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.