By Andrew Liszewski
The need for a construction-site-friendly MP3 player is still questionable in my opinion, but Ryobi’s new Durashot digital camera, also from their TEK4 Electronic Tools line, makes a bit more sense. It’s an 8MP behemoth that will dwarf your average P&S camera, but the fact that it’s impact resistant and dust & water proof means it should be able to survive the daily rigors of life on a construction site.
The 3X optical zoom lens has what looks like a sturdy metal sheath, so it’s never exposed to the elements, and won’t get damaged if the camera is dropped while it’s extended. All of the function buttons, including the shutter, are large and easy to operate, even while wearing work gloves, and I’m going to assume the 2.5 inch LCD display is as protected as the rest of the camera is. It’s also got a voice memo feature for attaching a verbal description to any photo, and the ability to capture 640×480 video at 30fps to really get your point across, and is available from Home Depot for $199.