PREVIEWED: Panasonic DMC-TS6 tough camera

CES 2015, Las Vegas: waterproof, freeze-proof, shockproof and dust-proof snappers do time-lapse, too

TS6z_slantJust taking your phone on hols? Fine – TravGear often does, too – but what if you head North? Go hunting for huskies or aurora and your phone will likely die about five under freezing. What you need is a tough camera.

Reliable design

It’s also likely that Panasonic’s new tough camera will shoot much better pics than your phone. Fact. The 16.1-megapixel DMC-TS6 with 28mm wide angle 4.6x optical zoom LEICA lens does 1920×1080 60p full HD video, has GPS, and is waterproof to 43 ft. Blimey.

Time for time-lapse

It also includes Wi-Fi and NFC, which is pretty much State Law in Nevada at this time of year. Instant photo transfers to phones is handy, but the killer app? Time-lapse, which means you can plonk it down and leave it alone while you go and write your postcards.