By Andrew Liszewski
Either I’m not spending enough time submerged while looking at interesting subject matter, or camera manufacturers have grossly overestimated consumers’ needs for waterproof cameras. The latest comes from Speedo, a name synonymous with water and awkward looking things, which is kind of appropriate given the lime-green finish of their Aquashot digicam.
The 5MP is probably more than enough for anyone not employed by National Geographic, though with no optical zoom you’ll have to do some underwater maneuvering to properly frame your shots. It can record VGA quality video as well, but you’ll want to immediately expand the 32MB of onboard memory via an SD card before you leave dry land. It’s also waterproof to a depth of about 10 feet (3 meters) and should you lose your grip the Aquashot will float to the surface instead of plummeting to the depths of Davy Jones’ locker. Available from Speedo’s online store for ~$180 (€140.00)