I’ve been using an Olympus Stylus 850SW for much of my sports photography since I got it last Dec for my Baja trip. For the most part it’s been a good camera for me. It doesn’t take the best photos, but the fact it’s waterproof and shockproof make that a fair trade for not having worry about it when I’m out and about.
I took it to the SUP demo this weekend and had it in my pocket while in the water. It took a dozen photos for me and then the LCD stopped working. The camera still powered on, but there was no life on the screen. I put the camera away and when I opened it the next day there was water in the battery/memory card compartment. I took out both items and left the camera sit open on my desk. I eventually got around to trying it again and the LCD was working again.
Doing some research it seems that I’m not the first person to have issues with the camera’s waterproofing. I checked the seals and they were clean and secure so I think I’ve got a leak somewhere else. Since the camera is still under warranty I’m going to send it off and hope I get service from Olympus that is as good as the service I’ve received from Canon. I’ll keep my fingers crossed.
It would also be nice to get the camera back before I leave for Baja in November, but that seems unlikely. I’ll settle for having a waterproof camera when I get back in Jan 2010.