Best Waterproof Cameras of 2018 Under $500

Fujifilm FinePix XP80

Its shiny, sleek design doesn’t feel very durable, but the Fujifilm FinePix XP80 is rated for up to 50 feet underwater and can survive drops of nearly 6 feet. The 2.7-inch display is easy to use as well.
The XP80 has a maximum image resolution of 16 megapixels and the ISO ranges from 100-6400, so you can use it in all kinds of light. The shutter speed of up to 1/2000 of a second is standard and the number of pictures it can take on a single charge – 210 – is enough for most activities. Like most of the cameras we reviewed, the XP80 has several additional features including a self-timer, Wi-Fi compatibility, image stabilization and video recording in 1080p. This camera’s image quality is average. Underwater colors weren’t very vibrant, and blues showed up a little purple in our dry tests. We also experienced some graininess with zoomed-in photos. That being said, this camera is substantially less expensive than others we reviewed. If you’re looking for a device that takes pretty good photos without costing a fortune, this is a good option.


  • It is an inexpensive option.
  • The 16.4 megapixel resolution is the highest of any camera in our lineup.
  • It comes with 96 MB of internal storage.


  • Other cameras took better quality photos.
  • Using zoom causes further image distortion.
  • It’s lacking in battery life.


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