Point-and-shoot outdoor cameras are rugged, waterproof, dustproof, shockproof, and freezeproof. They are available in up to 16 megapixel capacity and rival the picture quality of their more fragile point-and-shoot counterparts. I recently tried out 5 waterproof sport cameras in a number of situations: at a pool, touring Miami Beach, swimming underwater with dolphins at Dolphin Cove in Key Largo, jet boating up the Rogue River in Oregon, hiking in a downpour in Olympic National Park, and kayaking around Orcas Island in the San Juan Islands off the coast of Washington.
The cameras tested included the Fujifilm Finepix XP-150, Nikon Coolpix AW100, Olympus Tough TG-820, Pentax Optio WG-2, and the Sony DSC-TX20. Each camera excelled in at least one feature.
The Pentax Optio WG-2 may actually like to take a lickin'. It's possibly the most rugged point-and-shoot outdoor camera available. Hanging from its included carabiner strap, it can bang around rocks, be dropped from a height (and land in a stream) and show now signs of its fall. It has full-featured, built-in GPS.