Which waterproof digital camera is best?

There is a big difference between a water resistant digital camera and a waterproof digital camera. Waterproof cameras can be submerged in water and are able to take underwater shots, while water resistant cameras can resist the occasional splash of water or a mild rainstorm.

If you enjoy snorkelling, scuba diving or even just want peace of mind that your camera won’t break if dropped in water, getting a waterproof camera could be the best choice for you.

The Pentax Optio WG-1 is a tough cookie. It is waterproof up to 10 metres, shockproof to 1.5 metres, cold proof to -10°C and crush proof to 100kg. This 14 megapixel camera has a 5x wide angle optical lens. It is great for an adventure holiday where it might go through a lot of strain that would kill off many other cameras: the Optio WG-1 will carry on through rough conditions. It can shoot movies in HD and has lots of other special features. It's available for around £190.

Next is the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT3. This camera is as tough, if not tougher than the Pentax Optio. It is waterproof to 12 metres, shockproof to 2 metres, dustproof and freeze proof to -10°C. This camera can take great movies underwater - it is capable of full HD movies - and also can take 3D pictures. It is packed with features including a compass, barometer and altimeter. It is a must-have camera for all your travelling needs. Whether you are in the desert, in very cold conditions or underwater, this camera will soldier on. It's available for around £330.

Last is the Sealife DC1200. This camera is designed to be easy to use underwater. It will work up to an amazing 60 metres underwater, so it's perfect for scuba divers. It can take some fantastic shots in shallow water or deeper water, and can record a video for up to two hours straight. It comes with a year long warranty and is available for around £420.

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