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Weatherproof Cameras Aren't Just for Rain

Updated on May 15, 2013
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These Cameras Don't Just Withstand the Elements

If you've ever had to stuff your camera under your jacket or pull it quickly under your umbrella in an unexpected downpour, the idea of a weatherproof camera may be very appealing to you.

But if you think waterproof cameras are just for sudden showers, think again. These compact cameras can also withstand freezing temperatures, dust and accidental falls. If you're looking for a camera that can go just about anywhere and take great photos and videos, take a look at what else these weatherproof digital cameras can do.

Weatherproof Cameras Boldly Go Where Other Cameras Can't

"Weatherproof" is just one of the words used to describe a new breed of top rugged cameras that are designed with outdoor adventure in mind.

While digital cameras like the Kodak DC5000 and the Fujifilm DS-260HD ushered in the era of weatherproof digital cameras shortly after the turn of the millennium, it wasn't until 2008 that Pentax introduced a truly submersible camera, the Optio WP. Since then, the innovations have continued. Now you can find waterproof, shockproof, dustproof and freezeproof models that also take some of the best still images and HD video available in compact cameras and offer some of the most advanced features.

For instance, several of today's weatherproof cameras feature built-in GPS that allows the camera to automatically geotag your photos. The geotagging function can find your location almost anywhere on the planet and record the city/town/village, state/province, country/region or notable landmarks directly into the image's EXIF data. You'll find this feature in cameras such as the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS4, the NIkon Coolpix AW100 and the Canon Powershot D20.

Weatherproof cameras are also designed to take exceptional photos. For instance, just this year Sony introduced waterproof Cyber-Shot DSC-TX200v with an 18.2 MP sensor, giving it the highest resolution of any compact camera at the time of its release.

In addition, you'll find innovative features such as 3D imaging, sweep panorama, and continuous shooting for fast image capture, as well as scene modes for a variety of situations, from night portraits to underwater photography.

So if you're looking for a weatherproof camera, don't think you're buying a camera just to use in the rain. You're buying a camera that you can take on an adventure.


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    • faustferdinand profile image

      Faust Ferdinand Eusebio 

      5 years ago from Los Banos, Laguna, Philippines

      This is fantastic! I thought at first that only fancy cameras are perfect for photography but after reading your hub, I was proven wrong.

      Thanks!

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      Adam M. Hanson 

      6 years ago from Mankato, MN

      great hub! very informative!

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