Underwater Camera Comparison

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July 2016   Canon   Nikon   Olympus   Underwater Cameras   All Reviews

Listed from best to worst; the GoPro (Eken) at the right is a different kind of camera.

 

Digital

 
Olympus TG-4 Review
Olympus TG-870
Nikon AW130
Canon D30 Review
Gearbest Eken GoPro H8R
 
Anni
2015-
2016-
2015-
2014-
2016-
Depth rating

15 meters

50 feet

15 meters

50 feet

30 meters

100 feet

25 meters

82 feet

30 meters

100 feet

Actual toughness
fair
fair
Good
fair
Good
Drop resistance
fair
fair
fair
fair
Good
Built-in flash performance, above water
Good
Good
poor
poor
none
Macro performance in regular mode
Superb at every zoom setting, no special mode needed. Microscope mode really is.
Superb at every zoom setting, no special mode needed. Suoper Macro mode is even more insane.
fair, unless you futz with the macro mode.
Excellent at wide, fair at tele.
poor; fixed-focus
Use with external flash underwater?
Yes
Yes
Yes
no
no
 
Included strap
Very Good
Very Good
poor
Excellent
several
Ease of use
Excellent
Very Good
poor
Good
fair
Mode dial
Yes
Yes
no
no
no
Preset memory recalls on mode dial
2
0
(no mode dial)
(no mode dial)
0
Rear monitor daylight visibility
Very good
Fair; daylight mode is OK, but keeps deactvating
poor; very dim
Good; hold DISP a few seconds to get to the daylight mode.
fair
Flip LCD?
No, fixed.
Yes, flips up.
No, fixed OLED.
No, fixed.
No
Easy recall clock, depth, GPS & compass*
Yes
Clock only
no
Clock only
no
 
Resolution
16 MP
16 MP
16 MP
12 MP
12 MP
Zoom (35mm equiv.)
25 ~ 100mm
21 ~ 105mm
24 ~ 120mm
28 ~ 140mm
170º fisheye
Image Stabilzation
Yes
no
Yes
no
no
Video
1920, 1280, 640
1920, 1280, 640, 480
1920, 1280, 640
1920, 1280, 640
1,080, 2,7K, 4K
Autofocus during video zooming
poor
Good
poor
Good
fixed pan-focus
Sound
Stereo mic
Stereo mic
Stereo mic
mono mic
mono mic
GPS
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
no
Compass
Yes
no
 
no
no
Depth Gauge
Yes
no
Yes
no
no
Barometer & Altimeter
Yes
no
Yes
no, altitude by GPS only
no
WiFi
Yes
Yes
Yes
no
Yes
Quality
China
Indonesia
Indonesia
Japan
China
 
Weight**

8.6 oz.

243 g

7.7 oz.

220 g

7.8 oz.

222 g

7.6 oz.

216 g

 

4.8 oz.

137 g

Price, 4/2016
Price, 6/2016

* One or two taps let you read the time and other information on the rear LCD even with the camera off. This lets you leave your watch and phone above water.

** with lens, battery and image storage

 

35mm Film

 
Nikonos V Review
Nikonos IV-A Review
 
Anni
1984-2001
1980-1993
Depth rating

50 meters

160 feet

50 meters

160 feet

Actual toughness
Superb
Superb
Drop resistance
Excellent; 100% solid metal
Excellent; 100% solid metal
Built-in flash performance, above water
none
none
Macro performance in regular mode
poor
poor
Use with external flash underwater?
Yes
Yes
 
Included strap    
Ease of use
Superb
Superb
Mode dial
Yes
Yes
Preset memory recalls on mode dial
0
0
Rear monitor daylight visibility
no monitor
no monitor
Flip LCD?
No LCD
No LCD.
 
Resolution
Zoom (35mm equiv.)
15mm, 20mm, 28mm, 35mm and 80mm fixed lenses — but can't change while underwater
15mm, 20mm, 28mm, 35mm and 80mm fixed lenses — but can't change while underwater
Image Stabilzation
no
no
Video
none
none
Autofocus during video zooming
none
none
Sound
none
none
GPS
no
no
Compass
no
no
Depth Gauge
no
no
Barometer & Altimeter
no
no
WiFi
no
no
Quality
Japan
Japan
 
Weight*

31.6 oz.

896g

34.1 oz.

968 g

Price, 4/2016
$175 used, with lens
$50 used, with lens
Price, 6/2016
$175 used, with lens
$50 used, with lens

* with lens, battery and 36-exposure film

 

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