Hi, I'm new to this forum but in need of a bit of advice. I'm off to Bonaire in a couple of weeks time to do some fieldwork and I'm looking for a new camera to take with me. I've had a bit of bad luck with past cameras (I lost two in Madagascar - one fell in a river and the other got blocked up with sand).

What I really need is a camera that can take the tough conditions of fieldwork (waterproof, sandproof, shockproof etc.). I've seen that there are quite a few rugged cameras on the market, I've had a look at the what digital camera review, which is helpful but I was wondering if anyone had any experience of using any of these and could give me some feedback.

I'd still like to be able to take fairly good photos, but I need a camera that can withstand slightly tougher conditions.

Any thoughts would be really appreciated
Thanks!