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We've got an Olympus Stylus Tough on board the boat. They really are "tough" cameras that can withstand water, heat, cold, sand, and kids...perfect for on a boat. A couple of the models can be had for less than $179. You get 14mp's, HDMI i/o, and HD video for a very reasonable price.

Most of the photos on our website (in signature) were taken with the Olympus, so you can get a sample of the level of quality there (some were also taken with an iPhone). We've also taken some underwater photos and videos and have been impressed.
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The waterproof aspect of a camera has lots of benefits. If you are someplace warm, it can be used for snorkelling. If you sail in cold environments it can be used for to check underwater. In a race in 2007 we checked for kelp by taping a camera to the boat. Sure enough. Last summer I inspected a keel after we hit a log.

I have a Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS2 for my point and shoot.

Check out Digital Photography Review to compare cameras.
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Some more helpful suggestions, which I appreciate. This was a lot easier when I bought my first one. I didn't know enough to get confused!
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My Fuji has done a good job on pictures and video and stayed WATERPROOF in the real world
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Some more helpful suggestions, which I appreciate. This was a lot easier when I bought my first one. I didn't know enough to get confused!
Yes fewer choices in those days. Too bad Kodak could not keep up.





Seriously - the dpreview site is great. You might find options that you had not thought of. Use the feature search Camera feature search: Digital Photography Review and use the advanced search.

Do not caught in the megapixel race, especially if you are going to post online or print 4 X 6. Image stabilization most P&S cameras just increases the ISO, degrading quality.
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I'believe panasonic's new camera is one of the best for marine use.

It's shock proof (up to 6 ft) and waterproof (up to 30ft) Great optics (Leica lens) and software features.

It looks like a bit over your $250 budget but I would check it.

Panasonic Lumix Waterproof 14.1MP Digital Camera (DMCTS2D) - Orange : Compact Cameras - Future Shop
Amazon has a refurbed DMC-TS2 for $230.00. No affiliation with Amazon but I have bought refurbed power tools and been very satisfied with them.
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Hey,

If you're on a boat, you most definitely do want a waterproof camera. You don't pay a premium, and underwater shots can be very valuable, or just plain pretty.

I have a cheap Fuji that cost under $150 that does everything you want.

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...and underwater shots can be very valuable, or just plain pretty.
Agreed. Always good to document what's going on beneath the surface.

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Waterproof AND Lanyards

We live along the NC coast and or either boating or on the beach a lot and water is followed quickly by sand and dust as a camera's enemy. I have an Olympus $385, the first waterproof they came out with about 4 years ago. I have snorkled/swam with it in my pocket for hours more times than I know. I do rinse it in fresh water when I return. I have dropped it in the surf and was more than a little lucky to find it, (pinned it with my foot). A lanyard is a must now. I bought my wife the Nikon from Costco for less than $265 after instant rebate. It has more bells and whistles and came with a light lanyard. Unfortunately my wife's iPhone had no lanyard, a pricey lesson learned. The new waterproofs are great cameras and priced about the same as a waterproof housing. Steve's Digicams is the mecca for information on any digital camera.
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Kodak PlaySport.

Waterproof to snorkeliing depths. Very rugged. Fairly inexpensive. HD video or 5-megapixel stills. Moderate zoom. Wrist strap (very important!). Shirt-pocket size.
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