Pentax Optio W10 review
It is what it is, a point and shoot waterproof camera. Well, almost waterproof, if you used it for too long or too deep, you might find yourself with a dead camera. The construction is good, the LCD is adequate, and it is simple enough for the novice to take reasonable pictures. My mother uses this camera when she is out with my son, and she has no trouble operating it. Mom is not the most technically adept person out there...
The waterproofing works as advertised, you can safely take this camera to the pool, the beach, basically take it where other cameras fear to tread. And image quality issues or not, you'll still get a much better picture from it than you will from getting no picture at all.
Noise. It is prevalent at all ISOs, and heaven help you if you leave the camera in full automatic mode. The camera WILL choose ISO 200, and your picture will look like a mess. For best results, lock this puppy at ISO 50. The flash is not particularly strong. For example, the Powetshot SD550 has a flash that is at least twice as powerful.