Worse yet, it was my first time snorkelling, forcing the camera to up its game to accommodate my inexperience.
As I snorkelled, staring at the wondrous crustaceans lining the ocean's floor, I found the process of breathing under water difficult. As a result, I'd shake uncontrollably, whirling the camera and my body around as I tried to pry the snorkel from my lips in desperate search of fresh air.
Reviewing the tapes, I was disappointed with my performance. But looking closely, I was impressed by the camera's ability to document my frantic movements without distorting motion. Even the tiny bubbles forged by my aggressive movements where captured in clarity; that is in 1920x1080/50i resolution.
In addition to its video capabilities, the WA2 is capable of capturing 14MP still shots and comes with a buoyant wrist band that makes sure the camera doesn't sink.
The final camera of the three was my favourite. It's no surprise as it fuses the best character traits of the two aforementioned, finding the middle ground between high quality pics and a thirst for tough conditions.
Panasonic's FT4 is waterproof to an industry leading 12 metres, can withstand 2 meter drops and temperatures up to -10Â°C. With such a rugged persona, you'd expect the FT4 to compromise on the mechanics and resemble a bomb shelter (albeit smaller).