Shockproof, waterproof…. consumer-proof?
Check out Panasonic’s latest round of goodies. These cameras are built to be used under less than perfect conditions, and still give you great footage.
Most people, at some stage, have managed to drop, scratch, bump or splash a piece of electronics equipment. Some of us are clumsier than others; some of us simply have more active hobbies.
Suitable for either category is the Pentax Optio WG1GPS. A potential companion for treks in the wild (or even just the local park), the Pentax Optio WG1GPS can take most of the abuse you are likely to throw at it.
The camera is waterproof up to 10m, drop-proof from 1.5m and can withstand up to 100kg of weight on it.
It will even keep out dirt, dust and mud, thanks to airtight seals, and can take temperatures as low as minus 10 degrees. So given recent Irish winters, it’ll just about survive the cold days.
The 14 megapixel camera has all the essentials, including a Pentax 5x zoom lens that starts at a wide angle 28mm.
Extreme close-ups are possible with its macro function that allows you to focus from 1cm away; a stand to eliminate the risk of camera shake and five LED macrolights.
And if that isn’t enough, you can also shoot full HD movies.
There are several things that will remain certainties for me: I will always lose the USB camera from my at least once; despite owning about 16GB of memory cards, I will always run out of space too soon ; and photographs from holidays will, if not uploaded almost immediately, get forgetten about until I find the memory card months later.
Showing your digital camera’s photos on the tiny built-in LCD screen is so 2008. Nikon’s latest camera, the Coolpix S1000pj, has an integrated projector that will display your photos from five inches up to 40 inches, depending on lighting conditions. The camera comes with an remote control for both the projector and the camera functions, and a small stand is also thrown.
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