Friday, 3 January 2014

A camera I can drop and dribble on

I am buying a camera and it will have to be tough.  I'll be taking pictures from the back of a horse in a variety of temperatures and weather!

The short post

I reckon the Panasonic Lumix TS5 wins.

The long post

I want the best quality photos I can get, of course, but quality is pointless if the camera can't withstand a bit of rough-and-tumble.  And damp.

What I looked for:
- waterproofing;
- light weight;
- cold temperature resistant;
- good in low light (this because this is the most obvious problem I have noticed with my iPhone 5) (which is otherwise really pretty good) (see below)

Schladming, Austria

- quality of photographs.

To compile my short list, I went to - a great British review site currently offering a month's membership for £1.  The reviews are in-depth and the site is very trusted here.

Cameras I liked:

Olympus Stylus TG-830
Nikon Coolpix AW100 (latest version the AW110)
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT4 (latest version the Lumix DS5)

All were great according to reviews in the categories I cared about.  I chose the Nikon initially because I know the name, but a friend alerted me to the following excellent review from the Wirecutter (a  Check it convinced me, due to the thoroughness of the testing, and is much more up to date than the Which review.  Thanks, Brennan!