If diving is your thing and you want to capture every minute of it, this new Olympus waterproof camera can definitely be your new diving buddy. It works up to the depth of 3m with 3X optical lens. It also supports ISO 1,600 and featuring 2.5-inch LCD monitor. This 8M compact digicam will be released in Japan market soon. Suggested price $376.
The best image quality I’ve seen in a waterproof camera is the Canon PowerShot D10. However, I still like the Olympus waterproof cameras better because they actually fit in a pocket. I’ve been using the Olympus Stylus 1030 SW for over a year and it’s worked great for me – on the snow, in the water, in the rain – everywhere. And it does have better image quality than the 720 SW. I’m sure the Tough-3000 will have better image quality, too. But it won’t have image quality that compares to the best point-and-shoot cameras. For that you have to give up the waterproofing.
I onced owned an Olympus 790sw and had it for almost two years until it was stolen from me during a trip to the jungle. I loved it. I guess I had good luck with it because I read the reviews and many people said that it always leaked! I want to buy a new one but all I see are bad reviews for the 8010, 6000, 6020, etc etc. I would like to know from all of you what your experiences were with ANY Olympus waterproof camera. I’m thinking of going back to a 790sw due to my past experience with it. Is the 3000 also worth it? Are you still having a hard time loading the HD videos?