Are you looking for the best waterproof camera in 2021? The best waterproof cameras can capture amazing photographs above and below the waves, whether you’re an underwater photographer or a watersports enthusiast.
We’ve evaluated the top waterproof cameras, ranging from reinforced tiny devices to full-fledged action cameras, to help you choose the right one for you. Whatever you’re shooting, you’ll make a splash with the choices in the buying guide below, which include options for every skill level and budget.
Today’s flagship smartphones may offer some degree of protection, but every camera on this list is entirely waterproof and capable of being submerged. In reality, the greatest waterproof cameras in 2021 can operate at depths of several meters. So, whether you’re snorkeling, sailing, or swimming, these top waterproof cameras will allow you to capture high-quality stills and video anywhere there’s water.
There are a few crucial considerations to make when selecting your ideal waterproof camera. The amount of waterproofing you want depends on your chosen activity: if you’re a keen freediver, for example, the Olympus Tough TG-6, which is waterproof to 30 meters, will suffice. If your hobbies need gloves, you’ll want a camera like the DJI Osmo Action, which is straightforward to use and has easily accessible physical controls.
1. Olympus Tough TG-6
The Olympus Tough TG-6 builds on the popularity of the TG-5 by making a few minor tweaks to the camera’s already impressive specs. There’s a new anti-reflective coating in front of the sensor, as well as a better 3-inch LCD screen with 1.04 million dots instead of 460k.
The updated model also includes some additional underwater shooting features, including the ability to use the 1cm close-focusing capabilities outside of the Underwater Macro mode (specifically in the program and aperture priority modes).
These new features are built on top of a powerful core that includes a 12MP sensor and a lens comparable to 25-100mm with an f/2-4.9 maximum aperture. Raw shooting and 4K video are also available, and the camera is waterproof to 15 meters (50 feet), shockproof to 2.4 meters (7 feet), crushproof to 100kgf (220lbf), and freezeproof to -10 degrees Celsius.
The body is available in black and red, with an appealing industrial style and large buttons to make it easy to operate both underwater and on land. Although they’re small and finicky, the double-catch mechanisms on the doors to the battery/memory card compartment and ports protect the insides from dust and water intrusion.
The focusing is nice and quick, and the LCD screen is easy to navigate and has good visibility in bright light. It doesn’t have a touchscreen, but then, we don’t expect to see touchscreens on underwater cameras.
Although overexposure and blown highlights can be observed in some shots, and there is a loss of clarity at the telephoto end of the lens, image quality is acceptable for a camera with a 1/2.3-inch sensor. However, the colors are vibrant, and the addition of raw shooting allows you to fine-tune your photographs later.
Even if innovation has slowed, the Olympus Tough series arguably started the rugged camera movement in earnest, and the TG-6 certainly feels like one of the better options out there. However, the preceding TG-5 offers significantly better value right now, so consider whether you require the TG-6’s additional capabilities.
The TG-6 is designed to function in the most extreme environments, whether it’s under the waves, up a snowy mountain, or in the desert. It’s one of the most expensive cameras of its kind, so anyone who plans to use its more premium capabilities – raw shooting, 4K video, focus stacking, and so on – regularly would benefit from it.
People are increasingly happy to rely on their smartphones for everyday photos, so if you see a point-and-shoot compact, it’s likely to be one of two things: an instant camera that produces Polaroid-style prints, or a toughened camera, like the new Olympus TG-6, that you’d dare to use in situations where you wouldn’t otherwise risk your phone. In other words, there must be a compelling purpose for it to exist.
Aside from its waterproof, drop-proof, crush-proof, and freeze-proof properties, the TG-6 doesn’t appear to offer much more than non-toughened compacts of the past, the kind that smartphones gradually wiped away.
The TG-6’s basic specification features a rather modest-sounding 12MP resolution via its compact, backlit 1/2.3-inch CMOS sensor, which is paired to an internally stacked 4x zoom lens with f/2-4.9 maximum aperture, which updates the TG-5’s fundamental specification.
The ability to shoot video at up to 4K resolution at 30fps is arguably the only significant improvement over the previous Tough model, though there are also new underwater modes (three instead of one), macro photo options (allowing captures as close as 1cm), and an improved LCD screen resolution of 1.04 million dots.
Photographers don’t want an overcomplicated or feature-laden camera if they’re going to be handling it with wet fingers right out of the pool, or cold extremities on the ski slopes, much alone underwater, so this lack of innovation isn’t strictly a criticism.
The TG-6, like the TG-5, is waterproof to a depth of 15 meters, freeze-proof to minus 10 degrees Celsius, shockproof to 2.1 meters, and crushproof to 100 kg. A user-selectable ISO range ranging from ISO100 to 12,800 is available for those wishing to shoot in low light and prevent the blurring effects of camera shake.
The suggested retail price of $449 for what is essentially an armored point-and-shoot camera seems a little high, especially if you’re looking at the TG-6 as a general-purpose camera for use by the whole family; however, you can already find it for a lot less, and it also helps that the camera can shoot raw files alongside JPEGs in grown-up fashion, though there’s no getting around the sensor’s modest size.
Because of the exposed faceplate screws, the Olympus Tough TG-6 has an appealing mix of athletic and industrial style, which should appeal to photographers and adrenaline addicts looking for the best of both worlds.
It feels strong in the palm and fits easily in a pocket, and its internally stacked 25-100mm (35mm equivalent) zoom lens never protrudes from the body and puts you in danger.
Our test device was dressed in red, but it’s also available in full black if you’re looking for something a little more subdued than sporty. While the top-plate operational buttons are on the large side, they aren’t overly so, so you’ll feel at ease using this camera both on dry land and in the water.
The backplate controls are similar to those on a non-ruggedized camera: small lozenge-shaped buttons, a shooting mode wheel, and a four-way navigational control pad with the iconic ‘OK’ activation button in the center, all of which require fingertip or thumbnail action. Because manual settings are limited and require drilling into the menu to access, the Tough TG-6 is primarily designed to be operated on automatic.
Doors with a double-catch mechanism protect the combined SD card and battery compartment at the TG-6’s base, as well as the side compartment that houses HDMI and USB ports, from being unintentionally opened underwater or at an inconvenient time.
These catches are unusually small for a camera of this type, requiring careful fingertip movement; working them while wearing heavy gloves would be impossible, but on the positive side, there’s little chance of accidentally opening anything.
In the blink of an eye, the camera is up and running from cold, and it finds focus with a half-press of the shutter-release button – as with most tiny cameras nowadays.ot
Instead of a separate mains charger, the battery is charged while it is inside the camera using a combination of a USB lead and a mains plug connector (although one is available). This reduces the device’s cost while also allowing it to be charged on the go from a laptop.
A fisheye converter, silicon jacket, and additional waterproof housing that extends use down to 45m all help to back the manufacturer’s assertion that this isn’t just a camera, but a system – albeit at a cost.
Image composition and evaluation are done entirely through the 3-inch LCD on the backplate, as one would expect in the absence of an eye-level viewfinder, optical or otherwise. Although this isn’t a touch-sensitive screen, readability is good in most situations, with on-screen menus that are simple to navigate. We’ve never seen a rugged camera’s image match that of a DSLR or mirrorless device that costs approximately the same amount, and the same is true here.
When shooting close up at this widest setting, the TG-6’s wide-angle 25mm-equivalent view necessarily produces a slight fisheye appearance, and we noticed that in extremely bright and sunny settings, photos are close to overexposure, with a loss of highlight detail.
Of course, if you notice this at the time of the shooting, you may manually alter the exposure or ISO setting, but bright conditions also reduce the visibility of the LCD panel, which doesn’t help matters.
While having a zoom lens is useful, the range on offer here is limited, and we found that detail degraded while shooting handheld at the highest telephoto setting. The user must be careful to avoid stray fingertips or the camera strap sliding into the corners of photos, as with any camera in which the lens is internally stacked (and so does not sit proud of the body).
Surprisingly, for a camera designed for family vacations and group outings to the beach and elsewhere, the Olympus TG-6 lacks a simple way to shoot self-portraits — a non-rugged compact these days is likely to include a flip-up LCD screen that can be oriented to face the user.
Granted, including such a feature may present a point of vulnerability, but it might be conceivable to include a small rounded selfie mirror on the camera’s front instead; that’s something the future generation’s designers should think about.
Returning to image quality, colors are vibrant right out of the camera, while detail appears to be a little over-processed. We can make certain exceptions here because the TG-6 is all about shooting photographs that you wouldn’t risk with another camera on rare occasions.
2. GoPro Hero 9
The GoPro Hero 9 Black is the most powerful and flexible action camera on the market, but its additional capabilities don’t deliver enough real-world advantages over its predecessor to justify the price.
The improved sensor and front display are the two most significant improvements. In the ideal settings, the new 23.6MP sensor takes 5K footage with slightly higher detail than the Hero 8 Black. But probably the most important feature is the Hero 9 Black’s electronic stabilization, which can give HyperSmooth Boost – GoPro’s strongest stabilization – in all filming settings. For those who require high-quality 4K (and 5K) video, this makes it a top performer.
While far from ideal, the new front color display is a really handy new tool for vlogging or general shooting. It’s a tad sluggish, and it can’t compete with a dedicated articulating screen like the Sony ZV-1’s. However, if you frequently frame yourself in films, this is most likely the GoPro for you.
Other new capabilities in the GoPro Hero 9 Black, on the other hand, aren’t quite as polished. The new battery improves the Hero 9 Black’s endurance slightly, but it’s a modest increase, and we found it to be more prone to overheating than its predecessors.
While GoPro’s latest flagship offers somewhat greater stabilization, the quality of its 4K video isn’t dramatically higher than the Hero 8 Black’s. Other capabilities, such as Scheduled recording, are handy on occasion but aren’t quite trustworthy yet. The Hero 9 Black’s rear touchscreen, on the other hand, was frustratingly unresponsive at times.
Still, the latter is expected to be remedied in a November software update, and if GoPro can iron out some of the Hero 9 Black’s other minor flaws, it might become our top action camera option. The Hero 8 Black now outperforms it in terms of value, but this feature-rich sister is a close second.
The GoPro Hero 9 Black is now available for $449.99, which is an increase of 11% over the Hero 8 Black’s initial price. Formerly branded as GoPro Plus, the latter offers benefits such as limitless cloud storage and camera replacements (up to two per year). While GoPro certainly hopes you’ll keep paying the $49.99 annual membership after the first year, the auto-renewing service can be turned off.
There’s also a Hero 9 Black bundle if you want to acquire a few extras with your new action cam. This package costs $499.99 and includes a GoPro Handler floating grip, Magnetic Swivel Clip, spare battery, microSD card, and the camera itself.
The prices and availability of GoPro’s numerous ‘Mod’ accessories have also been disclosed. When it becomes available in October, the new Max Lens Mod, which is exclusively compatible with the Hero 9 Black, will cost $99.99. Max HyperSmooth video stabilization (also seen on the GoPro Max) and the ability to lock the horizon even when rotated 360 degrees will be included with that ultra-wide lens adapter.
A Media Mod for Hero 9 Black attachment, which suits the new flagship’s revised body and costs $79.99, is also available now. This includes features such as a built-in directional microphone and a 3.5mm mic connector for connecting other microphones.
Finally, for those who desire a larger front-facing screen than the Hero 9 Black’s 1.4-inch display, there’s the Display Mod (available for both the Hero 9 Black and the Hero 8 Black). This is now available for $79.99, and it joins the Light Mod, which is already on sale for $49.99. The Hero 9 Black is GoPro’s most significant makeover since the Hero 5 Black, and the results are mainly positive (with a few caveats).
The Hero 8 Black has three major physical changes: a redesigned 1.4-inch color display on the front, a beefier body (to accommodate the larger battery), and a larger rear 2.27-inch touchscreen.
These new features appear to be a response to the DJI Osmo Action, a fresh-faced competitor that has made GoPro action cameras feel a little antiquated in some aspects. In some ways, the Hero 9 Black still does, which is largely due to the new features’ minor drawbacks. Let’s start with the positive news.
The front-facing 1.4-inch color display is a welcome new feature for vlogging. It isn’t touch-sensitive, which is a good thing because your memory card would quickly fill up with plenty of unfortunate mishaps, but it does show a live video preview of your scene as well as some important shooting information.
Because it’s a square display, it doesn’t compare to the side-hinged screens seen on cameras like the Sony ZV-1, or the screen on your smartphone when placed on gimbals like the DJI OM 4. The latter provides a detailed live preview of the entire shot, whilst the Hero 9 Black’s is more of a rough guide. At the very least, make sure your face is visible in the picture.
Previous GoPros all had monochrome displays that displayed shooting information such as remaining battery life, memory card space, and current resolution/frame rate. If you don’t film a lot of videos on camera, it’s not nearly as exciting, but it’s certainly more practical.
Naturally, the new color display necessitates a larger battery, which is why GoPro has increased the size of the Hero 9 Black’s body to accommodate a new 1,720mAh battery. That battery has a 40 percent larger capacity than its predecessors’ 1,220mAh batteries, resulting in a 30 percent real-world improvement, according to GoPro. According to our tests, that’s a little optimistic, as we’ll see later in the ‘performance’ section.
These improvements, however, have drawbacks for anyone moving from a previous GoPro. Because the Hero 9 Black and other GoPro batteries are of different sizes, you won’t be able to utilize older ones as spares. And the new design, which adds around 10% to its size and weight, will be too huge for your existing casings or housings.
We can’t be too harsh because a GoPro redesign was unavoidable at some time, but the responsiveness of the Hero 9 Black’s rear touchscreen is one of our biggest disappointments. Although this 2.27-inch display is marginally larger than the Hero 8 Black’s, it still has huge, antiquated bezels and responds to taps and swipes slowly.
Given that the GP1 chip now has to simultaneously run a larger rear screen and a color front display while recording, it’s probable that this is due to a processor bottleneck. In any case, GoPro has promised a remedy in a November software update, although it’s hardly ideal for a flagship model with such a high price tag.
Even so, GoPro has reinstated the removable lens cover, which was previously absent from the Hero 8 Black. This is a useful extra, whether you’re repairing a cracked lens or adding an ND filter, even if it isn’t technically a ‘new’ function.
Because GoPro has designed a new Max Lens Mod that clamps onto the Hero 9 Black’s lens mount to give you a super-wide field of view and even greater electronic stabilization, the company has reversed its decision to remove it. When we’ve got an opportunity to try it out, we’ll update this review.
Overall, the Hero 9 Black is still a small, pocketable action camera that’s waterproof to ten meters and has improved vlogging capabilities. Just some tweaks to smooth off the slightly harsh overheating and touchscreen edges would be nice.
The combination of GoPro’s class-leading HyperSmooth stabilization, first seen on the Hero 7 Black, and innovative software capabilities like TimeWarp has long been the company’s secret sauce. While the Hero 9 Black improves on these capabilities and expands its adaptability over the Hero 8 Black, it doesn’t offer a compelling reason to upgrade.
There haven’t been any major changes behind the hood. Going back to the Hero 3 Black in 2012, GoPro flagships have used 12MP sensors, but the Hero 9 Black takes the bold step of increasing the resolution to 23.6MP with a new sensor. This allows it to shoot 5K/30p video and 20MP stills at all resolutions and frame rates, as well as support the more powerful HyperSmooth Boost stabilization option (which cuts your film by 25%).
Of fact, more resolution does not always imply higher image quality. Image processing, lens quality, and sensor size, among other things, can all have a significant impact on the final result. The 1/2.3in sensor on the Hero 9 Black is also the same size as its predecessors, making the 1-inch Edition module for the Insta360 One R substantially smaller.
Nonetheless, the Hero 9 Black’s headline features are unlocked by the new 23.6MP resolution. There’s little doubt that the 5K/30p mode, especially when combined with the ‘High’ 100Mbps bit-rate, can capture more detail than any GoPro to date in bright light and the proper settings.
In both 4K/60p and 5K/30p modes, the Hero 9 Black gets the extra pixels it needs to handle HyperSmooth Boost stabilization, which helps smooth out judder from even the bumpiest mountain bike rides. On the Hero 8 Black, this is simply not feasible.
However, neither HyperSmooth 3.0 nor TimeWarp 3.0, GoPro’s movement time-lapses, are significant upgrades over their Hero 8 Black counterparts. In those two higher resolutions and frame rates, HyperSmooth 3.0 essentially adds Boost stabilization, as well as some useful horizon leveling that was previously only available in the GoPro app.
While the Hero 9 Black has several new capabilities, it doesn’t offer many significant speed improvements over the Hero 8 Black – at least not ones that you’ll notice in your films.
This isn’t to say that the Hero 9 Black isn’t a good action camera; it just means that the improvements aren’t enough to justify the price difference between it and its two predecessors. For example, if you don’t mind the ‘floaty’ look, HyperSmooth 3.0 stabilization is still great and ideal for shooting first-person sports.
However, many consumers are unlikely to notice the addition of HyperSmooth Boost to the 4K/60p and 5K/30p modes because, in most cases, setting HyperSmooth to ‘high’ (which is a 10% crop rather than Boost’s 25% crop) is adequate to smooth out any judder.
What about the new, larger battery on the Hero 9 Black? It does assist to increase its endurance, but not enough to make a significant impact on how you shoot.
We received an extra 12 minutes from the Hero 9 Black in our side-by-side battery test with the Hero 8 Black when both cameras were recording 4K/30p with HyperSmooth enabled (84 minutes, compared to 72 minutes from its predecessor). And the new model got a short overheating respite, which we didn’t get with the Hero 8 Black.
When recording 5K/30p footage, we saw an overheating shutdown, with the Hero 9 Black requiring a cool down after 28 minutes of continuous shooting. After five minutes, it recovered enough to continue shooting in both circumstances, yet shooting 5K is much more taxing than any other GoPro setting.
However, if you want it to survive the entire day, it’s still a good idea to have a spare battery or an external USB charger. Our Hero 9 Black lasted about 4-5 hours with mixed, intermittent use (shooting video, stills, and time-lapses). Unfortunately, there are no significant gains in the high-frame-rate shooting.
We’d love to see a 4K/120p setting for some crisp slo-mo footage, but that’s still only achievable at 2.7K or lower resolutions (the same as on the Hero 8 Black and Hero 7 Black).
Again, the Hero 9 Black captures some excellent slow-motion footage that is ideal for interspersing your social media videos. However, as with its predecessors, this is best done in strong sunlight, as the high ISOs will transform your video into a noisy, smudgy mess after dusk. The GoPro Hero 9 Black produces some of the greatest video and stills of any action camera on the market, but it isn’t a significant upgrade over the Hero 8 Black.
The new 5K/30p mode captures more information than any previous GoPro flagship, especially when using the high 100Mbps bit rate option. Due to the usage of the efficient HEVC codec in some modes, file sizes aren’t substantially larger, albeit they can be highly taxing on your computer.
However, if you’re mostly shooting videos for cellphones or social media, the higher quality won’t make a significant difference. When cropping or pixel peeping, even on a 4K monitor, you’ll only notice a huge boost in detail. Of course, having the ability to crop is useful, but you should think about whether you’ll need it.
However, if image quality is your priority and you want the most detail out of any action camera, the Hero 9 Black could be well worth the money. However, for the vast majority of people, the Hero 8 Black and Hero 7 Black are sufficient in this regard. After all, the sensors in all three cameras are the same size. Even though GoPro’s Hypersmooth stabilization is excellent, even minor judder can nullify the resolution improvement.
3. DJI Osmo Action
Is action ready to go? DJI has a suite of gimbals, drones, and even a robotic build-it-yourself toy that all capture high-impact footage. Its action camera, the aptly titled DJI Osmo Action, is a GoPro-alike cube with two screens, very outstanding image stabilization, and a lower price than either the GoPro Hero7 Black or Hero8 Black; but can a firm new to the space truly take on GoPro, or should you wait for a Hero8 Black instead?
The DJI Osmo Action was released in May 2019 with a suggested retail price of $379, but it is currently on sale for $329 at the time of this review. When a friend quipped, “Oh cool, a GoPro!” as we were reviewing the DJI Osmo Action in a park, it gave us the terrible sensation we get when someone calls our Android tablet an iPad, but that’s what happens when a product dominates a category.
It also emphasizes the idea that DJI has taken many design inspirations from GoPro. The Osmo Action has a comparable big-lens rear-screen appearance to the entire Hero7 line, as well as the same housing and mounting method. However, the DJI Osmo Action is not the same as a GoPro.
First and foremost, its two-tone grey body appears extremely DJI, especially when paired with the Osmo Mobile 3 — they appear to be related. The Action doesn’t have a matte or rubbery feel; instead, it has a solid metal body with a textured, gripping band that wraps around its frame on the left, right, and topsides.
On the front is a 1.4-inch screen with a pixel density of 300PPI that becomes nice and bright for exceptional outdoor viewability – up to 750 nits. A massive lens is guarded by a screw-on lens protector to the right of it.
Under a flap on the right of the Osmo Action is a USB-C port and a microSD card slot. There are a pair of latches at the base that release the battery, and the touch display is on the rear. The power, record, and quick switch buttons are strewn throughout the top and right sides, and while squishy, they provide good click-feedback.
Its 2.25-inch screen is a quarter-inch larger than the GoPro Heroes’, and that extra size is appreciated, as is the 16:9 aspect ratio, which makes it feel much larger while shooting in that aspect ratio than the GoPro display, which is 4:3.
The touch sensitivity is excellent, and the menu system is simple to use. The primary display is just as bright as the front one (750 nits), but it is somewhat sharper (325PPI). The color design of the Osmo Action isn’t our favorite, but it’s ergonomically sound, and the buttons and interface work nicely together.
Its battery is easy to replace (when not in a casing) and it’s tougher than the GoPros, submersible up to 11 meters without waterproof housing against 10 meters with waterproof housing. The Osmo Action’s video quality is clear and sleek, rivaling the GoPro Hero7 and 8 in terms of video quality.
Its picture stabilization, named RockSteady, isn’t as solid as the Hero8’s Boosted HyperSmooth 2.0, which uses an aggressive crop factor, but it’s on par with both GoPros’ default stabilization, juddering with significant impact while keeping standard shake clear.
The Osmo Action falls short on this front when it comes to 4:3 footage; if you want RockSteady stabilization and want to shoot 4:3 4K or 2.7K, you’re out of luck because it only supports 16:9 60fps at those resolutions.
The Action can shoot up to 4K 4:3 at 30fps or 4K 16:9 at 60fps, depending on the resolution. Framerates in 720p and 1080p can reach 240fps, while RockSteady is limited to 60fps regardless of resolution. Photos are taken at a resolution of 12MP.
The Osmo Action may be configured to prioritize exposing faces in the settings, which is suggested for vloggers. You can also pick between two color profiles: regular and D-Cinelike, the latter of which is flatter captures a wider dynamic range, and is better suited to collecting footage for editing. Whereas GoPros by default produce flatter, more cinematic film, the Osmo Action gives you more options.
Excellent lighting produces high-quality video in all resolutions, with plenty of detail across the scene. You may preserve the fisheye ultra-wide effect or reduce the angle of view by de-warping the image in the settings, which is roughly 148 degrees at its widest.
HDR mode, which works in the most difficult settings, can increase dynamic range. While the Osmo Action had occasional ghosting when recording HDR video when it originally launched, this appears to have been fixed in recent firmware versions.
In addition, the Osmo Action now can take Hyperlapse video, which it didn’t have at launch, and while this doesn’t quite match GoPro’s Timewarp 2.0, it’s a good addition.
Low light capture is the main area where the Osmo Action struggles, which is a challenge for all action cameras. Long exposures can help with this in photography, but if it’s a choice between shooting video on your Action or using your smartphone when the lights go out, you’d be wise to use your phone.
The Osmo Action is simple to use, thanks to its custom touch interface. When you turn it on, you’re immediately inside with a viewfinder and ready to shoot at the touch of a button.
The first thing on the menu when you swipe down from the top is a really useful custom profile maker. You can also regulate brightness, lock the screen, access more options, toggle auto-rotate, spot metering, voice control, and choose whether the front-screen displays a cropped image at 4:3 or a letterboxed image at 16:9 from the pull-down menu.
Returning to the viewfinder, a swipe in from the left brings up your gallery, which includes filters for drilling down into a specific sort of video or photo captured. To access advanced settings over your photographs or video, pull in from the right of the viewfinder – dewarp, alter color profile, etc. – and swipe up from the bottom to set your frame rate and resolution.
You can also tell it what to do by using voice commands for simple activities like recording, shutting down, or switching screens, and you can swap the shooting modes that show when you press the Quick Switch physical button in the settings. With this functionality and Custom Profiles, you may have whatever you need within a few clicks.
The Osmo Action’s 1300mAh battery will be drained the most by screen usage and Wi-Fi connections to a phone. You’ll be able to go through a full day out by shooting 30-second to two-minute clips at regular intervals, but bring a power bank or a replacement battery if you plan on shooting long periods of film.
The two microphones on the Osmo Action struggle with wind and loud noise. Wind noise reduction can be enabled in the settings, but for anything other than casual vlogging and reference audio, you’ll need to buy a USB-C microphone converter or an external audio recorder from DJI’s online store.
Given that the Action employs the same mounting method as GoPros, its housing will work with GoPro grips and mounts, but it will not support GoPro housings due to its different sized body.
Even after GoPro released the Hero8 Black, DJI’s first attempt at an action camera is a success and has earned a spot in the market. The Action features a bigger 16:9 touchscreen and a front live-view display, all while maintaining excellent video quality and stabilization.
The Hero8 Black is the obvious pick if you use a lot of mounts, dislike cases, and want the smallest mountable body available, or if you appreciate GoPro’s Timewarp 2.0 feature.
The Osmo Action could be just the ticket for vloggers who want to save money, have a selfie-screen, and/or have other DJI products, such as an Osmo Mobile 3, as it delivers outstanding video and photo capture in good lighting, strong build, and reasonable pricing.
When selecting a gadget, consider your needs and choose something that will provide you with the most utility and value. We reviewed robust underwater cameras with unique selling qualities, such as compact size, ease of use, interchangeable lenses, and VR cameras, in our list. Now, let’s look at the characteristics that distinguish a good action camera/waterproof camera:
The finest YouTube waterproof camera’s water-resistance and depth rating are probably the most crucial factors. Nowadays, cameras with a water resistance of up to 10-15 meters are readily available.
Popular action cameras like the GoPro are waterproof up to 10 meters, while Nikon and Sealife cameras are waterproof up to 18-30 meters. Additionally, for some cameras, you can purchase extra covers that provide far higher waterproofing. When a camera body is waterproofed, it becomes large and heavy. Now we’ll discuss how crucial size is for a vlogging waterproof camera.
2. Waterproof Vlogging Cameras Dimensions
A camera’s portability and compactness are critical for any action camera. A waterproof camera for vlogging is just as vital. A lightweight camera is not only easy to carry about but it can also be put almost anyplace.
A waterproof camera for YouTube, for example, might be quite useful if it is simply mountable. Divers, swimmers, surfers, offroad racers, and cyclists will be able to place the camera anywhere and record amazing fast-paced footage as a result of this. While there are some very small cameras on the market, they sacrifice image quality and durability.
3. Waterproof Vlogging Cameras on Display
For today’s cameras, the display has almost become a requirement. This is also true for a vlogging camera that is designed for action or is waterproof. While the majority of waterproof cameras include screens, some of the smaller pocket-sized models have very small screens or none at all. Anti-reflective coating on the screen is an extra benefit because these cameras are expected to be used outdoors in direct sunshine.
Flip screens, on the other hand, are the most useful for vloggers, therefore a waterproof vlogging camera with a flip screen is a great plus. Apart from the major action-oriented characteristics, there are a variety of aspects to examine before determining which is the best waterproof vlogging camera, such as video modes, resolutions, connectivity options, and so on.