Summary: This camera is a real workhorse. Tough. Absolutely waterproof. Takes good underwater pics and in downpour. Good pics in bright sunlight. Have taken everywhere with me...swimming, kayaking, hiking, biking, etc. Very reliable and easy to use. I attach a floating wrist band that I purchased on amazon and throw it in the boat/kayak/canoe with no problem and no fears of losing it. The size and shape work well...very easy to slip in a pocket or bag.
Summary: This was my first "Rugged / waterproof" camera. I purchased this camera specifically for using when camping/ hiking/ canoeing. I purchased extra batteries, protective skin case (PESOW60C), LCD Invisible Shield, Floating wrist strap, and 2 crucial 8Gb memory cards in June of 09. I tried it at home a little bit to familiarize myself with it. Then it went on a 12 day backpacking trip at Philmont Scout Camp in New Mexico.
Pros: I have not had to worry about keeping it dry or dust free. It has survived being left in a car in 90 degree weather with the window rolled up for 8hrs. As well as being sat on, dropped from small heights, set down on counters & rocks none to gently. Like the post office it has delivered no matter, rain, snow or shine. I've never had to decide on IF to take the camera with me because of where I was going, the weather or what I was doing. Though I did take it out of my ...
Cons: I don't like the fact that I can not zoom in and out when taking video. You have to set the depth to where you want it and then start taking the video., I do not use the High def video due to the low frame rate., I'm afraid to use it underwater due to other reviews of it not to survive this as well as the reviews of poor customer service after having problems. Though I do imagine this is mostly due to, you get one good customer review per 20 bad reviews. People tend t...
Summary: I don't usually write reviews, but I had to tell you this story. I rafted the Grand Canyon for 23 days and on DAY 1 we swam a class 5 rapid and my camera was lost, I was sure into the Colorado. 4 days later I found the camera in 2 inches of water under the cooler a little dinged up. At first it didn't function well, kept firing willy nilly and the view screen was clouded up. I just put it away for a week thinking it was done.
Summary: This has been a great camera. Small and has stood up to dirt, water and had use. The optional rubber skin helps.
Pros: Macro shots, form factor and image quality compared to its peers.
Cons: Weaknesses are not at the camera as much as the type. One needs to know the modes and watch the ISO settings. I limit ISO at 400 and use green button mode to go higher in a hurry to make sure I don't have too much grain. Battery life is not great.
Summary: Seeing as how this is a waterproof camera I'd say they probably really meant for it to be used more in the outdoor environment. This pics it takes then are typically excellent quality. Indoors or lower light however, suck. They are grainy, fuzzy and, well, crap. *sigh* The camera is small and very portable. I used it in the pool and it had no problems at all. But since it takes crappy indoor pics I'm looking for another camera for more full time use.
Summary: I love this camera! I was looking for something to be able to take to the pool and the beach in the summer. I thought I would only use it for those purposes, but now I use it as my main camera. It works great and I don't have to worry about getting it wet or sandy. I find the Pentax Optio series the easiest menu to use and it has some great features.
Handy portable water proof camera but low picture quality
P. Shrestha "ps_artist", Amazon
22 November 2009
Summary: I bought this camera a year ago and have taken in few outdoor trips. It's a handy waterproof camera. I noticed few water condensation in inner side of display screen when I used in sea water (1/2 feet deep beach area) for longer than 2 hours but it went away after a day and still working fine. Under water images or video are okay. But this camera is not for poor light conditions. Picture quality is not so great and takes some time to take picture on clicking.
Summary: Worked very well on a holiday to the sand and surf. Rinsing in fresh water after a day of use helps. Was late rinsing once and battery door became sticky. Took a good cleaning with a toothbrush to remedy. Underwater pictures and videos were very good and battery life is good.
super nice point an shoot better than Olympus by far
E. Sickels "ns", Amazon
17 November 2009
Summary: I got one off Amazon and was impressed. It takes great pictures if you do not use the auto 800 setting. Just use it at 100 or 200 setting. Great videos. [...] These are three I made for some friends. The controls are easy to use and work. great picture options. Good underwater shots but do not go to deep. AAA+++ Going to buy the W80 next.