If there’s one thing that will help your photography, it’s having your camera on you, at all times. For this reason, we’re huge proponents of all-weather cameras. With each revision, they seem to be getting beefier and more advanced.

Pentax just released a digital compact that can handle up to 40 feet of water pressure. This cruises past your average snorkeling camera and dives right into the bag of a SCUBA photographer. The Pentax WG-2 pushed the envelope just a bit further, something we like.

Sony made their splash. The DSC-TX200V is the first 18mp camera to received a ruggedized rating. It won’t get you 40 feet under water, but you’ll get 2 more megapixels of cropping room. Stacy can attest to the Sony DSC lineup. Last summer, she picked up a DSC-TX5 before our destination wedding in Costa Rica. She loved it.

Being that all-weather cameras are made to survive the elements, they’ll generally have a longer shelf life, which helps you upgrade less often. They run about $50 to $100 more than their non-rugged brothers, but in the long run, they’re worth it, if your lifestyle includes rugrats, climbing, snowboarding, skiing, biking, kayaking, rafting, diving, hang gliding, water skiing, wake boarding.. what did we leave out?

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