Summary: I bought this for traveling. i wanted something I could take anywhere and this was perfect. I took it the beach with no problems in the water, out in cold temperatures and more. When I bought it was at a great price, its probably cheaper now which is even better. I did not want to spend too much money on one of these rugged cameras in case it got lost.
Summary: Please see other review for accessories. I truly cannot say enough for this camera. It went to Afghanistan with the Marines, came back battered, but still working. It matched the claims made for it. If you really want a great camera that goes through sand, rain, ice, being thrown into a duffel bag with gear, etc., this is the one. The only thing it missed out on, was being shot.
Summary: Took this camera to Cozumel a few years ago. I'm not a professional or even experienced amateur when it comes to photography, particularly underwater photography. This camera was really easy to use. When snorkeling or in the pool, we used the camera without a separate underwater housing and found the images were very good. When we went scuba diving we used a plastic housing over the camera. We used an Ikelite housing, I think.
Summary: Picture quality is good enough we could use it as our normal camera. It has survived multiple falls, salt water and all kinds of other abuse. Be sure to have extra batteries though, as they die quickly.