Best Waterproof Cameras in Canada (2020 Reviews)


Ben Mercer

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Quick overview

When you are talking about underwater cameras, you could be referring to so many things. In order to really find the camera that is right for you, you are required to put in hours of research and develop a working knowledge of photography as a whole, then you add waterproofing to that already long list of specifications and you’ll be wishing you just had a photographic memory.

With so many companies in the camera game now, it can get difficult and overwhelming to take all of that on your own. So for those of you discouraged about not being able to capture your afternoon of snorkeling, or weekend camping trip, we have compiled this list of the top rated waterproof cameras for all budgets and all adventures. 

Best waterproof cameras of 2020

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Best waterproof camera comparison

Olympus Tough TG-6SeaLife Micro 2.0Go Pro Hero 8 BlackFujifilm Quicksnap MarineDJI Osmo Action
Best forDurabilityDiversDJI competitorValueGoPro competitior
Waterproof15m60m10m11m11m
Freezeproof-10 -10C-20CN/A-10C
Shockproof 2.1m1m3mNot very1.5 m
Video Quality4K1080p4K35mm film photographs4K
Aggregate Rating4.43.84.53.84.4

Our pick for best overall – Olympus TG-6

  • Memory: The TG is compatible with SD, SDHC, SDXC memory cards, so how much storage it has is completely up to you.
  • Screen: 3.0’’ screen allows you to clearly view what you are trying to capture.
  • Underwater Shooting Modes: Presets like Snapshot, Wide, Macro, and Microscope are easy to cycle through, and will assist you greatly when trying to adjust to get the perfect shot.

Pros

  • Can record in up to 4K
  • Waterproof 15m
  • Dustproof
  • Built in underwater shooting modes

Cons

  • Button interface not optimal for using with gloves
  • Bulkier than many of the other options
  • Within the same price range as more compact cameras

Underwater ability

The TG-6 has one of the best depth ratings on this list. It is only short behind the SeaLife Micro 2.0, which is tested to go as deep as 60m. Now while the TG-6 seems to fail in comparison with only 15m, regardless of what they say, depth isn’t everything. The 15m that the TG-6 offers makes it the perfect tool for the casual swimmer, all the way to beginner scuba photographers.

Ease of use

The TG-6 is a great camera for any skill level. It’s point and shoot operation, mixed with preset modes for shooting above and below the water, makes the camera easy to maneuver and still produce high quality photo and video.

Capture quality

An upgrade from the TG-5, that we are glad to see, is the 12 megapixel sensor to allow for higher quality and more vibrant pictures. Also we can’t forget about what some people see as, the crown jewel of the TG-6, the built-in macro lense. This feature gives users the ability to capture subjects up close like they would have never been able to do without the purchase of an additional attachment, while still delivering great results.

Value

While this camera sits within the same price range as others like the GoPro Hero8, what makes the TG-6 so comfortable in that range is the promise of durability. While the GoPro has more preset filming modes, and is more compact, the TG comes back strong with its protection against bad conditions like cold temperatures, or getting dropped. For all of the adventures you are too afraid to bring your GoPro on, the TG is right there to get those risky shots.

Best GoPro – GoPro Hero8 Black

  • Built in mounting: A new collapsible mounting system, compatible with many GoPro attachments, allows for you to simply switch from tripod to hand held in a matter of seconds.
  • Addition of new “Mods”: These are features that you can add to the Hero that only improve the integrity of the tech. Some include a ShotGun mic, and a flip up screen you can use for taking pictures of yourself, or for vlogging.
  • Preset recording modes: The upgraded Hypersmooth 2.0 has now made its way into all shooting ratios and frame rates, giving an unmatched smoothness and stability.

Pros

  • Compact
  • Compatible with most GoPro attachments
  • Records in up to 4K
  • Waterproof 10m

Cons

  • Not ideal for casual point and shoot use
  • Limited to expensive attachments 
  • Poor battery life in cold temperatures

Underwater ability

The Hero8 works great underwater and makes a great camera for recording watersports. The removal of the detachable lense, from the Hero7, gives the 8 an edge against other waterproof cameras that don’t offer the same seal.

While geat in warmer waters, the battery in the Hero8 is known for draining quickly in sub freezing temperatures, so it may not be as useful at lower depths.

Ease of use

While the entire GoPro line up, on the surface, looks very simplistic, in the software, things get pretty complex. GoPro allows users to use it as a straight point and shoot with some ease, and still produce decent footage, but all of the RedBullesque footage we see from GoPro is created with a master knowledge of not just the product, but also of photography in general. 

The user interface definitely has an aesthetic appeal to it, but it may just be tring to hide the relatively steep learning curve you will eventually face.

Capture quality

GoPro has made a name for themselves by creating a quality product, and the Hero8 is no different. You are given an abundance of control over your camera settings, and if you are knowledgeable, the go pro can produce above professional level photo and video.

Value

When considering any GoPro product, what you are really buying is the capturing power for the relative size. A small camera like this is something that can create great image and video, while taking up less space than your wallet.

Best DJI – DJI Osmo Action

  • Front facing screen: This 1.4” non-touch screen gives the Osmo a step ahead of the competition. Though the screen is too small to see uch detail, it is quite useful for framing your shot while recording yourself.
  • Rocksteady: This is DJI’s version of GoPros Hypersmooth. Rocksteady automatically crops the edge of your video, so that the subject stays smooth and stable in the footage.

Pros

  • Records in 4K
  • Waterproof 11m
  • Preset filming modes

Cons

  • Can’t use front and back screen simultaneously
  • Doesn’t have as many attachments as GoPro
  • Cant compete with the years of experience that GoPro already possess in the camera business.

Underwater ability

Similar to the go pro the Osmo shoots in great quality underwater and is very easy to use with a functioning underwater touch screen. In regards to battery life, it seems that the Osmo Actions has covered the issue of short lifetimes in sub-zero temperatures.

Ease of use

In all regards to convenience and accessibility, I would say the Osmo falls nicely into place with the Hero8. Both cameras offer a wide range of settings that can be adjusted to properly achieve your vision, but for a beginner this can be overwhelming and not attractive to someone looking for an easier experience. 

Capture quality

DJI took GoPros entry into the drone business personally with this one, and created something that isn’t quite as pristine as the Hero8, but still with the introduction of the Rocksteady stabilization mode, the Osmo Action is a huge step from the Osmo Pocket.

Value

The Osmo Action checks almost every box that the GoPro would, but still it falls slightly under in the overall rathin because of the few boxes that are not ticked. Video quality that falls slightly behind in comparison, it is hard to justify DJI with the same price tag as GoPro, but if you are someone that has had the opportunity to try a go pro and are not a fan, the Osmo Action is an excellent alternative.

Best for divers – SeaLife Micro 2.0

  • Simple Interface: The easy to navigate user interface is friendly to people hindered by clunky scuba goggles.
  • Easy to Push Buttons: With a selection of 4 massive buttons to push, you won’t have any trouble changing settings or time your shots with thick gloves on.
  • Underwater Shooting modes: Preset underwater capture mods that were made specifically to make the process easier for you to come out with colorful and rich video and pictures.

Pros

  • Waterproof to as deep as 60m
  • Easy to use with insulated gloves
  • Lightweight and compact

Cons

  • Minimal lighting without purchasable attachments
  • Not as useful for general use as it is for divers

Underwater ability

The Micro holds the deepest waterproof testing on our list at a whopping 60m deep. Being able to reach those depths opens up a literal whole new area for shooting that is filled with new creatures and plant life you wouldn’t otherwise be able to record. With only 4 buttons to push you aren’t very likely to push the wrong one, which can be a lifesaver in temperatures that call for thick hand protection.

Ease of use

The massive 4 button system, and easy to navigate menu make this camera almost as easy to shoot with as a disposable point and shoot. The menu is broken into pages that you can scroll through and select using the capture button, making the preset modes easy to switch and choose as you need to. This is a great choice camera for any skill leveled underwater photographer.

Capture quality

Even though this camera is able to shoot some quality underwater photos with ease, it takes a big hit because of the fact that all the additional depth you are able to explore with this camera is made almost useless without the purchasable lighting attachments. 

Pictures captured above 30m depth with this camera are vibrant and sharp, but passed that point is when the lack of lighting becomes most evident.

Value

The Micros value really lies in the buyer, which is the case for many cameras, but for this one in particular, you can’t take advantage of its full potential unless you are taking it to its max depths. This camera prices matches most others on this list, though it falls behind in capture quality. That is because it is specialized to suit a very specific need to a specific group of people. 

I would not recommend this camera to someone just looking for a casual action camera, but to a beginner to even advanced underwater photographer, this is a great purchase.

Best budget pick – Fujifilm Quicksnap

  • Waterproof: 10m

Pros

  • Super cheap
  • Easily accessible 
  • Point and shoot could not be more literal

Cons

  • Minimal quality
  • Shoots on 35mm film
  • Disposable

Underwater ability

While it is tested to reach down to 10m without flooding, that is very dependent on the condition of the surrounding plastic case. The case is what gives this disposable camera its waterproofing, and due to its hard plastic form it is very susceptible to cracks and chips on the shortest of falls.

In good condition the case does give full protection from the water, and allows for some decent underwater captures.

Ease of use

As a disposable camera, it can’t get easier to use. You simply just prime the shutter and release.

That’s it, point and shoot.

Capture quality

With no settings to change or zoom, the quality of your photos will be very limited to the conditions you are shooting in. 

With that being said, the Quicksnap can produce decent pictures, more than good enough to capture a moment forever. 

Value

When buying any disposable camera, you have to remember that you are majorly sacrificing quality for convenience. Anyone, of any age, of any skill level can pick up this camera and make it do exactly what its supposed to do, capture a moment on film. That is the bottom line main purpose of a camera, and this one succeeds at doing exactly that. Plus the bonus waterproofing makes the Quicksnap a must buy.

Bottom line

Olympus Tough TG-6SeaLife Micro 2.0Go Pro Hero 8 BlackFujifilm Quicksnap MarineDJI Osmo Action
Underwater Capability44.843.84.3
Ease of use4.23.43.853.8
Capture Quality4.53.54.834.4
Value4.544.244
Cansumer Rating4.33.94.24.04.1

What to consider when looking for a waterproof camera?

Underwater ability

When looking for a waterproof camera one of the most important factors to consider is how it actually functions while underwater. Regardless of if you are the type to use your camera for submerged photography or not, the water proofing in a camera, and a full seal, are crucial to the protection of your camera. Even a spilled drink could be enough to kill it if your camera doesn’t have proper sealing.

Ease of use

How easy a camera is to use can be a major selling point to the right person. With the technology advancing faster and faster everyday, an easy access (e.g. large buttons, preset filming modes, auto focusing and lighting) camera is very attractive to someone that is just entering the scene for the first time.

On the other hand, for someone that is more used to photography is looking for more of a hands on experience with their picture taking, but even then a overly complex and confusing interface can turn even the most educated photographer away.

Capture quality

It goes without saying that when you are looking to buy a camera, of any kind, the quality of photo and video that it takes goes pretty high up the list of importance. Though sometimes it can be hard to sift through the grocery receipt that is the camera specs, it is important to look for things like, video quality, focus distance, and and the size of the sensor to make sure you’re buying something that is going to capture your memories in the quality that you’re looking for.

Value

The dollar amount put on a camera does not always represent the accurate value. Companies tend to think that by focusing on one of the above criteria, they are able to throw the others to the wayside. The true way to find a valuable piece of tech is to make sure it ticks all of the boxes FOR YOU. The price, low or high, is never a good deal until you know all the details of what you are looking for.

Over to you

We’re interested to know – where do you plan to use the camera and what do you want to record? Perhaps a backyard pool, in the lake at the cottage or deep diving in the ocean? Let us know in the comments below!

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