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Old Oct 12, 2004, 3:48 PM   #1
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Hello,

I've been searching without success for recommendations on a digital camera that can withstand being dropped from a reasonable distance. Something that has a reputation for being able to withstand the occasional bump or drop?

Someone dropped my Coolpix 880 about 5 inches (onto a table) and it cost over $200 to get it repaired, so now I want to get a more rugged camera that I can lend out instead. Looking for 2 or 3 megapixel, with good image quality.

Any suggestions?

Thanks in advance,
- Frank

(also posted this on rec.photo.digital - my apologies forany duplication)
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Old Oct 12, 2004, 11:13 PM   #2
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You have to decide between robustness and image quality. There was a shock resistant camera from Casio, but it's only 1.23mp (it can interpolate to 2mp) with no optical zoom:

http://www.steves-digicams.com/2002_reviews/gv10.html

An alternative is to get a shock resistant case, but even in that the zoom lens mechanism can suffer damage from a significant drop.

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Old Oct 13, 2004, 10:54 AM   #3
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Thanks Mike! That helps a lot, and the GV-10 review alsooffers further links to the Kodak DC5000and the Fuji Big Job. These seem to be the only 3 digital cameras that include shock-resistance among their listed features. So I've got at least 3 cameras to propose to my company now.

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Old Oct 13, 2004, 11:26 AM   #4
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i dropped my cybershot dsc-p32 from 2 feet once, and it still works.
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Old Oct 15, 2004, 3:15 PM   #5
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Hmmm ... I wonder if that's because there's no zoom mechanism on that model (right?). When my Coolpix 880 was dropped, it was the zoom/focusing mechanism that got required repair. Thanks for the info.
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