Top positive review
30 people found this helpful
Pretty good at what it does
on 2 December 2014
I was torn between this and the Olympus TG3 and eventually, the promise of 25 metres (as opposed to 18) won me over. Although this is never going to replace a decent underwater camera and case, its convenient and capable enough for most recreational diving.
It feels rugged, and has a reassuring weight. The two compartments are double locked which is reassuring as I lost my first Olympus tough because a catch caught on something as I rolled off the boat and it filled up with water. The only worrying 'feature' is that the lens is only protected by being slightly recessed. Following a tip in another review I used an old transparent map holder to protect the camera on entries and exits.
The separate battery pack meant that I could keep one battery charging while I used the other.
Over the last two weeks, it has survived dives to 35 metres unscathed. And it will take photos up to about 31 metres, after that, the buttons stop working.
As for picture quality and associated special effects:
There's still a distinct green cast to the underwater pictures - regardless of depth. This is despite specific camera settings that were apparently meant to compensate for colour absorption. When I got them home, I still needed to do a little work in iPhoto to get them how I wanted. I've uploaded two pics, before and after editing to adjust for temperature and tint. But, that was the same with the Olympus as well. The 5x optical zoom worked fine.
The on land pictures seemed fine and pretty standard quality for a point and click with vivid colours and crisp edges. The rear screen display was visible in bright sunlight.
There are a number of effects that you can use whole taking pictures (posterise,colour emphasis etc.), but I'm not sure how useful they are, since you can pretty much achieve the same results with any decent editing software and probably a lot more easily. The panorama function is not that great either.
For a camera that's rugged enough to take on reasonably deep dives without having to worry about bulky (and extremely expensive) housings (and associated maintenance), this is a good deal, I think. It loses a star because there is extra work involved once you're on land, but I don't regret buying this over the Olympus.