Pros Versatility, durability.
Cons Hard to see screen underwater.
Summary I just got back from a trip to Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands and purchased this camera specifically for this trip. I will say this camera was far and away the best electronic purchase I have ever made and is well worth the money! I wore it around my neck for ~2 weeks: hiking, mountain biking, boating, swimming and snorkeling without worrying about it getting damaged or wet. Also it is very easy to carry due to its small size.
Most of the pictures are fantastic but some didn't turn out as well as others. I think some of this relates to getting used to which settings to use for different situations. I would like to give it a 10/10 but it was difficult at times to see underwater and some of these pictures are not too clear.
Of course each model will continue to get better and better and as someone who likes to travel from snowcapped mountains to sandy beaches I don't think I will ever buy another camera that doesn't have these features of durability, waterproof, shockproof, freezeproof etc.
On a side note I also have a Sony DSC-V3 which has many more manual settings and takes incredible pictures, but I found that I rarely use it these days because it is too big and bulky to carry for most of my vacationing, plus I always worry about it getting wet, damaged etc.
Overall, if you are a traveller and amateur photographer I think this is the best camera out there! If you are aspiring to be a more serious photographer you may not be as happy with it.
Pros Waterproof, Sand-proof, great photos
Cons difficult to see the screen under water
Summary I purchased the 770SW early this month, near the release date and just returned from vacation in Hawaii. It worked great.
The regular shot photos are as good as any I have viewed. The under water photos are superb. And underwater movies turned out better than I expected. Overall, a great product if you are looking for a rugged camera with water proof qualities.
On the down side, the screen is difficult to impossible to see under water (making under water movies is challenging), and I had many artifacts in some videos taken in bright sunlight (vertical lines in the picture), finally, the menu/controls are in a bad spot if you are snorkeling as they are easily hit. Other than that, it performs wonderfully.
"Excellent Camera, people need to read the manual to use correctly, picture quality is great"on by pcmedicnet
Pros Does everything described, picture quality is great
Cons none really, You have to read the manual to make sure you use correct settings.
Summary I was worried by some ratings, it seemed like there might be imaging problems. After getting the camera I have come to believe that either these issues were fixed with newer versions or that the people just did not know how to use all the settings. WHEN I USE IT CORRETLY THE IMAGES ARE GREAT.
My highschool age daughter is on the swim team and this camera is perfect for an active teanager who is ever in the rain or in the water. There is even a scuba housing that can be bought to use with diving.
Sound and video is big plus. Read the manual to find out about all the settings.
Pros outstanding for use in an around water
Cons viewfinder dificult to see in daylight and underwater
Summary Bought this in St. Maartin in May 2007 Immediately put it through it's paces for a few days before I left the island. Pictures were crisp and clear and lens did not fog in salt water. If you want a shirt pocket camera that will also eliminate the need to carry a video recorder I highly recommend
Pros Sturdy as all heck, great outdoor pictures.
Cons Indoor photos not so hot, $$$$, wide shots aren't very wide.
Summary The 770SW is the second point and shoot digital camera I own (my other being the Sony Cybershot DSC-P150). I had purchased it because it's water/shock/crush proof -- and with two small kids who always want to use a digital camera, that's a huge plus. And I wanted a camera I can take in the water rather than purchasing an expensive, bulky, hard to use underwater case for my Sony.
My first impression at the store was that the images the 770 shot looked poor on the camera's display. But with the store's liberal return policy, I decide to take a chance. And I'm glad I did.
Firstly, compared to the Sony, I feel it takes a slightly better photo (I'm talking outdoors here). Doing a same angle side-by-side comparison with my Sony, the colors appear a bit richer and there doesn't appear to be as much aliasing in the 770. Sometimes it appears as if the 770 doesn't freeze the action as well as I would hope (especially in the "sports" mode), but the issue is so minor, it doesn't bother me.
Indoors, I find the camera really doesn't take a great photo most of the time -- it seems to be a bit of hit and miss even with the flash on. In addition, as the light gets low, more and more artifacts (noise) show up in the picture... an issue mentioned in the CNET review. However, I would go a step further to say you should not shoot higher than a 250 ISO to keep the images as artifact free as possible.
But to be fair, I feel most point and shoot digitals don't fair well indoors (an SLR does that best in my opinion). But with a little experience, you can probably work around a lot of the camera's quirks.
If you're looking for a great camera for the outdoors -- hiking, swimming (NOT scuba), biking, rafting, playtime... whatever it is you do, this is probably the best point-and-shoot camera out there. I just wish it was a little cheaper. But I guess it take a bit of money to design a case to withstand 220 LBS. of weight!
Personal tip: as with all digital point-and-shoots, I would recommend the extended warranty if the store offers it. I've found most of those types of cameras eventually have some kind of problem. Some warranties even cover accidental damage -- not that you may need it with this camera.