Not-very-hypothetically speaking, if one were to be taking a trip in the near future to a location that will involve a lot of swimming, under- and on-water activities, and the occasional downpour, what would be everyone’s recommendations regarding an affordable waterproof image-capturing device?
From what research I have been doing, options still seems strangely limited, despite camera manufacturers producing arguably weather- and water-proof cameras for almost as long as they have been producing cameras in general, much less digital cameras. Likewise, SnapSort is a wonderful first resource for camera comparisons, but it also does such silly things as automatically giving the Sony DSC-TX20 bonus points for having a touch screen… despite the fact that touch screens are completely useless underwater. So, anyone have any suggestions? Or are "waterproof" cameras another way to fill a hole in the water with money?
(And in relation to the title, given that there are cameras with onboard wifi, and given that some phones feature inductive charging, which requires plugging no wires or cables into the device being charged, why have camera companies not developed cameras exploiting both technologies, and thereby alleviating the single biggest source of all waterproof camera failures – the battery/memory card door? Sure, the batteries might not be user replaceable, and, sure, the onboard memory would be a fixed amount, but that seems like the easy way to seal up the internals tighter than a… well, tight thing.)