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    Dusty, wet 'n rough - what pocket camera?

    Here we are, baking in 90 degree heat, "back to school" and "end of season" ads are popping up... and still I haven't seen a worthwhile, unbiased review of this summer's pocketable cameras that can shake off bumps, dunks and dirt.

    Obviously, as a member of this illustrious forum, I'm not talking about a ruggedized 5mp camera phone. Isn't there something out there that can produce images that are at least distantly related to what would be acceptable to us?

    Has anyone here found a take-anywhere gem that does the deed?

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    Re: Dusty, wet 'n rough - what pocket camera?

    Pentax Optio W80 is my favorite. Not the newest but a great performer. My friend climbed to Everest base camp with it in his back pocket, fell into streams, etc. with no worries

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    Re: Dusty, wet 'n rough - what pocket camera?

    The Ricoh PX looks very interesting. Water, dust, and drop proof with a lens that does not protrude (periscoping). 16Mp with lots of features. May give it a try myself.

    http://www.dpreview.com/previews/ricohpx/

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    Re: Dusty, wet 'n rough - what pocket camera?

    Don't know that I would go to 16mp on a tiny sensor.
    The Pentax certainly gets a lot of good press.

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    Re: Dusty, wet 'n rough - what pocket camera?

    Quote Originally Posted by TEBnewyork View Post
    Don't know that I would go to 16mp on a tiny sensor.
    The Pentax certainly gets a lot of good press.
    I'm interested in the 4x4 pixel binning they do with it, and also for the capabiity of some heavy cropping. Since I bought my DP1x I'm moving over to the small image is beautiful brigade . . . . . SIBB

    There seem to be many intense discussions on other threads, mainly spurred on by Sony developments, saying that you can't squeeze too many pixels onto a chip if you do other things right. This move is unusual for Ricoh, whose top level cameras are still pegged at 12 mp. This 16mp camera may be a test bed for things to come at the high end.

    I ordered the PX while my wife was not looking , should get it tomorrow

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    Re: Dusty, wet 'n rough - what pocket camera?

    Here is a jpeg straight from the PX at the full 16mp (1/30s, f3.9, ISO 176)

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