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Nikon announces waterproof, shockproof MILC
« on: September 19, 2013, 11:12:51 AM »
New from Nikon is the Nikon 1 AW1 (press release), a mirrorless interchangeable lens camera that's waterproof (down to 49 feet), shockproof (6.6 foot drop), and freezeproof (down to 14 °F).  The body uses their 14.2 MP CX-format (2.7x crop) CMOS sensor, which is the same size sensor used in the Sony RX-100.

To go with the new mirrorless body, there are two new lenses - an 11-27.5mm f/3.5-5.6 (30-74mm FFeq) and a 10mm f/2.8 (27mm FFeq), both of them waterproof/shockproof/freezeproof to the same specs as the AW1 body.

They've also announced development of a SB-N10 Underwater Speedlight to go with the system.

Supposed to be available next month, MSRP of $800 for the AW1 + 11-27.5 kit, $1000 for the AW1 + both lenses kit.

While not waterproof to sufficient depth for scuba diving, this system would be great for snorkeling, pool and beach use - no need for a bulky waterproof housing (but it's likely not buoyant, so plan on attaching a float). 

Will we see an EOS MW and waterproof EF-MW lenses (complete with blue ring) someday?  That would be pretty sweet...
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Nikon announces waterproof, shockproof MILC
« on: September 19, 2013, 11:12:51 AM »

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Re: Nikon announces waterproof, shockproof MILC
« Reply #1 on: September 19, 2013, 11:24:22 AM »
That's cool. 49 feet, this is not bad at all.

Thanks for sharing Neuro.

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« Reply #2 on: September 19, 2013, 11:25:33 AM »
Yeah this camera looks really nice on paper!
I just wonder if they will release a 40 meter dive case for it, for less then 600$. That would be even greater :)
I would need it for diving and 15 meters are just not enough :(

It's probably also a great camera for those "color festivals" where you would otherwise destroy your camera.

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« Reply #3 on: September 19, 2013, 11:26:44 AM »
Bravo, Nikon. It's great to see boundaries being pushed in the MILC marketplace. If I had this specific need (ecotourism, snorkeling, etc.), I'd be all over it.
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Re: Nikon announces waterproof, shockproof MILC
« Reply #4 on: September 19, 2013, 01:57:28 PM »
I like the idea, I just don't like the price.
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Re: Nikon announces waterproof, shockproof MILC
« Reply #5 on: September 19, 2013, 02:04:20 PM »
If I go below 49 feet it´s because I´ve drowned ...
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Re: Nikon announces waterproof, shockproof MILC
« Reply #6 on: September 19, 2013, 02:05:31 PM »
Back when I was into that world, the Nikonos was legendary, so it has some big shoes to fill, but no competition (GoPro's fisheye doesn't really count).  Technically these lenses are what they called "amphibious" because you can use them above water.  The Nikonos system also had underwater (only) lenses that were designed specifically for the difference in refraction, etc. and offered amazing quality.  I'll be interested to watch this to see if they develop those as well.

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« Reply #7 on: September 19, 2013, 02:47:20 PM »
What's its DR?

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« Reply #8 on: September 19, 2013, 02:56:42 PM »
Cool that Nikon is thinking along these lines, but I imagine it'll be a pretty niche product (though, if I was interested and new to the 1 system, why not). Pretty bulky for most water sports, still can't change lenses on the beach (even harder than a normal DSLR, keeping an o ring clean is even trickier than keeping dust off a sensor), and depth limits are too restrictive for diving. So, snorkelers looking for better picture quality.

I'm still waiting for a nice compact housing and port system for a mirrorless camera that doesn't break the bank. And said mirrorless camera needs a good wideangle and macro lens, and a flash for triggering strobes. That'd make am happy diver out of me.

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Re: Nikon announces waterproof, shockproof MILC
« Reply #9 on: September 19, 2013, 03:25:12 PM »
Had to laugh at point number 2 under 'Primary Features':

Functionality suited to outdoor use as well as an elegant design that attracts attention.

Sanj had better not use one in Bangkok !  ;D

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« Reply #10 on: September 19, 2013, 04:12:54 PM »
What's its DR?

DR? hmm, DR = Diving Range ::)
down to 49 feet ;D

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« Reply #11 on: September 19, 2013, 06:22:29 PM »
It would be nice to have a camera that you could use in the rain without worries....  I still use my Olympus E-510 in the rain..... very outdated, but sealed lenses and body...
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Re: Nikon announces waterproof, shockproof MILC
« Reply #12 on: September 19, 2013, 07:22:00 PM »
I actually really like the idea just for being able to use a decent camera around water, and not worry about smashing it when camping (don't know where to put your camera? just toss it on the ground!).
If they were to push the price down I would just get one out of curiosity, I can think of a few environments where something like this would be useful for both the shock and water resistance.

Really though I just want a weather sealed pro-body EOS-M.
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« Reply #13 on: September 19, 2013, 07:29:52 PM »
I actually really like the idea just for being able to use a decent camera around water, and not worry about smashing it when camping (don't know where to put your camera? just toss it on the ground!).
If they were to push the price down I would just get one out of curiosity, I can think of a few environments where something like this would be useful for both the shock and water resistance.

Really though I just want a weather sealed pro-body EOS-M.

I dunno about the "just toss it on the ground". Unless by toss you mean place on the ground off to the side where it won't get stepped on. Just because it's water resistant, doesn't mean it won't get damaged by a fall or other impact. In fact, an impact that does no visible damage is just as dangerous because it could have damaged a water seal.
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« Reply #14 on: September 19, 2013, 08:36:54 PM »
I dunno about the "just toss it on the ground". Unless by toss you mean place on the ground off to the side where it won't get stepped on. Just because it's water resistant, doesn't mean it won't get damaged by a fall or other impact. In fact, an impact that does no visible damage is just as dangerous because it could have damaged a water seal.

Maybe you missed the fact that the AW1 is shockproof to 6.6 feet.
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