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Canon's new rough-and-tumble point-and-shoot

The PowerShot line welcomes its first outdoorsman.

Canon PowerShot D10
Canon USA

I'm surprised it didn't happen sooner, but Canon has finally decided to enter the market for rugged point-and-shoot cameras. It's kind of odd looking--I think it looks like a submarine--but according to the company the PowerShot D10 is freezeproof down to down to 14 degrees, shockproof up to a 4-foot drop and submersible up to 33 feet. Canon will offer interchangeable face plates and other accessories to match the camera to your adventure outfit du jour.

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On a more prosaic note, the D10 has a 12-megapixel CCD, 3X zoom lens and all the automation features bestowed by the company's Digic 4 processor. Though it's one of the few PowerShots that doesn't bear "IS" in the name, it nevertheless has optical image stabilization. It will cost a competitive $329.99 when it ships in early May, too late for me to subject it to a NYC winter. I guess I'll just have to take a beach vacation to test it.