Impossible in Western Australia
Try one of the Oly Tough's I have a friend who rinses all the iron dust and clay off in the laundry tub it has survived almost a year been dropped a few times too...It's only when trouble hits you appreciate having it.
I have destroyed five Canon Powershots: A420, A430, A450, A95, G10, as well as two DSLRs Pentax K7 and an Olympus E-1 (my fault). I really appreciate WR construction!
WR is essential for winter soccer games in heavey rain, at windy beaches with air borne dust and sand, when wading beaches with wave splashes or fish slime when fishing.
I only tolerate my E-P3 because I can stick in it a relatively cheap dicapac submersible bag. Waterproof housings are not designed for out-of-water use, too bulky and weigh too much. Olympus WR for DSLR and lenses is even more highly rated than Pentax's - and seems to have better longevity from my experience.
So for me, active outdoors activities demand WR bodies and lenses - frankly I'd like a "toughened" M4/3 formatted fixed lens (a la Canon G1 X) than could handle even only 1-2 m underwater so you could take it anywhere, anytime.
Here is said page...Full page ad on the back cover of the current Amateur Photographer (UK) with a hinted announcement for March. Lots of OM references and the tag "Oh My goodness". Make of it what you will.
This all looks too goood, lets see.1) It has an OM look
2) Built-in 1.44 dots integrated viewfinder
3) New in body stabilization and AF system
4) Comes in Black and Silver
5) Weather sealed magnesium body
6) 16 megapixel sensor
7) Width 121mm, weighs 425g
with a price of $1100 US. There were other rumors about this being called an HDR sensor with isos up to 25800. All of this aside, I think the critical thing here will be the new sensor.
x10 got an effective area 4x smaller. DXOMark are silly people and you know that They tested x10 without any of the exr modes on and still got 50. Canon s100 also got similar scores. They rate ISO performance less compartive to some picky HDR, that even warries among models carrying same sensor and of same generation. As a result APSC are beating many Fullframe all the time now.Dxomark gave the E-P3 sensor a score of 51 and the X-10 just got a 50 with a sensor half the size. I don't worship Dxomark but it does indicate that the Oly senors are getting a little long in the tooth.
That's the annoying thing - the technology for a toughened body has been around for years but no one will make one with a decent sensor and lens - I just cant accept the quality from any of the brands with their tiny sensors. Heck, Panasonic was making WR & toughened laptops over TEN years ago! I remember the editor at the magazine I write for dropped one from a metre flat onto the office floor and kicked it under the desk - and it worked no problem. So why not the same for a mere M43 camera??Try one of the Oly Tough's I have a friend who rinses all the iron dust and clay off in the laundry tub it has survived almost a year been dropped a few times too...