I have been an amateur photographer for a long time. And when I was sent to war I had no intention of dropping the hobby. I did however need a camera which was smaller than the Pro90 IS I was using at the time, something which could easily be stashed in a cargo pocket. This is what I got. This was my war camera. I kept it in an old padded sock in a small ZipLoc freezer bag, and it survived the war.