If you're planning on spending your next holiday by the water and you want to snap some pictures along the way, you'd be wise to pick up one of the best-selling waterproof digital cameras. While how far underwater each can go will vary depending on the quality and price, these hardy cameras make for great gifts and are much less likely to take damage during travel. Remember that while high pixel counts sound appealing, they only really matter if you're planning on turning your photos into poster-size images.
This budget option waterproof digital camera works great as a gift for your kids or just for clumsy adults. The blue camera sells for just $50 at Best Buy, a bit less than its $80 retail price. This option has a 5.0 megapixel camera, which, while low relative to more expensive cameras, can still produce clear images. It has an 8x digital zoom, a 2.4" TFT-LCD screen, as well as a movie mode. The camera has only 16MB of internal memory, so you'll want to pick up a memory card to go with it.
This waterproof camera is a top value, as it sells for just over $200 from Ritz. The camera is waterproof sealed to over 15 feet of depth and is also shockproof and freezeproof, which by FujiFilm's standards means it can fall from up to 5 feet and go to 14 degrees without taking any damage. It has a 2.7" LCD screen, a reinforced glass lens cover, and anti-slip rubber grips. In terms of its photo quality, you'll find a 5x optical zoom with a stellar 14 MP output.
This high end point and shoot sells for $380 at Best Buy. The camera has a 14MP photo output, which means it can make images up to 4288x3216 pixels in size. This camera has a massive 25x total zoom with a 5x optical zoom, and a large HyperCrystal III LCD screen. You can make HD movies with this option, and it uses Olympus's TruePic image processor for vibrant colors.