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Nikon AW1- a waterproof and shockproof mirrorless camera

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Here is something that could be genuinely interesting for a photography-inclined casual skier: a waterproof and shockproof mirrorless camera that is pretty small and light, while still giving good pictures.  It's not a huge sensor, and there is always an argument why someone should choose this system over a way more compact (albeit unruggedized) Sony RX100 cameras that have the same sensor, but if you put a premium on the "peace of mind" issue, IQ-wise this camera will blow all of the other waterproofs out of the water (pardon the pun).    And of course with interchangeable lenses, there is a possibility of getting a good telephoto on it, which again could open up some photo and video possibilities.    More information about the camera HERE.

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Looks very cool. I've been fighting the urge to get a Coolpix A.

 

http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/nikon-coolpix-a

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Great camera.  With 4 small kids, we found that our Nikon digital SLR was a little bulky at times and we've had to replace a lens due to dropping, being stepped on, etc.  We purchased this camera as a smaller option that still took high quality pictures and video, but is essentially bombproof.  In our case, milk, oatmeal, spills, drops....kid proof.  Have had no issues w/ camera to date.

 

Works great for skiing as it's small enough to fit in a pocket or hang around your neck under your jacket.  Only thing I'd like to see changed is for them to add a viewfinder/eyepiece.  Very often w/ the LCD screen & bright sun, you can't see what your shooting.  I prefer eyepieces on most cameras as I believe it also helps steady the camera.

 

Yes, it' takes pictures & video underwater.  Just change settings & jump in.  Kind of a novelty, but kids really enjoy taking/watching the underwater movies they create.  I find it useful for fishing and extremely wet environments.

 

All in all I'd buy it again in a minute.

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To be honest, I think this is more of a marketing hype then something really useful. You have exactly 2 waterproof lenses (I doubt there will be bigger line of lenses anytime soon). Then, camera's waterproof is limited to 15 meters, which makes it more or less unusable for diving, and usable only for free diving. Unless you are some extreme apnea diver, you have way too little time to operate camera properly, of course if you want to use at least half of functions camera is offering. If you don't, most of current waterproof P&S cameras will do.

As far as skiing goes, I doubt shockproof means you can have it in backpack and crash at 80km/h, and camera will still be fine :D But nevertheless, when I saw news about this camera yesterday, I still said I want to have it, even if all my other gear is Canon :) It would be still usefull (I guess) for some fun stuff in knee deep water etc. But I'm not sure I want to pay $800, for "some fun" :)

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To be honest, I think this is more of a marketing hype then something really useful. You have exactly 2 waterproof lenses (I doubt there will be bigger line of lenses anytime soon). Then, camera's waterproof is limited to 15 meters, which makes it more or less unusable for diving, and usable only for free diving. Unless you are some extreme apnea diver, you have way too little time to operate camera properly, of course if you want to use at least half of functions camera is offering. If you don't, most of current waterproof P&S cameras will do.

As far as skiing goes, I doubt shockproof means you can have it in backpack and crash at 80km/h, and camera will still be fine :D But nevertheless, when I saw news about this camera yesterday, I still said I want to have it, even if all my other gear is Canon :) It would be still usefull (I guess) for some fun stuff in knee deep water etc. But I'm not sure I want to pay $800, for "some fun" :)

All good points.  Don't forget that he majority of US customers only snorkel when they go on a beach vacation, so the fact that its not a serious diving camera won't bother them. Also, most people who own an entry-level DSLR don't change lenses (yes, I know... :-) There are indeed a lot of questions whether the size and price are properly targeted, but at least it solves my conundrum- I always wanted my "small" cam to be waterproof so I could take it to the beach, into the snow, rafting, etc.  I looked at all of the current "rugged" P/S cameras and none of them take better photos than my cellphone... So far I have been mostly risking my Sony RX100 (leaving it at home on storm days) and thinking that if we ever go to a beach trip I will just get an underwater housing for it...  This Nikon may perhaps change the equation...  Also, some of my best skiing pictures were taken in a snowstorm, and having a camera that can live in a wet pocket is a definite plus.  I hate skiing with a backpack.  I just wish Nikon offered a kit with a 10 mm prime. That would paradoxically be the configuration I would want to keep in my ski jacket pocket.  

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