Are you one of those people who loves to dive into the water and swim among fish and corals? Or is skateboarding, snowboarding, kitesurfing or, any other sport where water or ice is nearby, your thing? Or your extreme sport is taking photos with children near the water? If you are an adventurous person, a sportsperson and besides that love photography, or at least, portraying your stunts, you have no other option than to take a look at these cameras (that is, if you don’t already have one).
1. Olympus TG-4
Replacing the Tough 3, in addition to the macro functions and the high quality of this, the Olympus TG-4 adds a very versatile and luminous lens. Lets look at it in more detail.
- Focal length: 25-100 mm
- Aperture: f./2.0-4.9
- 4x Wide Angle Optical Zoom
- RAW recording
- Resolution: 16 Mp
- Selecting AF points
- High-speed autofocus
- 3 "LCD Display
- ISO: 6400
- White balance
- Water resistance: 15 m (45m with housing)
- Resistance to cold: –10º
- Compressive strength: 100 kg
- Resistant to falls up to 2’1 m
- Dust Resistant
- Full HD 1080p video recording. Video with Time Lapse for Time-Lapse
- WiFi: You can wirelessly transfer photos to your smartphone or tablet anywhere
- With the OI (OLYMPUS Image Share) application you have the possibility to use the phone to control the TG-4 remotely
- GPS location: with this same OI app you can add locations to shared images
- Electronic Compass: lets you know where you are even with the camera off
- 7 art filters
- Live Composite Mode: allows you to preview the result you’re going to get before you take the shot
Priority to Aperture
- Scene modes: Portrait, e-portrait, Landscape, Interval Shooting, Live Composition, Stabilizer Night Scene, Night Scene, Night Scene with Portrait, Sports, Interiors, Self Portrait, Sunset, Fireworks, Kitchen, Documents , Beach and Snow, Snow, Panorama, HDR Backlit, Underwater Shooting, Underwater Angle 1, Underwater Angle 2, Underwater Macro, HDR Underwater, Microscope, Focus Frame, Focus Bracket, Microscopic Control
To guarantee the fun and optimization of the camera you have lots of accessories at your disposal: waterproof cases, LED guide light, Fisheye Tele converter, Underwater Tele or Wide Angle, flashes, etc.
It’s for you
If you like skiing, diving, hiking or trail biking. Its resistance to dust and water make it the ideal tool for those who live the adventure and need to capture it. If you also publish your experiences on social networks, this camera suits you hand in glove due to its geolocation system and WiFi connectivity.
It’s also for you if you like macro photography, as it has up to four modes that allow a minimum shooting distance of up to 1 cm, incredible! Do you want to capture the texture of a coral? This is your camera.
It’s not for you
If image quality is more important than the cameras resistance, you won’t be exposing it to water, or dust, and you just want a compact camera that produces good photos.
The lens does not shut, so you need this lens adaptor which costs about 18 dollars and includes the cover. Logic dictates that this would come with the kit, and even though they increased the price, this is not the case.
The maximum exposure time is 4 seconds and the time lapses are limited to 99 frames.
2. Canon Powershoot D30
Another submersible camera and resistant to extreme temperatures with a good image quality.
- 5x optical zoom with 28 mm wide angle with stabilizer
- Aperture: f / 3.9 – f / 4.8
- Sensor: 12.1 Mp
- ISO: 3200
- White balance
- Minimum focusing distance: 1 cm, so it also allows macros
- Water resistance: up to 25 m depth
- Shock resistance: up to 2 m
- Resistance to cold: -10º to 40º
- Dust resistance
- 1080p videos with optical zoom and HDMI
- Video and Video Summary to Super Slow Camera
- GPS Location
- AF Modes: Single, Continuous (only available in Auto mode), Servo AF / AE, Tracking AF, Macro Underwater, Fast.
- Measurement modes: Evaluative (linked to Face Detection AF frame), averaged with center preponderance, Spot (center). These are different ways of measuring light, more info here
- Auto Mode: Smart Auto (32 scenes detected), P, Video Summary, Portrait, Smart Shutter (Smile, Wink Self-timer, Self-timer with Face Detection), Night Scene without tripod, Fish Effect, Miniature Effect, Toy Camera Effect, Monochrome, Super Intense, Poster Effect, Color Accentuation, Color Swap, Underwater, Macro Underwater, Snow, Fireworks, Long Shutter, Assembling Panoramic
- Video modes: Smart Auto (21 scenes detected), P, Portrait, Miniature effect, Monochrome, Super Intense, Poster effect, Color accent, Color swap, Underwater, Snow, Fireworks, iFrame video, Super video Slow motion
Photo Effects: My Colors Off, Vivid, Neutral, Sepia, Black & White, Positive Film, Lighter Skin Tone, Darker Skin Tone, Vivid Blue, Vivid Green, Vivid Red
- LCD screen: 3,0″. The active screen with touch control allows for a convenient way to review images even with gloves
- Histogram. Used to see if the image is exposed correctly.
- Weight: 218g
Travellers, adventurers, creative creatures who are initiating into the art of photography but don’t yet reach a height of one and a half meters ;), resists blows, idle pursuits with sand, and games in the pool. Also for those seeking an “all-terrain” camera and no complications with parameter settings or those who like underwater macro photography.
It’s not for you
As I said with the Olympus, if what you’re looking for is image quality in a camera that is not DSLR and you won’t be bringing it near water or anything like that, then surely you will find other more interesting options.
3. Nikon Coolpix S33 (the most family-friendly)
And since we are also talking about children, I’m going to present this model more specifically for them, given its price, its easy menu and handling, its resistance and its light weight (175 g with battery included).
It is also ideal for them due to its ergonomics, since the design makes it more manageable and sustainable for both big and small hands. In addition, its “blur motion reduction” function compensates for the child’s movements when handling the camera providing greater stability for sharper pictures.
- Resolution: 13.2 Mp
- Focal length: 30-90 mm
- Aperture: f / 3.3-f / 5.9
- ISO: 125-1600
- 3x Optical Zoom
- Resists temperatures from -10 ° C to +40 ° C
- Water resistant: up to a depth of 10 m and for 60 minutes
- Resistant to shock and dust
- 2’7 "LCD screen
- Size: Approx. 107.6 x 66.1 x 40.4 mm
- Shooting modes: Point and shoot, Choose a style (Take night shots, Close up, Food, Take pictures each :, Underwater, Make a series of photos, Fireworks, Take pictures backlit, Mirror, Add bubble effect, Add effect Neon, Add drawing effect, Make soft photos, Create model effect)
- Continuous shooting: up to 11 images taken continuously at a speed of about 4.7 fps
- Video recording in different size formats
You already have three cameras for all tastes (and colors). Do you feel like more adventure? Have a look at the Sony Action Cam, for the most intrepid.
If you are looking for image quality more than anything in a compact or similar and you have no intention of making it pass waterproof or dustproof tests, you’re better off checking out the Evil or these compacts. The Olympus and the Canon that I present today are ideal cameras for extreme sports (like snowboarding or family adventures with children ;P), for water or places with dust or sand. This is their strong point. If you are looking for a companion for these activities and that shoots good photos, these options are ideal for you. Have you already chosen yours?