Toughest Cameras: The Group Test

Tough compact cameras for colder climates

Image 1 of 5 Casio EX G1
Casio EX-G1
Image 2 of 5 Sony Cyber Shot TX5
Sony Cyber-Shot TX5
Image 3 of 5 Olympus Tough 8010
Olympus Tough-8010
Image 4 of 5 Pentax Optio W90
Pentax Optio W90
Image 5 of 5 Canon Powershot D10
Canon Powershot D10

Most compact cameras won’t work in freezing conditions and any sort of moisture can play havoc with a camera’s innards. If you’re heading to the slopes you’ll need a hardened arctic camera that’s pocketable, waterproof and freeze-proof. It also needs to be able to take a tumble, so shock-proofing is a must.

Best: Harsh conditions
Olympus Tough-8010
Love: Toughest cam tested
Hate: Average picture quality and ISO mode
Olympus Tough-8010 review I Link: Olympus

Best: Macro shots
Canon Powershot D10
Love: Ease of use. Build quality. Macro mode
Hate: Some noise in images. Bulky design
Canon Powershot D10 review I Link: Canon

Best: Overall
Pentax Optio W90
Love: Build quality. Image clarity. Ease of use
Hate: there’s no lens cover for protection
Pentax Optio W90 review I Link: Pentax

Best: Low-light shots
Sony Cyber-Shot TX5
Love: Good image quality even in low light
Hate: touchscreen and body not ideal for winter
Sony Cyber-Shot TX5 review I Link: Sony

Best: Smaller budgets
Casio EX-G1
Love: tough. Eye-catching design. Affordable
Hate: disappointing image quality. No HD movie recording
Casio EX-G1 review I Link: Casio