Rain, sand and bumpy rides are the traditional enemies of your camera but there are some very tough customers that can take just about everything you face on your travels.
Water, sand and inclement weather are the natural enemies of most cameras.
But sometimes tough and challenging situations make for the best pictures, so what you really need is a compact, tough camera you can have with you all the time.
There are plenty of so-called action cameras you can strap to yourself or your chosen mode of transport, but they generally don’t offer much in the way of camera controls and shooting options so they have limited uses.
At the other end of the scale, DSLR cameras are often too big and generally not built tough enough to withstand extremes.
Luckily, several camera manufacturers have very affordable compact cameras that are virtually indestructible.
I had the opportunity to try out three of them.
The Olympus Tough TG870, the Nikon Coolpix AW 130 and the Canon Powershot D30 are all shockproof, waterproof and freezeproof.
They are an excellent choice if you are looking for a quality compact camera that is ready for anything you can throw at it, be it snorkelling, scuba diving, skiing or hiking. They offer a good range of camera controls and reasonable zoom lenses and they are really easy to use.
- At $367, the Olympus is the most expensive of the three cameras but also has the most features. It has a 16 megapixel 1/2.3-inch sensor, five times optical zoom (21-105mm 35mm equivalent), a three-inch tilting LCD screen and a host of shooting modes and art filters. It is waterproof to 14m and shockproof up to about 2.1m.
- The Nikon sells for around $349 and also has a 16 megapixel 1/2.3-inch processor and five times optical zoom (24-120mm 35mm equivalent). It is waterproof to 30m and shockproof for drops up to 2.1m.
- The Canon is the cheapest of the three at $322. It has a 12 megapixel 1/2.3-inch sensor, five times optical zoom (28-140mm 35mm equivalent), it is waterproof to 25m and shockproof for drops up to 2m.
All three have built-in flash and GPS and can shoot HD video. The Olympus and
Nikon also have built in wi-fi and come in a range of colours.
So there are no excuses for not getting photographic proof of extreme weather conditions or your tough deeds.
For more, go to canon.com.au, olympus.com.au and nikon.com.au.
DisclaimerThe tough cameras were lent to The West Australian by Camera Electronic. See cameraelectronic.com.au.
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