If you're looking for a camera that allows you the freedom to fully concentrate on catching unique images in demanding situations then this could just be the one for you. In my situation that's having a camera to accompany me up the side of the mountains that stand between me and the great views I want to capture at the top. Being shockproof, the XP170 is a camera that I don't have to worry about with every knock and bump that it's inevitably going to receive - sure, I could bury any camera deep inside clothing layers within my backpack, but this one allows me to keep it accessible in one of the outer netting pockets so I don't have to spend 5 minutes uncovering it each time I want it - and being waterproof, I don't have cause for concern if it starts raining on it either! When I get to the top, 14 megapixels capture lots of detail and the 360 motion panorama produces some great results - inspirational views that look awesome on the walls at home. Zoom and wide angle are good and if your subject is moving then the continuous shooting helps you capture it or the full HD movie is a very handy bonus to record it. Furthermore, when I'm making a call from the top, I'm not restricted to describing the view I'm seeing, I can show it using the wireless transfer to my phone. It's just as handy in everyday life where you needn't worry about the dogs getting hold of it or the kids when they want to have a go! The XP170 is a tough little camera that fits my lifestyle - I reckon there's a good chance it would fit the unique demands of yours too!