When summer heats up, heat up your picture-taking opportunities. Get yourself out with your camera and start exploring. A great way to change up your photography this summer is to add an adventure-proof camera to your repertoire. They are relatively inexpensive and hold up to just about anything.
Each year I get my hands on a new waterproof camera and not only give it a try, but hand it over to my kids to see how tough it really is. I’ve got to say… they are pretty much indestructible.
From the Olympus Tough TG-2 and the Panasonic LUMIX TS5, to the Nikon Coolpix AW100 and the Pentax Optio WG-3. There are a wealth of cameras to choose from that offer waterproof, dustproof, drop-proof features that make these the perfect family or adventure cameras. They go from the pool, to the beach, to your kitchen sink to get a good washing all without a worry.
The Olympus Tough TG-2 is not only waterproof and rugged, it’s a great all-around camera and comes with years of Olympus success in this market behind it. Beautiful image quality both indoors and out, as well as underwater photos that boast superior color, contrast, and clarity. When you put the camera in your hand you know you have a camera of substance, and feel confident that it will deliver upon it’s promises to be tough. In addition, it’s easy to use, packed with cool features and filters, GPS functionality, and 1080/30 video. For around $379, it’s one worth considering.
The Panasonic Lumix TS5 is another tough camera that delivers a robust feature set, beautiful image quality for indoor, outdoor, and underwater images, and is built for toughness. The TS5 also shoots 1080/60p video, delivering super-crisp detail and smooth motion for excellent videos both in and out of the water. If video is a priority, the $399 Panasonic TS5 is one to put on your shortlist.
The Nikon Coolipx AW110 has a superior macro mode setting allowing you to shoot from as close as 1cm away from the lens. This produces amazingly detailed photos you and your kids will love to take. Simply press the camera against your subject, back off just a hair, and you can achieve sharp focus. The AW100 also delivers a robs GPS and WiFi connectivity in a tough, waterproof body. If you’re looking to use geo-tagging, including built-in street-level mapping, the AW110 is a nice choice for around $349.
The Pentax Optio WG-3 waterproof camera is also capable of taking shots from as close as 1 cm away from the lens. The WG-3 takes it a step further though and includes a ring of LED lights around the lens. If you want to photograph detailed flat surfaces, this allows you to place the camera facedown and get high-res shots of objects like coins or textures on a flat surface for around $299.