Rugged Cameras – Built to Withstand the Outdoors

Cody Smith
September 28, 2012
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In the wake of the Celestron/Camping Life World of Nature Photo Contest, I’m left to wonder, could any of my pictures have made the cut? I don’t consider myself a professional photographer, or even a very good photographer, so my pictures are generally for personal enjoyment only. Regardless of this, I still intended to submit a few photos to the contest, but unfortunately missed the deadline.

I’ve grown to enjoy taking pictures more and more over the past four years my family and I have been traveling full-time. Until this past winter, I have never had my own camera, but that all changed when I got a Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3 as a graduation present from my parents. It’s shockproof, waterproof, dustproof, and freezeproof – this is the perfect camera for me because I take it hiking, ATVing, camping, mountain biking, and kayaking all the time. When it starts raining while out kayaking, no problem; it’s waterproof so I can just keep clicking away. When I’m out in the mud, dust, and dirt on my ATV, no problem; everything including the lens is completely sealed so even sand (a photo lens’ worst enemy) can’t hurt it. When I decide to head up into the mountains hiking this winter in freezing temperatures, no problem; it’s built to withstand that, too. I also purchased a couple SD cards that are almost as tough as the camera, so my pictures are not only sealed inside a durable camera housing, but also sealed inside a durable SD card. On top of all that, it has a built in GPS that I use on almost every outing. It gives altitude, heading, coordinates, and barometric pressure, and can record some of this information to each photo taken so that the exact location can be looked up later. Google Earth makes it easy to create an account that will allow you to upload the GPS tagged photos and create a “trail” of photography wherever you’ve been.

Since I got it in January I’ve taken approximately 1,300 pictures of anything and everything from frozen waterfalls in Missouri’s Mark Twain National Forest and beavers in Colorado’s Arkansas River, to the golden aspen covered Wasatch Mountains in southern Utah.

Below are some of my favorite photos I’ve taken so far this year with my TS3. Enjoy!

Although I’ve only discussed my camera by Panasonic, there are several other great companies that make similar outdoor-proof cameras. If you enjoy camping, hiking, biking, kayaking, rock climbing, caving, horseback riding, camping, hang gliding, swimming, off-roading, or just about any other outdoor sport, I strongly recommend getting one of these cameras. It will give you peace of mind while out exploring – instead of worrying about keeping the camera safe from the elements, you can focus on having fun and getting great photos at the same time!

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