Determine your budget
A fairly cheap waterproof camera, such as Kodak EasyShare Sport C123 can cost you as less as $65, and cameras such as Olympus E-PL3 are as much expensive as $699. Your budget already defines the camera. So before doing your purchase and deciding on cameras matching your needs you should decide on your budget! There is no sense going into debt over a camera unless it will be used as your major income source. Decide how often you will use the camera, what places you will be using it and who else will be using this particular camera.
Determine your needs
Megapixels still matter for most digital camera shoppers whether you are buying waterproof, freezeproof and shockproof cameras or just a normal everyday gadget. But if you want to get the right digital waterproof camera you should always keep in mind that it’s not all about megapixels and camera durability. If you are new to digital photography, the three things you should acquaint yourself with first are the ISO, aperture, and shutter speed. When you get a waterproof camera it’s good idea also to purchase a float strap so that you don’t lose your brand new purchase to the sea. Without housing, the max depth for the underwater camera is usually 10m / 33ft.
Pick the right time to buy
I was in a digital camera shop recently and got chatting to a sales guy that I know and he said to me “The best time to buy a digital camera is when you need one”. Sounds pretty obvious – but I think there’s something in it. You see many people in the market for a digital camera get into the ‘waiting game’. First they wait for the new models to come out, then when they are released they wait for them to come down in price, but then rumors start circulating on new models around the corner and so they wait for the new models- you get the picture. Because there are thousands of choices coming to the market, people are agonized of which waterproof camera to get. So you can hopefully simplify the process a little bit, when you pick up the right time to buy!
Before buying a digital waterproof camera take the time to do a little research. Don’t just rely upon the advice of the helpful sales person (who may or may not know anything about cameras and who may or may not have sales incentives for the camera they are recommending). Always try to find out the pros and cons of the camera you are going to buy. Read some reviews in digital camera magazines or camera discussion threads on various forums to help you narrow down the field. There are some great websites around that give expert and user reviews on virtually every camera on the market – use this wonderful and free resource. And finally check this list of Top 10 Waterproof Cameras and Accessories based on their overall value, picture quality and durability.