World’s Best Waterproof Cameras
These cameras can handle being dropped, wet or frozenand still take great shots.
Review: Fujifilm’s FinePix XP10.
Fujifilm FinePix XP10
Most armored cameras, like the Fujifilm FinePix XP10, are waterproof (to ten feet, in this case), freezeproof, and shockproof (when dropped three feet or less). What makes this one stand out: It’s about half the price. True, the image quality was slightly less impressive than with the rest of the cameras here—and a bit blurry underwater. But with features like a 5x optical zoom, sophisticated auto modes, 720p HD video (available on all these models), and easy Facebook/YouTube compatibility, it’s the best value of the bunch. 12mp; 4.8 oz; $200; fujifilmusa.com
Review: Canon’s PowerShot G11
Canon PowerShot G11Canon PowerShot G11
Review: Sony’s Cyber-shot DSC-TX5
Stylish doesn’t need to mean fragile. Sony’s Cyber-shot DSC-TX5 may look as thin and sleek as your old man’s cigarette case, but it’s also pool-proof to ten feet and drop-proof to five, and keeps shooting in temps down to 14 degrees (like every camera here). It’s hands-down the most feature-rich of the batch—loaded with extras like face detection, twilight mode, 4x optical zoom, and an idiotproof touchscreen—and has a panorama mode that lets you capture three-fourths of the skyline in one sweep. Image quality? Sharp and vivid, and the best of the test underwater. 10.2mp; 4.5 oz; $350; sonystyle.com
Review: Panasonic’s Lumix DMC-TS2
Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS2
Review: Olympus’s Stylus Tough-8010
Pocket cameras don’t get any more rugged than this: Olympus’s Stylus Tough-8010 shoots to a depth of 33 feet, shrugs off six-foot drops, and (as the only crush-rated camera here) can handle a 220-pound squashing. With its 5x optical zoom and image stabilization, it was the best shooter for action sports, and the dedicated video button (also on the Panasonic and Fujifilm) meant no fumbling through menus to hit record. It’s a little heavier and less intuitive than others, but when push comes to smash, that’s a small tradeoff. 14mp; 7.6 oz; $400; getolympus.com