Looking for a rugged camera
April 27, 2012 9:48 AM Subscribe
For the first time in YEARS I’m in a position to get my brother a great birthday/holiday/etc gift. He wants a nice camera that can withstand his outdoorsiness – what should I be looking for?
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He’s mechanically inclined and interested in futzing with settings and different lenses and anything gadgety, so a point-and-shoot wouldn’t be quite right.
What he wants to photograph is mostly nature – he loves hiking and camping and spends a lot of time outside. He hiked the Appalachian Trail recently and will probably do another long trip pretty soon. This is to say that I’m looking for something that is at least a little rugged, that can withstand some amount of dust / humidity / wilderness. Doesn't have to be waterproof. Super bonus points if there are any recommendations for reducing weight, either of the camera or batteries, since he’s into ultralite gear and those ounces add up after thousands of carrying miles.
Neither of us knows very much about this stuff, so I’m interested in any recommendations – brands, models, features, stores (I can get to shops in NYC or Boston easily, if that’s better than online), etc. Thank you!