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Old Apr 26, 2006, 10:01 PM   #1
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I'm looking for a 4-5 MP camera that I can carry in my pocket, but later I hope to buy an underwater housing for my scuba diving trips. I can't narrow down my choices mainly because I've heard you can't purchase uw housings for all cameras. I like the large lcd screen, at least a 3x zoom, a good aperture for low light when shooting underwater, a viewfinder would be nice, and a good flash. I want something I can use everyday, something handy, but the more manual options the better. I was wondering if these weatherproof, or waterproof cams are worth a thought. I've read Steve's reviews over and over again, but his reviews make it hard for me to decide. One other thing. I like AA battery supply since I can recharge them easily and keep a spare in my pocket, but how do the lithium-ion packs hold up? Price range around $250 since I hope to purchase a nice DSLR this fall. I've looked at the following...THANKS
Canon A520 / A530
Canon SD400 / SD500
Olympus D595
Olympus Sylus models

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Old May 1, 2006, 12:54 PM   #2
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You may want to consider the Pentax optio. I have one of the older S4i models and an underwater case for it. I like the size of the optio as a go any where camera. I have taken it diving down to about 130 feet without any issues.
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Old May 2, 2006, 9:59 AM   #3
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You might want to consider the Canon A610 too. 4x optical zoom and 5MP. Its slightly bulkier than the A-series Canons you mention but you might find that an advantage.
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