2013 Waterproof Camera Showdown

Seven of the year's best rugged, waterproof cameras face off, and we declare a decisive winner.


It's been said that the best camera is the one that you have, and it's true. But if your camera breaks, what then? When you're playing in the surf, spending a weekend on the slopes, or climbing a sheer rock face, you're definitely going to need a camera that can survive the elements.

There are dozens of rugged, waterproof compact cameras that fit the bill. And with so many to choose from, finding the right one can seem daunting. Lucky for you, we're here to help.

This spring, we took a close look at the top-billed tough cams of 2013, measuring how they perform outdoors, indoors, and underwater. We put them through the wringer to see how they stand up to drops, dunks, and dust. And we paid close attention to how easy they are to use once they actually get into your hands. Read on for our in-depth look at the best tough cams money can buy.

Next: The Contenders

Video Roundup

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  1. Intro
  2. The Contenders
  3. Toughness
  4. Outdoor & Underwater Image Quality
  5. Indoor & Low-Light Image Quality
  6. User Experience & Features
  7. The Winner

Olympus TG-2

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