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Nikon goes deep with the AW130 - rated to depths of 100 feet! Affordable S33 announced in tandem

 
 

Photographing deep dive sites like the Cayman Wall just became a lot more accessible to anyone wanting to tote along only a rugged compact thanks to the unveiling of Nikon's new Coolpix AW130. Where the other two primary specs for a rugged build - the shockproof and freezeproof ratings - remained virtually identical to...

Just how much abuse can a Canon lens take? Watch this torture test! (VIDEO)

 
 

We're all paranoid about our lenses. We clean them obsessively, put filters on them to protect the front element, and are just generally terrified of anything marring the lens elements, and making our photos look worse. But with all the engineering that goes into a camera lens, how tough do you think that glass is?...

Torture test video shows Nikon D3S being dragged to hell and back (and surviving)

 
 

Everyone knows Nikon's flagship professional digital SLRs are tough cameras, but how tough are they really? In our 2010 review of the D3S, we praised its "rugged construction with magnesium alloy body and full environmental sealing." Half the time, though, most photographers don't get close to pushing these cameras to...

Sony announces five new cameras and two lenses in Europe

Sony announced a raft of new cameras and lenses in Europe yesterday including a new entry level DSLR -- the 20-megapixel Sony A58 that will replace both the A37 and A57 -- as well as the new entry level NEX-3N compact system camera. Sony also unveiled three new Cyber-shot compact cameras and two DSLR lenses. None of these products have been announced for the U.S. market.
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Olympus SH-50 compact gets five-axis stabilization; also long-zoom and rugged cameras aplenty


 
 

Olympus has introduced six new fixed-lens camera models for the Consumer Electronics Show. Among the group is the first fixed-lens digicam with a five-axis stabilization system (as featured previously in the OM-D E-M5 mirrorless camera), plus a variety of rugged lifestyle cameras and long-zoom digicams. We'll start...

Video documents last minutes of underwater camera before it got lost during plunge into gorge

 
 

This is pretty hilarious in a Blair Witch Project meets Jackass sort of a way. The below video was recovered from a memory card in an underwater camera found at the bottom of a deep gorge near Woodstock, New York in the Catskills.

Watch the video and you'll be able to figure out how the camera got there. Yes, you...

Olympus TG-1: Can a rugged compact offer SLR image quality?

Olympus's Tough TG-1 iHS digital camera. Photo provided by Olympus. Click for our Olympus TG-1 preview!Rugged, lifestyle cameras have really taken off over the last few years, thanks in no small part to the efforts of Olympus, an early pioneer in the field of lifeproof digital cameras. Even with camera phones gobbling up compact camera market share, these solidly-built fixed-lens cameras still offer a clear advantage over your smartphone: the ability to shoot in pretty-much any...

Rugged Olympus TG-820 shoots for low-light improvements

Olympus' TG-820 digital camera. Click to read our Olympus TG-820 preview!Late last year, we took a brief look at Olympus' Tough TG-810, and came away unimpressed by its image quality. Just a few short months later, the company has offered up an interesting alternative that aims to answer the concerns we--and other reviewers--raised.

The key change in the Olympus TG-820 iHS is a switch to a new twelve megapixel, backside illuminated CMOS image...

Olympus TG-320: Minor update to rugged lifestyle camera

Olympus' Tough TG-320 digital camera. Photo provided by Olympus Corp.Continuing Olympus' CES announcements, we have the Olympus TG-320.

Like its predecessor, last year's TG-310, the Olympus Tough TG-320 is both shockproof to five feet and freezeproof to 14°F / -10°C, not to mention waterproof to ten feet. The TG-320 still has a 14 megapixel image sensor, and includes true mechanical image stabilization. Also unchanges are the 28 - 102mm...