Olympus was the first to make a Waterproof Digital Camera. I was amazed when I first went into a store to check one out and the sales associate picked it up and threw it on the floor to show me that the Waterproof Digital Camera was also Shock Proof.

Since that time over 3 years ago, many manufacturers have followed Olympus’ lead and have come out with cameras of their own, while Olympus has continued to improve on their Waterproof and Shockproof Digital Cameras. The latest Olympus Camera now touts being Crush-proof, supporting 220 pounds (less than the weight of your car tire rolling over it.) We’ve broken down the features to make buying easy:

Waterproof and Shock Proof Digital Cameras

Waterproof Digital Cameras

 

 

Olympus Stylus 850SW 8MP Digital Camera with 3x Optical Zoom (Silver)

The base model of Olympus Waterproof Digital Cameras. Comes in various Colors.

Olympus Stylus 850SW 8MP Digital Camera

 

  • 8 Megapixel
  • 3x Zoom
  • Waterproof 10 ft, shockproof 5 ft
  • 2.5″ LCD

 

Olympus Stylus 1050SW 10.1MP Digital Camera with 3x Optical Zoom (Black)

2nd Step in Olympus Waterproof Digital Cameras. Along with being shock proof and water proof the camera touts being freeze proof where you can use it in fourteen degree weather. Comes in various colors.

Olympus Stylus 1050SW

  • 10.1 Megapixel
  • 3x Zoom
  • Water Proof 10 ft, Shock Proof 5 ft, Freeze Proof- 14 degrees
  • 2.7″ LCD

Olympus Stylus 1030SW 10.1MP Digital Camera with 3.6x Optical Wide Angle Zoom (Green)

Perhaps the best looking Olympus Waterproof Camera. The camera extends the waterproof capabilities to 33 ft. Comes in various Colors.

Olympus Stylus 1030SW

  • 10 Megapixels
  • Waterproof 33 ft, shockproof 6.6 ft
  • 3.6x Zoom
  • 2.7″ LCD

 

 

Olympus Stylus Tough-8000 12 MP Digital Camera with 3.6x Wide Angle Optical

The new line of cameras for Olympus called “Tough”. They tout being crush proof up to 220 pounds. In reality, they aren’t crush proof at all because you can crush them with 220 pounds which could come from someone stepping on it or it getting run over or crushed in a door, the same things that would typically crush any other camera. They have good intentions, and you can’t afford to make cameras with tungsten cases so what Olympus has got is impressive for now. Another great breakthrough is the the ability to tap different sides of the camera to make it function, allowing you to keep on your gloves while operating it.

Olympus Tough Digital Camera

 

  • 12 Mega Pixels
  • Waterproof 33ft, shockproof 6.6 feet, freezeproof, crushproof 220 pounds, shakeproof
  • 3.6x Zoom
  • 2.7″ LCD

 

 

 

Canon PowerShot D10 12.1 MP Waterproof Digital Camera with 3x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom and 2.5-Inch LCD

Canon’s contribution to the Waterproof digital camera market is sad in terms of looks, being a bit bulky but offers close to the same specs of the Olympus Tough series.
Canon PowerShot D10
  • 12 Megapixel
  • Waterproof 33 ft, Freeze Proof 14 degrees, shockproof 4ft
  • 3x Optical Zoom
  • 2.5″ LCD

 

 

 

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS1 12MP Digital Camera with 4.6x Wide Angle MEGA Optical Image Stabilized Zoom and 2.7 inch LCD (Green)

Panasonic, maker of the tough book, brings the Lumix TS1 to the Waterproof and Shockproof Digital Camera Market. It is competitive with a 4.6x zoom, large LCD and decent durability ratings.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS1
  • 12 Megapixel
    • Waterproof 10ft, Shockproof 5 ft, Dustproof
    • 4.6x Zoom
    • 2.7″ LCD

Pentax Optio W80

 Pentax is offering good competition to the Waterproof Camera market with the W80. It offers high megapixels, a nice 5x zoom and also comes in lots of colors.

Pentax Waterproof Digital Camera

  • 12 Megapixel
  • Waterproof 10ft, Shockproof 5 ft, Dustproof
  • 4.6x Zoom
  • 2.7″ LCD

 

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