Summary: I bought this camera a couple years ago so I can report with confidence that it lasts, works as advertised (i.e., under water!) and more than meets my recreational fishing photographic needs. There are a couple of things to watch out for, however. One is that the camera On/ Off button needs to be "Off" when you've finished. Even with the screen blank, you're still draining the battery. That brings up the second point, namely the fairly short battery life.
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: 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.
Summary: I bought the Pentax W60 six months ago on the way to an indoor waterpark. I wanted something that would be functionally equivalent to my existing Canon SD 870 IS: small and light, decent still shots, decent videos. Since then the Pentax has become my default camera. Pros: decent image quality some neat "smart" modes waterproof and dust resistant means no worries about child-play environments!
Summary: I bought this camera for work. I've had it three weeks and have taken approximately 1000 photos / movies with it. I bought this particular camera because it was waterproof, shock resistant, and had the largest mechanical zoom (5x) I could find.
I have used the camera underwater in both fresh and sea water. Overall the camera takes good photos, though sometimes the color balance is off (particularly under backlit conditions).
Summary: I bought this camera last year (in blue). I was looking for something small I could take with me on my kayaking and skiing trips. After doing a great flip and overturning in a kayak last year, I realized I will never relax unless my camera is waterproof. At the same time, I am used to the quality of my Nikon SLR and Nikkor lenses -- I wasn't willing to go for a waterproof camera that makes poor images.
Summary: Comments about Pentax Optio W60 Digital Camera: This thing is perfect for those whom fish, hunt, ski, climb, backpack, etc. It's also great for just taking pictures of folks at the pool or beach without having to worry about the camera. While one could probably purchase a camera that takes slightly better photos, who cares if you're not taking that device into the evironments where you need them.
Pros: Bright LCD, Easy Setup, Easy to Keep Clean, Easy To Use, Great Picture Quality
Summary: Ok, I spend a lot of time fly-fishing, which generally entails a wet and often sandy camera. Having owned and loved an Optio Wpi (2-3 generations back), I immediately went for the new Pentax waterproof over the comparable Olympus. The main reason that I was told that Olympus' retracting lens cover is easily jammed by sand. So I was an easy sell on the w60, after finding out I couldn't buy another wpi - which could have used the 4 batteries I now own for a broken camera.