Editors Liked

  • Extremely tough, Easy to use, 2Gb internal memory, SD card format, Good performance at the telephoto length
  • A wide-angle, non-protruding lens, Sensor-shift image stabilization, Durable construction, Deep underwater capability--33 feet, Shockproof to a drop from 5 feet, Freezeproof to 14F or -10C, Crushproof to 220 pounds of pressure, In-camera manual, Icon g
  • Extremely rugged for a compact; very good feature set; full, built-in user manual; 1.6GB of internal memory for photos, video
  • Hard as nails. Takes decent pictures
  • Good image quality with low noise. Water-, freeze-, drop-, and crush-proof. Tap-enabled interface. Lens is protected by a retracting shield. 2GB of internal storage. In-camera manual and guide
  • The Chuck Norris of pointandshoots — virtually indestructible. More functions than we know what to do with. No casing needed to take pictures under the sea
  • Tough features are handy in poor weather, Panel protecting memory card and battery slots is especially secure, Some good intermediate photography features, Lens remains protected at all times, Macro modes work very well

Editors Didn't Like

  • Slow start-up, Menu system can be slow to react
  • Sluggish performance, Redundant controls, Power button small, not always responsive, Poor battery life, Weak flash, AF struggles in low light, Few manual controls, LCD somewhat dim in bright sunlight, No relay recording between internal memory and SDHC
  • Frustratingly slow performance; soft photos; pricey
  • Chunky and weighty. Less user friendly than Panasonic FT2
  • Pricey. Images are soft towards the outer areas of the frame. Noticeable shutter lag. Long delays between shots. LCD shows motion blur
  • Shutter is prohibitively slow. Photo quality not on par with similar rugged cameras. Menu system needs a serious overhaul
  • Response times, especially startup time, are below average, Overall image quality could be a little better, LCD is a little small, but is of good quality, MSRP is a little high, although price has fallen a bit, Menus can be a little tough to learn to use