Rugged Digital Cameras For Backpacking, Cycling, Boating And The Worksite
Winter Update: Our favorite rugged waterproof camera picks haven’t changed since I updated this article in the summer. But I wanted to give this article a bump and point out that wet or snowy winter conditions are also a perfect time for rugged waterproof cameras. I always pack one in a pouch on the shoulder strap of my pack when I’m skiing or mountain biking in the rain. The photo displayed on the camera below was taken yesterday on a little sidecountry expedition outside of Brighton Ski Resort in Utah. Also, keep your eyes open for new models in the next few weeks. Rugged, waterproof point-and-shoot cameras are usually announced at the beginning of the new year.
Welcome to our updated 2012 outdoor and waterproof camera guide! There’s a whole new batch of rugged, waterproof point-and-shoot cameras for this summer with new features, better specs and better image quality. 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 that I don’t have to worry about dropping or getting wet means being able to 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, skiing 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.
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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 serious 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 or drowning. 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.
Olympus TG-610 Intro Video
Sony Cybershot TX5 Mazatlan Video:
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