Olympus TG-610 and TG-310

Olympus announced the waterproof, shockproof and freezeproof TG-610 and TG-310 at CES 2011 last week.  Both cameras feature a 14MP sensor and the ability to capture 720p HD video.  The TG-310 offers a 3.6x optical zoom lens, while the TG-610 steps up to a 5x optical zoom.

The TG-610 also offers a high resolution 3-inch LCD at 920k-dot res, while the TG-310 has a 230k-dot res 2.7-inch LCD.  Both models are compatible with SDXC memory cards.

Both cameras are waterproof down to 16 feet, shockproof at up to 5 feet drops and freezeproof down to 14 degrees Fahrenheit.

The TG-610 should be available in February at an initial retail price of $299.99.  Check availability on Amazon.com.

The TG-310 should also be available in February, but at a lower initial retail price of $199.99.  Check availability on Amazon.com.

More details in the press release below. [Read more…]

Sanyo Xacti VPC-CA102 Waterproof Dual Camera Review

The Sanyo VPC-CA102 Xacti Dual Camera is capable of producing decent quality HD video and has still capture capability grabbing 14MP images at the press of a button. What sets the model VPC-CA102 apart from the the other Xacti cameras and many from other manufacturers in the class is the waterproof, sport camera design . What’s great about being waterproof is not just the ability to submerge the camera in water, but to keep on shooting when the rain comes or those moments when your child learns to swim and that moment can be captured while your right there in the water too.

Read the full review over at Tech Tilt: Sanyo Xacti VPC-CA102 Waterproof Dual Camera Review

Pentax Optio W90 Now Available In Orange, Earth Remains on Axis

In perhaps some of the most exciting news of the week, the Pentax Optio W90 is now available in orange (in addition to green and black).  While Pentax’s press statement failed to reveal the reasons for the delay of an orange camera, rumors continue to circulate that the long wait for an orange W90 was due to an actual shortage of the color orange, which was in turn caused by a less than stellar year on the color wheel, along with the fact that it is no longer receiving compliments from blue.

Additional sources cited fears that UT Vol fans would lose such a camera in or around the checkerboard end zone at Neyland Stadium.  Local Best Buy stores in Knoxville, Tennessee report that consumers are already forming lines outside for the anticipated July release of the orange W90 at $329.95. You can also check availability on Amazon.com.

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