Best Waterproof Camera

Some people are happy to take pictures from the comfort of the sidelines. That’s nice. But if you want to be part of the action, you need a camera as tough as you. For those thrill seekers and action-hounds, meet the COOLPIX W300, a tough-as-nails camera designed for the extremes. Waterproof, freeze proof, shockproof and dust proof, it captures 4K Ultra HD video, 16 MP photos, time-lapse movies and more in the harshest conditions. Bring it surfing, skiing, SCUBA diving, biking, climbing…wherever your adventures lead. Use the built-in GPS, eCompass, altimeter, Wi-Fi® and Bluetooth® Low Energy to track and share every heart-pounding moment. Show the world what you’re really made of.  More of the Best Beach Gear Here

  • Waterproof, freezeproof, shockproof and dustproof adventure camera with extra capabilities
  • Stunning high resolution photos, 4K Ultra HD videos, Time-lapse videos, Superlapse videos and music montages
  • 5x optical zoom NIKKOR lens with telephoto power and Hybrid VR image stabilization
  • Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, eCompass, altimeter, depth gauge and more
16-MP backside illuminated CMOS sensor

Share epic photos and videos that put your friends and family in the moment. The COOLPIX W300’s 16 MP low-light sensor and fast f/2.8 NIKKOR zoom lens freeze action in striking detail, even when the light is fading. It’s fast auto focus and continuous shooting speed helps you land shots others might miss. Turn on Macro Mode and reveal hidden details in flowers, plants, insects and more.

5x optical zoom NIKKOR lens with Hybrid VR

When the action is just out of reach, zoom in with the telephoto power of the COOLPIX W300’s 5x optical zoom lens. You’ll have the flexibility to get the whole scene into the frame or to zoom in for a tight view. The whole time you’re shooting, Nikon’s Hybrid VR (Vibration Reduction) keeps your photos and videos steady, even when the road gets bumpy.

4K Ultra HD videos with stereo sound

With the touch of a button, the COOLPIX W300 records 4K Ultra HD or 1080p Full HD videos with stereo sound. Combine your favorite clips into a 30-second compilation with background music and special effects using Short Movie Show—ideal for sharing online. Use Time-lapse recording to condense an hour of action into a 10-second sequence, or speed up time with a Superlapse video. You can even shoot stills while recording video. The camera also features VR during movie recording (5-axis hybrid: lens-shift type and electronic type) and AE lock is now available when shooting underwater video.

Action-Friendly Control

Operating the COOLPIX W300 couldn’t be easier. An extra large grip and smart button placement make for stable one-handed shooting. The large 3.0-inch LCD has an anti-reflective coating for shooting in bright light. A dedicated Tool button gives you quick access to GPS, eCompass and other tools. When you’re wearing heavy gloves, you can change modes simply by moving the camera.

Built-In WiFi and Bluetooth

Pull out a compatible smartphone or tablet to automatically transfer, review and share your photos, add caption text and even take pictures remotely with the COOLPIX W300. The Nikon SnapBridge app can automatically back-up your photos to Nikon IMAGE SPACE as you shoot them. Share the moment while it’s still happening.

And so much more!  Definitely the camera you want in your beach bag!


  1. Deedee

    Oh my goodness — thank you SO much for this review! I have been looking for a while for this kind of camera — namely one that is “me-proof” — ha ha! I can’t count how many cameras I have wrecked in my outdoor adventures.This sounds like just what I need. I’m loving the sound of the GPS feature, too, because I can’t always remember exactly where I took a particular photo. One quick question: do you know if you need to be in an area with good GPS service for it to function? I ask because our beaches do not have very good service at all. Thanks again for the info!

    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      You will have to be in a WiFi area but you can always use the WiFi off your phone 🙂 It is an awesome camera!

  2. Farhan

    I wonder why I have never thought of bringing these types of waterproof cameras for my outdoor activities. I guess they are just not marketed very well as compared to the other conventional cameras.

    This Nikon camera has very useful and practical functions. The GPS feature is great, it will definitely save me the trouble of trying to remember where I took those photos. If you do know other more affordable versions of this type of camera, do review them!

    Keep the awesome reviews coming!

    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      I will do it Farhan! This just happens to be a really good, rugged camera that I personally own. I will look for another affordable waterproof camera and review it 🙂

  3. dkane35

    This looks like a very good camera option for me. I do a lot of swimming and other water activities. I really like the fact that it is very durable also. The fact that it has a built in GPS system is also pretty cool. Thank for providing such great information.

    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      You are very welcome! I like the rugged factor. After ruining two cameras just from the sand, I chose this one and I absolutely love it!

  4. Alex

    Hi Leahrae,
    You know, I have already bought this Nikon Coolpix and the images underwater are just great and clear!
    I use to shot my kids underwater and the photos are amazing!
    I definitely recommend this camera for anyone who wants to travel to an exotic place and to shoot underwater!
    Great review!

    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Thank Alex! I have it too and it really is a great camera!

  5. Najee Pearson

    I really enjoyed reading your review of this camera. I liked how you were able to provide information about the camera while adding your own unique style to it; your diction definitely keeps the audience engaged! I’ve been looking to possibly buy a new camera in the future, and because of this article I think I have another potential winner on the list. Thank you!

    Najee (AllThingsBinary)

    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      You are very welcome! Personally, I think this is a great water-proof rugged camera. Not just for the beach!

  6. Gina

    Hi Leahrae,
    I’m considering buying a waterproof camera for my trip to the Florida Keys coming up in a few months. We’ll be snorkeling and seeing all kinds of underwater life. My boyfriend also scuba dives and I’d love to see some underwater pictures as a keepsake of our trip. I like the fact that it withstand drops as high as 7 feet too. I dropped my camera once and cracked it. I’m still thinking about it.

    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      I can tell you from personal experience that it is a GREAT camera 🙂

  7. Daggok


    Nikon COOLPIX AW130 really looks like the camera I was looking for, I have some vacations coming and some swimming will deftly be in my schedule of activities.
    I was checking some of the features and it even has built-in wifi which make an excellent choice for me.


    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Great Ruben! It really is a great camera….especially if you are a beach goer or ocean person. I also like that it is more rugged and can’t be totally ruined by sand….which I have done with previous cameras 🙁


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