Best Waterproof Digital Camera?
Does anyone have any experience with underwater/waterproof/shockproof digital cameras? I have a nice Canon that I don't want to risk getting sandy or wet (or stolen), so hubby-to-be and I were thinking it would be so awesome to have a completely worry-proof camera for our upcoming trip to Puerto Vallarta and then our honeymoon at Couples next year! Then we can take pics of everything - snorkeling, poolside, and still get good quality shots when not in the water. It'd be such great peace of mind to not have to worry about dropping it and breaking it or water damage.
Our budget is about $300 or so, so we've been looking at the Pentax Optio WG-1 14MP, Olympus TG 810 or 610 or the Olympus "Tough" line, or Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX10 16MP. I would love to get the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS2 14.1 MP but its a little too pricey right now. As of now, we're leaning towards the Sony (higher MP, touch screen, decent reviews), but I just wanted to know if any of you have tried any of these? It's hard to pick since I've seen reviews for pretty much all of them saying they leaked and died, or also that they were amazing. How to choose?! Any other suggestions are welcome too :) Thanks!!
No...I'm not a camera salesman!
We purchased one of the Olympus "tough series", the 770 back a few years ago and now own a 8010. Both have worked flawless, in both salt and fresh water situations. Having such a small camera that has video capabilities and takes 14 megapixel pix (the 8010) has been great for vacation travel. Being able to take a couple of hours of video and literally HUNDREDS of photos on the same memory card is really great. No need to bring our computer to down load pix. When trying to travel light, its great not to have to lug around a video camera, a regular camera and an underwater camera. They have been dropped....run over by snowmobile, splashed with suntan lotion and baked in the sun....and we have thousands of great pix and videos.