P&S cameras for snorkeling?
My son is planning a trip to Hawaii in the future, and would like to take some pictures while snorkeling. I know that there are some P&S cameras that are considered waterproof to a specific depth. Maybe 10-15'. That might be deep/shallow enough. But what about the salt water element?
What sorts of options might he have? Thanks.
I think all of these cameras are a real compromise. The image quality can be very weak. I have a Sony TX-5 and it is pretty terrible, but you know the saying, the best camera is the one you have with you, and when underwater, this is the camera I have with me. I don't use it out of the water, at all. You can get some decent underwater images with it, but they all seem to require post processing. My advice: Make sure whatever camera you buy has a wide angle capability (say, at least 25mm -- 35mm equivalent), as the water makes the lens act less wide. I think the "crop factor" underwater is 1.33. Also, when underwater, take a lot of pictures because the keeper rate is pretty low. I don't know if it is a good camera, but the Panasonic TS20 can be had pretty cheap.