New products on the market include a compact waterproof video camera (5 ft) and still camera with video (10ft) worth a look...
Both are in stock at Costco and should be popular with Mrs.Santa's everywhere :)
Sanyo Xacti VPC-E1 (top)
Ideal for active families, vacationers and water sports enthusiasts, the ultra-compact E1 can record high-quality video and 6-megapixel stills under water to a depth of five feet for up to one hour at a time.
That side panel is a large swing-out LCD screen for easy viewing above or below surface.
$319 - $399 on line
Olympus Stylus 1030 SW (bottom)
10.1 MP 2.7" LCD 3.6x Optical 5x Digital
10-21-2008, 08:56 PM
I recently picked up the SW1030. I'm not ready to comment on it because I haven't put it through its paces yet. I'm generally impressed and like the equivelent 28 to 105mm zoom but have not got used to not having the viewfinder and I have a few shots with my finger at the top edge of the pic. Paid $319 at amazon plus another $25 for a 2 gig memory card. I'm thinking I should have picked up the sw770 which was available for pretty short money (I believe the 1030 is its replacement).
10-22-2008, 10:12 AM
The cameras are BRILLIANT...
Canon and Pentax software (to me) seems user friendly...
My Olympus 1030 software is challenging and annoying...
10-22-2008, 11:47 AM
Agreed on the 1030 software. Again, I haven't made any effort to get familiar with it but the software is annoying. All's I want to do is download the damn pics to a directory of my choosing...
Why use the vendor's SW? Just put the card in a card reader and it's treated like a removable drive.