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Best waterproof cameras

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Waterproof cameras are built to be sturdy and handle rugged outdoor activities. This makes them perfect for everything from capturing beautiful 4K footage while swimming in the ocean, to participating in extreme sports. They also have an option to take still photos, if you prefer. Here is a list of our favorite waterproof cameras. 

Staff pick

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AKASO EK7000 Sports Action Camera

Excellent shutter speed for photos

Your waterproof camera doesn’t have to be limited to video, as this model also offers an amazing 30 frames per second shutter speed. Video can be captured in 4K at 25fps, and 2.7K at 30fps. There’s a wrist remote included, which connects to any 2.4Ghz wireless. Waterproof to 100-feet, you’ll have 90 minutes of recording time per battery charge. 

Ready for travel

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APEMAN A80 Action Camera

Protective case included

When you’re packing for travel, it can sometimes be difficult to fit camera gear into your bag without worrying that it will be damaged. This model comes with its own carrying bag, so the camera will arrive safely with you. You can take this camera 131-feet deep in water, and record in 4K at 24fps, or take snapshots with the 20MP camera and 4x zoom. 

Voice controls

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GoPro HERO7 Black

Give commands hands-free

If you’re enjoying yourself outdoors, your hands might be busy holding onto other equipment. This GoPro model responds to 16 voice commands, so you can keep up with the fun without stopping to change modes. Unlike other models in our list, this GoPro can record 4K video in a whopping 60fps. It also has an option to stream 720p video. It’s safe to use up to 33-feet deep in water. 

Super stable

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AKASO V50 Pro

Ditch your worries about shaky videos

Take this camera up to 100-feet deep in water, and record in 4K at 30fps. The video stability is excellent thanks to a 6-axis gyroscope. WiFi is built-in, and there is an HDMI output when you’re ready to offload your videos and photos. Among the accessories included is a dual-battery charger, so you're always ready for more adventure.

Extra accessories

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Campark ACT74 Action Camera

Includes mounts and straps for any activity

Attach your camera to almost anything with the included accessory package. You can record in 4K with a wide-angle lens that can capture up to 170 degrees of your surroundings. There is a slow-motion shooting feature for the artistic touch, and you can take this model up to 98-feet deep in the water. Several mounts and straps are included with your purchase.

Capture your outdoor fun

Don’t miss capturing moments outdoors, or underwater, with your family and friends. Instead, grab a waterproof camera to take on your journey. For most people, we think the AKASO EK7000 Sports Action Camera is the best option. It gives you two solid options: you can record at 4K at 25fps, but you can also snap 30 pictures a second with the 20MP camera. 

If video quality is your main requirement, then consider the GoPro HERO7 Black. This option offers 4K recording at 60fps, which is higher than any of the other models we selected. It also has voice controls, so you can stay focused on the action, instead of fiddling with buttons on your camera.