Planning to be one with the glorious outdoors this summer? Go, bro! And be sure to document your adventures with a rugged camera, like the ones on this list!
Where you off to this summer, guys and gals?
We're betting you're going somewhere nice. And by nice we mean far, far away, and hopefully where nature and not technology is king. It could be some secluded beach, a dark cave, a mountain, or a forest where wildlife does some really nasty things. (Have you seen a goddamn python eat a goddamn croc?)
And, to document your adventures, you'll likely be bringing along a camera for all those selfie-worthy, feeling NatGeo shots. But is your trusty old shooter up to the task of taking snaps and dealing with Mother Nature? If you're feeling a bit iffy, then maybe it's time to buy a new camera, one that can take the rigors of an active lifestyle. We've got six ruggedly nice specimens below to help you get started!
As for your old, kakarag-karag cam, maybe it's time to give it a rest. It had its time.
CANON POWERSHOT D20
Fellas, here's the 12-megapixel PowerShot D20. It's not the sexiest cam out there, but it more than makes up for it in the ruggedness department. The darn thing can survive a five-foot drop, being submerged underwater, and freezing temperatures—and it can capture moments in Full-HD glory! Hanep!
Shooting stats: 12-megapixel sensor, 5x optical zoom, 3-inch LCD display, Full-HD video recording, image stabilization
Ruggedness stats: Shockproof up to five feet, waterproof up to 33 feet, freeze-resistant up to -10 degrees Celsius
OLYMPUS TOUGH TG-830
Another toughie cam that doesn't care if you call it chunky, Olympus' TG-830 begs for the outdoors. Take a look at its "proofs": waterproof, shockproof, dustproof, freezeproof. Heck, it's even crushproof and can survive being pinned under anything that doesn't weigh more than 100kg.
Shooting stats: 16-megapixel sensor, 5x optical zoom, Full-HD video recording, Panorama mode 3-inch display
Ruggedness stats: Waterproof up to 33 feet, shockproof up to two meters, freezeproof up to -10 degrees Celsius, crushproof up to 100kg
SONY ACTION CAM HDR-AS30VR
The name is a dead giveaway on what this cam is for: a life full of aksyunan! Thanks to its transparent waterproof case, this bad boy's made for documenting the thrills of a rugged, watery lifestyle. It also comes with a remote control that doubles as a secondary display that you can attach to your wrist, perfect for situations where you need to use your hands more (i.e. recording your boat ride down river rapids).
Shooting stats: 11.9-megapixel sensor, built-in GPS, Full-HD video recording, Wi-Fi
Ruggedness stats: Waterproof up to five meters
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