This post probably doesn’t interest many people, because it’s about a new toy I ordered, and is mostly devoid of actual information. There will probably be a similar (but more informative) post after the camera arrives.
I’ve had my current pocket digital camera (a Sony DSC-T1) for several years. It’s not a high-end camera, but it’s an excellent set of features packed into something I can always have with me, which means that I take a lot of pictures with it. My DSC-T1 has served me well. I’ve had a difficult time finding a non-Sony replacement (since Sony’s DRM rootkit fiasco, I’ve stopped buying Sony products) that matched or beat the DSC-T1 for my purposes (basically, a durable pocket-sized camera with super-close macro capability).
A while ago my DSC-T1 began allowing dust into the optics. It’s difficult to clean out, but quick to accumulate (since I keep the camera in my pocket), so I’ve been looking for a replacement.
A week or so ago, I identified what looks like an excellent replacement, with the main feature I’ve always wished I had in my DSC-T1: it’s waterproof and dust-proof! Today I pre-ordered my Pentax Optio W30 and an 8 Gig SDHC card.
The one major down-side is that it uses QuickTime Motion JPEG for video. I hope that doesn’t turn out to be too much of an inconvenience.