Pentax has been making ruggedized compacts for some time now and they’re only getting tougher. The Optio W80 can operate under 16-feet of water, regularly survive drops of 3.3-feet and brave cold as low as 14-degrees without getting all wacky. The sensor is a standard 12.1 megapixel affair and the 5x optical zoom (28-140mm equivalent) is internal, of course. The mineral crystal lens cover has been coated with a material they call Super Protect, which is supposed to hlep repel water as well as other finger-related grime. Take the jump for some more specs. If this crummy New York weather keeps hanging around, we might need to shell out the $300 bucks for one if we want to take any pictures at all outside.
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