on 19 March 2010
I bought the motorsport version (same camera, just different types of mount) just before going on holiday to film my niece's ski-ing. I had very high expectations of it having read other reviews elsewhere. All I can say is this camera totally surpassed that!
The HD quality is out of this world in all modes (there are 5 video modes as well as the time-lapse photo modes. etc) The camera works best in bright light but can overexpose on snow covered ground as it doesn't appear to have auto white balance but people, scenery & the sky are very clear. The camera & instructions are simple to understand. You have to have good eyesight to see the various small icons in the display but once you get used to them, it's simple.
Operation is simple, turn it on using one button, press the shutter button on the top to start shooting, push it again to stop! Playback through the camera into your HD or normal TV is easy and the results speak for themselves, it's like looking through a window at the live action.
The waterproof case works very well and again is simple to use. Be careful about the door closure clip on the top as it can break if too much strain is put on it, but just squeeze the case and rear door as you close the case to help it and you will be fine.
Sound using the waterproof case is slightly muffled with any contact on the case being the loudest sound, but ha, it's a waterproof, airtight case!
You get plenty of options on mounting the camera. the 3M double sided mounts are almost impossible to remove after sticking. (The ski helmet I hired was returned to the shop complete with the pad still attached as it wouldn't come off!!!)
I LOVE THIS CAMERA!!!