I'm wondering if anyone has an opinion on the virtues of buying a GoPro versus a more rugged point and shoot camera like the Olympus TG-6. Has anyone used either of these options? What did you like/not like about them?
I'm a very amateur photographer and not good at using all the settings and adjustments that cameras come with. I mostly use my phone for day to day pics and only use my current camera if I need some serious zoom or other feature that my phone just doesn't do very well. My current camera is several years old and I feel like most of the time my phone takes better pictures. However, my travel plans for next year involve a more "adventurous" trip with water activities like rafting, kayaking and snorkeling where my phone camera isn't going to cut it. I don't want to risk losing or damaging my phone during these activities.
A lot of people seem to recommend a GoPro for these types of activities, but I'm not so much interested in video recording as I am in still photos. Is it worth getting a GoPro if I don't plan to take many videos? I didn't realize until recently that there are other options for a waterproof camera that isn't a lousy disposable one like I've used in the old days. I wondered if maybe something like that would give me the ability to take decent photos without worrying about damaging the camera during several weeks of outdoor activities.
Hoping to take advantage of some Black Friday or pre-Christmas sales so I'm starting my research early this year. Thanks in advance for any advice anyone has on the topic.