I have been using 2 cameras for backpacking the past few years, the waterproof Olympus 720SW that while it doesn't take the best pictures, it gets used a lot both backpacking and in water sports. I also have a Canon S90 that I use on backpacking trips out west where water isn't as big of a concern and I want better image quality.
The SW720, which is waterproof is dying. I used it on a rafting trip yesterday and when I tried to connect the usb cable, it wouldn't connect because water had corroded the connection. I imagine this was from salt water when some friends took it to Jamaica last month. The camera is from 2006 and has a couple thousand miles on it so its not like I haven't gotten my use out of it, but here is the kicker, I am leaving for the beach with the family on Saturday and need to take the waterproof and dust(sand) proof camera for the pool and beach, so I need something quick. I am not sure what options I have locally, but I might can order something and have it shipped two day.
What would you recommend for a replacement waterproof camera? I would be willing to spend a little money to get one that would replace my Canon S90 as my other camera, but I doubt that any have a good enough image quality to replace it as I know there are some tradeoffs for a waterproof lens.
I want something reasonably light ( ~8oz or less ) and don't care about GPS, WiFi or any of that garbage. I just want the best image quality, good battery life, and ease of use. I am not a photography person and just shoot in auto modes, so manual control is not a must.
I did look at the DP Review for waterproof cameras and they seemed to like the Olympus TG-3 the best. What do you say from a backpacking prospective?
Thanks for the help