"Excellent camera option"4.5 starson by LRod-Mia
Pros: Waterproof, shock-proof, user friendly, great image quallity
Cons: Bulky, picture time delay
Summary: First I have to say, that I have always used Canon products as an amateur photographer (SLR, D-SLR and now this point and shoot camera). With this in mind, I basically bought the camera for my trip to Hawaii without reading many reviews (BIG MISTAKE!!-Always read reviews) Which I did later and was able to take the adequate recommendations.
As I had an EXCELLENT experience and all the pictures came out amazing: underwater, macro, scenic, etc. I give you my input as I think it is a great camera for the price.
1- Waterproof/Leaks: You are buying an underwater camera,so take care of it like any underwater camera!. After every time you open the battery/SD card latch or the side port to connect to the computer, MAKE SURE THERE ARE NO PIECES OF DIRT/SAND. Clean it well (Consider using a thin brush), and I also put Vaseline around the O-Rings. So no problems after approx 10-15 snorkeling excursions with pictures taken down to about 12-15 feet. And NEVER open any of this doors in the middle of the trip unless you are SURE you can clean it well before taking it underwater again.
2- Lense Failure/Error: Basically I took from all reviews that once the battery is dying, the lense could give this error message. So, every night before a long trip, I would fully charge the battery. I had bought an extra battery but just returned it because I did not use it.
3- Picture delay: It takes a bit of time between focusing and actually taking the picture, so keep this in mind specially if you are taking action shots or just underwater holding your breath.
4- Bulky: It is uncomfortable to carry in your side pocket, but I never had an issue carrying it... It is not a slim frame.
5- Accessory pack: This I thought was EXTREMELY OVERPRICED as the other reviews and don't think it is worth your money. You can basically grab some other type of collar/sling and you save the $100.
I guess that the previous comments can be applied to all waterproof cameras, so whatever you decide, good luck!