Despite the rugged design, the Optio43WR captures delicate detail with 4.0 effective megapixels, while the 2.8X zoom lens (equivalent to a 37-104mm lens in 35mm format) captures both expansive scenery shots and tightly composed portraits without protruding from camera body. When combined with the 4X digital zoom, the optical zoom offers a total 11.2X zoom power with smooth lever operation. Go ahead and dunk the Optio43WR! The camera features a rust-resistant metal interior, rubber sealants, and lens protection that opens up a new world of photographic potential. Users may shoot in rain, in snow, by the pool, or on the beach to capture outdoor scenes and adventure. The JIS Class 7 waterproof rating confirms the Optio43WR will remains watertight even when the camera is rinsed, splashed and immersed in water (the Optio43WR may be immersed up to three feet for less than 30 minutes but should not be operated underwater). The Optio43WR features two new functions to ensure faster response especially for action shots. A Quick Start setting allows users to switch on the power within 0.9 seconds prior to shooting with the press of the shutter release button. In addition, a special Snap mode ensures sharp results from action shots with a release lag of just 0.05 seconds from one shot to the next. Additionally, the Optio43WR makes it easy to change modes by requiring only a single touch to switch from shooting to playback or back to shooting mode. A new high-speed CCD and innovative image processing circuitry in the Optio43WR records movies at the high resolution of 640 x 480 pixels that is higher than most digital cameras in a similar class. Movie quality has been enhanced with 30fps performance (double the conventional rate). Movies may be recorded to the full capacity of your chosen memory media.