If you’re ready to step up your video and photography game beyond the capabilities of your smartphone, we’ve got some suggestions. Sure, you can get a regular camera that takes great pictures and films smooth videos, but life doesn’t always come with dry surroundings. Why not get a waterproof camera that can go on any adventure you throw at it, from snorkeling on your next vacation to getting caught in the rain while running to catch your train. Sure, the second option is less glamorous, but so is having your expensive camera ruined because your water bottle leaked in your backpack.
Waterproof camcorders open up the possibilities of what memories you can capture and store for years to come. Don’t miss your kid’s first swimming lesson, a stunning waterfall, or a family reunion at a lake because you’re worried about getting your phone or camera wet. With a waterproof camcorder, you can record video and take pictures regardless of the weather or the water level.
The three waterproof cameras we’ve included on our list are small enough to fit in the palm of your hand and tough enough to handle taking video and pictures in and out of water. The GoPro and ASAKO can be upgraded with the same set of add-ons to make the cameras easy to mount on anything from a surfboard to a stroller. The Kodak camera comes with its own set of add ons that can also be purchased separately which add to the usefulness of the camera.
Whether you’re planning your next adventure or want to capture family moments, these are three waterproof camcorders that will go wherever you do.
1. GoPro HERO 7 Black
The GoPro HERO 7 Black is one of the most popular waterproof and adventure camcorders on the market and for good reason. It does just about everything you could want in a video recorder. The GoPro uses HyperSmooth Video Stabilization to predict your movements and correct the camera shake to provide a consistently smooth video. The tiny and rugged camera shoots videos, time-lapse, and photos. Store your 4K video content in the GoPro’s microSD card (sold separately) or livestream to Facebook Live.
Pros: The GoPro is the ultimate handsfree camera, with the ability to respond to voice commands like “GoPro, take a photo” and “GoPro, start recording.”
Cons: The GoPro HERO 7 has a waterproof body (older GoPro models are only waterproof with an additional casing) and that comes with a big price tag. It also doesn’t come with internal memory and a microSD card has to be purchased separately.
2. Kodak PIXPRO SP1 Action Cam
The Kodak PIXPRO SP1 Action Cam is waterproof, but it’s also dustproof, shockproof, and freezeproof, making it an excellent option for rugged terrain and cold climates. Shoot videos, including slow motion and speed movie settings, and take pictures. Electronic image stabilization helps capture smooth and crisp video and photos.
Pros: The Kodak has a 1.5” LCD screen where users can viewer their photos and videos, as well as a remote and a viewer app for viewing on wireless devices.
Cons: The Kodak shoots in 1080P, lower quality than the AKASO and GoPro’s 4K resolution.
3. AKASO V50 Elite Touch Screen WiFi Action Camera
Featuring 4K resolution, advanced Electronic Image Stabilization, slow-motion video, 20MP photo resolution, an adjustable view angle, WiFi capabilities and a touchscreen, the AKASO V50 Elite Touch Screen WiFi Action Camera boasts many of the same benefits of the GoPro at half the price.
Pros: The ASAKO has a two-inch touch screen display, the largest screen out of all the cameras on our list.
Cons: At 1.25 pounds, the AKASO is the heaviest camera on our list. A micro-SD card must be purchased separately.