Originally Posted by boristhebold
Afully waterproof one of any quality would be costly, my advice would a compact weatherproof one (splash/water resistant) and a waterprrof action vid camera for mounting on rib. All depends what you might be taking pictures of I guess. I went through similar thoughts a few years ago. I purchases a weather proof compact one to take out most days and a drift action cam for video, plus a nice nikon SLR which sits in a nice camera bag and only goes out if its a good day and there is something I want to take good shots of (air shows etc)
Thanks for that. I wish I could justify having more than one camera. Trouble is, I can't, and with a limited budget (of circa £200) I have to accept a 'jack of all trades' compromise, or concentrate on what is most important.
I've narrowed it down to one of these three.
The Fuji XP200 - gives me the waterproof (to 15m) that makes it usable afloat or on snorkeling trips in Sharm and the like, but has the worst image quality of the three and only 5x optical zoom. Has Wi-Fi capability but no GPS tagging.
The Canon S100 - offers by far the best image quality (particularly in low light) both for stills and HD video (full 1080p), but offers no weather-proofing and is again only 5x zoom. Also captures RAW and has GPS but no Wi-Fi.
The Canon SX260 HS - Sits between the other two in terms of image quality, but has 20x optical zoom, 1080p HD and GPS but no Wi-Fi and again not weather-proof.
If I have to sacrifice something then it will probably have to be the water-proofing, and hope that I can get a waterproof case at some point in the future.