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Is the Olympus X560WP Underwater Digital Camera a good camera?

I hope I an not wasting your time but I am looking for an underwater camera for a christmas gift for a very special person and I saw this camera on the canadain shopping channel. I have checked the web and found nothing on it. I like that it has 10 Megapixals - so good resolution and that it is waterproof. My question - is it a good camera? Will it take good pictures? Would you recommend this camera to a novice about this whole Digital thing.

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I'm an Olympus dealer in Ontario, and I've never heard of the X560wp either. It may be an exclusive to the Shopping Network. The Olympus Tough series ( http://www.olympusamerica.com/cpg_section/cpg_digital_sw.asp ) is a really good camera. Durable, good image quality. Downside is their use of the limited availability of the xD memory cards. Unless the price is really good, and you are comfortable buying from TV, I would look at their more mainstream Tough series, Fuji's Z33WP, or Pentax's W80. Here's a link to a waterproof camera shootout test. http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/Q209waterproofgroup/

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