SAN FRANCISCO (03/06/2000) - Are you the sort of photographer who routinely puts a camera in jeopardy? Whether you shoot on the high seas or you're just a klutz, Fuji Photo Film U.S.A. Inc.'s DS-260 HD digital camera, aka Big Job, may be the answer to your prayers--if your wallet can stand the $1099 street price.
The ruggedized Product is about the size and weight of a Conventional 35mm single-lens reflex camera. It sports lots of rubberized trim for easy gripping, and its Controls are large enough for a person wearing gloves to operate. While not quite intended for scuba diving, Big Job can be splashed and even briefly immersed in up to about a foot of water without damage. A 2-inch LCD viewfinder magnifies captured images up to four times for close inspection. There are some drawbacks: The 1.5-megapixel resolution is a tad low for cameras in this price range, and the vendor says that the rechargeable lithium ion battery will run for only about an hour between charges. But if durability is your paramount need, the Big Job may be a good choice. Fujifilm, www.fujifilm.com, 800/800-3854.