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Hey everybody. Thought I'd pose this question to OCN before I let the rest of the internet at it.

I'm looking for a waterproof digital camera. I ask because, naturally, I have specific criteria. They are:

- price range of around $200
- good warranty
- good quality pictures both in and out of water

The more I look at reviews on Amazon.com the more terrified I become. While I can diagnosis bad computer reviews as user error or misinformation, I know nothing about cameras so I'm worried.

I'd originally looked at the Fujifilm XP10 because it's cheap but the reviews hardly seem favourable.

One thing I noticed is that the warranty, at least with the XP10 is shaky. It says it's not covered for water damage? That seems to be a pretty big negative to me. I was looking on Amazon and they also have a SquareTrade warranty offered so I may check that

This will also replace the normal camera used for taking every day pictures NOT in water, so I'd like image quality to be good as well.

This isn't going to be a big investment for my large underwater photographing needs -- it's just a birthday present for the girlfriend. I'm a student so I don't have the money or need for a $500 camera so I'm going to try to get the best I can.

The most important things though are price point and the warranty. I'd get the XP10 if it had a good warranty on it that would make up for risking paying such a small amount.

Anyways, have at 'er! Any questions for me feel free to post 'em, I'll be monitoring this. Thanks OCN!
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Hopefully this still applies. I watched it a few months back.

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i have a panasonic lumix TS-2. best tough camera of the pack with best IQ. Id say spend the extra cash to get quality and durability.

the thing is with these water resistant camera is to ALWAYS CHECK FOR PARTICLES IN THE SEALS. otherwise they will get water ingress, and say goodbye to warranty.
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@mbudden: Thanks for the video, but it never really made any conclusions. It basically just showed them off and said "whatever suits you". That's not your fault, of course, just the video's.

@subliminally incorrect: How would I go about checking for particles in the seals? What kind of particles? And what seals?

How's the warranty on the TS-2? I'm looking to buy online (Amazon) so I'm looking at manufacturer warranty.

Thanks.
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So you need a true waterproof camera and not just "weatherproof / resistant"?
How far down do you need it rated for?
Do you care if its used?
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No, not a true waterproof, not like that anyways.

I actually made up my mind and purchased the Canon D10 with a 3-year SquareTrade warranty.

Thanks though.
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Sony TX100 like the one in the movie but 3D functions as well
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