We had planned a trip to the BVI and wanted a camera for underwater photos while snorkeling. After reading reviews on a number of cameras I selected this camera because many of the reviews stated that the camera made very good pictures both underwater and out of the water. I was not disappointed in the performance. All the pictures turned out well and the videos were great. A shortcoming I experienced due to the location of the lens was my finger being in the pictures until I previewed some and saw it. I was careful after that to be sure the finger was elsewhere. My advice to anyone taking pictures underwater is to practice underwater photography before you take your trip. This camera is great for snorkling but the 16 foot depth limit is not suitable for scuba diving when depths are usually deeper.