I couldnt agree more with you mate, but I am unsure why you think a compact is still the way to go? From the numerous articles etc which I have read regarding underwater photography it is my understanding that U/W photography calls for the ability to change and adapt your shots more so than topside photography. The light, sealife how close you can actually get etc changes from metre to metre of water, I dont want to go out and buy a brand new best of the best DSLR but I think extending my budget to buy a decent second hand setup would be a worthwhile investment as opposed to buying another compact digital.
Thanks for the reply nick.
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