I bought this camera because we were going on a cruise and were stopping in a lot of ports, so we were going to be doing a lot of snorkling with the kids. I always hated buying the disposible ones(the pictures always come out grainy). I read all the reviews, some good, some bad. Screw all the bad reviews. This camera was great. Excellent pictures and videos. Its very easy to change settings underwater. My 9 and 10 year old kids even found it easy to use underwater. It also takes great pictures while not in the water. Canon developed this camera around the porthole looking lens, not like other how designed their cameras to be slim and to fit in your pocket. Lets face it, if your going snorkling, scuba diving, and your carrying all that equipment with you, a little bulkier camera with better features won't be a issue. I would recommend this camera to anyone. The battery lasts a very long time. I think i shot about 80 pictures and 10 minutes of video before having to change the battery. I do recommend you get a second battery. It's always good to keep one on charge. You should also get at least 16gb (10c)HD sim card. You never know when you going to need that little extra video. If you want to se some pictures email me at email@example.com I'll email you back some .