A few weekends ago, I went Stand Up Paddle-Boarding and I asked Nikon if I could borrow an underwater camera so I could take some cool water photos for my blog.
They said SURE!
They actually have an newer model coming out soon (AW110), one that can be taken down to 18m (great for scuba divers) and it can withstand -10°C (great for ski and snowboarders). It can also withstand being dropped from heights of 2m (great for um, parents?) and it has built-in wifi capability.
But I was happy to trial the AW100. This model can be taken down to 10m underwater, withstand -10°C and can be dropped from 1.5m without being damaged.
Now… I’m a bit old school with my cameras. When I used to scuba dive regularly (about 10 years ago), only the insanely rich, or the insanely hardcore professionals had cameras with underwater housing… like this:
The equipment was huge, complicated and looked like you were going on a mission to Mars.
Back then, there was NO WAY I could ever take photos of all the coral I saw, all beautiful little fish I swam with while snorkeling, the ship wrecks I’ve dived, and all the other amazing underwater wildlife I had seen, like seals, turtles, cod fish, sharks and whale sharks. I couldn’t even take photos of us at the beach splashing in the waves :(
But now, look at this!!
As I held this camera in my hand, I was utterly stunned by the advances of modern technology! I could take this camera down to 10 meters?! For real?!
Anyway. Unfortunately (or fortunately) while I was stand-up paddle boarding, I DIDN’T fall into the water. And thus I didn’t have any cool watery photos to share from that experience.
Instead, I gathered my kids and we went to swim in my neighbour’s pool.
We had SO. MUCH. FUN.
This was me trying to show my son how to blow a lot of bubbles without getting them up your nose.
My 9 year old and my 7 year old, picked up the camera and worked it with ease.
They switched modes. They played with the settings. They completely melded with it, as only youngsters can these days.
In fact, my boys asked me, “What does the ‘2 Sec’ and ‘10 Sec’ mean?”
And I said, “Oh it’s a self timer…”
And without having to explain anything else, they were doing really clever things like leaving it at the bottom of the pool, with the 10 second timer on and swimming over it to capture an action swimming shot.
My two boys practiced doing “bombies” into the water for me.
The bubbles were so cool!
And here my boys were making really funny underwater movies.
I have to admit that my boys dropped the camera on the poolside paving TWICE.
It just slipped out of their hands because they forgot to put the wrist strap on. And each time it went DONK on the bricks, my heart stopped, my temper seethed and I wanted to scream bloody murder.
But lucky for them, it was indeed DROP PROOF.
And because of that… it is THE best compact camera for me to have in my house.
The AW100 now sits on my “camera shelf”, and when my children find something cool they want to photograph, they are allowed to take it and use it. They can make little movie clips, record their Lego creations and take photos for their school projects. It’s fantastic.
I seriously can’t wait to take it to the beach and to go snorkelling!!