The best point and shoot cameras for a hike

Sure, your trusty smartphone may be enough for your selfies and OOTDs, but when going for that hiking experience, your phone may not be enough with all the dust, heat, moisture, and unexpected weather up in the terrains. And because your hefty DSLR is just too heavy especially with your gear, we round up the best point and shoot cameras you can bring to your hike so you can capture those adrenalin-filled moments.


  1. Olympus Stylus Tough TG-4

True to its name, the latest addition to the Tough family is the TG-4. With its increased battery life and storage space up to 380 shots, it has further advanced from its previous versions, bringing “tough” to a whole new level.

Still, the TG-4 is proudly dustproof, waterproof up to 50 feet, freeze proof up to -10°C, shock proof to 7 feet, and crush proof under 100 kg, perfect for that demanding mountain hike. All of these come in a surprisingly light 247-gram mass, a 65.9×31.2×111.5 millimeter dimension, and a look that is so enviable.

Choose between the red or black variants, both of which can take 16 megapixel photos and 1080p full HD videos, along with a built-in Wi-Fi and GPS settings. The lens also boasts of an internal zoom mechanism so it doesn’t stick out even when you are capturing something from a distance. It may not have an eye level viewfinder, but it was backed by a 3-inch LCD screen. Plus, you can beautify your photos by choosing among its Art Filter digital effects.


  1. Nikon AW130

With also a Wi-Fi and GPS built-in setting, a 3-inch OLED screen, a 1080p video capacity, a 16-megapixel photo quality, and a freeze-proof ability up to -10°C, the Nikon AW130 is quite similar to the Olympus Stylus Tough TG-4. However, the Nikon AW130 is waterproof up to 100 feet deep and shockproof up to 7 feet. It has a battery life up to 370 shots, but the Wi-Fi and GPS settings can take a toll on its span.

This model is also the first of Nikon cameras to feature Near-Field Communication (NFC) that allows you to connect to a NFC-capable smartphone. This makes transfer of files convenient since, obviously, cables and wet cameras do not go well together.


  1. Nikon S33

The Nikon S33 may have its features notably lower than that of relative Nikon AW130, but casual hikers will definitely appreciate its 2.7” LCD screen, 33 feet waterproof ability, 5 feet shockproof capacity, and similarly -10°C freeze proof power.

Besides, it is also cheaper than the Nikon AW130, making it a go-to purchase for anyone who just wants an accompanying camera for his or her little adventure.


  1. Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS5

Panasonic also has its contender in the line of action cameras. The Lumix DMC-TS5 also has GPS, WiFi and NFC connectivity settings, and is able to take 16-megapixel photos and 1080p HD video through its f/1.4 Lecia lens. Submerge the DMC-TS5 even up to 43 feet or dare to drop it up to 6.5 feet and fully control how you capture your shots with its manual exposure mode. A rugged body, a portable 213-gram mass, and a 109x67x29 millimeter dimension should convince you in taking this camera to your excursion.

In what seems to be the formula for action cameras: rugged look, portability, reasonable battery life, GPS settings, weatherproof, dustproof, and shockproof abilities, these point and shoot babies can absolutely keep up with the adventures in store for your hike.


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