Summary: I've had my Olympus U725SW for between 5 & 6 years now and used it in all kinds of situations. I've used it roaring down the rapids while river rafting on Java Island, Indonesia, snorkling and swimming on a number of islands in Indonesia, roaring on a river boat in Borneo, canoeing down rivers in...
Pros: It's taken the toughest treatment I would expect from anything, in fact more, and it has just kept going, so rugged must be up there amongst its strongest features. waterproof it surely is., The body is strong and rugged and can take a beating.
Cons: Zoom is only 3.0X Optical., On/Off button is not easily accessible under difficult circumstances., The function selection is difficult under "action" circumstances.
Summary: I love, love, love this camera. I did a lot of research after my 1st digital a Canon suddenly died after only 3 years. The two big draws of this camera are that it's waterproof and shockproof. I have a 3 year old and taking pictures is an everyday thing. The 7.0 MP is great.
Summary: I bought this camera after I accidently threw our canon powershot in the pool and needed to replace it. (it was inside a bag of snorkeling gear we had just taken to the beach and I didn't realize it until it was already in the water).
Pros: Definitely durable. I have owned it almost a year and it has been through a lot plus dropped 2x. There are only minor scratches on it., I am happy with the pictures it takes. They are great for my purposes. I usually keep the image quality set to SQ1 (2560 X 1920) which has produced good quality ...
Cons: I like to use the digital zoom on it, but for some reason it shuts itself off each time I shut the camera off. It is a pain to have to go back into the menu and turn it back on every time I want to use it. I would give this camera a 5 star rating if it weren't for the digital zoom issue I have wi...
Summary: My last compact digital camera was a Canon SD700IS. It took much better pictures than the Olympus 720SW, until I accidentally dropped it and it busted to pieces. The compact digital camera before that was an Olympus that got wet and died when my sailboat capsized.
Summary: Just came back from snorkeling. Nice thing about this camera is that it is campact and waterproof, and it takes decent pictures. However, it is hard to see the LCD underwater, and it is hard to get a steady shot. The lens is poorly positioned, and your finger easily finds its way into the image.
Summary: I bought this camera a month ago for our trip to Roatan, Honduras. My wife and I are avid snorkelers and we wanted an inexpensive camera (not the throw aways) that take great pics of sea life with the vibrant colors we see through our mask. This camera is the one.