questionswhat is a good, affordable underwater digital…

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According to my research, the TG-820 is best stats-wise, but there aren't as many reviews. The Lumix TS20 offers a lot for the price, but but am worried about the specs since this will replace my point and shoot as well The other two are middle ground stats wise and have good professional and customer reviews.

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That's awesome! My dream vacation. I don't have a recommendation for a camera, but hope you have a great time! Please post some pictures when you get back?

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I dont't know much about cameras or what quality you're looking for, but I have a Kodak Zx5 that seems pretty nice. The stills, especially in macro, look nice and the video is better than I expected. The only problems are that it does not have flash and pictures and video do not turn out well when zooming. It was pretty cheap too, $50 for a refurb that looked new.

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@miyoshinum5: I used the older model Zx3 I believe when my wife and I went to Cancun and used it when we went snorkeling and turned out great.

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I carry a http://www.seaandsea.com/ Sea and Sea camera (Sea & Sea DX-750G). Since it's a point and shoot digital camera with housing, it's dual purpose for your vacation. It has capabilities to attach your strobes and what ever fun gadgets if you want, but it's not necessary.

I've had it down to 100ft and took some great shots, and all over the world. It's not a professional camera, but it should be able to handle everything you need/want.

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@questionsanswered: Yeah I will post some pics to tumblr or something and link people through this post. I am all about wildlife so I am pretty excited about it :) Thanks for the good wishes!

@miyoshinum5 @eeekdageek
First of all, I love the name eeekdageek :) Second, I looked at those cameras and they wouldn't really fit the bill for something that would replace my point and shoot as well as be good for underwater use.

@bogie21: Those are a bit out of my price range, and I am leaving this week... Availability and shipping on time would be an issue.

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I just put my iPhone in a double-ziplock baggie.

J/K I don't own an iPhone, and I am jealous of your trip. I have nothing constructive to add except have a great trip and post some pictures. :)

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@jsimsace: I don't even go for the ziplocs. I just put my phone into the glad sandwich bags with the foldable tops.

And yes, I will link some pics when I get back :)
Who wants me to tag them so that they get the notification when I post the link?

update, btw: I think I am leaning towards the Olympus. Thoughts?

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@hirshy: I bought the original Olympus Stylus 720SW underwater and shockproof camera what seems about a decade ago. We had some amazing times together, in the tropics, in pools, in Jamaica, Mexico, the Dominican Republic, and down in Guadeloupe...
The waterproof seal finally gave way halfway through my Guadeloupe trip as I was swimming in the ocean. As soon as I got home, I placed my order for the new version of the Olympus shockproof and waterproof camera. I love it as much, or even more than the original!
It is, however, too bad that you cannot wait until Black Friday. They always seem to go on sale at that point…
But yes, enjoy your trip, pick up a waterproof camera (my vote is clearly for the Olympus), take lots of fantastic shots, and report back :-).
-=C=-

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I recently went through this, and after everything was said and done, I had it down to the Pentax WG2 or the GoPro.
Ended up with the WG2 (white with GPS), so far I took it white water rafting, and then on the Warrior Dash (3 mile mud run). So it's gotten very wet, and very muddy, with no issues. I have not taken it below 1 foot of water though, but upon inspection it has been bone dry and clean inside (including the 2 hour bath it got to get the mud out of the crevices).
My note, it's a decent camera, the ring of LED's is a gimmick (for the super zoom setting), they wash out the item. Has some features that are nice though, including a front LED that flashes when the picture is taken, so you know your self portrait was taken.
While it's no DSLR, it has replaced our other handheld point and shoots, and since it's new, it has features like panorama and super slow motion video.
(Overall, I love the camera, just think GPS is a waste since I feel it will only shorten battery life.)

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I bought my best friend an Olympus Tough for his birthday last July. He has had it in his pocket the entire time since. He is retired and supplements his income by working as a handyman, so he spends his days climbing up on roofs, under cabinets, and hauling stuff in and out of his truck. He carries it in freezing weather and our desert climate of 110+. He's taken that camera on two Caribbean vacations and used it underwater both times. The camera has stood up to a lot of crushing and battering in his pocket, been dropped plenty (including when a wave knocked it out of his hand and he dropped it in the ocean and almost lost it this summer) and it works as well now as the day I bought it on EBay for about $125.

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Thanks for all of the advice on the cameras, guys!
After reading your opinions and reading some reviews / watching some videos reviewing the camera, I went ahead and got the Olympus WG-820. I have it now and am messing around with it, but can't wait to use it during the vacation!
I will post a link to some vacation pictures when I get back!

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@questionsanswered
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Just wanted to report back:
I am back in the country and had an amazing time in South America!
Look forward to some pictures soon: I am creating the photo albums on shutterfly right now and will be posting a question with the link in it very soon.

The camera was awesome and I am glad that I got it! Thank you for all of your advice :)

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I had the Olympus stylus tough and it was my favorite camera then of course I lost it in a river :-( I immediately started looking for a replacement and after weeks of reading reviews trying different ones I ended up purchasing the nikon aw 100. Its durability and quality of pictures is amazing. Shooting brilliant pictures at 16m with vibrant colors and video hd1080p. Also it has a high speed setting for recording videos. 15fps at 1920x1080 down to 240fps at 320x240. The features of this camera are simply amazing.