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Pentax Optio WG-2 rugged camera
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Eight... Rugged Cameras

Product Round-upProduct Round-up Has anybody not trashed a digital camera at some point while out and about? Dust or sand, water or ice-cream, the great outdoors ruthlessly claims its tech victims on a daily basis. While manufacturers have busily carved out a niche of rugged ‘adventure-proof’ cameras, the truth is that most people, whether on the slopes, at the beach, or down the park, will find the extra hardiness of these cameras nigh on indispensable. So here are eight tough cameras taken through their paces. Chucked in rock-pools, frozen in ice and buried in sand – amazingly, they all stood up to their recommended stress levels – just about – at least on this round of abuse. None of the products claim to be child-proof, but having let a gang of kids let rip with the cameras on a playing field, it’s a given that they should stand up to such knocks and scrapes. The Fujifilm XP150, Panasonic Lumix FT4 and Nikon Coolpix AW100 all include GPS functions and the Pentax WG-2 is also available with this feature. There are two notable absenses here as models are being replaced, so look out for new rugged offerings from Sony (the TX20) and Canon (the D20) when they appear in the next month or so.
Giles Hill, 07 Apr 2012
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Windows XP support ends two years from now

Support for Windows XP will end two years from today, on April 8th, 2014*.
Simon Sharwood, 07 Apr 2012