Whether you want a compact camera for a trip to the beach or ski resort - or maybe just something that the kids won't break - there are plenty of waterproof, rugged cameras available at a variety of price-points.

All of the cameras in our group are waterproof, freezeproof and dustproof, while a few are also crushproof. With the exception of the SeaLife DC2000, the cameras have zoom lenses in the 4X-5X range, while the DC2000 has a fixed, 31mm equiv. prime. The DC2000 is also unique in having the only 1"-type sensor in the group, which should give it a big leg up on the other cameras in this market segment, which use 1/2.3" sensors. The Nikon W100 comes in even smaller with a 1/3.1" sensor, which is equivalent to what's in a smartphone.


Our pick: Olympus Tough TG-6

The Olympus TG-6 continues the company's tradition of making the best compact waterproof cameras on the market. It offers impressive rugged specs, very good image quality with Raw support, 4K video, strong battery life and a tracking feature that associates data from environmental sensors with your photos. The TG-6 has numerous macro and underwater shooting modes, and Olympus offers add-on lenses, flashes, and much more, should you want to expand your system.

Downsides are few; The screen scratches way too easily, controls are cluttered, and there's no Bluetooth support.


While we haven't completed full reviews of the cameras in this group, the summaries below give you a good idea about their feature sets and how they perform.

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