Summary: I purchased this camera for a 9 day rafting trip down the Colorado River. I was able to document the trip and take some nice photos. It was water and sand proof. I had two complaints: no manual mode and a short battery life. Now, I could not find a manual mode and I found that sometimes with the texture of rock layers and flowing water the camera did not know what to focus on and what light source to meter.
Summary: Really an amazing camera for the price. A vast range of customization available to achieve outstanding pics in every conceivable condition in a user friendly interface. Sadly however out of the box the HDMI port was not working and now has been returned for repairs. Camera was a factory refurb but one would still expect all functions to be tested.
Summary: This review may not offer you much insight. I bought it for my son to use while caving; he liked the micro function of his Nikon Coolpix camera for taking pictures of insects, salamanders, frogs, bats, etc., but was looking for a waterproof camera. This camera did not live up to his expectations for picture-taking abilities compared to his old camera. So we returned it. I don't believe he ever tried out the waterproof aspects of the camera.
Summary: Camera is working fine but battery completely charged once and won't charge again. Will need to buy another battery. Wouldn't charge while we were on vacation so we could only take pictures on our phones the rest of the vacation.
Summary: If you want a camera that is SPECIFICALLY for outdoor use, this is a great choice. If you need a camera to take on your mountain biking trip or while surfing, this tough and inexpensive camera is what you want. But that toughness comes at the price of photo quality. Indoor shots are very disappointing. This camera does not focus well indoors without the flash on, even in extremely large, light rooms. And the flash is harsh and washes colors out.
Summary: Pros: -Underwater (yes tested this in a pool and worked fine) -Stylish looks. -Long Lasting battery. Cons: -Poor image quality even my cellphone takes better pictures. -Bad light balance. It takes too long to balance pictures usually comes out very illuminated Yes I tried everything on the best or finest options and even tried to manually adjust the light settings. For the price I cant complain and would reccomend it.