Mid-July is the height of the hol­i­days and the time to relax at sea. And in order to cap­ture the best moments of your trip, you want to take a cam­era with you on vaca­tion, which will become a reli­able com­pan­ion in all your adven­tures. Now many have SLR cam­eras or mir­ror­less sys­tems, but you must admit that you don’t want to take such a cam­era to the beach: there is sand and water all around, and pro­tec­tion for the cam­era is extra weight and lug­gage.

We offer you one of the most con­ve­nient options: a com­pact dig­i­tal cam­era in a pro­tec­tive case. Today there are many dif­fer­ent mod­els of com­pact cam­eras with pro­tec­tion against water, dust and sand, but we will focus on just four mod­els:

DMC-TS5 replaced the old­er broth­er DMC-TS3, its stuff­ing is real­ly amaz­ing.

The new cam­era received in its arse­nal every­thing that could be placed in its small body, but also a lot of improve­ments: 16 megapix­els. CMOS sen­sor, faster con­tin­u­ous shoot­ing, 1080p and 60 fps. when record­ing video, built-in WiFi, a GPS mod­ule, and a bat­tery with an increased capac­i­ty of 20%.

The hous­ing of the DMC-TS5 is made of met­al and is avail­able in 4 col­ors: orange, blue, sil­ver and black (some hous­ing col­ors may not be avail­able in all regions).
The cam­era can eas­i­ly with­stand immer­sion under water up to 13 meters, falling from a height of 2 meters, noth­ing will hap­pen to it if you put a weight of 100 kg on it, and it is not afraid of frost down to ‑10 degrees and, yes, it is not afraid of dust. The lens of the DMC-TS5 has a water-repel­lent coat­ing and does not fog up.
Let’s dwell on the lens sep­a­rate­ly. The Pana­son­ic Lumix DMC-TS5 is equipped with a high qual­i­ty Leica DC Vario – Elmar wide-angle lens. The lens has a focal length of 28mm, an opti­cal zoom of 4.6 (28–128mm in 35mm equiv­a­lent). And also, thanks to the Smart zoom func­tion, you will be able to increase the zoom ratio up to 9.3x with­out los­ing image qual­i­ty.
With WiFi and NFC, the cam­era offers you new ways to cap­ture and share your pho­tos and videos. The cam­era can be con­nect­ed to a smart­phone or tablet by sim­ply plac­ing it next to it. For DMC-TS5, you can down­load a spe­cial appli­ca­tion to your smart­phone or tablet from both the Android mar­ket and the iStore, which will allow you to broad­cast images on the screen of your device.
The DMC-TS5 fea­tures Cre­ative Con­trol and Cre­ative Retouch­ing, which has 14 fil­ters to edit your pho­tos. The cam­era is equipped with a panora­ma shoot­ing mode with the abil­i­ty to over­lay a vari­ety of fil­ters.
Com­pared with the pre­vi­ous mod­el, the DMC-TS5 has improved the Red Boost Under­wa­ter Mode, which allows the cam­era to restore the red col­or that is nor­mal­ly lost in under­wa­ter pho­tog­ra­phy by itself.

In addi­tion, the cam­era is equipped with a flash­light, a data­base of major land­marks, a com­pass, an altime­ter and a barom­e­ter.

The main advan­tages of this mod­el:

  • Excel­lent pho­to qual­i­ty for its class
  • Very durable case, made very sound­ly, with­out back­lash and creak­ing
  • LCD screen, you can view infor­ma­tion or pic­tures on it even in the bright­est sun
  • Very fast aut­o­fo­cus
  • GPS with com­pass, data­base with points of inter­est
  • Built-in WiFi allows you to oper­ate the cam­era remote­ly
  • Excel­lent 1080p video qual­i­ty with stereo sound record­ing
  • The increased bat­tery, the charge is enough for a very long time, espe­cial­ly if the WiFi and GPS func­tions are dis­abled.

But there are no down­sides either:

  • Not clear ISO range
  • High prob­a­bil­i­ty of chro­mat­ic aber­ra­tion
  • Slow lens per­for­mance at max­i­mum aper­ture
  • Only two options for aper­ture oper­a­tion in M ​​mode
  • Weak Flash
  • Com­plex WiFi set­tings
  • Inter­rup­tions in NFC mode

In the rugged sports com­pact dig­i­tal cam­era mar­ket, Nikon present not too long ago. The first mod­el of a cam­era of this class was pre­sent­ed Nikon in the fall of 2011, and in Jan­u­ary 2013 the next gen­er­a­tion of such cam­eras was released.

Nikon Coolpix AW110 is very sim­i­lar to its pre­de­ces­sor — Coolpix AW100, but still got a lot of new things: an improved OLED dis­play, WiFi sup­port, a back­lit matrix with a res­o­lu­tion of 16 MP, opti­cal image sta­bi­liza­tion, GPS, com­pass, pres­sure gauge, built-in cards, video record­ing with a res­o­lu­tion of 1080p and a speed of 30 fps.
The body of the AW110 is one of the most durable in its class, although you don’t real­ly feel it when you take the cam­era in your hand. The front pan­el of the cam­era body is met­al. The cam­era on the mar­ket is pre­sent­ed in 4 col­ors: orange, black, blue and cam­ou­flage.
The Nikon Coolpix AW110 has one of the high­est water-resis­tance rat­ings on the mar­ket, with the cam­era sub­mersible up to 18 meters. The shock resis­tance of the case is mea­sured at a max­i­mum height of 2 meters and, of course, there is dust pro­tec­tion. The lens of the AW110 has a water-repel­lent coat­ing that per­fect­ly pro­tects the optics from rain and water drops.
Like most cam­eras with built-in WiFi, the AW110 gives you the abil­i­ty to trans­fer all your footage imme­di­ate­ly to your smart­phone or tablet, fol­lowed by the abil­i­ty to share pho­tos and videos on social net­works. net­works
Nikon Coolpix AW110 is equipped with anti-blur tech­nol­o­gy. The cam­era auto­mat­i­cal­ly reduces image blur on its own when tak­ing a pic­ture. This is pos­si­ble thanks to hybrid VR: the effect of cam­era shake is reduced and reduced by shift­ing the lens­es.

What you will espe­cial­ly like about this cam­era:

  • Excel­lent pic­ture qual­i­ty
  • Fast cam­era response to your actions
  • Great div­ing depth
  • Exten­sive GPS func­tion­al­i­ty that includes a pres­sure gauge, maps, points of inter­est and geo­t­ag­ging.
  • Built-in WiFi, the abil­i­ty to remote­ly con­trol your cam­era.
  • Capa­ble of record­ing 1080p video at 30fps. with stereo sound.

What you most like­ly won’t like:

  • Incon­ve­nient ISO set­ting
  • Bluish tint on all videos and pho­tos tak­en under­wa­ter
  • Poor vis­i­bil­i­ty of footage on the dis­play in bright sun­light or under­wa­ter
  • Not very con­ve­nient loca­tion of the set­tings and con­trol but­tons on the back of the cam­era
  • Low res­o­lu­tion pho­tos when shoot­ing panora­mas
  • Cam­era life on a sin­gle charge.
Olym­puslike Pen­tax, are the pio­neers of this seg­ment in the pho­to mar­ket. The first rugged com­pact dig­i­tal cam­era from Olym­pus appeared back in 2006, it was a Sty­lus 720 SW cam­era. Since then, many gen­er­a­tions have changed in this mod­el range, and now at the begin­ning of 2013 Olym­pus intro­duced their new Tough TG‑2 iHS.

The new cam­era received a back-illu­mi­nat­ed BSI-CMOS sen­sor with a res­o­lu­tion of 12 megapix­els, a 14x super macro zoom, built-in GPS and elec­tron­ic com­pass, a fast aut­o­fo­cus sys­tem, an ultra wide-angle opti­cal zoom lens and an advanced iAu­to mode.

The body of the TG‑2 iHS is made of met­al and is avail­able in only two col­ors: red and black. At the moment it is one of the most durable sports cam­eras on the mar­ket: it can with­stand immer­sion under water up to 15 meters, a height of 2.1 meters, a weight of 100 kg and frost to ‑10 degrees. If you want to dive deep­er with your cam­era, then you can pur­chase a spe­cial box for it, which will allow you to dive with a cam­era to a depth of 45 meters. Nat­u­ral­ly, the lens in such a cam­era has a water-repel­lent coat­ing. It should also be not­ed that the cam­era body has a shock absorp­tion sys­tem, which makes a sig­nif­i­cant con­tri­bu­tion to the qual­i­ty of the result­ing pho­tos.
The Olym­pus TG‑2 iHS has an excel­lent zoom and allows you to cap­ture quite small details while main­tain­ing high def­i­n­i­tion pho­tos. Like all mod­ern dig­i­tal com­pacts, the TG‑2 iHS is capa­ble of shoot­ing 1080p video at 60 fps, but due to the fact that the cam­era has a pow­er­ful proces­sor, it is pos­si­ble to shoot at up to 120 fps and even 240 fps. sec.

The biggest advan­tages of this mod­el will be:

  • Very strong case, one of the most durable on the mar­ket at the moment
  • Good pho­to qual­i­ty, even under­wa­ter
  • Fast oper­a­tion at F2.0 aper­ture
  • Quick response to your actions
  • Pret­ty exten­sive fea­ture set of GPS mode, includ­ing pres­sure gauge, map with points of inter­est, etc.
  • Wire­less flash con­trol
  • 1080p video record­ing at 30 fps with stereo sound
  • There is an alter­na­tive way to con­trol the cam­era if you are wear­ing sports gloves
  • Holds a charge well, capa­ble of long work with­out recharg­ing
  • Oppor­tu­ni­ty to buy an under­wa­ter box for deep-sea shoot­ing

And now for the bad:

  • Chro­mat­ic Aber­ra­tion Chance
  • The dis­play is not very con­ve­nient for view­ing in bright sun­light and under­wa­ter
  • Weak Flash
  • The abil­i­ty to attach geo­t­ags is lim­it­ed, for exam­ple, you can­not remove a geo­t­ag from a pho­to
Com­pa­ny Canon released its first sports cam­era in 2009, three years lat­er Canon released the Pow­er­Shot D20, whose body design looks like it was peeped from trop­i­cal fish.
In addi­tion to the inter­est­ing design, the D20 also boasts a 12.1MP BSI-CMOS sen­sor, opti­cal image sta­bi­liza­tion, built-in GPS, 5x opti­cal zoom, 1080p video record­ing, intel­li­gent auto-adjust­ment modes and much more.
As dis­cussed above, the design of the D20 sets it apart from oth­er cam­eras in its class. There are three body col­ors to choose from: sil­ver, blue and yel­low. The case itself is made of met­al and high-class plas­tic. The cam­era is able to with­stand immer­sion under water up to 10 meters, a fall from a height of 1.5 meters, frost to ‑10 degrees and, of course, will eas­i­ly trans­fer dust.
The Canon Pow­er­shot D20 will delight you with its abil­i­ty to take great pic­tures in low light con­di­tions and a pret­ty good range of modes for shoot­ing video. You can also use cre­ative fil­ters.

Par­tic­u­lar­ly pleased in this cam­era:

  • Rec­og­niz­able design and at the same time quite durable case
  • Good pic­ture qual­i­ty
  • Auto­mat­ic scene and fil­ter selec­tion
  • The dis­play is clear­ly vis­i­ble both under water and in bright sun­light
  • Built-in GPS mod­ule
  • Pos­si­bil­i­ty to buy an under­wa­ter box, which will allow you to dive with a cam­era to a depth of up to 40 meters.

And now what you might not like:

  • Suf­fi­cient prob­a­bil­i­ty of occur­rence of chro­mat­ic aber­ra­tions
  • slow lens
  • Lack of panora­ma shoot­ing
  • Video record­ing with mono sound, low frame rate.