Editor's Choice - Our Favorite Ruggedized Point & Shoot Digital Cameras

1. Panasonic Lumix FZ300 Long Zoom Digital Camera Features 12.1 Megapixel, 1/2.3-Inch Sensor, 4K Video,...

User Ratings: 78 3

Panasonic DMC-FZ300K First Impressions

"Very worth the buy."

While the 24-70 seems good, I can’t wait for a new Panasonic DMC-FZ300K. If you're a casual photographer, you can't beat this price, get it now. The Panasonic DMC-FZ300K is small and fast. This is the perfect compromise camera for me. I recommend this camera to those looking for an all in one camera.

  • Panasonic Lumix FZ300 Long Zoom Digital Camera Features 12.1 Megapixel, 1/2.3-Inch Sensor, 4K Video, WiFi, Splash & Dustproof Camera Body, Leica DC 24X F2.8 Zoom Lens - DMC-FZ300K - (Black) USA
  • 4K video & 4K photo : Panasonic’s exclusive 4K photo technology uses 30 frames per second in high resolution 4K ultra HD video to extract them as photos; You’ll never miss that moment again
  • Leica DC Vario Elmarit lens : 24x zoom (25 600millimeter with Full zoom range F2; 8 aperture for enhanced low light shooting meeting the stringent quality standards established by Leica
  • High image Quality : The 12.1 Megapixel high sensitivity MOS sensor with the venus engine excels in diffraction compensation, yielding images that are crisp & Free from artifacts associated with small aperture settings
  • Rugged Camera Design : Splash Proof/dustProof rugged camera design with tight seals on every Joint, dial and button, so it stands up to harsh weather conditions and challenging
  • 5 Axis Hybrid Optical Image Stabilizer Plus : Reduces blur from one handed video shooting by compensating for five types of movement; Level shot function detects horizon line & maintains it, even if the camera is tilted
  • Batteries: 1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Panasonic DMC-FZ300K
  • Battery Life
  • Picture Quality
  • Ease Of Use
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Panasonic DMC-FZ300K Final Thoughts

"Do use the handstrap!"

Color and white balance is generally good. The initial charge using the Panasonic DMC-FZ300K to charge the battery took about 2 hours. The zoom is incredible as well. I’m now wading through the manual before heading out to shoot photos. Manual focus would've been nice.

Overall Score
4.6


(473 Points)

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2. PANASONIC LUMIX FZ300 Long Zoom Digital Camera Features 12.1 Megapixel, 1/2.3-inch Sensor & Dustproo...

User Ratings: 78 3

Panasonic First Impressions

"I also could afford it."

This is the perfect compromise camera for me. Me and my husband have planned a trip to Bahamas. During my search, I discovered that the Panasonic was about to be released. I can't wait to try it out at the zoo. Plus I have various DSLRs and a beautiful Panasonic.

  • PANASONIC LUMIX FZ300 Long Zoom Digital Camera Features 12.1 Megapixel, 1/2.3-inch Sensor & Dustproof Camera Body, Leica DC 24X F2.8 Zoom Lens & MegaGear ''Ultra Light'' Neoprene Camera Case Bag
  • 4K video & 4K PHOTO - Panasonic’s exclusive 4K PHOTO technology uses 30 frames per second in high resolution 4K Ultra HD video to extract them as photos. You’ll never miss that moment again
  • Leica DC VARIO-ELMARIT lens - 24x zoom (25-600mm) with full zoom range F2. 8 aperture for enhanced low light shooting meeting the stringent quality standards established by Leica
  • High image quality - The 12. 1-Megapixel high sensitivity MOS sensor with the Venus engine excels in diffraction compensation, yielding images that are crisp & free from artifacts associated with small aperture settings
  • Rugged camera design - splash proof/dustproof rugged camera design with tight seals on every joint, dial and button, so it stands up to harsh weather conditions and challenging
  • Protective and high quality Neoprene material and foam padding for protection. Protects camera from dust, dirt, scratches, bumps, and moisture
  • Handmade stitches design for a unique look. Available in different colors
  • Fine quality of moisture resistant Neoprene used
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Panasonic
  • Battery Life
  • Picture Quality
  • Ease Of Use
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Panasonic Final Thoughts

"I can carry it anywhere!"

The Panasonic has many features which are very easy to use and get to. Its small and very comfortable to hold and use, which is great cuz I have small hands. Excellent two characteristics in a Ruggedized Point & Shoot Digital Camera. Everything about it is solid and satisfying. My old SX700 that was serviceable for years finally gave up and failed.

Overall Score
4.6


(473 Points)

3. Panasonic DMC-TS30A LUMIX Tough Camera (Blue) with 32GB Memory Card Bundle

User Ratings: 68 10

Panasonic DMC-TS30/BL First Impressions

"She swears by it."

It will take some getting used to. It's got pretty much everything I could want in a Ruggedized Point & Shoot Digital Camera. This camera does just what I have wanted, including zoom in video recorder mode. I just love how easy it is to get good looking shots. Its really the camera to take on day trips.

  • Panasonic DMC-TS30A LUMIX Tough Camera (Blue) with 32GB Memory Card Bundle
  • BUNDLE INCLUDES: Panasonic LUMIX DMC-TS30 Digital Camera (Blue), SanDisk 32GB Memory Card 2 x Koah PRO Panasonic DMW-BCK7 Rechargeable Replacement Li-ion Batteries, Camera Accessory Bundle, HDMI Standard to Micro Cable, 12-Inch Spider Tripod, Camera Strap
  • BEAUTIFUL UNDERWATER SHOTS: The red color reproduction of Advanced Underwater Mode easily compensates for the red tones easily lost in underwater shooting to create more natural underwater images
  • QUAD-PROOF TOUGH FOR ACTIVE LIFESTYLES: This tough, rugged camera is waterproof, shockproof, dust and freezeproof, perfect for photos and video anywhere, indoors or out
  • TORCH LIGHT: Torch light helps record beautiful videos even in dusky underwater environments or in camp at night
  • PANASONIC AUTHORIZED DEALER: Includes USA Manufacturer Warranty
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Panasonic DMC-TS30/BL
  • Battery Life
  • Picture Quality
  • Ease Of Use
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Panasonic DMC-TS30/BL Final Thoughts

"So I purchased the Panasonic DMC-TS30/BL."

I haven't tried the macro shots yet, but will update this review when I get too. If you're a casual photographer, you can't beat this price, get it now. Not to mention it worked great as a Ruggedized Point & Shoot Digital Camera too. I would like a firmware update to fix that. The recommended solution is to send in the camera for cleaning.

Overall Score
4.2


(58 Points)

4. Panasonic DMC-FZ300K Digital Camera with Digital Slave Flash and 64GB Card Bundle

User Ratings: 86

Panasonic FZ300K First Impressions

"It's SOOOOOO cool."

I was pretty skeptical buying another point and shoot. I'm impressed with how Panasonic incorporated it seamlessly. I recommend this camera to those looking for an all in one camera. The battery life is outstanding, lasted her whole two week trip with moderate use. You'll be glad you bought this one.

  • Panasonic DMC-FZ300K Digital Camera with Digital Slave Flash and 64GB Card Bundle
  • BUNDLE INCLUDES: Panasonic FZ300 4K 24x f2.8 Long Zoom Digital Camera (Black), SanDisk 64GB Extreme PRO 170 MB/s UHS-I SDXC Memory Card, Focus Flexible 12-inch Spider Tripod, 52mm 3-Piece 52mm Filter Kit (UV/FLD/CPL), Koah PRO Panasonic DMW-BLC12 Two-Pack 1600mAh Battery and Dual Charger, and Focus DSLR Camera Holster Case Accessory Bundle
  • 4K VIDEO: 4K video delivers a far more intense viewing experience that is four times larger than Full HD, resulting in a much higher level of detail
  • RUGGED DESIGN: The LUMIX FZ300 features a splashproof/dustproof rugged design with tight seals on every joint, dial and button, so it stands up to harsh weather conditions and challenging environments
  • DFD TECHNOLOGY: Panasonic's Depth-From-Defocus (DFD) Auto Focus (AF) technology instantly calculates the distance between foreground and background and quickly brings the subject into focus in one fast, continuous movement
  • PANASONIC AUTHORIZED DEALER: Includes USA Manufacturer's Warranty
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Panasonic FZ300K
  • Battery Life
  • Picture Quality
  • Ease Of Use
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Panasonic FZ300K Final Thoughts

"Photos come out great!"

After over 10,000 pictures, my Panasonic FZ300K operates perfectly in every aspect. If you're a casual photographer, you can't beat this price, get it now. The Panasonic FZ300K has many features which are very easy to use and get to. The zoom is incredible as well. A duck flying by very quickly skimming the water over Lake Washington.

Overall Score
4.8


(24 Points)

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5. Panasonic DMC-FZ300K Digital Camera (Black) with Koah Power Battery and Charger Bundle

User Ratings: 68 8

Panasonic DMC-FZ300K First Impressions

"Awesome performance."

Reduced kit by one star since enclosed camera bag is too small for camera. This camera has so many features for its size. I like everything about the camera. Paired with my smartphone no problem. I will update this report once I have used it more.

  • Panasonic DMC-FZ300K Digital Camera (Black) with Koah Power Battery and Charger Bundle
  • BUNDLE INCLUDES: Panasonic DMC-FZ300K Digital Camera (Black), and Koah PRO Panasonic DMW-BLC12 Two-Pack 1600mAh Battery and Dual Charger
  • 4K VIDEO: 4K video delivers a far more intense viewing experience that is four times larger than Full HD, resulting in a much higher level of detail
  • RUGGED DESIGN: The LUMIX FZ300 features a splashproof/dustproof rugged design with tight seals on every joint, dial and button, so it stands up to harsh weather conditions and challenging environments
  • DFD TECHNOLOGY: Panasonic's Depth-From-Defocus (DFD) Auto Focus (AF) technology instantly calculates the distance between foreground and background and quickly brings the subject into focus in one fast, continuous movement
  • PANASONIC AUTHORIZED DEALER: Includes USA Manufacturer's Warranty
  • Batteries: 1 Lithium ion batteries required.
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Panasonic DMC-FZ300K
  • Battery Life
  • Picture Quality
  • Ease Of Use
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Panasonic DMC-FZ300K Final Thoughts

"Impressive!"

I just love how easy it is to get good looking shots. I'm still playing around with it. I just love how easy it is to get good looking shots. After taking a photo, it would not focus or operate, or so it seemed. 10,000 photos with it and it worked well for its limited capabilities.

Overall Score
4.3


(16 Points)

6. Panasonic DMC-FZ300K Digital Camera with 32GB SD Card and Accessory Bundle

User Ratings: 59 11

Panasonic FZ3000K First Impressions

"Beautiful landscapes."

Not to mention it worked great as a Ruggedized Point & Shoot Digital Camera too. It's very easy to clean up noise in postprocessing by using noise ninja or neat image. With a prime lens, zoom is one less thing you worry about. Mid-afternoon typically required swapping in a charged battery. Everything about it is solid and satisfying.

  • Panasonic DMC-FZ300K Digital Camera with 32GB SD Card and Accessory Bundle
  • BUNDLE INCLUDES: Panasonic FZ300 4K 24x f2.8 Long Zoom Digital Camera (Black), Focus HDMI to Micro HDMI cable (6 Feet), Focus DSLR Camera Holster Case Accessory Bundle, 52mm 3-Piece 52mm Filter Kit (UV/FLD/CPL), Focus Flexible 12-inch Spider Tripod, SanDisk 32GB Extreme PRO SDHC UHS-I Memory Card, and Wasabi Power Replacement Battery for Panasonic DMW-BLC12
  • 4K VIDEO: 4K video delivers a far more intense viewing experience that is four times larger than Full HD, resulting in a much higher level of detail
  • RUGGED DESIGN: The LUMIX FZ300 features a splashproof/dustproof rugged design with tight seals on every joint, dial and button, so it stands up to harsh weather conditions and challenging environments
  • DFD TECHNOLOGY: Panasonic's Depth-From-Defocus (DFD) Auto Focus (AF) technology instantly calculates the distance between foreground and background and quickly brings the subject into focus in one fast, continuous movement
  • PANASONIC AUTHORIZED DEALER: Includes USA Manufacturer's Warranty
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Panasonic FZ3000K
  • Battery Life
  • Picture Quality
  • Ease Of Use
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Panasonic FZ3000K Final Thoughts

"Wonderful pictures."

But overall It is worth to buy and I totally recommend you to buy this bundle. Lastly, the complaints about battery life are totally valid. Looks amazing and excited to try it. Looking forward to seeing how the weight savings impact my hikes and travel. Simple to figure out how to use, even for beginning photographers.

Overall Score
4.2


(15 Points)

7. Nikon Coolpix W150 Digital Camera (White) with 32GB Card, Battery, Case, Floating Strap and Accessor...

User Ratings: 49 10

Nikon First Impressions

"Major win here."

While the 24-70 seems good, I can’t wait for a new Nikon . The lens adapter works seamlessly with no performance penalty. Auto works well for me once outdoors or in well lit rooms. I did buy some rechargeable batteries to use in it. Everything about it is solid and satisfying.

  • Nikon Coolpix W150 Digital Camera (White) with 32GB Card, Battery, Case, Floating Strap and Accessory Bundle (5 Items)
  • BUNDLE INCLUDES: Nikon Coolpix W150 Digital Camera (White), Accessory Bundle for Large Point and Shoot Digital Cameras, EN-EL19 Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Replacement Battery for Nikon Coolpix, 32GB 80MB/s SD Card, and Foam Floating Camera Strap (Color May Vary)
  • IMAGING: The camera offers an effective pixel count of 13.2 million pixels and is equipped with a 3x optical zoom NIKKOR lens. It has Dynamic Fine Zoom*, which can be used to achieve approximately 6x zoom
  • RUGGED DESIGN: The Nikon Coolpix W150 is tough and reliable for use by children and adults in a variety of leisure and travel situations. The camera is waterproof to a depth of 33-feet/10m, shockproof to withstand falls from as high as 5.9-feet/1.8m, dustproof and cold-resistant down to 14 degree Fahrenheit/-10 degree Celsius
  • ZOOM: Dynamic Fine Zoom can be used to achieve approximately 6x zoom while ensuring that resolution remains high throughout the digital zoom range
  • NIKON AUTHORIZED DEALER: Includes USA Manufacturer Warranty
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Nikon
  • Battery Life
  • Picture Quality
  • Ease Of Use
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Nikon Final Thoughts

"The viewer works great."

Me and my husband have planned a trip to Bahamas. This is the perfect compromise camera for me. Lastly, the complaints about battery life are totally valid. I feel that it takes better pictures than the DSC-HX50. I did buy some rechargeable batteries to use in it.

Overall Score
4.2


(12 Points)

8. Nikon Coolpix W150 Digital Camera (White) with 16GB Card and Accessory Bundle (4 Items)

User Ratings: 64

Nikon First Impressions

"It's range is awesome."

Simple to figure out how to use, even for beginning photographers. I'm impressed with how Nikon incorporated it seamlessly. During my search, I discovered that the Nikon was about to be released. It's got pretty much everything I could want in a Ruggedized Point & Shoot Digital Camera. I did buy some rechargeable batteries to use in it.

  • Nikon Coolpix W150 Digital Camera (White) with 16GB Card and Accessory Bundle (4 Items)
  • BUNDLE INCLUDES: Nikon Coolpix W150 Digital Camera (White), Focus Camera Accessory Bundle for Large Point and Shoot Digital Cameras, Foam Floating Camera Strap (Color May Vary), and SanDisk Ultra 16GB Class 10 SD Memory Card
  • IMAGING: The camera offers an effective pixel count of 13.2 million pixels and is equipped with a 3x optical zoom NIKKOR lens. It has Dynamic Fine Zoom*, which can be used to achieve approximately 6x zoom
  • RUGGED DESIGN: The Nikon Coolpix W150 is tough and reliable for use by children and adults in a variety of leisure and travel situations. The camera is waterproof to a depth of 33-feet/10m, shockproof to withstand falls from as high as 5.9-feet/1.8m, dustproof and cold-resistant down to 14 degree Fahrenheit/-10 degree Celsius
  • ZOOM: Dynamic Fine Zoom can be used to achieve approximately 6x zoom while ensuring that resolution remains high throughout the digital zoom range
  • NIKON AUTHORIZED DEALER: Includes USA Manufacturer Warranty
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Nikon
  • Battery Life
  • Picture Quality
  • Ease Of Use
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Nikon Final Thoughts

"Very nice design."

However, while it was still working, it took great pictures and was very easy to use. The zoom truly is extraordinary! I did buy some rechargeable batteries to use in it. Only downside is recovery after each shot, however rest of features make up for it. Great deal on this camera package that includes lots of extras.

Overall Score
4.6


(6 Points)

9. Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300 Digital Camera, 12.1 Megapixel, 1/2.3-inch Sensor, 4K Video, 24X Zoom Lens...

User Ratings: 71

Panasonic DMC-FZ300 First Impressions

"Great low light shot."

Excellent quality photos too. This camera far exceeded my expectations. Some people even claim that the Panasonic DMC-FZ300 rivals medium format quality. I am so impressed with this Panasonic DMC-FZ300! I like that while I am learning I can rely on the IA mode to take great shots for me.

  • Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300 Digital Camera, 12.1 Megapixel, 1/2.3-inch Sensor, 4K Video, 24X Zoom Lens F2.8 Bundle with Bag, Filter, Battery, 64GB SD Card + Case, Tripod, PC Software, Cleaning Kit
  • KIT INCLUDES: Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300 Digital Point and Shoot Camera, Black | Software | Battery Charger | Battery Pack | USB Cable | Shoulder Strap | Lens Hood | Lens Cap | Lens Cap String | Lowepro Format 120 Camera Bag | ProOptic 52mm Filter Kit (UV/CPL/ND2) | Green Extreme DMW-BLC12 Battery Pack | Lexar 64GB SD Card | Takama 61" 3 Section Tripod with 3 Way Head | Corel PC Photo Video ART Software Kit | Memory Card Wallet - Holds 12 Cards | ProOptic Cleaning Kit
  • KEY FEATURES: 4K Video and 4K Photo | 25-600mm Zoom with Full-Range F2.8 Aperture | Splashproof / Dustproof Rugged Design | High Speed Auto Focusing with DFD (Depth-From-Defocus) | 5-Axis HYBRID O.I.S.+ (Optical Image Stabilizer) | ISO 100-6400 | Full HD Video 120fps | 0.7x Large OLED LVF 1,440k-dot (Live View Finder) | 3.0-inch Free-angle Touchscreen (1040k-dot) | In-Camera RAW Data Development | 12 fps Burst Shooting | Wi-Fi Enabled | Close-up Macro Shooting
  • 4K Photo Modes - Free Your Creativity: The 4K Photo function can be used in three different modes, all allowing you to capture that perfect moment at a high burst rate of 30 frames / photos per second
  • 4K Video - More Detail Than Full HD: 4K video delivers a far more intense viewing experience that is four times larger* than Full HD, resulting in a much higher level of detail.
  • 25-600mm Zoom with Full-Range F2.8 Aperture: The 25-600mm LEICA DC VARIO-ELMARIT lens features full-range F2.8.for enhanced low light shooting throughout the entire zoom range. | WARRANTY: Panasonic Authorized Reseller. Includes a Panasonic 1 Year Warranty, Extendable up to 3 Year
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Panasonic DMC-FZ300
  • Battery Life
  • Picture Quality
  • Ease Of Use
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Panasonic DMC-FZ300 Final Thoughts

"Photos come out great!"

Make sure you format first or it may fry on you. Some reviewers have problems with clarity, but I certainly do not. So glad I chose the Panasonic DMC-FZ300. I was pretty skeptical buying another point and shoot. For me the upgrade was worth it as it had things I find extremely useful.

Overall Score
4.4


(5 Points)

10. Sony DSC-RX100M IV Cyber-Shot Digital Still 20.1 MP Camera Bundle with 64GB SDXC Memory Card, Camera...

Sony E1SNDSCRX100M4 First Impressions

"So I ordered it anyway."

They make it look like I know what I'm doing. But overall It is worth to buy and I totally recommend you to buy this bundle. I bought this camera right before I went on vacation to Hawaii. Meh, life goes on, immediately ordered more batteries off Amazon. With a prime lens, zoom is one less thing you worry about.

  • Sony DSC-RX100M IV Cyber-Shot Digital Still 20.1 MP Camera Bundle with 64GB SDXC Memory Card, Camera Case, HDMI Cable, Cleaning Cloth and Accessories (8 Items)
  • Sony DSC-RX100M IV Cyber-shot Digital Camera, 64GB Extreme SD UHS-I Memory Card
  • LCD Screen Protector 3-Pack, Ultra-Compact Digital Camera Deluxe Carrying Case
  • NP-BX1 1600MAH Battery Pack, Premium Tech AC/DC Battery Charger for Sony NP-BX1 Battery
  • Hi-Speed SD USB 2.0 Card Reader, High Speed micro-HDMI to HDMI A/V Cable 6 Feet
  • Flexible Mini Table-top Tripod, Beach Camera Micro Fiber Cleaning Cloth
  • Batteries: 1 Lithium ion batteries required.
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Sony E1SNDSCRX100M4
  • Battery Life
  • Picture Quality
  • Ease Of Use
  • Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Affordability

Sony E1SNDSCRX100M4 Final Thoughts

"Keep it simple!"

Sony, however, has always had colors that are exactly as our eyes see it! Plus I have various DSLRs and a beautiful Sony. This is the perfect compromise camera for me. I haven't tried the macro shots yet, but will update this review when I get too. I bought this Ruggedized Point & Shoot Digital Camera for a trip I'm taking abroad in February.

Overall Score
5.0


(3 Points)

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