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Manufacturers often claim their tougher cameras can withstand harsh treatment, but such claims are rarely actually tested. CHOICE put 13 such cameras through the wringer to find out if they really can take a beating.
Each of our tests is based on the manufacturer’s claim. For instance, we submerge a camera that claims a 10-metre depth rating at that depth for at least 15 minutes.
Cameras that claim they can be dropped into water are dropped from a height of one metre into a tank of water and removed immediately.
We get even tougher for shockproof testing. The international standard requires a drop onto a wooden platform, but because these cameras are more likely to be dropped around swimming pools and on harder surfaces, we drop them from a height of one metre onto concrete – we do this three times, from a different angle on each drop.
Video: How we test ruggedised cameras
• Fujifilm FinePix XP200
• Fujifilm FinePix XP60
• Nikon Coolpix AW110
• Nikon Coolpix S31
• Olympus Stylus TG-2
• Olympus Stylus TG-630
• Olympus Stylus TG-830
• Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT5
• Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT25
• Pentax WG-10
• Pentax WG-3
• Pentax WG-3 GPS
• Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX30
• Sony DSC-TF1
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