Pentax has been making ruggedized compacts for some time now and theyre 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 oth

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.