to the cloud when charging
  • Waterproof to 33ft

Underwater Housings:



Best Nikon - Nikon Coolpix W300

Camera Features:

  • 16 Megapixel BSI CMOS sensor
  • Nikkor 5x optical zoom lens
  • Focal Length: 24-120mm (35mm equivalent)
  • 3.0" LCD monitor
  • Wateroroof rating of IPX8 - up to 30m / 33ft
  • Freezeproof up to -10°C / 14°F
  • Shockproof & dustproof
  • Wifi & Bluetooth
  • Different colors available: Orange, Black, Yellow 



Best Sony - Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-TX10

Camera Features:

  • 16.2 Megapixel Exmor R CMOS sensor
  • 4x optical zoom
  • Focal Length: 27-108mm (35mm equivalent)
  • 3D shooting
  • 3.0" LCD screen
  • Waterproof up to 5m / 16ft
  • Shockproof & dustproof
  • Freezeproof up to -10°C / 14°F



Best Canon - Canon Powershot D30

Camera Features:

  • 12.1 Megapixel DIGIC 4 with iSAPS technology sensor
  • Focal Length: 28-140mm (35mm equivalent)
  • 5x optical zoom
  • Image stabilization
  • 3.0" LCD screen
  • Waterproof up to 25m / 82ft
  • Shockproof & dustproof
  • Freezeproof up to -10°C / 14°F



Best Package - Sea & Sea DX-6G

Read the Sea & Sea DX-6G Review

Camera Features:

  • 16 Megapixels of Resolution
  • 1/2.3” CMOS sensor
  • 28-140mm (equivalent) f/3.5-5.5 lens
  • Dedicated underwater and macro modes
  • Full HD Video @ 30fps
  • 5X Optical Zoom lens
  • Waterproof to 14 meters (45 ft) for two hours
  • Shock proof to 5.2 feet
  • Battery Life: about 300 shots
  • No RAW capability
  • ISO range: 125 – 6400
  • Autofocus tracking capability

Housing Specs:

  • Depth rating: 55 meters (180ft)
  • Dimensions: 6.5 X 3.7X 2.4 inches
  • Weight (housing and camera) 605 grams
  • Weight underwater: 30g
  • Polycarbonate
  • Equipped with two fiber-optic cable sockets for external strobes

Package Options:


Best Film Camera - Kodak Sport Underwater Camera

Camera Features:

  • Rugged, durable and shockproof
  • One time use
  • Waterproof up to 15m / 50ft.
  • Suncreen & scratch resistant lens
  • 27 exposure
  • Stocked with Kodak MAX Versatility Plus 800 Film


Related "Best Underwater Camera" Articles:
Need help? Give us a call (+1 310-633-5052) / email us to schedule a skype session to find the right housing for you.

Win a free trip by joining our newsletter

Ask us anything!