I posted a thread a while back asking about what camera is best for travel that was waterproof. At the time you suggested the Olympus E-620 vs the Canon Powershot D10. I held of buying and waited to the last minute to buy a camera due to the holiday price drops and was fairly sure I was going to get the D10. During that time the Panasonic Lumix FT1 came out and sat as the biggest rival to the D10 with good reason. I'm sure by now you can see where this is going.
Most of the reviews I have read suggest that IF you are looking for a camera that is mainly to be used IN the water then the D10 is the winner. However, IF you are looking for a waterproof camera that is to mainly be used OUT of the water, the Panasonic takes it home. If only it were that simple. (For me anyway)
Though tests show that the Panasonic has better optical zoom, better battery life, better video, a bigger LCD screen, and is generally better "in almost every respect" the Canon produces better image quality and has no problems with video converting. I have read several instances where problems arose with transferring/converting the Panasonics AVCHD videos. Also noted is the slow turn on time, slow response time, and even as one review put it, hard to even tell when it has started recording. It has worse accuracy in Auto white mode than the D10 and as often mentioned, "stiff mode dial". There are a few more problems that I won't mention, I just wanted to point out a few to make a point. None the less, it is on par with the D10 in all the reviews I have read. I am not trying to make the Canon look like the better of the two I just need help deciding which one to buy with a more solid decision based on more than simply deciding if I will be using it more under or above water.
So, as the experts, and other members that read this, I ask, money aside, what would you personally chose and why?
---I totally agree with this. Canon has great features (much more for underwater cameras) , I really do not have underwater camera.(that's why, i got here in this thread. I'll go with Canon D10. Thanks!