Kodak EasyShare Sport waterproof camera announced

A cheap and easy pocket camera for poolside.

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Rugged and waterproof cameras are growing segments of the point-and-shoot market, but most of them will cost you more than $200. The 12-megapixel Kodak EasyShare Sport, however, is less than $100 and is waterproof down to 10 feet. Unfortunately, the camera is otherwise unremarkable.

Despite the appearance of a zoom rocker on back, there is no optical zoom on this camera; it's digital zoom only. The LCD on back is small at 2.4 inches, too, and the Sport seems to have a bare minimum of shooting options.

Look for the EasyShare Sport in spring 2011 for $79.95 in white, gray, red, yellow, and blue.

Editors' take:The Sport is a pretty limited-use camera. It isn't rugged, just waterproof and in turn dustproof, so it won't stand up to the abuse that more-expensive shockproof, crushproof, and freezeproof models can handle. But if all you want is a camera to keep poolside, survive a trip to the beach, or keep working in rain, it's an option that hasn't really existed at this price. Plus, since it's powered by AA-size batteries, you can easily keep this handy as a secondary camera for when things might get a little wet.

 

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