Waterproof, Snowproof, Fireproof: Five Durable Cameras (and How to DIY your own Durable Camera)

For any aspiring photographer or enthusiast eager to take their photography to new adventurous heights (whether that is deep underwater or high in the mountains) the family digital camera won’t satisfy. Luckily, many durable and sturdy cameras are on the market that are not only capable of surviving blizzards and infernos, but also take high quality pictures. These are, unfortunately, usually on the expensive side; but there are cheap alternatives as well.

For the best of the best, here are five fantastic durable cameras – plus, if you just can’t afford a durable camera, there are also tips to DIY your own.

GoPro Camera

Delivering great quality and durability, this is probably one of the best brands of cameras for the more active among you. While completely overqualified for taking pictures of food and puppies, this is a perfect camera to mount on anything that moves. Helicopters, planes, surfboards, motorbikes, cars, skateboards… the list goes on. Advertised as being the world’s most versatile camera, you won’t ever have to worry that this camera might be damaged easily. This is more suitable for action sports enthusiasts.

Olympus Tough TG-1 iHS Digital Camera

A great multipurpose camera whose durability is hard to beat, this camera is compact, offers great quality and, best of all, a range of protective measures against, cold, water, and shock. It can operate in temperatures below freezing, up to -10 degrees Celsius. It is water-resistant to 12 metres and shockproof when dropped from any height up to 2 metres. It also offers underwater housing for working at greater depths. It does not sacrifice quality for durability either.

Its 12 megapixel BSI-CMOS sensor also offers high sensitivity and optimal low-light photography. This means that underwater, in cloudy weather up in the mountains, or on a beach admiring the sunset, or any place with low light, this camera will perform superbly. This camera is great for the adventurous family who goes skiing, scuba diving and camping.

Sony Cybershot TX20

A practical, compact camera that won’t leave you penniless, this is a great choice for a family. Its portability and slim body means you can take it anywhere and use it at any event. You can take photos at weddings, graduations and parties without towing a heavy, chunky camera that, while durable, looks out of place. Shockproof for when the kids knock it over, waterproof for some fun under water photos, and dust proof for use at sandy beaches, this is perfect for any family wanting an affordable, all-purpose and durable camera.

Canon Powershot D20

With 12.1 megapixels, this camera will deliver high quality photos with the added benefit of a tough exterior. Affordable and stylish, it is waterproof to 10 metres, shockproof to 1.5 metres and freezeproof to -10 degrees Celsius. Lightweight and portable, it has in-built GPS and can record 1080p HD videos.

HD Metal Fire Camera

Who knows why you’ll ever need a fireproof camera? Perhaps you’re a fire fighter or perhaps you’re just paranoid that the house will burn down and don’t want to lose your precious camera and anything on it. Well, this camera is a hands-free device attachable to a helmet that’s perfect for extreme sports, stunts, and 1st person view shots. It’s as durable as you can get it and strangely affordable at less than $300.

How to DIY your own durable camera

If getting a new camera is out of the question or your camera is already pretty high-end that getting another is pretty redundant, there are ways to make your own camera more durable; specifically, waterproof. Creating a housing unit for your camera to film underwater is pretty easy using some PVC pipes. Alternatively, you can buy a waterproof case which is like a bag that you put your camera in and you still have access to all the controls.

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