Rugged digital camera?

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by Dizzledorf, Jun 11, 2004.

  1. Dizzledorf

    Dizzledorf Guest


    I'm looking for a rugged digital camera -- preferably 4MP+ / 3x+
    optical zoom -- for use in an industrial environment. (Waterproofing,
    ala Olympus 300/400, not a concern) One that resists dust, can
    withstand a drop of say 3-5 feet, and costs $500-1000.

    I remember many moons ago Kodak had a 1.3/2 MP model that was
    classified as "rugged". However, I haven't been able to find anything
    produced recently that fits the bill.

    Any ideas?

    Dizzledorf, Jun 11, 2004
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    Mark Weaver Guest

    Even if waterproofing isn't a concern, you might do well with a camera and
    underwater housing. Many compacts have relatively small, inexpensive
    housings available (e.g. under $200).

    Mark Weaver, Jun 11, 2004
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    Dizzledorf Guest


    Thanks for the tip. But do the underwater housings provided shock
    protection as well?
    Dizzledorf, Jun 14, 2004
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    Ron Risman Guest

    Hi Mark,

    Konica Minolta announced a new Ruggedized digital camera (Model: DG-4W) with
    3.34 Megapixel resolution and is supposed to meet the requirements of the
    Japanese Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport, and is designed to
    absorb shocks and is both dust and waterproof.
    It also features a 3x optical zoom lens.

    Heres an annoucement page that I found over at

    I hope this information helps.

    Ron Risman
    Ron Risman, Jun 14, 2004
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    Dizzledorf Guest

    Hi Ron, thanks for the info!

    Unfortunately, the person who wants this camera really wants 5MP or
    greater. I don't think he's printed anything greater than an 8x10...
    ever... but hey, this person is my boss ;)

    Interesting to see how much this model will cost tho...

    Dizzledorf, Jun 16, 2004
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