updated 12:35 am EST, Wed February 18, 2009
Canon PowerShot D10
In an uncharacteristic step for the company, Canon this evening has broken ground with its first ruggedized PowerShot. As the first in its series, the D10's housing has been rounded, sealed off and internally hardened to resist extremes: the camera can operate underwater at depths up to 33 feet, take drops from as much as 4 feet up, and resists freezing with temperatures as low as 14F. Some controls and the flash are also oversized to ensure good control and shot quality while swimming or wearing gloves.
As a camera, the D10 has the 12-megapixel image resolution of most of Canon's 2009 SD cameras and touts a 3X lens with optical image stabilization, a full-auto scene recognition mode, blink/face detection and support for ISO levels up to 1,600. Movie shooting, however, is limited to 640x480. It ships in early May for $330 and will have the option of custom straps and carabiners as well as less practical faceplates for the camera's front.