While we don’t have an easily accessible body of water that’s 200 ft. deep, those of you who do can take some great underwater pics with the Reefmaster DC500 Underwater Digital Camera ($500). It features a 5 Megapixel sensor, 3x optical zoom, and is waterproof down to — you guessed it — 200 ft.
A lot of people have been waiting a long time for this one. The Nikon D200 ($1700; available in Dec.) is more than just a replacement for 2002’s D100 — it is a real step forward in affordable dSLRs with professional stats. I features a 10.2 megapixel CCD, a 2.5” LCD, can shoot at a sustained 5 frames per second for up to 37 frames, and can take up to 1800 shots per charge. Now comes the hard part — trying to find somewhere to dump off your D100 from yesteryear.
After suggesting the waterproof Pentax Optio WP for those of you who do the whole outdoor living thing, we received a request from an extreme sporting type for a digital camcorder that he could use without being afraid of breaking it. Meet the Samsung SC-X105L ($600). The MPEG4 sports camcorder has a durable, water-resistant body and comes with an extra camera module that can be mounted to a helmet or your arm for hands-free recording. It's got a 10x optical zoom with a 680K movie-optimized CCD lens, the ability to capture digital stills
up to 1280 x 960, and even boasts a
built-in an MP3 player.