Not a bad shot, but it would have been better from the water.

AS THE CAMERA on my iPhone gets better and better, I suddenly find myself taking more pictures with it than with my big Canon DSLR. At the same time, I find myself getting cool photos I might not otherwise have gotten at all because I almost always have my iPhone. But it’s a catch-22: I also take lousy photos, trusting important moments to my iPhone’s tiny little lens rather than to a camera more suited to the task at hand. Many people, it seems, are willing to accept blurry action and poorly lit photos in favor of convenience.

This begs a closer look: Why buy a dedicated camera at all when you always carry a smartphone camera? What are you really missing?

I’ve been thinking a lot about this, and personally, what I’m finding is that my behavior with my iPhone has also had an adverse affect on my photo taking. Instead of snapping some shots, I don’t bother taking out my iPhone because I know the results will be lackluster. In addition, I don’t bring out my iPhone in fear that I’ll drop it, break it, get it wet, or lose it down into some deep dark ravine.

Not only could I lose the value of the phone and still be shackled to a cellular service contract, I might also be stuck back in the woods without a means of communication.

Enter the Waterproof Camera

I realized that I’ll capture more adventurous moments if I simply invest in a handy little waterproof camera. While this class of camera isn’t nearly as good as a full-sized DSLR with a big lens, they are multipurpose wonders that you can use in the rain or swim with underwater.

Instead of going rafting or kayaking and fishing and coming back with just a handful of quick snapshots taken from the safety of shore, I’m more likely to return with photos that will lock-in memories and let me share them.

And this is why you need a waterproof camera, too.

Can a Waterproof Camera Be a Catalyst?

lake launching

A DSLR or smartphone can take photos from afar, but get down in the lake? Nope. Not having a waterproof camera means missed opportunities, plain and simple.

Besides taking a camera on rough-and-tumble adventures, I’m already thinking ahead: What kind of footage can I get if I go snorkeling in the local rivers and lakes this summer if I use a waterproof camera? And more importantly, will I get off my ass and do more because I might snap a once-in-a-lifetime photo?

I can only imagine.

I do know this: If I had a good waterproof camera like the Nikon AW130 last summer or even a GoPro, I would have been treading water in a mountain lake shooting video and photos of kids launching into the water. Instead, I was stuck on the dock, behind the action, trying to get an angle and not drop my DSLR.

Next time I’ll be ready. That’s the promise of a waterproof camera.

About The Author

Just get outside and do something. Start there. If you’re already passionate about one thing, great — start doing more things you haven’t done before. Use the seasons as a guide — winter sports in winter, bikes and motorcycles in spring, fish, camp, backpack, hike, climb, paddle in summer, hunt in the fall — you get the idea. More kinds of experiences, not just one again and again. You’ll be surprised at what you can do, what you never thought you would like, and you’ll appreciate your world more than ever before. Heck, you’ll be a better person — part of Earth instead of just on it. To get a hold of me, take a “firstnamelastname” guess at

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