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These two sites are a great resource for choosing the right camera.

For waterproof, I choose the canon D10, but it's over your budget.

I carried an Olympus IS model for three years. In my opinion, it takes very average pictures and video for the money.

FWIW, on a boat you often take pictures of things that are farther away, get as much optical zoom as you can afford. Also look for low light qualities.
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last year I picked up a kodak Playsport...Water proof, HD, size of a small cell phone. A bonus is for an extra 10 bucks I was able to buy a wireless remote for it. I controls all the features at a push of a button. I also purchased a rail mount for it. ($20). I picked up te camera on sale for $80. This winter I went back to the camera shop to see if they had something to stabilize the side to side motion of the boat. They told me they could order me in a gyro for $2500.00. Like that was going to happen. So out to the shop I went and made my own. Made it out of stainless steel. Now it does not matter how much side to side movement of the boat there is, the camera always stays perfectly verticle. it also mounts to the rail.
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heres my $.02

Don't get overly concerned about some super high pixel number unless you want to enlarge a picture to poster size, even a 8x 10 will look fine taken with as little as 5 mp.

I would look for something that will also use conventional AA batteries ,plenty of times being able to buy a pack of batteries at most any store is a great feature.
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Just read MD's post and that reminded me of something else about the kodak playsport.They come with there own rechargable battery. You can charge them at home, in your car/boat or even a laptop. I have even charged it off my Black Berry charger....
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Ok, if any one is interested, I ended up getting the Canon SX230 HS. Partly because I've had good experiences with Canon. Partly by price (got it for $160), and partly because I could get it in a store instead of online.
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Check out GoPro Official Website: The World's Most Versatile Camera Cool little cameras that can serve all purposes.
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Great thread and perfect timing! I am also in the market for a waterproof camera to take sailing and snorkeling. We are going to the VI's in May and I want something to take with us everywhere and not have to stress over getting it wet. Oh and thanks for the review links. Looks like I've got some homework to do.
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Check this one out. GoPro Products - Record & Share Your Most Memorable Moments
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For whatever it's worth, the bloody camera on my new iPhone is better than the Cannon SureShot I bought a few years ago. No exaggeration. You need a 99 cent upgraded app to make it easier to use. For giggles, I looked up underwater cases for it, but didn't see much more than waterproof cases that don't have depth ratings. I will bet someone does or will make one.

That said, underwater pressure can be more extreme than one might imagine and I've seen many cases fail over the years. I'm not sure how comfortable I would be.

We really love using a camera phone to snap a quick pic of wherever we are and instantly texting it to family or friends. They do the same with us and we each try to guess the others location. Conversation ensues with either text, phone or now with FaceTime! It is the next best thing to being able to spend time with each other. We've been doing this for years, even with older camera phones. (the FaceTime option is now new and very cool)

With the iPhone, the quality of a good pic becomes a keeper too.
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GoPro is a great little camera. very compact, does two hours of HD movie, can be set to shoot stills every X seconds or shoot like normal camera. waterproof housing works well; I've had mine to 210 feet deep (scuba). lots of accessories for it. It is a point and shoot, so if you want special effects it is limited.

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