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Please add positives to counterbalance this comment, but I'm struggling to find the deal outside of the sale price.

The sensor is smaller than many smartphone camera sensors and it only has 5x optical zoom.

Even for $120, I'm not sure who the target audience is, outside of people with flip phones.

And the 16GB SD card just seems like a slap in the face...
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I got these from costco when they had them on sale. I was pretty unhappy and returned it very quickly.
I'm also not comparing this to a phone or a DSLR. I'm comparing this with a couple of other compact cameras I got under $100. This one was the worst by far. None of those other choices were "anti-shock" or "water resistant" though.
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Please add positives to counterbalance this comment, but I'm struggling to find the deal outside of the sale price.

The sensor is smaller than many smartphone camera sensors and it only has 5x optical zoom.

Even for $120, I'm not sure who the target audience is, outside of people with flip phones.

And the 16GB SD card just seems like a slap in the face...
Fwiw, I still use my Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS5 (a 2013 model) waterproof camera, only in truly wet situations. I used it just this weekend in the pool. My Galaxy S9 takes better photos but I don't want to take it underwater.
I've considered upgrading to a newer model but it doesn't sound like this one is it (and I don't use it often enough to justify upgrading.)
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I got these from costco when they had them on sale. I was pretty unhappy and returned it very quickly.
I'm also not comparing this to a phone or a DSLR. I'm comparing this with a couple of other compact cameras I got under $100. This one was the worst by far. None of those other choices were "anti-shock" or "water resistant" though.
Yeah I was looking at getting a camera like this years ago but I don't really go diving enough to justify getting one. Also, reading tons of reviews of these cameras on Amazon seemed they weren't so waterproof or maybe user error because lot returned them for leaking after first dive or completely failing to be waterproof!
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Personally the concepts of
Refurbished and Waterproof
Do not mix for me.

Also the short warranty period doesn't inspire confidence.

"This is a Certified Refurbished product backed by a 90-day warranty."

also..."Popular" at 3TU
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I got these from costco when they had them on sale. I was pretty unhappy and returned it very quickly.
I'm also not comparing this to a phone or a DSLR. I'm comparing this with a couple of other compact cameras I got under $100. This one was the worst by far. None of those other choices were "anti-shock" or "water resistant" though.
Same experience here Smilie
Image quality is seriously lacking, even compared to a Panasonic TS1 from 10 years ago. Taking video is okay though and you get that assurance that it's water-tight since it's new.
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I have this camera. It's a solid point and shoot to use in and around the water. I got it for my kids to use on vacation, at the lake, around pools. It works well for that purpose. Image quality is good for what it is. It seems to me that folks are expecting too much from this unit. The reason to get it is the water and impact protection, not because it will replace your phone camera or dslr.
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I just purchased a used GoPro hero (2018) which can be hacked to be Hero 5 black for $70 on eBay. It also came with a new waterproof case. I got it to use at the beach and pool this summer. I think the image and video quality on that is probably on par with this.
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Personally the concepts of
Refurbished and Waterproof
Do not mix for me.

Also the short warranty period doesn't inspire confidence.

"This is a Certified Refurbished product backed by a 90-day warranty."

also..."Popular" at 3TU
Agree wholeheartedly 👌
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I have owned a number of inexpensive underwater cameras (but not this one). Everything this side of an Olympus TG5 doesn't take great pictures above water. HOWEVER, any of them (and I assume this very reasonably priced option) would do a much better job than a cell phone or even a DSLR costing thousands of dollars when used in even a few feet of water. Even if you don't plan on taking a camera under water there are times when there is a risk they'll end up there by accident and it's not worth the risk to take them along.

That's what these things are designed to do; having it handy at times when even a bad picture is better than none at all.
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Fwiw, I still use my Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS5 (a 2013 model) waterproof camera, only in truly wet situations. I used it just this weekend in the pool. My Galaxy S9 takes better photos but I don't want to take it underwater.
I've considered upgrading to a newer model but it doesn't sound like this one is it (and I don't use it often enough to justify upgrading.)
Isn't the S9 waterproof?

Or is there a different reason? (genuinely asking, I've taken my iphone XR into a pool and I've taken an older non-waterproof iphone into a hot spring in one of those plastic waterproofing bags)
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Isn't the S9 waterproof?

Or is there a different reason? (genuinely asking, I've taken my iphone XR into a pool and I've taken an older non-waterproof iphone into a hot spring in one of those plastic waterproofing bags)
The S9 is waterproof, though I don't really want to risk my primary, expensive phone in and around water. I much prefer to have a separate device where if it breaks, I'm not out my phone.

Maybe if I get a new S20, I'll keep my S9 around as an underwater camera. I'd want a tough case with a wrist strap for it, too.
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The S9 is waterproof, though I don't really want to risk my primary, expensive phone in and around water. I much prefer to have a separate device where if it breaks, I'm not out my phone.

Maybe if I get a new S20, I'll keep my S9 around as an underwater camera. I'd want a tough case with a wrist strap for it, too.
The S9 is not waterproof, it's water resistant for a certain depth and time submerged.

There are currently no phones on the market that are waterproof and every water resistant phone will eventually lose its ability to resist water as the gaskets and seals wear down.

It's meant to protect you from dropping it in the toilet, not from going snorkelling and taking underwater shots.

Also, there are still moisture evident stickers in these devices, which they will definitely use to deny a warranty.

If you want to take underwater shots, get an enclosure specifically for that and you can use any camera you'd like.
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The S9 is not waterproof, it's water resistant for a certain depth and time submerged.

There are currently no phones on the market that are waterproof and every water resistant phone will eventually lose its ability to resist water as the gaskets and seals wear down.

It's meant to protect you from dropping it in the toilet, not from going snorkelling and taking underwater shots.

Also, there are still moisture evident stickers in these devices, which they will definitely use to deny a warranty.

If you want to take underwater shots, get an enclosure specifically for that and you can use any camera you'd like.
Thanks for the confirmation.

I also have an old Canon Powershot with a big waterproof case that lets you take it over 100ft deep for scuba diving, though that old camera isn't worth using any more.

I tested out a waterproof case for my phone, though it seemed almost as expensive as a standalone waterproof camera and more finicky, so my takeaway was that it's only worth using if you REALLY need your phone underwater. I've also used waterproof phone pouches, though if the clear plastic (bag) isn't flush against the lens, the photo quality is crap.
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