Rugged Camera Gear for Tough Conditions

Rugged Camera Gear for Tough Conditions

Jeff Heaton
Feb 29, 2012

We're planning a series of rough and tumble trips that are probably going to put a strain on our gear, but we really want to record the experience. Of course there's nothing like trying to shoot a family vacation or a kid's soccer game in the mud. In order to accomodate that wish we've been on the hunt for camera equipment that can withstand all the shaking, jarring, mud, rain and pain that nature can throw at it.

1. Sony Cyber-Shot TX200V ($499.99)
When with your family it's often hard enough to get all the junk everybody wants to bring without also having a suitcase for your lenses. Which is why a smaller camera like the TX200V is a perfect, pocket-sized option for getting a shot just about anywhere without the hassle of carrying a bunch of stuff. Waterproof, dustproof, HD video, 18 megapixels give you plenty of ways to record memories if you're less inclined to carry lots of gear.

2. Camera Armor ($10.21-49.95)
While no longer in production there are still some out there for certain Canon (30D, XSi), Fuji (S5) and Nikon (D2X) models, and we like the added protection we get for our $1000+ camera. If your camera isn't on that list, Delkin makes ones for modern cameras, we just happen to like the look and price of the Camera Armor. And if you're looking for a good underwater housing Ikelite makes ones for almost every camera out there.

3. Seatbelt Camera Strap ($20)
What's more rugged than a seatbelt? Those things are meant to take a heavy human from 60 to 0 and not snap, even after years of abuse. Plus, at 2 inches wide they're thicker than many dinky straps that dig into your shoulder with nothing but a medium sized lens. Stylish colors to choose from don't hurt either.

4. Samsung 3 Proof Memory Cards ($29.59)
This card is waterproof, shock proof and magnet proof, so if you're playing in the jungle of your back yard (or with a lot of magnets for some reason) you don't have to worry about losing those great shots. We like the shiny exterior and high transfer speeds for those with an itchy trigger finger.

5. GoPro HD Hero Outdoor Edition ($299.99)
What rugged camera list would be complete without Go Pro's line of action-focused devices? We're sure you've watched at least one movie on the web shot by one. It shoots 170 degree wide angle films at 1080p and high resolution photos. The magic is in the accessories however, as it straps to just about anything giving you hands-free filming capabilities.

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