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Panasonic Toughpad 5 hands-on: no smartphone more rugged

Panasonic Toughpad 5 hands-on: no smartphone more rugged

Whilst checking out the slimmest and sleekest smartphones in the world this week at Mobile World Congress 2014, Panasonic dropped a beast on us. The Panasonic Toughpad 5 is a device that Panasonic is hesitant to classify as a phone. Like the rest of their range of devices with the brand name Toughpad, this machine is resistant to the wandering eyes of top-tier smartphone lovers as it is the elements.

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Olympus Stylus Tough TG-850 IHS packs tilting LCD in rugged case

Olympus Stylus Tough TG-850 IHS packs tilting LCD in rugged case

Olympus has added a new ruggedized camera to its Stylus Tough line-up, the TG-850, the first such model to offer a swiveling LCD. Packing a 16-megapixel BSI CMOS and a 21mm, 5x zoom - the widest, Olympus points out, in its class - the TG-850 can deal with dives down to 33 feet, as well as up to 220 pounds of crushing force, and cold temperatures of as much as -14 degrees Fahrenheit.

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Sony Action Cam hands-on [sample]

Sony Action Cam hands-on [sample]

There've never been so many ways to keep track of your extreme sports lifestyle, but Sony is hoping its latest Action Cam will lure away potential GoPro users thanks to a mixture of WiFi, GPS, Full HD quality, and a broad range of accessories. Offering a choice of 1080p or slow-motion 720p recording, the Action Cam has SteadyShot image stabilization along with a Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar 170-degree lens and Exmor R sensor. We took to the skies with the Action Cam to see how it performed.

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Sony Action Cam HDR-AS30V pairs 16MP Exmor-R sensor with hardcore cage

Sony Action Cam HDR-AS30V pairs 16MP Exmor-R sensor with hardcore cage

This point-of-view camera allows users to record GPS as they record video on-the-go. The theme of this product is "Prove Yourself", Sony suggesting that the addition of GPS to video is letting users to show - and prove - that they were rolling out in hardcore sports situations of all sorts. This camera is 25% smaller than Sony's previous solutions from Sony in the Action Cam universe, this paired with 16 megapixel Exmor-R sensor, CZ Lens, and a 170-degree viewing angle.

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Kyocera Hydro Elite hits Verizon with full waterproof abilities

Kyocera Hydro Elite hits Verizon with full waterproof abilities

If you're tired of waiting for the Samsung Galaxy S4 Active to come to Verizon, Kyocera has your back. The device known as Kyocera Hydro Elite brings on a 4.3-inch display at 720p with an 8 megapixel camera at its back and a front-facing camera suitable for video chat. The whole unit is rated for water immersion of up to 3.28 feet of water for around 30 minutes - not that you'd be leaving it in the drink that long - that's a real-deal IPX7 rating, mind you.

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