Lower price alternatives?
Any ideas, please share!
If you could go with a video camera instead of stills, the Kodak Playsport series does 720p@60fps and easy to just throw in a pocket.
PS Not much lower cost, but I bought the Nikon AW100 for $280 in June or so and it's done the job. It's the most expensive and best camera I own so just take that into comparison if you're a DSLR kinda guy or a more experienced photog.