Waterproof, durable, and versatile are three of the best descriptors for the point-and-shoot cameras that are commonly known as “tough” cameras. In a camera market that has seen smartphones become our de facto compact cameras, tough cameras have filled an important niche, satisfying the needs of a range of photographers who want a stand-alone camera that can take high-quality images and be safely used underwater, while hiking or skiing or poolside. They are a great vacation camera or an everyday “don’t worry about it” camera and very useful if
Ahhhhhhhh, the hot summer sun, cool waves along the shore, sand between your toes—what’s not to love about the beach? If you are a camera, all of the above. Extreme heat, corrosive saltwater, and tiny particles can destroy a vulnerable camera faster than you can slather on sunscreen. Luckily, with a little preparation, you can safely take photographs at the beach while minimizing risk to your gear. Read on to learn how.
If you plan on making a habit of bringing a camera to the beach, your best bet is to invest in a
Punxsutawney Phil didn’t see his shadow this year, meaning an early spring where we can all get outdoors and have some fun! If you are going to do that, you will want a camera that will hold up to your adventures. The just-announced Ricoh WG-70 Tough Camera is a perfect choice. This is the next release in a long line of tough cameras, and it doesn’t seem like Ricoh changed the formula too much here. Ricoh simply took a great camera and
Nikon has just released the Nikon COOLPIX W150—an update to its entry-level family-summertime-fun digital waterproof COOLPIX W100 camera. The COOLPIX W150 camera is the perfect companion for trips to the beach or the pool with its rugged specs—waterproof to 33', shockproof from drops up to 6', dustproof, and freezeproof (
Almost two years to the day since they unveiled its predecessor, Olympus has announced the new Tough TG-6 Digital Camera, and it's likely to replace its forerunner quickly as the most advanced waterproof, freezeproof, crushproof, aka "tough," point-and-shoot camera on the market. If you are a fan of the tough cam genus or just need a versatile camera to handle your photo adventures, this announcement should get your attention.
You look like you are ready for an adventure. Be it hiking, mountain biking, skiing, surfing, climbing, or just lounging at the beach, the rugged DJI Osmo Action is ready to be your companion and will capture every second of the fun. Already a well-known name in getting cameras into tough spots with its stellar drones, DJI's step
Always a favorite among adventurers and those who require a camera that can take a beating, Ricoh has just announced its newest tough camera, the WG-60. This camera is a specialist in how it holds up against the elements: it has an IPX8 waterproof rating, making it submersible down to 45.9'; it is shockproof and can withstand falls from up to 5.2' high; it's freezeproof down to 14°F, making it perfect for those wintertime outings;
Sand and water get everywhere. Anyone who has vacationed at the beach knows that. Also, not surprising is that these are the two worst possible things to get into electronics, since a single drop of water or grain of sand can quickly cause absurd amounts of damage. Enter the tough camera and its flexing muscles, demonstrating that not only is a little water not a problem—you can try to crush it, go diving, or even drop it and it will keep on clicking. Here are five of the best rugged options currently available.
1. Canon IVY REC
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Adding to the always-popular market of rugged cameras, Panasonic has just introduced the Lumix DC-TS7 digital camera. With this release, Panasonic is separating itself from the norm with some unique features among these tough point-and-shoots, most importantly with the inclusion of an electronic viewfinder for easier viewing in bright conditions. Beyond this, the TS7 stays true to its heritage with a waterproof, shockproof, and
One thing that many “tough” point-and-shoot cameras provide that DSLR or mirrorless camera cannot, without the addition of a specific macro lens, is close-up macro photo capability. There are some very affordable point-and-shoot cameras with macro function that enable simplified close focus with just a turn of a dial. While these macro functions are available on many compact point-and-shoots and are often recognized by a symbol of a flower, I prefer the ones available on the rugged, waterproof style of point-and-shoots.
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In the following video, Allan Weitz, from B&H, discusses the features and functions of “tough” cameras. Point-and-shoot and mirrorless cameras that offer submersible waterproofing, reinforced bodies to withstand crushing, and impact and functionality in freezing temperatures are generally referred to as “tough cameras,” and versions are made by all of the major camera manufacturers. Mr. Weitz points to several notable models, highlighting their specs and mentioning their numerous applications, ideal for adventurers, skiers, divers, and