Documenting your adventures is always a must. From exotic sandy beaches to snow-covered mountains, no amount of action should stop you from taking as many photos and videos as you’d like.

Now that our phones are equipped with more megapixels, we don’t use digital cameras the way we once did. But the iPhone’s “water-resistant” feature only lets us document so much.

You’d never take your iPhone out in the ocean while you’re snorkeling — or even on a kayak, depending on how rough the waters are. Even on a ski hill you’d be too worried it’d freeze or get dropped into fresh powder. Thankfully, Nikon’s COOLPIX is tough enough for all that and more.

My favorite part of the camera is that it’s waterproof up to 100 feet. I didn’t have any trips to the Bahamas planned this summer, but it was so much fun to use in the pool. Underwater photos? Videos of cannonballs into the water? You never have to worry about it getting wet.

And for anyone who snowboards or skis in the winter, you’ll be glad to hear this Nikon camera is freezeproof up to 14 degrees. I know what it’s like to have my phone turn off during a day of skiing due to the cold temps. So keep your iPhone stowed away in a pocket while you snap pics on the chairlift and take videos of yourself and your friends heading down the mountain.

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The camera itself is also really sturdy. You’ll notice right when you take it out of the box that it’s not delicate by any means. I’m not one to drop electronics like my phone, headphones, etc., but it’s nice to know that this camera is shockproof. You could drop it from more than 7 feet in the air and it’d still be fine.

I already mentioned that I didn’t go on any beach vacations this summer (I’m still a little salty about it), but if you happen to find yourself on a beach — or even a desert — those little grains won’t have a chance to crawl their way into the COOLPIX. It’s completely dustproof. So prop it up in the sand and set the timer for the perfect beach photo.

With this 16 MP camera, you’re bound to get an Insta-worthy pic on your vacay. Thankfully, you won’t have any delay in posting it to the ‘gram. It has built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth so you can transfer your pics and vids to your phone through the Nikon SnapBridge app. Just a heads up — it’s not ideal for longer videos. The camera shoots in 4K ultra HD, so those tend to take a while to transfer.

Overall, though, the Nikon camera allows you to snap pics with ease. You can easily choose from 20 common modes that are easy to flip through — or you can simply set it to the auto-selector and let it choose the best one for you, depending on the scene. If you’re not camera-savvy (like myself), you’ll appreciate this feature. I loved not worrying about it being on the wrong setting and having the photo come out too dark.

The battery is good for more than 280 shots, which TBH, doesn’t sound like that much. But let me tell you, it’ll last you all day. And a full recharge only takes 2 hours and 20 minutes.

The Closing Argument: You really can’t go wrong with this camera. It’s the best investment for anyone who loves documenting their adventures, even if it’s just at the backyard pool.

Nikon COOLPIX W300 Waterproof Underwater Digital Camera

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