Atough Compact

Pentax Optio W80

Into extreme sports, or just accident-prone? Check out this new 12.1 MP almost-everything-proof compact. HOT: It's waterproof (down to 16 feet), dustproof, coldproof (as low as 14 degrees Fahrenheit), and shockproof (for drops of up to 3.3 feet). And it holds its own as a camera, with a 5X optical zoom, wide 28mm lens, and 1280x720-pixel video at 30 fps. NOT: Manual controls would be nice. ($300, estimated street; www.pentaximaging.com)

▼SPEED READER

Sandisk ImageMate All-in-One USB 2.0 Reader

Get your photos off your memory cards and onto your computer at up to 34MB/sec. HOT: Sends photos directly to an application such as Photoshop. NOT: Write speeds may be slower, depending on the card and computer. ($25, street; www. sandisk.com)

Iomega eGo BlackBelt

If your camera is klutz-friendly, your hard drive should be, too. This 500GB portable hard drive is the most droppable out there (up to 7 feet), and takes up almost no room in your bag (it's half an inch thick and weighs less than 7 ounces). HOT: You can rest easy when carrying your drive—it comes with three backup programs. NOT: One of those programs is a PC-only, 6-month trial offer. ($129, street; www.iomega.com)

▼SLIM SLIDE SHOW

Casio Super Slip XJ-S43W

Taking along a projector to show off your work doesn't have to be a pain. This one might be smaller and less cumbersome than your laptop. HOT: It's less than 2 inches thick and weighs just 4 pounds. With a wide-angle 2X zoom, it offers 1280x800-pixel resolution and HD-video compatibility. And you can project Images to a screen as near as 3 feet and as far as 30 feet away. NOT: The price isn't nearly as light as the projector is. ($1,000, estimated street; www.superslimprojector.com)

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