Summary: I love my waterproof, shockproof, crushproof, lifeproof camera. I enjoy kayaking, fishing, and skiing and prefer to have a camera with me that I don't have to worry about while I'm on the water or could possibly crash and crush the camera. I've taken many under-water photos and have never had it leak. It's important to read the directions on proper care: the seals need to be clean in order for them to work properly and to keep water out of the camera.
Pros: The durability of this camera is a top strength; I've dropped my camera too many times to count and it continues to work flawlessly. Also, having underwater capabilities means that I can take photos in more situations and without a bulky camera casing., The photos I've taken while outside with full light come out superb. This camera is capable of taking very beautiful photos under the right lighting conditions.
Cons: I've had limited success with the quality of under-water photos. The camera seems to have a harder time focusing on what you want it to, which can get frustrating., It also has a long delay between time you push the button and when the camera actually takes the photo; this can be irritating when trying to take photos of moving things, like fish!, Another weakness is the quality of indoor and low-light photos. Don't expect to get great shots in those conditions.
Summary: I Ioved this camera, in fact after my first one was stolen I purchased a second only three days later. I cannot be without! I work at a zoo and carry my camera with me at all times. The SW series meets my requirements when moving items (trees/nets/rocks) in animal enclosures and I don't have to worry about it if using fire hosing gets a bit out of control - it's waterproof.
Pros: I travel a fair bit and my cameras have been on Africa safaris, through China and hiking the Galapagos. I have taken awesome photos/ video while snorkelling with sealions and penguins. The video may not be the best quality but it captures the moment (which is also why I carry it at work)., The size makes it easy to carry in pocket or purse.
Cons: Picture quality not always up to expectations...but we also shoot with a DSLR., Memory card is a bit slow...animals move quickly and I don't always get the shot I'd like.
Summary: I bought this camera after a few rain drops ruined my old FugiFilm. PRO: -Water/shock/drunk proof (primarily why I bought the camera). -Decent Macro feature. -Good battery life. -Multiple picture settings. -Pocket size. CONS: -Really S L O W shutter speed. -No eye piece, just LCD screen, which is very difficult to see in bright light. -All pictures turn out a little dark (if I did not know or use Photoshop, it would be a big problem).
Rock solid adventure/theme park/pool/boat/ companion
Dave "Rhinodave2k", Amazon
23 June 2008
Summary: After a lot of research we bought the Olympus 770SW to have a camera we could take snorkeling, hiking, and many places/activities where I would not take my Nikon D80 or our beloved Minolta (RIP) point and shoot. I was concerned about reviewers who mentioned soft images and image quality. I'm fairly critical when looking at images, and I believe there is little to worry about for 90%+ of users on that score.
Summary: I've used these 770SW's while traveling since they came out and love them. Most compact digitals break within a year - dropped, rained on, whatever. This is the answer, waterproof and drop-proof while relatively inexpensive. I've used it whitewater rafting on the Chatooga, body surfing in Puerto Escondido, mountianbiking in Moab, and in bars. It takes pretty good snapshots, and the "available light" setting is nice when you would avoid using a flash.
Summary: This camera rocks. I had the previous model (720SW) for about a year until a friend decided that "waterproof" included opening the battery compartment in the pool. (FYI: opening the battery compartment while the camera is underwater is a Bad Idea). I took it as an opportunity to upgrade to the 770SW, which is basially just an updated model with some added features.
Summary: This camera is truly versatile. We bought it before a trip to Hawaii & took it snorkeling. It took great photos, but the screen is dim and difficult to view in bright light or under water. In addition, the movie mode is extremely short- 20 seconds and I can't figure out how to add a new movie or continue. It seems to lock up after the 20 seconds.
Summary: I purchased this camera because it was the first one I found that was fairly cheap and waterproof to a decent depth. I am a canoe instructor and avid outdoorsman and I put this camera through a fair share of bumps and lots of water. It lives on my lifejacket or in my pocket so it gets wet a lot and I have had no trouble with it.