updated 01:10 pm EST, Wed February 11, 2009
Rugged Canon cam at PMA?
Circulating tips suggest that Canon will announce a ruggedized compact camera at next month's PMA expo in Las Vegas. Canon is not typically associated with rugged gear, as even its professional-level DSLRs (such as the EOS-1D Mk. III) are at most weather-resistant. The unnamed compact is expected to be waterproof to a depth of 26 feet however, and shock-resistant to drops as far as six feet. It would face competition chiefly from rivals such as the Olympus 1030 SW.
The Canon model is additionally expected to use a 10.1-megapixel sensor, paired to a 3.5x zoom lens capable of an effective 35-122mm range. A rear LCD is said to measure 2.5 inches. If reports prove accurate, the camera should be announced on or around March 3rd to the 5th.