After almost two years of very little traveling, adventurers the world over are itching to get back on the road. Indeed, recent surveys show that tourism levels are already 19% higher than they were in 2020 –– and expected to jump to up to 78% by the end of 2022. And after so much time sheltering at home, most of these travels will likely be bolder and more exciting than ever before.
On trips like these, it’s important to live in the moment. At the same time though, adventurous vacations give you perfect opportunities to capture incredible photos you can always cherish. So if you’re among the many adrenaline-loving travelers getting ready to set off, here are some durable cameras that can capture special moments and keep up with your activity:
1. Fujifilm FinePix XP140
One of the newer models in the category, the Fujifilm FinePix XP140 represents a great middle ground between the really basic and more advanced tough cameras. Built with a 16.4MP BSI CMOS sensor and Fujinon 28-140mm zoom lens, this model helps you to take high-quality videos and photos without much effort. The double exposure and interval shooting also make it easy for even newer photographers to expertly capture exciting moments. The durability of this model, meanwhile, comes from its dustproof, waterproof, freezeproof, and shockproof capabilities.
Perhaps best of all, this camera has built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth LE. These features make it easy to share and geotag images on the spot –– perfect for uploading pictures of exotic locations like the Darvaza Gas Crater in Ashgabat.
2. Olympus Tough TG-6
A fan and industry staple, the Olympus Tough TG-6 is a favorite in the “tough” category. A dependable digital point-and-shoot camera, this model is waterproof, dustproof, freezeproof, crushproof, and shockproof. To top it off, its lens cover has an anti-fog dual-pane. Internally, its lens and processor capabilities are just as impressive. With an automatic ISO of up to 12800, a 4x zoom, and a shutter speed of up to 1/2000 a second, the TG-6 ensures you can snap that photo regardless of the elements.
This is perfect for places where the weather can turn on a dime, like Hawaii (or really most anywhere tropical!). If you’re one to get into particularly challenging terrain, you’ll also be glad to know this camera has a Field Sensor system with GPS, monometer, compass, and temperature sensors. All things considered, the TG-6 is a solid choice that deserves the “tough” in its name.
3. Nikon 1 AW1
Despite their image stabilization, fast shutter speed, and ability to take crisp stills and videos, mirrorless cameras aren’t usually top of mind for rugged adventures. This is because of their more “delicate” builds and shorter battery lives. Nevertheless, Nikon has created an exception with its clever Nikon 1 AW1 model.
Available in black, white, or silver, this interchangeable-lens mirrorless camera is totally waterproof, freeze-resistant, and easy to handle outdoors thanks to large buttons and grips. Given its excellent 1080/60i video and 14.2MP CX-format CMOS sensor, the Nikon 1 AW1 is best for when you want to take advantage of a snowy destination. Think winter bushwalking on Australia’s highest peak, Mt. Kosciuszko, where temperatures can drop to -5.4 Celcius. With the Nikon 1 AW1, you can rest easy knowing that you’re capturing stunning images without worrying that your camera will freeze, slip, or fog up.
4. Canon IVY REC
A handy option that will be great for kids or those who want something lightweight to use, the Canon IVY REC stands out against other tough cameras. Designed to look like a carabiner, the IVY REC is easy to handle –– and happens to be clippable. The playful colors it’s available in (avocado, dragonfruit, and riptide), may also be more appealing for those who aren’t keen on the standard rugged look. That said, don’t be fooled into thinking this camera isn’t durable.
A tiny but mighty model, the IVY REC is waterproof and shockproof to 6.6 feet. Free of the numerous knobs and buttons found on other models, the IVY REC has a single physical button and one dial for switching between camera and video. There’s also a port for a microphone, and it’s compatible with your smartphone so you can see what you’re filming. Since this device only has a physical viewfinder, though, it’s better off used in more playful travels –– like paragliding in Boracay. In these instances, your camera isn’t vulnerable to rough water but you won’t be in need of macro capabilities either.
As important as it is to live in the moment, it’s also great to capture moments that you can look back on. With these excellent tough camera picks, you can be sure that every unforgettable detail of your action-packed trip will be preserved for all time.