Originally Posted by BerndM
Cheapest most rugged compact super high definition camera money can buy (IMHO)
GoPro Hero 3 Black edition!
Waterproof to like 150 feet!
The downside is the lack of manual options, but talk about phenomenal results.........
While it's a great value, the GoPro quality isn't as good as a higher end camera + underwater housing for it. I used a GoPro HD3 Silver edition on a dive trip to Grand Cayman in November. It did pretty well, but you can't get nearly as narrow of a field of view as I wanted. Gotta get super close to whatever you're shooting. Plus, there's no flash support, so you need to have continuous lights when using the GoPro underwater, or do a lot of color correction in post. Also, add $79 for a LCD backpack or else you can't see what you're shooting.