Warm countries are gradually opening their borders, the velvet season is just around the corner in the southern Russian resorts, and you have begun to think about a vacation? Hot sun, cold waves and soft sand — all this sounds very attractive. But not for your camera. Intense heat, aggressive salt water, and tiny particles can quickly ruin an unprotected camera and an entire vacation along the way. Luckily, with a little preparation, you can safely take photos on the beach, minimizing the risk to your equipment.
If you plan to take your camera to the beach all the time (for example, if you are not just on vacation, but you are lucky enough to live near the sea), it is best to purchase a rugged camera designed to work in extreme conditions. Such a camera will be a win-win option as a spare camera for outdoor activities. These cameras offer more than just “dust and splash protection.” They will withstand almost any “abuse” — protected cameras can be given to children without fear, dropped into water, mud or sand, left in the scorching sun, etc. Most of these models can withstand immersion in salt water if washed with fresh water afterwards. Ruggedized cameras are tested and IP-rated, unlike many conventional models that are advertised by the manufacturer as weatherproof but can only survive light rain.
The Olympus Tough TG‑6 is a waterproof camera with an IPX8 water rating (submersible up to 15 meters) and an IPX6 dust rating. This means that neither sand nor water can enter the chamber and damage it. The TG‑6 can withstand drops up to 2.4 meters and loads up to 100 kg, so you can toss it into your bag with a towel, sunscreen and dumbbells without worrying about the camera. As for the image, the model is equipped with a 12-megapixel BSI CMOS sensor, TruePic VIII processor and a 25–100mm zoom lens. The TG‑6 has five special shooting modes and three white balance modes for underwater work. We have already done a detailed review of this camera, you can read it here.
Another rugged compact well suited for the beach is the Ricoh WG-70. Like the TG‑6, the camera is rated IPX8 water-resistant, submersible up to 14 meters, can withstand drops up to 1.6 meters and static load up to 100 kg. Dustproof with Japanese JIS Class 6 rating, you don’t have to worry about sand. The camera is equipped with a 16-megapixel 1/2.3‑inch BSI CMOS sensor and a 28–140mm lens. In addition to the rugged design, the WG-70 has some useful extras, such as six LEDs around the lens that are great for macro shots and selfies, and underwater photo and video modes with appropriate white balance and color enhancement.
Instant film cameras have been super-popular on overseas beaches for decades. Although they do not have special protection, many models are surprisingly durable and can withstand quite severe tests. At the same time, you should not take hybrid digital-analog models to the beach, it is better to stay on a completely analog model. Many devices are strong enough, but it’s still best to use common sense to avoid breakage. Finally, keep light-sensitive instant film out of direct sunlight during development for optimal results.
Fujifilm makes three all-analog cameras that, although not specially protected, are still great for shooting on the beach. The Instax Mini 9 is a simple automatic camera that uses the popular Instax Mini film to produce photos roughly the size of a bank card. It has a built-in flash and automatically calculates the exposure, so you can safely share it with friends or give it to children. A mirror on the front panel and a minimum focusing distance of 30 cm allow you to take good selfies. Instax Mini 9 runs on two AA batteries.
For fans of the more traditional square snapshot format, Fuji’s lineup includes the Instax Square SQ6 camera, which takes 62 x 62mm photos. Like the Mini 9, the SQ6 comes with a selfie mirror and comes with three flash gel filters for creative lighting effects. The camera is powered by two CR2 batteries.
Finally, the Fujifilm Instax Wide 300 camera allows you to create the largest Instax photos — 80 x 100 mm. It also works point-and-click with no manual adjustments and can focus up to 40cm with the included macro adapter. The model received a fairly strong body design and runs on four AA batteries.
If you don’t want to buy an additional camera, you can protect the one you already have — whether it’s a smartphone, action camera, DSLR or mirrorless camera.
Waterproof case Flama FL-WP-S5. Source: dw.kz
Waterproof cases for smartphones will help protect your smartphone on the beach from sand and salt water. And underwater housings provide the best protection for larger cameras. They not only allow you to take the camera with you on surfing, but also protect the device from sand and dirt. Waterproof bags will help you safely transport your camera and lenses without fear of salt water. Even a regular bag is a great piece of protection for any trip to the beach, creating an extra layer between your gear and the sun/water/sand.
And you take your camera with you to the beach — share your experience in the comments.
* when preparing the article, materials from the resources bhphotovideo.com and onfoto.ru were used