Adventure Cameras

skiing yesterday i lost my trusty pentax w10 on the way down from camp muir. i’m very sad about this, but the camera had a nice long life and did me well for the last few years. the new version of my camera is the pentax w60 and sells for around $220 (pictured).

i ask a lot of my cameras. they will get wet, the will freeze, they will get crushed, they will roll in the mud and sand. thus, it is essential that the camera is waterproof, shockproof and dust proof. the pentax w series fits this bill. it took sufficient pictures but certainly not as crisp as my old canon digital elf (which was stolen by the baggage handlers at seatac). the only real problem i had with my camera was the video format was .MOV, which is a huge pain in the ass when trying to edit. apparently pentax changed to the more friendly .AVI when the w30 came out.

so i ask the blog-o-sphere – is there a better camera out there for “taking my adventure pictures to new heights”? a cheaper option would be nice too.