Three rugged ‘tough’ cameras for travel

Waterproof, drop-proof and freeze-proof, these compact cameras can perform whatever the weather

Phones don’t work in freezing conditions, they’re not waterproof, and they break on impact with rock. Cue ‘rugged’ cameras, which offer a more travel-proof design while attempting to offer something more than the average smartphone’s camera.

1 – Olympus Tough TG-5 rugged travel camera

It musters a mere 12 MP, but this remains the most advanced tough camera around. Weighing 250g, it shoots in the RAW format, though aperture is limited to a just F/3.9.

2 – Fujifilm FinePix XP130 rugged travel camera

Weighing 207g, Fujifilm’s latest is a lightweight in all regards. Cheap and cheerful, it’s poor in low light and suffers from disappointing images. The battery life is also really short, but it might suit occasional snorkelling trips.

3 – Panasonic Lumix TS7/FT7 rugged travel camera

A built-in electronic viewfinder is this tough camera’s standout feature, though it also electronically boosts its 16 MP sensor to produce 20MP images. At 329g it’s something of a weighty option, but it doesn’t record images in RAW.

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