Digital Underwater Camera Reviews

| June 23, 2015

If you’re planning on going on holiday, and want to take some great underwater camera shot, then you’re going to need one of the very best underwater cameras on the market. This is 3 of the very best high quality digital cameras that you can take scuba diving with you, and catch all the colorful fish and scenery underwater.

Casio Exilim EX-G1

The Casio Exilim camera is built to withstand the harsh elements of nature. It is designed for adventure seekers who love to capture the defining moments of their journey. This underwater camera was rated best rugged small camera by the Technical Image Press Association (TIPA) in 2010. Still to this day it is also rightfully acknowledged as one of the best waterproof cameras in its class. In addition to the waterproof feature, the Exilim is also shock resistant and freeze proof.



Being dubbed as the best water proof camera, the EX-G1 has a waterproofing feature that allows water immersion up to 9.8 feet. The camera can withstand continuous immersion duration of up to 60 minutes. This protection is based on IEC/JIS Protection Class 6 (IPX6) standard, which also protects the electronic device from the damaging effects of dust. It also complies with the Class 8 (IPX8) standard that enables the device to withstand water jets. Hence, cleaning the camera becomes an easier task by simply spraying jets of water. The EX-G1 can also operate under extreme temperatures as low as 14 degrees Fahrenheit making it freeze proof.

The Casio Exilim EX-G1 is fully protected from the inside out. The material used for its outer body is stainless steel designed to withstand shocks. It borrows the technology used for developing G-Shock wristwatches, another product line of Casio. The camera passed the dropping test up to a height of 7 feet. This level of shock resistance is significantly better than those of its predecessors.

The internal construction of the EX-G1 is made from polycarbonate material with fiberglass reinforcement. To absorb extra impact, a buckle-lock construction is also embedded instead of relying solely on screws to fasten the inner body. The camera lens being made from glass is protected by a resin ring that will lessen the shocks around the lens area. The additional coating on the lens is made from hydrophobic material so as to repel water avoiding light scattering which can ruin the photographs. Of course, the LCD panel, which is another delicate part, is protected by an acrylic plate that is 50% thicker than those used in conventional cameras.

As a digital camera, the Casio Exilim has a 12.1-megapixel sensor which is a typical resolution of compact cameras currently available in the market. It can zoom up to a multiple of 3 times with a focal range of 38-114 mm. The 38mm wide-angle shot is ideal for capturing more details of the landscape into one frame such as images of snowy mountains of winter or gorgeous leaves of autumn. One great feature of the EX-G1 as a point-and-shoot camera that makes it very easy to use is the intelligent autofocus (AF) mechanism. Aside from being able to recognize human faces, the intelligent AF function can also recognize landscapes and other imageries. Once recognized, this system automatically provides the most optimal preset for focus and exposure settings leaving more of the necessary technicalities to the camera.


Canon D10

The D10 is a compact digital camera with a width of 4.1 inches, depth of 1.9 inches, and height of 2.6 inches and only weighs 6.7 ounces. It has an extreme versatility of light sensitivity with a 3x optical zoom. It has a movie mode and 18 different scene modes. It also has numerous different special effects that can be chosen from.

If a person is looking for a great waterproof camera, a PowerShot D10 might be the right camera of choice. This camera is rated for up to 10 meters, or 33 feet underwater for capturing those beautiful moments that an ordinary camera cannot catch. There is no reason to worry if this camera gets wet during a heavy rain or it is dropped in a pool.



The PowerShot D10 has rounded edges so that there are no sharp angles to puncture inflatable objects. There is a clip that can be changed to the corner of your choice, where a wrist strap can be attached to the camera. Not only is the PowerShot D10 waterproof, it is freeze proof and shockproof. The camera can be used in temperatures from 14° to 104° F. It has 12.1 megapixels of resolution with state of the art imaging so that the details of your photos will be awesome.

The camera has a built in flash that can be turned off when certain special effects are desired. With an automatic focus, you will be able to catch that perfect picture without trying to bring it into focus. A self-timer is also one of the features with a 10-second delay so you can be in the photo along with everyone else. Of course, it might be a little hard to position the camera under water so that it does not float away, but then again, it just might catch a moment in time.

This is an easy to use camera that takes very good quality photos in low light with wonderful resolution. With a large clear 2.5 inch LCD screen, you can review your photo to see if it exactly what you want. There is an auto scene mode that will switch to any mode based on what the camera sees in the image.

This camera is a bit bigger than other pocket cameras and might be hard to hold for some people. With no viewfinder, this is considered a point and shoot camera where you see the image on the LCD screen. The battery life is good for about 220 shots, which is a little less the average.

In conclusion, the Powershot D10 Canon waterproof camera is a unique, above average camera for any and all weather conditions. No matter what outdoor water activity you are planning on, be sure to take the Powershot D10 along to capture those precious or wonderfully crazy moments on film.


Pentax Optio WG-1

For rugged camera equipment which can operate under extreme conditions, the Pentax Optio WG-1 is a camera to consider. The WG-1 is on of the best waterproof camera models on the market and includes a digital microscope mode. The camera has 14 megapixels and a 5x internal optical zoom with a 2.7 inch LCD display, so it takes pictures at 28mm to 140 mm. It is made to withstand drops up to 5 feet; it is crush proof and can endure up to 220 pounds of force! You can submerge it under 33 feet of water and it will still operate because it is also waterproof.

This digital camera can withstand very cold temperatures up to minus 10 degrees Fahrenheit. It is also dust proof. With all these features, you would think that would be enough bells and whistles, but no, the WG-1 also has GPS functionality and digital shake reduction to reduce the occurrence of blurred images.



The digital microscope mode ensures even lighting and perfect focus, while the HDMI port play back high definition images for HDTV’s. Add to that the 720p HD video capacity of the device, which captures widescreen video at 30 frames per second.

This WG-1 is designed in a sporty combination of black and purple or yellow and green. It comes equipped with a removable memory card of 97MB. It’s powered by a rechargeable Li-Ion Battery and weighs only 5.02 ounces, so it’s very convenient to carry.

The WG-1 is indeed rugged. You can drop it on the ground and it keeps functioning without a hitch. The image quality is good, but not great and you get the best pictures when using auto picture mode. The device is easy to operate and utilize the many different features like the zoom and the flash.

For use underwater this is a great camera for its ease of use and its ability to withstand being submerged underwater. The description says it can go 33 feet underwater. So far it’s only been 15 feet underwater and it has survived the task superbly. We got great well focused pictures and we have great memories of our adventure because we used the Pentax Optio WG-1.

The best waterproof camera on the market today is also shockproof and crush proof, the Pentax Optio WG-1 has the body to back up all those claims. If you love water sports, this is the device to add to your sports toys. When you’re snorkeling or diving this is the camera to take with you of your underwater adventures. It lives up to its description and will capture those images that you thought you’d simply have to hold in your mind. Now with the Pentax Optio WG-1 you can share them with others.



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