"Glad I bought it"on by marinarn
Pros Fantastic underwater images and movies, and the super macro setting allows for some amazing shots
Cons The regular daytime images appear over exposed when using auto setting.
Could have better image stabalization.
If you have large hands it is a bit difficult to open the battery/memory card compartment
Summary The size of this camera is great and the attached clip is very handy. There are SO many functions and settings that can be a bit overwhelming if you only have basic or point and shoot experience, however if you take the time to learn and practice you can do some really nice photography with this little camera. With the high megapixels images come out crystal clear, but I found the movie quality (other then underwater which was great) to be less then average.
For underwater photos (underwater setting) this camera does a great job in adjusting the colors and especially the blues to give fantastic image results. The underwater movie mode also does a great job. Have taken it in pools and ocean and no moisture noted and it functioned very well.
If you have larger hands the controls are a bit akward and I find it a bit difficult to open the battery/memory compartment.
The super macro shooting mode is amazing and you really can shoot as close as 1cm with great results. I shot a spider web on a misty morning and when I downloaded the photo you could literally see thousands of small water beads clinging to the web (looked like little diamonds) which you could not even see with the naked eye. Close ups of flowers and plants also yeilded spectacular results to the point where you can identify small insects crisply that were on the flower.
There is also a mode to take photos of food which does a fantastic job.
As far as ruggedness it does seem like a great camera so far although I'm really not sure if it were droped how well the lcd screen would survive an impact. The screen does scratch really easily and the display is REALLY difficult to see in bright light.
Pros Quality of photos, Functions, Ease of use and very sturdy feel.
Cons The only miss I have to this point is the glass for the LCD display is raised above the rest of camera and tends to get scratched very easily.
Summary I enjoy taking this camera with us on our ventures because of ease of use and very flexible functions. It's a great point and shoot camera and also the macro photo ability is simply awesome. As well as more advanced capabilites. I have used the camera in sandy/salty enviroments without an issue. (Just don't open the case up for battery, card or usb/hdmi hookup). Also the panoramic shooting really looks great once you practice the procedure. We recently took our two boys fishing and did not fear getting camera wet because these days that is going to happen.
Pros I haven't been able to use it
Cons This battery dies after an hour or so.
Summary The battery dies after an hour. Now I have to go through the trouble and expense of sending it to the manufacturer and they've have pretty much informed me it will be repaired at my expense. I regret buying this thing. Instead of having a camera, I have no camera and can expect a bill.
"Not so rugged"on by strotherdc
Pros It has alot of options for shooting
Cons Did not hold up to a simple Jamaica family vacation.
Summary The case leaked in the pool on the first day and left us without camera the rest of our vacation
"Worked very well"on by magroves
Pros Did not leak while snorkeling in Hawaii for 2 weeks. Like the Macro & super macro setting & lights. Good zoom range for a small camera. Videos looked great on best quality setting.
Cons The clear cover over the lense can reflect the sun at certain angles and cloud the image. You can't use the zoom while doing video.
Summary Spent 2 weeks in Hawaii snorkeling & camera worked well. Did not leak. Had trouble focusing from time to time. You can go to several focus modes if it has too much trouble.
Did lots of video as well as stills. Both were good. I would recommend this camera.