Can waterproof camcorders survive a dive? Some go deeper than others

Some action cams and full-size camcorders can go deeper underwater than others

Published: May 23, 2014 04:10 PM

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This Memorial Day weekend, many of you will go for a swim or do another activity during which you'll get wet. If you want to record these activities while you’re actually in the water, you'll need a waterproof action cam or camcorder.

A number of companies make waterproof action cams and full-size camcorders. Consumer Reports is testing several to see how well they hold up underwater.

We put each model in standby mode and then submerge it in a pressurized water chamber for 15 minutes to simulate the depth the manufacturer claims that model can withstand. Then, we take it out of the water, pop in a memory card, and see whether it still works.

Watch the video above to see how we test waterproof camcorders. And sign up for an e-mail or text alert to find out when our Ratings get updated. 

—Terry Sullivan

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