With any device plucked out of our best rugged cameras list in tow, the adventurous brigade will have one less thing to worry about while out on their escapades. No more will you have to fret about damaging your precious possessions as the devices featured in this list ensure resistance to a number of damaging aspects. So the rugged snappers say ‘bring it on’ in any situation, thanks to their higher endurance levels. Read on to know more about the ones we think are perfect for outdoor trips.
1 – Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3:
The advanced design of this Panasonic camera is best suited to those who have an active lifestyle. With capabilities like dust-, shock-, water- and freeze-resistance, it gives you the option of using it practically anywhere in the world. Equipped with Leica DC and 28mm wide angle lenses, the 12.1MP camera features 4.6x optical zoom, 6x intelligent zoom and 9.1x extra optical zoom. The camera promises clear images even at high ISO sensitivity levels. Capable of recording high definition 1080p videos, the DMC-TS3 fitted with a 2.7-inch LCD screen packs in basic features such as iA mode, image stabilization function, scene modes and more. This Panasonic rugged camera comes for a price of $239.
2 – Canon PowerShot D10:
A seamless blend of ruggedness and stylish looks comes forth with the introduction of the Canon PowerShot D10. The camera featuring 12.1 effective pixels, is complete with attributes like built-in flash and image stabilizing system as well as 3x optical and 4x digital zoom that offer 12x combined zoom. The water-, freeze- and dust-proof snapper captures still shots in the JPEG format, whereas the videos are recorded in the H.264 format. Its 2.5-inch TFT LCD lets you compose pictures and view them once you’re done clicking. This DIGIC 4 image processor based device also incorporates auto modes to assist amateur photographers. It will set you back by around $255.
3 – Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX10:
Our next entrant in our list of rugged cameras should strike a chord with ladies who not only long for sturdiness, but also like their gadgets to stand out from the crowd. The Cybershot DSC-TX10 certified to withstand water, dust, shocks and freezing temperatures, comes drenched in vibrant hues of silver, pink, black, green and blue. This camera is extremely sleek and will not take up much space in your bag or purse. Deployed with 16.2MP back-illuminated Exmor R CMOS image sensor, the 3D sweep panorama function lets you capture 3D images which can then be viewed on big screen HDTVs. This Sony offering can be purchased for close to $300.
4 – Nikon CoolPix AW100:
Another contender in the rugged cameras category is the Nikon Coolpix AW100, which endures spills and bumps as well as extremely low temperatures. This 16MP shooter boasts of integrating 5x Zoom-Nikkor ED glass lens to capture shots or fast moving pictures even in dimly lit conditions. And with its motion detector and image stabilizers, your photos will not be a victim to motion blur, camera shake or hand shake anymore. In addition to a 3-inch LCD display, built-in GPS and electronic compass, it comes with in-camera effects and capabilities to automatically adjust the settings for a better output. The AW100, available in shades of blue, black and orange, carries a price tag of $380.
5 – Olympus Tough TG-810:
As the name suggests, this Olympus puppy sure is a tough nut to crack. Besides water, shock and dust resistance, the scratch-proof Tough TG-810 boasts of its resistance to freezing temperatures of up to -10°C, while being crush-resistant up to 100kg. Equipped with a 14MP 1/2.3-inch CCD sensor, the 5x optical zoom which amounts to 20x when combined with digital zoom, should click clear images even from a distance. From recording videos and pictures to editing images and previewing them on its 3-inch LCD screen, the camera lets you do all this and more through its easy to use functions. This tough piece of gadget from Olympus will cost you around $285.
6 – Fujifilm FinePix XP30:
Splashed with shades of orange, black, blue, green and silver, this Fujifilm entrant from the FinePix range is not only dust-, water- and freeze-resistant, but also comes with a shock-proof bumper to save the LCD display in case of accidental drops. And another advantage is the anti-slip rubber coating so that you have a better grip over the camera. Incorporating a 14.2MP 1/2.3-inch CCD image sensor, it crams in a Fujinon 5x optical zoom lens and offers 6.8x digital zoom. And like most other cameras of its ilk, the Fujifilm offering also comes with in-camera effects, auto modes and other features to enhance the quality of clicked pictures. It can be purchased for around $145.
7 – Kodak EasyShare Sport Camera/C135:
And if you are looking for a sturdy shooter that also suits your pocket, then we suggest you give the 14MP Kodak Easyshare Sport camera a shot. This last device in our assortment of rugged cameras in the industry has not released as yet but sounds promising enough to endure all your future adventure trips. While the dust resistance feature lets you take it anywhere, the camera should efficiently allow you to click pictures and record videos up to 16 feet underwater. And as the company calls it, this ‘worryproof’ camera will ensure that you do not end up taking blurred images, thanks to the underwater white balance function. When it enters the market this February, the price tag attached to it will read a modest $80.
So which of the offerings present in our best rugged cameras lineup would you take along on your next hiking trip or underwater diving escapade? Do let us know by leaving a comment in the box below.