The best waterproof cameras for your money

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In the market for a waterproof or action camera? 

We’ve rounded up some of the top picks from Consumer Reports

Check out the features of these top-rated waterproof and action cameras — plus, where to get the best deal.

Olympus Stylus TG-4

Best waterproof cameras for your money

  • Excellent LCD
  • 4X wide-angle optical zoom with fast f2.0 high speed lens
  • Waterproof to depths of 50 feet, Freeze proof to 14 degrees F, Shockproof to 7 feet, Crushproof to 220 lb.
  • RAW capture, Live Composite, Underwater modes with Underwater HDR
  • f/2-aperture lens
  • Wi-Fi / GPS / e. Compass
  • 1080P HD video
  • Fair quality video and audio

Where to get the best deal: TristateCamera – $319

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Nikon Coolpix AW130

Best waterproof cameras for your money

  • Waterproof up to 100ft; freezeproof to 14 degrees Fahrenheit; shockproof for drops up to 7 feet
  • 5x optical zoom NIKKOR ED wide-angle glass lens
  • Capable of taking up to 5 shots per second
  • Built-in Wi-Fi and NFC for easy transfer to your smartphone
  • Max aperture of f/2.8
  • Zoom is among the widest in its class
  • Built-in GPS, mapping, Electronic Compass and Points of Interest (POI)
  • Very good image quality

Where to get the best deal: Jet.com – $249

Olympus TG-860 

Best waterproof cameras for your money

  • Waterproof to 50 ft., Shockproof to 7 ft., Freeze proof to 14 degrees F, Crushproof to 220 LBF
  • 21mm Ultra-wide lens with 5x optical zoom & 180 degree tilting LCD
  • Sportcam mode (60p movies, High-Speed movies, Time-Lapse movies)
  • 7 frames per second in burst mode
  • Art Filters and in-camera sweep panorama capabilities
  • Built in Wi-Fi & GPS
  • Fair quality video

Where to get the best deal: TristateCamera.com – $188.99

Sony HDR-AS100V

Best waterproof cameras for your money

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  • Full HD video with rich 60Mbps data and up to 240p slo-mo in HD
  • SteadyShot(TM) image stabilization works from bikes to aerial shot and more
  • Control up to 5 Action Cam via phone1 or LiveView(TM) Remote (Sold Separately)
  • Splash proof body with universal tripod mount
  • Built-in stereo mic for quality sound with wind noise reduction
  • Automatically creates highlight video in MP4 from multiple clips
  • Loop recording prevents running out of memory card
  • Waterproof to 16 feet
  • Includes a very good image stabilizer

Where to get the best deal: BHPhotovideo.com – $169.99

GoPro HERO4 Silver Standard Edition

Best waterproof cameras for your money

  • 1.7-inch touchscreen LCD
  • Bluetooth and Wi-Fi capability
  • 15% smaller and lighter housing (waterproof to 131’/40m)
  • 2x faster image processor enables 1080p60 and 720p120 fps video
  • 30% longer battery life
  • Captures good quality video and still photos

Where to get the best deal: OfficerStore.com – $399.99

Sony FDR-X1000V

Best waterproof cameras for your money

  • Professional 4K (3840 x 2160) video recording with up to 240p HD / 120p HD
  • SteadyShot(TM) image stabilization works from bikes to aerial shot and more
  • One of the first in its class to offer both 4K video capability and image stabilization
  • Control up to 5 Action Cam via phone1 or LiveView(TM) Remote (Sold Separately)
  • Splash proof body with universal tripod mount
  • Waterproof to approximately 33 feet when used with a special enclosure
  • Built-in stereo mic for quality sound with wind noise reduction
  • Automatically creates highlight video in MP4 from multiple clips
  • Loop recording prevents running out of memory card

Where to get the best deal: Rakuten.com – $379.99

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