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April 19, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 177

I am really big into water sports, specifically kayaking, so a waterproof camera comes in very handy. I have had two waterproof cameras in my life and although they were two very different models both met my needs at the time.

Below I will give a quick review and comparison of the two waterproof cameras that I have used.

Fujifilm FinePix Z33

The Fujifilm FinePix Z33 was the first one I bought. It was a basic camera and wasn't expensive but it seemed like a decent deal and worked great for exactly 2 years. At the 2 year mark it broke. However this camera was not shockproof and I think I may have dropped it one too many times.

However for the two years I used it, it worked great. The pictures were decent and it had some nice features.

The FinePix Z33 is waterproof up to 10 feet. It has a fairly large LCD screen (2.7 inches) and 230,000 pixel resolution.

These are the features that I liked about it most:

  • The size was good - it was small enough to fit into my PFD pocket
  • It had face detection technology - it removes red-eye automatically and was able to identify up to 10 faces in one scene and correct the focus when needed
  • The buttons were all very user friendly and easy to function even while I was kayaking
  • It offered VGA quality video clips at 30 frames per second with sound
  • It had intelligent scene recognition - could detect six different types of scenes and adjust accordingly
  • Had a blog mode - would automatically adjust the picture size for a blog
  • Had 12 in-camera editing features - zooming, miniature effect, painting, illustration, etc.

Those were all great features for a very affordable price tag. However because it was very much a basic model it also had some downsides such as:

  • It was not shockproof or freeze proof
  • It only had a 3x optical zoom - not the greatest

All that being said, for my kayaking and recreational needs I got a lot of use out of this camera and it provided me with some great pictures. If you are on a budget I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it... just don't drop it!

Nikon Coolpix AW100

My Fujifilm camera stopped working while I was snorkelling on the Big Island of Hawaii. I had two weeks left of my trip and really wanted the use of a waterproof camera. So I began my research.

I knew I wanted to invest in a better quality model and I eventually narrowed it down to the Nikon Coolpix AW100. This camera is a huge upgrade from my last one and is a lot of fun to use.

It has many fantastic features such as:

  • It is waterproof up to 33 feet, shockproof with drops up to five feet and freeze proof for temperatures as cold as 14 degrees F. Basically it is nearly impossible to destroy.
  • It takes 16MP pictures even in really low light - they are very sharp and very clear
  • It takes full HD (1080P) video with stereo sound
  • It has a really neat GPS and electronic compass - this allows you to track where you have taken your pictures or see where you need to go
  • It takes fast action sequences with up to three shots in about one second at full resolution. My last camera was extremely slow in this area.
  • It has a large 3.0" LCD screen
  • It has image stabilization and lens-shift vibration reduction
  • It has action control which helps you to take good shots even when you are wearing gloves
  • It has an image stabilization feature that automatically reduces the streaky images when the camera is shaking
  • It has 20 scene modes - wow

As you can tell this model was truly a big upgrade from my last one and the price was only about a $100 more. Not too shabby.

I would recommend both of these cameras but if you have the extra funds, there is no question, go for the Nikon Coolpix AW100. It is a great buy.

To learn much more about water gear visit where you'll find comprehensive reviews on inflatable kayaks and more in depth information on the Nikon Coolpix AW100 waterproof camera.

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