Our desk drawers here at Stuff Towers are littered with the lifeless bodies of drowned gadgets. We've done a round up of some of the hardier little chaps on the market in an attempt to cease the massacre.
Olympus mju 1030 SW £320
More than just a camera with a few water-tight seals, the 1030 is built to withstand tortures that would make James Bond grass up Q and denounce the Queen. It’s crush-proof, freeze-proof and, of course, waterproof, to 10m. It takes lovely photos both in and out of the wet stuff – as long as you stay below ISO 800 – and it even looks nice (which helps when you’re coaxing a smile from a grumpy jellyfish).
Stuff says: 5 stars
Panasonic SDR-SW20 £280
Panasonic’s SW20 camcorder is ready for a life of wet days and hard nights. It’s waterproof to 1.5m, and shockproof if dropped from about waist height (partly thanks to its use of SD card for storing the 704x576-pixel MPEG-2 footage). Image quality is fair, but the SW20 is designed more for ease of use and quick-fire opportunist shooting than for keen cameramen.
Stuff says: 4 stars
H2O Audio Series Waterproof Headphones / iN3 Waterproof Case £27 / £50
This combo makes your 3G Nano waterproof to a depth of 3m. The plastic case is extremely well sealed, comes with a clip and armband and allows you to access any function easily and quickly. We like it. We don’t, however, like the headphones: they’re less comfortable than having pinecones twisted into your ears and sound terrible. Fortunately the case is compatible with standard 3.5mm headphones, ?but then it becomes merely water-resistant as ?opposed to waterproof.
Stuff says: 3 stars
NU WTW154 Wireless TV £1000
NU’s pricey Wireless TV is – you got it – wireless. Plug your aerial cable and analogue video source into its tuner box and it’ll Wi-Fi MP2 video towards the 15.4in screen. In tests the range topped out at about 20m, while the picture suffers digital artefacts and lack of edge definition, but it does play for 2.5 hours on a charge. Don’t drop it in the pool, mind – water pistols are fine but submersion will swiftly kill it.
Stuff says: 3 stars
See these and more in the August issue of Stuff magazine – out now!