Waterproof Cameras Group Test - Verdict
The first point to make regarding the sextet on test is that they're all perfectly capable waterproof cameras - gone are the days of having to invest vast sums of money for a digital camera capable of going for a swim. However, there are a trio that stand out from the crowd.
The first is the Panasonic FT4, which manages to cram in a startling amount of outdoors technology. It's capable of capturing good images, while the focus system is prompt and accurate. There are a few handling issues and the LCD screen could do with being larger, and for those reasons it just misses out.
Considering that the AW100 is Nikon's first waterproof model, it can certainly be considered a success. It manages to pull off the trick of combining rugged credentials and compact camera usability. The only real criticism, and the reason it just falls short in the final assessment, is that it does at times prove difficult to handle in the water and when wet.
There's one camera which manages to get the mix between usability, tough functionality and excellent image quality just right, and that's the Canon D20. The fin-like body and rubberised buttons make the camera a joy to use, the LCD screen is visible even in murky waters, while image quality is excellent both above and below water.
Credits: Thanks to the model Sadie Collis, and to Terry Sinclair for arranging use of the pool.
This article has more pages:
- 1. Waterproof Cameras Group Test
- 2. Waterproof Cameras Group Test - Canon PowerShot D20
- 3. Waterproof Cameras Group Test - Pentax Optio WG2-GPS
- 4. Waterproof Cameras Group Test - Fujifilm FinePix XP150
- 5. Waterproof Cameras Group Test - Nikon COOLPIX AW100
- 6. Waterproof Cameras Group Test - Olympus TG-820
- 7. Waterproof Cameras Group Test - Panasonic Lumix FT4
- 8. Waterproof Cameras Group Test - Verdict