Kodak PIXPRO WPZ2 review

Budget-priced waterproof and shockproof 16-megapixel compact ready to withstand whatever life throws at it

Kodak PIXRO WPZ2 waterproof digital camera
(Image: © Gavin Stoker / Digital Camera World)

Digital Camera World Verdict

When we don’t want to take our smartphone to the pool or the beach to take pictures or shoot video – especially in the water itself – a toughened compact digital camera like the waterproof and shockproof Kodak PixPro WPZ2 comes into its own. So what makes this one stand out? Well, it’s priced at roughly a third less than some equally big-name alternatives. OK, so we don’t get a mains charger – the battery is charged in-camera via supplied USB lead – while the microSD card required for storing images is another optional extra. But, as a basic ‘auto everything’ entry-level option for those seeking a waterproofed way of taking photos and video, and transferring them wirelessly, the WPZ2 has its appeal.


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    Rugged yet still relatively compact

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    Dustproof and waterproof up to 15 meters

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    Shock-proofed against drops of up to two meters

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    Built-in Wi-Fi capability


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    Small-ish screen for composing and reviewing images

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    Small sensor and basic feature set

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    No mains plug or media card supplied

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Most major camera manufacturers including Nikon, Fujifilm, Panasonic, Olympus, and Ricoh have all offered toughened compacts at one time, though as the demand for compact digital cameras has dropped, so has the frequency of their being updated. We have a suspicion most have been quietly ‘retired’.

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Gavin Stoker

Gavin has over 30 years’ experience of writing about photography and television. He is currently the editor of British Photographic Industry News, and previously served as editor of Which Digital Camera and deputy editor of Total Digital Photography

He has also written for a wide range of publications including T3, BBC Focus, Empire, NME, Radio Times, MacWorld, Computer Active, What Digital Camera and the Rough Guide books.

With his wealth of knowledge, Gavin is well placed to recognize great camera deals and recommend the best products in Digital Camera World’s buying guides. He also writes on a number of specialist subjects including binoculars and monoculars, spotting scopes, microscopes, trail cameras, action cameras, body cameras, filters and cameras straps.