Panasonic Lumix TS20 16.1 Digital Camera
Had a run in with half a bottle of dr pepper with my old Canon IS and needed a new camera quick for a trip to Disneyland and birthday party. After having 2 incidents in 2 weeks with liquid damage on expensive electronics I decided to get something a bit more "weatherproof".
I did alot of research for waterproof tough cams that apparently have just recently come back into vogue again. For the price you really couldn't beat the features on this one. If you wanted to spend 2x to 3x as much and pay for the Sony or Nikon they obviously have better picture quality, but for this price (I got it for $110 currently) you could not do better. Camera review sites seems to only factor in quality sans price. If price wasn't an object I wouldn't even be looking at a point and shoot so it seems kind of counter-intuitive to read a review website and have them tell you "Your best bet is to buy the $350 Sony"
Picture Quality: It has alot of 'fuzz' in the pictures when you view them at full size. I thought this was because of point and shoots tenacity for raising the ISO to ridiculous levels but even with the ISO set to 200 or 400 manually it still has alot of fuzz. The tilt/shift "mini" mode is sort of fun, but takes a while to process and apply the effects and can be added to a greater degree in post processing (READ: Photoshop). Macro pictures seem to come out pretty decent and for some reason don't seem to have as much distortion/fuzz/blur. I haven't taken it underwater yet, it says it's for fresh or sea water only so I assume swimming pools being chlorinated are out (which is sort of the kicker unless you live by the beach). I'm not sure on salt water pools but I assume they should be ok.
Video Quality: It's 720P it picks up motion ok and lower level light (not sure HOW low level but my test video came out very decent) is ok too. I filmed my wife and daughter rolling skater at sunset and the video was of acceptable quality.
Over-all it's not stellar, but will suffice for our trip and will be a great camera (shock-proof waterproof) for my wife and daughter to use especially because even if she get's it grubby a quick rinse and it's good as new (I hope!). It's small will fit well in even a clutch purse or pocket, it's slim and lightweight. iA (Intelligent Autofocus) makes things EXTREMELY simple with facial recognition autofocus, auto flash, red-eye removal, and automatically detects when objects are close and switches to macro mode. This is awesome for my wife and daughter who don't even know what the term "macro mode" means.