Smartphones may be our go-to camera for everyday shots, but we wouldn t take one below 50 feet underwater for selfies; step on it; or drop it onto rocks OK, with some you might, but those phones are rare .
Whether it s the outdoorsman who wants to grab snaps and videos while trekking in the wild, or vacationers who just want to toss a camera around a pool, there s still a valid need for this type of compact camera, even if demand in the overall point-and-shoot sector is declining.
Olympus continues to be a major player in this field with its Tough series, and its latest for edition for 2016 is the TG-870 $280 .
The camera is a mild evolution from the TG-860 – a camera now discontinued we beat the heck out of, but didn t leave a scratch – and retains the same ruggedness as its predecessor.
Also on the front are a flash, LED/autofocus illuminator, and the lens.
In other words, you ll need outdoor light for best results and the flash for indoor subjects.