The 4 Best Waterproof Vlogging Cameras

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If you are a vlogger who loves coming up with fresh underwater vlogs, a good waterproof vlogging camera should definitely be in your list. With this camera you will get to shoot flawless, cinema-quality captures without any issues at all. In case you’re totally baffled while making your pick between so many underwater cameras, here are the 4 best waterproof vlogging cameras.

Check them out to make the best pick without having to go through hundreds of options.

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The 4 Best Waterproof Vlogging Cameras Chart

Camera Depth Capacity Recording Quality Battery Price
GoPro HERO4 BLACK 131ft 4k30 1hr $$$$
Nikon COOLPIX AW130 100ft 1080p30 370 shots $$$
Olympus TG-4 50ft 1080p30 380 shots $$$
Canon PowerShot D30 82ft 1080p24 300 shots $$

GoPro HERO4 Black

The GoPro HERO4 Black is one of the best underwater vlogging cameras, that lets you shoot slow motion playbacks in 2.7k and normal speed video in 4k30. The camera comes with a built-in wifi that lets you immediately share your videos with friends and loved ones.

The Gopro app and the Smart remote, further helps in editing and tweaking the videos, including the ability to control the camera with your smartphone. The camera controls of this device are excellent and it also comes with an in-built video trimming feature which can be used for creating and saving short video snaps on the camera itself.

This device is further equipped with the ProTune TM and the SuperViewTM that delivers an improved color quality. It also comes with advanced manual control system along with an excellent wide-angle that lets you grab a better view of the under waters.

The wide-angle lens is completely necessary for action vlogging shots, so this camera is perfect for them. But remember that it doesn’t have optical zoom. You’re stuck with the wide-angle lens, which you can’t really use for videos where you’ll do a lot of talking to the camera.

Additionally, it does have a weak battery and doesn’t have touchscreen. A lot of costumers also have reported that it heats up fast, but it becomes a problem only if you want to record really long videos (more than 30 minutes of continuous recording).

If you want to pass on the 4k video recording, the GoPro HERO4 Silver is still a good option, since it’s a lot cheaper and doesn’t heat up as fast.

Camera Highlights

  • Perfect for action vlog videos
  • Small size
  • Attachable to your body with the right devices
  • 4k video recording

Nikon Coolpix AW130

The Nikon Coolpix Aw130 is an excellent camera that you can carry anywhere and everywhere, although not as well as a GoPro,

Still, it does have advantages that the GoPro doesn’t.

Whether you’re out for snorkeling, rafting, scuba diving or even fishing, you can dive deep up to 100 feet with this camera. The device is freeze-proof as well, thereby making it easier for you to carry it during your skiing sessions. It will work flawlessly even at a temperature of 14F.

The structure of this vlogging camera is sturdy and strong and it’ll end up working the same way even if you accidentally drop it from 7 feet.

Its 5X optical zoom gives you more creative options than a GoPro; this basically makes it better than the GoPro Hero 4 for photographs, and it also makes it more versatile.

Additionally, you will also get the chance to take about 5 photos every second. The in-built wifi and the NFC will make it easier for you to transfer the videos and images to your Smartphone.

However, although the camera comes with a WLAN connectivity it cannot directly upload your photos to cloud. Another issue is that the camera comes with only two flash controls. This means you can either opt for the auto flash or have to do with no flash at all.

It’s a better option if you’re not looking for a camera to attach to your body, but rather to take great shots in multiple demanding scenarios and you don’t want to spend much money on it.

Camera Highlights

  • Optical zoom x5
  • Small size
  • Rugged build for a good price
  • 100ft underwater capacity

Olympus Tough! TG-4

If you’re looking for an excellent waterproof vlogging camera that can take shots even in the most rugged environments, the Olympus TG-4 can be a great choice.

The device is ultra rugged and so you can enjoy the best scuba diving sessions with it, even after getting it bashed against the mountains, the previous day. The lens of this camera is bright and it comes up with the most wide-angle images.

You can use this device to capture picture with more light and lesser noise levels. You can always use the RAW editor of the device for coming up with better quality images if you know how to tweak images. However, although the camera lets you use the RAW editor, this editor is not always available in all the shooting modes.

The shades of the camera are also slightly over the top. One cool feature this vlogging camera has is that it knows your exact location.

The camera will not merely embed your specific location to the snaps or the videos, but will also inform you about the direction, air pressure and the altitude of your current location. You will get the this information without having to power the camera on.

This camera is the option to go for if you want a waterproof that can capture RAW pictures that you can improve with some post-production.

It might not have the same underwater capacity of the previous cameras (50ft instead of +100ft), but it is a better option for photography vloggers. This is especially true if you take into account that its lens is really fast (f2.0 aperture), so it captures more light, which keeps great image quality even in low-light scenarios.

This last feature is what makes it stand on this list. The main problem with underwater filming is the lack of light, so this is a huge plus for this kind of device.

Camera Highlights

  • Optical zoom x4
  • Small size
  • Rugged build for a good price
  • Better in low light thanks to a fast lens

Canon PowerShot D30

If you’re looking for a cheaper camera for underwater for your vlogs, the Canon PowerShot D30 is a great option.

Even for its price, this camera will go about 82ft deep and still capture good shots.

It has an excellent grip and aids in simple one-hand operation even when you hold it with gloves. There’s a dedicated video button that makes it easier for you to capture the videos while diving.

But what impressed me the most was the subaquatic mode of the camera which is more of a software filter. With this feature colors pop out of the screen and lead to developing better underwater photos than it should.

You won’t need any tweaks at all thanks to its responsive auto-mode. Simply point that coral or turtle and shoot right away.

The camera has an excellent battery life for the price. It’ll last way longer than many leading underwater cameras. The videos are excellent with 1080p/24 resolution and autofocus.

The only cons of this camera is its size and its slow lens. This makes the camera struggle a little bit when capturing in low-light environments. But this is something that you will have to deal with when going for any kind of cheap camera.

Camera Highlights

  • Optical zoom x5
  • 82ft capacity
  • Rugged build for a good price
  • Cheapest underwater vlogging camera worth buying

Will A.

Will is the founder of VloggerPro. He's a YouTube Certified partner and has been reviewing equipment and teaching others how to grow and generate real income on YouTube for the last 5 years.

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Ben - December 25, 2017 Reply

Are there any decent waterproof cameras that have a forward-facing/flip screen, so you can vlog to camera and see what you’re filming?

    Will A. - December 27, 2017 Reply

    Hey Ben,

    I don’t think there is. I’ve searched around but my guess is that since they use wide-angle lenses, you don’t really need a flip screen to see what you’re recording. They record a lot of space and it’s hard not to get what you want to film inside the frame, so it’s an extra cost they don’t think it’s worth.

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