Great idea, poor implementation. What's good/OK:
Video/picture quality: not bad with lots of light. The best feature and best quality: underwater mode when it is sunny. After trying this camera at the pool at home, in Mexico, in Hawaii - I've decided that this is the only application I am going to use this camera for: underwater video. Powers up very quickly. Records in .mp4, which I prefer to .mov. There is a "pause" function, which lets you pause recording, then resume, and it is still recording in the same mp4 file. Great feature for longer vacations, so you don't come back with 100s of files on your SD card. What's bad/horrible:
This is a big one and should come with a WARNING (and a huge con): the door lock design is EXTREMELY unsecure. Most underwater cameras feature double locks for access doors. This one does NOT. Very easy to just move the slider accidentally and the doors pop open right under water. Camera breaks instantly (good news is that your files are preserved on the SD card). I tried two different cameras and this happened on both. From now on, on W300 No. 3 I'll have to put a piece of tape or rig something to prevent doors from opening under water. Pretty grainy in low light, even on a cloudy day. Lacks picture sharpness in low light. Also, another con is that after underwater use the microphone gets water in it and your sound recording will end up muffled for the rest of the day. Bottom line: not a bad camera but needs lots of user-friendly/design improvements. It was not a bad buy for underwater footage when it was $70 or so at Costco. But now, when it's doubled in price, I'd look for something else.
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