Essential Summer Gear Guide

by Cathay Che


The newest, latest digital camera—yada, yada. We've all heard it before. What you need for the beach this summer is a camera that doesn't care about splashes or sand. You need to know about Casio's EXILIM: It's svelte, shoots pics with 10.1 megapixels, and comes with a tracking function to keep moving objects in focus. It's also available in this kicking violet blue. The EWC-90 waterproof housing (sold separately) allows you to dive to 130 feet and snap away—and is nearly effortless to master, with the necessary strobe diffuser, silicone grease, and defogger liquid included. Want moving pictures? The sharp-looking Sanyo Xacti E1 is the first-ever waterproof consumer camcorder, designed for one-handed use. (Even better, you'll figure out how to use it in minutes—you can skip the huge instruction manual.) The Xacti shoots full-motion MPEG-4 video (as well as 6-megapixel still images) five feet underwater for up to 30 minutes at a time. It all downloads to a postage-stamp-sized SD memory card. Splash away.

Casio Blue EX-Z1050, $269; EWC-90 waterproof case, $199
Tel: 800 836 8580

Sanyo Xacti E1, $499
Sanyo Digital
Available in June from
Tel: 818 998 7322 ext. 433

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