I don't think there's much difference between waterproofness in "inexpensive" cameras Pentax/Ricoh vs Olympus.  The build quality will probably be about the same.  The only actual underwater camera that I would trust implicitly is the Nikon AW1.  Then again it's almost $1000 for the two lens kit.  Which is all the underwater lenses Nikon makes for it.


On 12/4/2017 3:28 PM, Daniel J. Matyola wrote:
Would that be any more of a problem with the Pentax compared with the
Olympus?

Dan Matyola
http://www.pentaxphotogallery.com/danieljmatyola

On Mon, Dec 4, 2017 at 2:45 PM, mike wilson <m.9.wil...@ntlworld.com> wrote:

On 04 December 2017 at 16:48 "Daniel J. Matyola" <danmaty...@gmail.com>
wrote:

I am looking to buy a friend a waterproof camera for water sports,
including surfing, kayaking and snorkeling.  Should be able to stay
watertight at least 30 feet (10 m) below the surface, but not for heavy
duty scuba diving.

Is there a Pentax point and shoot that fits these requirements?  Any info
about durability, flexibility and image quality would be appreciated.
I had a WG for about four years.  Jpg only, reasonable quality output.  The
usual plethora of farkles common to compacts.  Robust except for a clip-on
lens
shade/macro focusing aid.  The big drawback with waterproof cameras is
that,
sooner or later, the waterproofing will fail.  It only needs a bump on one
of
the doors to disturb the seal when submerged and Fzzt! goes your
investment.
  You might get away with a slight leak in fresh water but salt/pool water
will
kill it instantly.

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