Why do all 'rugged/ waterproof' cameras have to be compacts?

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chiane
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Why do all 'rugged/ waterproof' cameras have to be compacts?
May 9, 2012

I love the concept of having a camera that can be used for basic underwater activity, able to take a little abuse, etc., but the picture quality out of the little sensors they put in leaves a lot to be desired. They are always a compact point and shoot!

Now with m4/3 coming on, and fixed lens larger sensor cameras like the Fuji x100, anyone think marketing will finally do something different and marry good image quality with a rugged waterproof camera?

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