Recently on holiday, I needed a waterproof digital camera. After an unfortunate accident the previous year with my Canon PowerShot G9, it seemed like a prudent thing to have.
Unfortunately, my local choices were quite limited and I ended up trying the Olympus Stylus Tough 6000 - more on this another time.
The waterproof digital point and shoot segment seems to be growing, which isn't too surprising since many people are going to be taking pictures in wet, dirty and areas that are generally unkind to digital cameras. Indeed thinking back to Photokina, there quite a few companies with water on hand in their booths to show the fearlessness of their wares in the face of water. Here's what available at the moment:
Olympus Stylus Tough 6000Olympus have a large number of waterproof and shockproof cameras and effectively own this segment. Their two new ones are the 6000 and the 8000. The others (Stylus 790 SW, 850 SW, 1030 SW and 1050 SW) are still on their website but seem to be last generation.
The Stylus Tough 6000 is available in orange, blue, yellow or white, offers 10MP and a 3.6x zoom. Uses the ridiculous xD memory card format, but fortunately includes an adaptor that enables microSD cards to be used. Sells for $299.
So that's what is out there in a nutshell. I'll try to play with them and post some thoughts.