Question about these "Tough" cameras?

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Question about these "Tough" cameras?
6 months ago

I'm more aware of these "tough" camera, those able to experience greater than average dunks in the water, lower temps., an occasional drop on the sidewalk, and other more stressful experiences, being offered by Olympus and Fuji, but others as well.  So my question is this.  Is the actual IQ output of this class of camera as good as their non-tough relatives?  Or does their "toughness" come at a trade-off expense of better quality? I have seen little comparison dealing with this concern.  And possibly being in the market for one of these, I was wondering if I will be experiencing a "quality image " compromise by purchasing one.

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