Summary: OK, this WAS a great camera. But when you pull the camera out of your swim suit pocket after swimming to see that the battery compartment is wide open, it costs 116$ to repair. The latch that keeps water out of the battery/SD card compartment is a silly little sliding latch that opens if it is bumped. It just popped open inside my pocket. Truly a design flaw on an otherwise good quality camera.
Summary: Camera was good until I got next to kids pool i dropped it in lest than 18 inches of water for about three seconds it it was toast. Not water proof at all and yes the the door and clips were all locked in place. I called fuji directly and they just offered to sell me another at full price.
actually takes better video than my dedicated video camera
23 November 2013
Summary: There may be better cameras in this price range, but this one works very well. It actually takes better video than my dedicated video camera that had cost more than this. And yes, it does work underwater. Great one for travel snapshots. I take off a star because it needs to be less expensive, i.e. 100 bucks.
Excerpt: I've been using this less than impressive camera for a little over a year. I a more in depth review on my website keiththewheelman.com under the cameras tab. I wanted a waterproof camera to replace the pentax I had drowned and bought this cheap. The camera is slow, the handling is bad and I have little nice to say about the quality of the pictures... on the bightside it was waterproof until a little tumble popped out a screw... so much for the shockproof aspect.
Summary: The cameras after 1 year and 10 underwater tour take water inside! The seals are not reliable! The image quality is poor under the sea. Wrong colors. The movie quality is poor (always pixelation). In low light scenes (in & out the water) does not allow acceptable pictures.
Summary: I do a lot of fishing, hiking, hunting, and canoeing. I have had this camera for a couple of years now. It has taken a beating, it has been in sand, mud, and water many times. The fact that there are no external moving parts is very nice. It has been dropped many times with no problems. I would recommend buying extra batteries with it. The picture quality is good but not great. It can take great pictures when lighting is good, but during low light it struggles.