Rugged Digital Cameras For Backpacking, Cycling, Boating And The Worksite
Welcome to our 2013 outdoor and waterproof camera guide! I update this article at regular intervals, as new cameras are announced – and there are a bunch of new cameras this year. I’m a mountain biker, skier and outdoor photographer and I’ve been using waterproof point-and-shoot digital cameras since they were first introduced. I’m outside in all kinds of conditions and having a pocket camera I don’t have to worry about wrecking in the dirt, snow or rain means I can take pictures all the time, regardless of weather or other conditions. In this guide I’ll share what I’ve learned over the past few years while reviewing (abusing) various waterproof cameras in the hot tub, on the mountain bike, in the snow and in the surf. I’ll also cover the latest waterproof camera features and give you my own personal outdoor point-and-shoot camera recommendations.
Almost every camera company introduced one or two new rugged waterproof cameras in 2013 so I’ve updated all my camera recommendations. The most important outdoor / waterproof camera developments this year are built-in Wi-Fi, increased speed (still photo burst rate and video frame rate), and better budget camera options. There are also a couple of cameras with fast aperture lenses now, making them a lot better for low light and action photos.
If you spend a lot of time outdoors or in a wet or humid environment, you should have a waterproof camera. Fisherman, river guides, mountain bikers, skiers, and hikers will all appreciate having a digital camera that can handle getting splashed and dunked. Contractors, mechanics, chefs, law enforcement, solders and other professionals will also benefit from a pocket camera you don’t have to worry about dropping, drowning, or getting sandy or dusty. Waterproof, shockproof cameras are also kid-proof. Even a two-year-old won’t be able to destroy one. Drop it in the toilet, spill dinner on it or let them take it in the bathtub and it will keep on trucking. The bottom line is, an easy to carry camera you don’t have to worry about breaking means more photos.
Check out the demo videos below to see a couple of waterproof, shockproof cameras in action. Then go to the next page to learn about the latest waterproof camera features and specs as well as some tips and insights I’ve picked up over the years.
Note: These videos are a few years old and don’t represent the video quality from current waterproof point-and-shoots. They do show the kind of fun stuff you can do with them, though.
Olympus TG-610 Intro Video
Sony Cybershot TX5 Mazatlan Video:
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