Here is a selection of five fearless cameras made to withstand being dropped, submerged in water and exposed to extreme temperatures. These tough devices allow you to take pictures at the beach, in the mountains or even underwater without damaging your equipment.
Olympus Stylus TG-3
Olympus has equipped this camera with a virtually indestructible body, which it says can withstand falls of up to 2.1 meters and pressure of up to 100kg. The Tough TG-3 is also sand-proof and waterproof at depths of up to 15m, or up to 45m with a compatible case sold separately. The built-in Wifi connection allows users to easily share photos on social networks. For fans of extreme close-ups, the Super Macro system is capable of enlarging images taken from just 1cm away by up to 40 times.
Price: from $319
Olympus Stylus TG-3. Photo: AFP
Canon PowerShot D30
A compact camera built for adventurers, the PowerShot D30 is resistant to shocks (including falls of up to 2m), freezing temperatures (as low as -10°C) and dust. But its main claim to fame is the ability to take underwater photos at up to 25m without sacrificing image quality, making it the "world's deepest waterproof camera" according to Canon.
Price: from $329
Canon PowerShot D30: Photo: AFP
Nikon Coolpix S32
Shock-resistant and waterproof at depths of up to 10m, this compact camera by Nikon is marketed for children as well as adults. In addition to its colorful appearance, the Coolpix S32 offers the ability to play with a number of fun photo filters. It also happens to be the least expensive model in this selection.
Price: from $110.
Nikon Coolpix S32. Photo: AFP
Ricoh WG-4 GPS
Waterproof up to 14m underwater, this rugged camera is also built to withstand shocks, including falls of up to 2m. To make it easy to grip in any situation, Ricoh outfitted the WG-4 with an anti-slip design. There is a wide range of accessories available, including an adhesive mount that can be attached to a surf board and a handlebar mount designed specifically for bikes. Both offer a hands-free way to take advantage of the camera's Full HD (1080p) filming capabilities. Finally, as suggested by the name, the model is also equipped with a GPS module that records the precise location of each shot.
Ricoh WG-4 GPS. Photo: AFP
Fujifilm FinePix XP70
In addition to being waterproof up to 10m, dustproof, shockproof and resistant to freezing temperatures (down to -10°C), the FinePix XP70 is able to connect wirelessly with virtually any mobile terminal. Its battery and memory card compartment is protected by a double lock that prevents it from opening accidentally. This camera is particularly recommended for taking photos while surfing, snowboarding, skiing, mountain biking or enjoying any other outdoor sport.
Fujifilm FinePix XP70. Photo: AFP