Dropping a DSLR has never been an issue for me, but there are some places where those cameras just won’t cut it: you need something more rugged. That’s where Pentax’s Optio comes into play and I have to say that it looks pretty sturdy.
The Optio has got a 14MP sensor and a 5× zoom (~28-140mm). The lens is a f/3.5-5.5 and the back has a 2.7-inch LCD screen. It can shoot 720p video and ISO goes from 80 to 1600. Check this out, it’s waterproof for up to 33 feet, can be dropped from up to 5 feet, and it’s crushproof by up to 100 kg of force, meaning that you can sit on it and not break it, but a car will probably total it. It’s resistant to cold down to 14˚F.
There are some image stabilization features and an LED ring in front for improving macro shots. The WG-1 also has a WG-1GPS, which will have geo-tagging support. The non-GPS version will cost $350 (USD) and the GPS version will cost $400. That is a bit expensive, but hey, if you need a rugged camera, that’s what you have to pay for it.