It comes with a wall charger that fits the USB cable to charge the camera with the battery inside, battery, software CD (Olympus Viewer), red wrist strap and two lens surround rings (black and red). If you want to use a filter or the extra telephoto lens, you will have to buy the adapter CLA-T01.There is no memory card or HDMI lead to connect to a tv included, these have to be bought as extras
I did not test other cameras but I have definitely put this one to the test. It is extremely durable. Mine has been thru extreme temperature changes (hot springs in sub zero weather), and has been far deeper than manufacturer recommends (accidentally dove to 72 feet). It has withstood my abuse and works great. Plus it was one of only two last year that you could buy separate lenses for. I've had it almost one year and I am very impressed with it. My only complaint is with battery life (buy extra) not with durability or function.
It is rated for 50 ft so would be expected to risk water intrusion, there is a specific case for depth, I have only gone 25-35 feet down snorkeling so have no personal experience, but I did take a lumix to 40 feet with similar seals (rated 30ft) leaked and earned a recovery bath in distilled water (still partially works).
Yes. This camera has an anti-intuitive way to setup the C1, and c2 modes. Put the camera in P mode, then press the menu button. In the menu, scroll down to the first wrench symbol, and select "Custom Mode Setup", from there it will save your settings from what you have currently selected in Program mode.
if you videotape vertically the video will also be vertical, as it is an HD device and therefore its native aspect ratio is a 16:9 rectangle.
it does not change the orientation of the video later on (like a phone does.)