Blast off: this security camera looks like it could withstand an explosion... and it can!

(Image credit: SAMCON)

We love a good tough camera, but SAMCON's latest outdoor security camera takes toughness to a new level, as it's explosion proof! The intended use isn't really to capture surveillance in volatile war zones - the best spy cameras could be a better choice for that. Rather, the blast-proof ExCam IPQ1785 is meant for dust or gas explosion risk zones - chemical plants, oil refineries, power plants, mines, and many other high-risk environments where conventional surveillance cameras would be obliterated should an explosion occur.

(Image credit: SAMCON)

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Ben Andrews

Ben is the Imaging Labs manager, responsible for all the testing on Digital Camera World and across the entire photography portfolio at Future. Whether he's in the lab testing the sharpness of new lenses, the resolution of the latest image sensors, the zoom range of monster bridge cameras or even the latest camera phones, Ben is our go-to guy for technical insight. He's also the team's man-at-arms when it comes to camera bags, filters, memory cards, and all manner of camera accessories – his lab is a bit like the Batcave of photography! With years of experience trialling and testing kit, he's a human encyclopedia of benchmarks when it comes to recommending the best buys.