On the off chance that you intend to carry a camera with you when you go rock climbing, skiing, or swimming, it bodes well to get a waterproof intense camera that can withstand unobtrusive falls and can work while totally lowered submerged. In the wake of placing in 15 hours of examination and testing, and exposing our three test cameras to harsh taking care of and a dip in a saltwater pool, we think the Olympus Tough TG-6 is the most ideal decision. It’s intense, it catches 4K top quality video, and it takes attractive photographs with no futzing.
I’ve been Wire cutter’s waterproof Nikon camera supervisor for a long time, and preceding that I secured cameras and other photograph related items through the span of 13 years for CNET and Popular Photography. Throughout the previous nine years of my residency there, I was the tech manager and afterward senior tech proofreader for Popular Photography, where I was liable for keeping up and refining the lab testing for cameras and focal points.
1. Olympus Tough TG-6
Offering strength close to the head of the class and picture quality marginally superior to that of the opposition, the Olympus Tough TG-6 is a fantastic decision damaged uniquely by defects regular to this whole sort of cameras. It has a focal point that allows in more light than the one in the Nikon W300 or the Ricoh WG-70, which causes it accomplish somewhat preferred picture quality over both of those models can offer. In spite of the fact that its 4x zoom doesn’t have very as much reach as the Nikon’s 5x zoom, it covers a full-outline central length likeness 25–100mm, and that is sufficient for most of circumstances.
Pictures we shot with the TG-6’s full auto mode looked extraordinary, and catching them was as simple as turning the camera on, holding it up, and squeezing the shade button. They were neither too dull nor excessively splendid, with lively hues and heaps of detail. The hues were somewhat more soaked than exact, however positively that a great many people will in general like.
Shooting blossoms, even with unforgiving direct daylight weighing down on them, the TG-6 kept up detail in particularly brilliant bloom petals while likewise keeping a lot of detail in the shadows. Contrasted and Nikon’s W300, it created more fine grained detail in both the most splendid and haziest bits of pictures in our tests.
The distinction wasn’t sensational, yet since the two cameras are so close in value, it bodes well to choose the Olympus. Some portion of its capacity to catch a similarly wide scope of brilliant and dull tones can be ascribed to the way that its sensor has less pixels stuffed into the equivalent size zone as in different cameras we tried: The TG-6’s 1/2.3-inch sensor has 12 megapixels, versus the 16 megapixels found in our different picks.
Devoted picture takers will welcome a portion of the TG-6’s extravagant shooting modes, for example, programmed center stacking and crude picture catch; the last is important to any individual who needs to change their pictures after they shoot. Such picture takers may likewise like the variety of accessible extras, for example, fisheye and zooming focal point connectors, a waterproof lodging to expand its plunge limit from 50 feet to about 150 feet, and even a submerged strobe.
2. Nikon Coolpix W300
With the most profound waterproof rating (100 feet) and the most noteworthy drop rating (8 feet) of the cameras we tried, and with its capacity to shoot pictures including reasonable shading and heaps of detail, Nikon’s Coolpix W300 is a commendable substitute if our primary select is from stock. It’s anything but difficult to utilize, and it can catch 4K video if, for instance, you need to flaunt your experience water skiing on your tremendous TV. Pictures we shot with the Olympus TG-6 had marginally better picture quality, and that camera can record 4K video at 120 fps for either smoother-looking film or moderate movement cuts.
Shooting in full auto mode in our tests, the W300 reliably conveyed extraordinary shots, the sort that anybody would be glad to post to web-based media. In any event, when shooting in testing lighting circumstances (think institutional fluorescent lighting), the Nikon delivered a satisfying, if not absolutely exact, result.
The W300’s 5x long range focal point is one of the better focal points incorporated with a waterproof camera. It allows in more light than the focal points of most contenders, with a greatest gap of f/2.8, so you can more effectively shoot in hazier circumstances than with adversaries, for example, the Ricoh WG-70. (The focal point in Olympus’ TG-6 has a greatest gap of f/2.0, allowing in significantly more light.)
The W300’s zoom go (22.5–118mm full-outline proportionate) is sufficient to deal with most ordinary shooting circumstances. It has about twice as much reach as the zooming focal point on the iPhone 11 Pro and catches marginally a greater amount of the scene than a standard cell phone focal point. In addition, the focal point has optical picture adjustment to help forestall hazy shots brought about by the common insecurity of your hands.
3. Ricoh WG-70
Of the three picks we suggest in this guide, the Ricoh WG-70 battled the most with picture shading and sharpness in our tests, however it’s regularly around $100 less expensive than the Olympus TG-6 or Nikon W300, and its 5x long range focal point has more reach (however just barely, and it doesn’t get very as wide). This camera is likewise minimal intense of the trio, waterproof just to around 46 feet (versus 50 feet for the Olympus and 100 feet for the Nikon), and drop-evidence at 5 feet (as opposed to 7 feet and 8 feet, individually).
Completely zoomed out, it coordinates the field of view you can get from your cell phone, and the additional range of the 5x focal point may help make a fowl roosted on a tree limb top off a greater amount of the casing. The focal point likewise allows in less light than those of our different picks, in any case, so getting a screen speed sufficiently quick to ensure that winged animal doesn’t look foggy as it squirms on the branch will be somewhat harder. Six little LED lights are incorporated with a ring around the focal point to help enlighten close-up (otherwise known as large scale) shots. The WG-70 is in excess of an ounce lighter than our different picks.
In daylight, the WG-70 can catch pictures with bunches of detail and sensible shading by and large, however it’s not as solid as our different picks. In specific conditions, it will in general penance some detail in hazier segments of the scene, for example, regions in shadow, by underexposing them. White parity can get lost too, bringing about wrong hues. For instance, when we shot in revolting glaring light, the WG-70 didn’t precisely represent that light and created a sepia tint while it ought to have delivered a grayish. This is an extremely specific lighting circumstance that we’ve seen can befuddle some smaller cameras, however different cameras in this experimental group took care of it considerably more proficiently.