Waterproof, durable, and versatile are three of the best descriptors for the point-and-shoot cameras that are commonly known as “tough” cameras. In a camera market that has seen smartphones become our de facto compact cameras, tough cameras have filled an important niche, satisfying the needs of a range of photographers who want a stand-alone camera that can take high-quality images and be safely used underwater, while hiking or skiing or poolside. They are a great vacation camera or an everyday “don’t worry about it” camera and very useful if your work requires images for notes or documentation.
The features that most tough cameras share are their compact form factor; a waterproof, freezeproof, shockproof body design; and a versatile zoom lens. Many also offer GPS, Wi-Fi, and macro modes, and they are quite affordable. Let’s take a look at a few of the best available.
Olympus Tough TG-6 Digital Camera
The Olympus Tough TG-6 Digital Camera is the most notable of the tough point-and-shoots, and that is primarily because it offers RAW imaging capability and has a fast maximum aperture of f/2 on its 4x optical zoom lens with a 25-100mm equivalent focal length range. It features a 12MP BSI CMOS sensor and TruePic VIII image processor, ISO to 12800, fast 20 fps continuous shooting, and image stabilization. Video is supported at 4K30p and at Full HD 1080p at 120 fps with an internal stereo microphone.