A waterproof camera is, in my opinion, an essential piece of travel gear. If you’re going to bring just one camera with you, it’s a really good idea to have a waterproof one. You never know when you’ll be jumping into a pool or lagoon or accidentally spill beer on it or drop it in a toilet. Waterproof cameras also tend to be shockproof too, they are rated to be able to be dropped from about 1.5m without breaking (not that I’ve done an experiment and can prove this). After looking at various brands and models, I was pretty set on getting the Pentax Optio W90 . It’s compact, waterproof, shockproof, and rugged. Exactly what I’m looking for. However, the price point is on the high side at 275 USD. I also considered the Olympus Tough 6000, but I had my doubts: build quality, memory (it uses an xd card), and USB connection (it doesn’t use the standard mini-USB connection that most electronic devices today use). But the big selling point for the Olympus 6000 is that I was able to get it for merely 170 USD. SOLD!
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