Just wondering if anyone can help me with an excellent camera for outdoor trips? dollar range Must be durable, water proof, take great photos, able to withstand cold temps (as near 0 degrees F as possible), and operate on batteries, not a battery pack. Looking for any suggestion, budget is roughly the 300-500.
...Must be durable, water proof, take great photos, able to withstand cold temps (as near 0 degrees F as possible), and operate on batteries, not a battery pack. Looking for any suggestion, budget is roughly the 300-500 dollar range.
I've got an Olympus Stylus Tough... there are 3 levels of strength, with different specs. I've got the middle one, which is waterproof to 15 feet and 15 fahrenheit. I'm not sure if the stronger version if more freeze-proof. Anyhow, it works great for my purposes. Unfortunately, it has a battery pack, but there might be a way around that. Hope that was helpful.
I'm personally a fan of the stylus tough as well, specifically the 8000 version. I've had it for nearly three year and it's still going strong. Unfortunately as Richard mentioned it's a battery pack camera. They're a little less costly than what I paid for them years ago and definitely in your price range. I just paid the extra money on Amazon for an off-brand battery pack as a backup.
Whatever brand/model you end up getting, you need to keep the camera and the spare batteries as close to your body as possible. Even if you get a camera that uses regular AA or AAA batteries, they'll lose all their charge in the cold. It should be on you 24/7, even when you're sleeping except for those moments when you're capturing your adventurers.