"Very Happy"on by LarryTxx
Pros + Superb picture quality and superb videos
+ Very fast load time and hardly any lag
+ Easy to put in pocket
Cons - No extra battery charger
Summary I'm a college student, so I placed a great deal of thought into my decision for purchasing this camera. I was looking for something cute that could easily fit into my pocket and accompany me on all my water activities in the summer. I also needed it to take fairly good photos in all kinds of light and be user friendly. This camera satisfied all of the above.
Water: I go on many float trips in the summertime and like to take photos of all our activities. I took this camera on a three day camping/floating trip almost immediately after purchasing. I was able to get it wet, use it in the water, and snap pics with wet hands- all without worrying. The manual does recommend letting it soak in clean, warm water after use- take this advice! I used it in the river and didn't clean it afterward- resulted in some of my photos I took at night being foggy from the dirty water that remained. The next time, I cleaned it and had no issues.
Photo quality/ease of use: My pictures in and out of the water look great! I'm still exploring all the (many) features and specific settings, but so far I love it! There are a lot of settings and options, so if anyone knows a good tutorial on these, please share. I love the many options to scroll through the photos stored on the camera card. The only small issue is something that someone else had mentioned: it is very easy to put your fingers in the way of the camera on the left side. But as long as you are aware of it, I don't think it's a dealbreaker.
Touch screen: This was my biggest concern about any camera. I had a Fujifilm touchscreen camera before and absolutely hated it. So naturally, I was apprehensive about purchasing another camera with this feature. I'm glad that I went ahead and gave it a try- the use of this touch screen is much better than my previous experience! The icons are close together- again, there are many options- but they stylus provided is helpful for people with bigger fingers.
This camera is much more stylish than other waterproof options out there- it is only slightly larger than my iPhone 4 and easily fits in my pocket. It comes with a wrist strap so it is easy to hold onto- and the stylus snaps right on to the strap cord. One HUGE bonus that no one has really touched on is the charger. It charges the battery inside the camera and the cord hooks up to the charger via USB port, so I can charge it in my car when needed. This was very convenient because the battery life isn't all that strong. I did make it last for two nights of camping and an all day float trip, but I was careful to turn it off when not in use.
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This was a great purchase- I'm very satisfied.
Pros Excellent photo and video quality. You may not appreciate the images when viewed on the camera, but on a Retina Display MacBook Pro you can really see the beauty when you look on it there. It is sufficiently better than my Coolpix S6000 camera.
Cons If used improperly (against the manual) it can be damaged. Also, battery life can be short if you use the photo viewing feature a lot.
Summary I took this camera on a 22 day camping trip in Quebec through some really rough waters. It worked for about 15 days with no problems even while getting scratched and full of sand. One day, I took it with me on a swim under a waterfall. Now the manual says specifically not to apply extreme liquid pressure to the open ports (shutter button) and I did so regardless. First the camera reset itself, not the contents of the memory card luckily, and then it wouldn't turn on anymore. After the summer I packed it away and planned to leave it there to die. However, at the beginning of 2014 I decided I was going to go on a 36 day canoeing trip in similar conditions and thought that I should buy a new camera. However, considering how much I paid for it I packed up the camera, followed the online guidelines and shipped the camera off to Sony. A week and a little bit later I got a package back from Sony. Inside I saw a personal message from Sony apologizing for the inconvenience and a perfectly fixed camera. All the internals had been replaced. Although I can't analyze all the details, I think everything other than the external frame was replaced. I expected a bill of some sorts in the box but to my surprise there was only a bill that was covered in N/C. (No Cost) This made me really appreciate the customer service of Sony that you can receive if you do as the website says. P.S. I did not have any sort of warranty purchased. Also I purchased the camera from a certified third party retailer on Amazon.
Pros Nice compact camera. Takes half decent pictures. I bought the Olympus TG-1 which takes much nicer pictures and is (REAL TOUGH) Video is good on the Sony. I just don't know why they sell this camera as a tough camera, when it's so delicate.
Cons After 2 weeks in Florida, this shatter proof camera broke. The lens cracked. We brought the camera to a Sony store so that they would send it to their repair facilities under warranty.
Summary I ordered this camera from Airmiles up here in Canada to go to Clearwater Florida and take some nice pics.
Not a good choice for a tough, waterproof camera.Nee
After 10 days I got the camera back...get this (THE LENS STILL CRACKED!!!). We called Sony to find out what kind of a repair was made on the camera, as we got it back the way we sent it!!!
The service (at least in Canada is horrible!!) we need to drive 45 mins to the nearest Sony store to resend the camera back to them, and pray they get it properly repaired this time!!!
Also the screen on the back is hard to see under sun light, and even underwater. Will think twice in the future before buying Sony again.