I see a lot of people liking the panasonic ts-3, ts-4, ts-5, what i DON'T see panasonic doing is improving on the fstop of the lens. LEICA lens...great but that doesn't mean it's a LEICA camera....
I dont care what other bells and whistles you have (great LED flash, GPS, altimeter, barometer, megapixels whatever....) if you don't have a fast lens meaning a LOW fstop you won't get good photos in poor light.
In my experience some of the best fishing is done on cloudy days that means less light that means you need a faster lens. Fast lens means NO flash will kick on...since it doesn't need the extra light to compute a good exposure...flash pics can look horrible.
For $400 (the ts-5) you can get the olympus tough tg-2...it has an f2.0 vs that slower f3.3 lens. And it has all the other bells and whistles. And an awesome macro lens and built in 'fisheye' effect with a few other things to boot. And with the f2.0 lens you even get a little bokeh in the pictures (bokeh means the out of focus background shots you see in shallow depth of field shots)
Shots of the CF Burkheimer and Saracione reel..indoors, NO flash needed because of the f2.0 setting...this was on the macro setting:
Same rod shot outside...
I'm showing this shot to alert you to one annoyance with waterproof cameras...wipe off the lens before shooting:
Excuse the color effects on this one, just wanted to show the zoom and bokeh
An underwater shot taken from about a foot away:
Another macro shot of a nymph:
Macros of bow:
Still from underwater release of brookie
Macro of mayflies..
Still taken from a video with some color added:
Yes, I do some post editing, but my point is if you can't get the shot because:
a) your camera takes forever to start[/B] (point and shoots will always be slower than DSLR on startup, cycling, shutter speed, but some are catching up)...the Olympus starts up in about 3 seconds or less from OFF vs standby mode).
b) the camera has a slow lens so your flash has to cut on (yuck) or if you force the shutter off and there is not a lot of light you get camera shake (double yuck)
No shot, no post editing, no nothing.
I noticed that the review noted above did NOT list aperture. The HIGH ISO of some of those top rated cameras is NEEDED if you have a slower f-stop. Case in point. When you have low light the camera will automatically dial up the ISO to compensate to get a good exposure...but what you end with up is a grainy photo. That's just been my experience when I decided to get my Canon 7D. It has a good ISO with little grain, but all of my lenses are f2.8, one goes to f1.4. I dumped all of my f3x and f4x lenses..although the canon f4.5-5.6 L series 100-400mm was a fantastic, comparatively slow lens in the L series. Should have never sold that lens.
I'll post some video next and some 'cons' about the camera...there are a few.