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Sony's H2O/Freeze/Shock/Dust Proof TX5 Camera

We tend to be pretty protective of our gadgets; sometimes we invest far too much money in carry cases, covers and shields to protect our shiny new toys. But inevitably, little portable devices end up exposed and dropped far more often than our stay-at-home goods.

Digital cameras go with us wherever we go, be it in the dry or humid, hot or cold. Sony's unveiled a new Cyber-shot camera, model DSC-TX5, that it claims to be "waterproof, freeze proof, shockproof and dust proof."

While other camera companies have similarly tough cameras, Sony boasts that its offering at under 1 inch is the thinnest with optical image stabilization.

"Only Sony can deliver a technology-packed, ultra slim, fashionable T-series camera that is also durable. Until now, you couldn't have it all in one camera" said Kelly Davis, director of the Digital Imaging business at Sony Electronics. "It is so versatile because it's a great camera for both indoor and outdoor usage. You can easily take it from a day at the beach with the kids to a cocktail party with friends. This camera is also great for activities such as snorkeling, snowboarding or boating."

The 10.2 megapixel camera is waterproof in up to 10 feet of water for an hour, and its "Exmor R" CMOS sensor is certified to be freeze proof down to 14 degrees Fahrenheit, shockproof up to about a 5-foot drop and dust proof.

Look for this starting April for around $350.