While it’s great to have a SLR camera, sometimes you need something a little more rugged. This camera is waterproof, shockproof, crushproof and freeze proof. It takes beautiful images and I often find them to be slightly more saturated than my SLR. It also has Wifi so you can quickly load images if needed. We’ve put this thing through the ringer…great images even in a salty ocean and it’s been dropped on many a rock with no damage. It really is tough!