David Pogue is a great tech man, but judging by his column in the New York Times this morning on waterproof cameras, he’s less-than-expert on underwater photography. Pogue panned the image quality of the Pentax Optio W30 and the Olympus Stylus 770 SW.
I can’t speak to the Pentax, but I just returned from Isla Mujeres with some pictures I shot free-diving that would challenge his statement that the Olympus takes “pretty poor photos” and its “details are soft”—and these were taken by the earlier model 720 SW. Here are two tricky shots, one in motion, one in low-light and camouflaged (note the Peacock flounder’s periscope eye). They look plenty sharp, even when you crop in on them.