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Last updated: 12 May 2016

If you want a travel camera that can cope with some rough treatment, you need to look out for a tough camera. All the models on this test were designed to be rugged, with added protection for being dropped – and most have the ability to survive a dunk in the water. Our buying guide covers what to look for in a digital camera, and how we test explains how we get our results.

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Our test covers a dozen tough digital cameras.

Our expert testers give every camera a thorough workout to help find the models that:

  • are best at taking strong quality images
  • are best at taking quality videos
  • are easiest to use
  • provide the best level of protection in the water and environment.

Our interactive comparison tool helps you find out which digital cameras are dust and water resistant. Our Recommended list will help you see quickly which cameras come out on top.

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  • Video ratios supported
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