What can I say, I like shooting in the rain or at least not worrying that my camera gear will be damaged by it. I’ve seen pictures taken with this camera completely submerged but Canon did not actually claim that this was an underwater camera despite the obviously robust sealing. In fact the WP stands for water proof which is what you expect when you’re talking about a jacket not something to be dunked. The manual even states “This camera is designed to be water proof and can be used in the rain or splashed with water with no ill effects. However this is not an underwater camera.” So user beware. I really like the control dial although I’m not sure why the subject needs to see it instead of the photographer. I do suspect it is a necessary engineering decision considering that you need to open the back to put film in. With the dial you can turn the camera on and disable the flash in one operation which is a bonus as I rarely want to use the flash built into these compact cameras. It is also a very quiet camera in all it’s operations which only slightly counteracts its garish appearance.
My previous thoughts on this camera “Fred Herzog and the Canon WP-1“