5 of the best waterproof gadgets

As Panasonic releases the waterproof Eluga Power, we present the best aqua-friendly gadgets around

Kodak Playfull Waterproof Video Camera


On the hunt for a cheap solution to underwater filming? Then this nifty little creation is your answer. The credit card-sized Kodak Playfull shoots 720p HD footage and even has an underwater colour-correction mode to keep your video looking lush.

Kodak has designed the Playfull with beach holidays in mind — it is waterproof to 3m and its rugged case is sand-proof. You can upload videos to Facebook or YouTube simply by plugging into a computer, too. Serious cameramen may find the controls a bit restrictive, but at this price who can argue?

Fujitsu Arrows Tab


Imagine being able to relax in a nice hot bath while engaged in a high-stakes game of Angry Birds. Sounds like a dream, doesn't it? With the Fujitsu Arrows Tab, that dream is a reality.

Fujitsu launched the Arrows Tab at CES this year by dunking it in water, a feat made possible by its sealed edges. The lightweight Android tablet also has a 10.1in screen, 1Ghz dual-core processor and 5.1MP camera, ideal for bath-based browsing.

Unfortunately, the Fujitsu Arrows Tab is only out in Japan, costing ¥60,000 (£470). We're keeping our suddy fingers crossed for a UK release.

Speedo Aquabeat 2.0


Silent swimming is a thing of the past with the Aquabeat 2.0 from Speedo. The dinky MP3 player comes in three colours and is designed to clip onto your suit or goggles. Its chunky controls make it easy to change track during a front crawl, and it'll float if it comes loose – so it's hard to lose.

With only 4GB of space and no way to upgrade, audiophiles are unlikely to see this as a primary music player. However as a hard-wearing second device it is ideal. Try this out and you may find yourself staying in the pool for longer!

Samsung W200 Pocket Cam


The ultimate backpacking camera, the Samsung W200 can be chucked in a rucksack, covered in sand or plunged underwater and it will still work fine. As well as being waterproof to 3m, the W200 has shock and dust resistance and fits easily into a small pocket.

Specs aren't going to blow anyone away – the W200 comes packing a 5MP sensor and f2.2 lens, and shoots 30fps 1980x1020p video. But it'll survive pretty much anything you can throw at it, so you can guarantee your holiday memories of scaling mountains will survive intact. Even if you don't.

Panasonic Eluga Power


Announced at MWC 2012, the Eluga Power is Panasonic's new waterproof wonder. Drop it in your pint and you won't have to spend three hours with a hairdryer praying it'll work again.

Running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, the Eluga Power packs a mighty 1.5GHz dual-core processor (the Qualcomm Snapdragon S4). It also has an 8MP camera with 1080p video recording and 8GB of memory, so you aren't likely to be throwing it into a swimming pool. But if you are known for your clumsy antics, this is probably the handset of your dreams.

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