Waterproof cameras are not all the same. Ideal if you’re going Snorkelling or Scuba Diving, these travel cameras are ranked by the depth they can reach before they start to leak.
Kodak PIXPRO SP1 Action Camera
Shock-proof if dropped from 2m, the Kodak PIXPRO SP1 Action Camera takes 14 megapixel photos but only manages 10 frames-per-second video.
The black or red Olympus Stylus Tough TG-3 can survive a drop from 2.1 metres and, crucially, 100kg of weight on top of it. Works down to -10°C, it takes 16 megapixel and has Wi-Fi. An underwater casing, the PT-056, takes it down to 45 metres.
Standout features include a posh OLED touchscreen, GPS, and altimeter and a compass. Also with WiFi and also working down to -10°C, the Nikon CoolPix AW120 can be dropped from 2 metres. Photos are in 16-megapixels and video is in Full HD at 60 frames per second.
Probably the best value option in terms of metres for your money, the Canon PowerShot D30 is shockproof up to 2 metres, freeze-proof down to -10 °C and dust-proof. Shoots photos in 12.1 megapixels, and video in Full HD at 24 frames per second.
For hands-free scuba diving at serious depths, the Liquid Image Scuba Series HD324 underwater digital camera video mask uses a 135 degree wide angle camera lens Expect 12 megapixel photos and Full HD video at 30 frames per second.
Surely one of the most sought-after travel gadgets. Designed for surfing, extreme sports and adventure travel, the super-tough GoPro Hero 3+ takes 12-megapixel photos in ultra-wide SuperView and uses a special low-light mode to film Full HD video at 60 frames per second.