Nikon Coolpix S32 is an affordable waterproof camera. You can bring it down to 10m (33 ft) of water and it should be able to survive drops from 1.5m (5 ft). It features 13 megapixel sensor and 3x optical zoom. It also record full HD video and comes in several happy color variations.
Summer is still not over, and I’ve got another underwater camera for review – Nikon Coolpix AW120. On the paper, it is similar to other price comparable competitors – it has 16 megapixels sensor, 5x optical zoom, full HD video and 3 inch LCD screen. Besides that, Nikon AW120 packs full connectivity like GPS, WiFi and motion sensor that can be used to control camera when you cannot use buttons like when wearing thick gloves.
I’ve recently reviewed Olympus TG-3, the more expensive waterproof Olympus camera and it turned out to be a solid although far from perfect performer. Now, it’s time for the cheaper one – the TG-850. The differences at least in theory, are not that big: both cameras seem to share the identical image sensor and features, but the TG-850 has 60p video (TG-3 does 30p) and tilt-LCD what is unheard of in waterproof cameras. It also has a bit wider lens (21-105mm vs. 25-100mm on TG-3) but TG-3 offers much brighter lens (F/2 on wide angle), can withstand diving to 15m vs. 10m on TG-850, has built-in Wi-Fi and GPS and can accept fisheye and telephoto converters. Keep reading to find out how it performs in real life situations.
Both Nikon and Canon are very traditional companies. If it was up to them, mirrorless cameras would not even exist. But it is not up to them (luckily). Sony, Olympus, Panasonic and Fuji are putting all their effort in mirrorless concept and there’s a lot of customers who ditched DSLR and gone for smaller mirrorless form factor. In order to keep up to competition, Canon and Nikon released their own mirrorless cameras but there’s a catch. They didn’t want those models to compete with their own entry level DSLR models so they made them worse than they could be. Canon EOS M has dead slow AF, Nikon used too small sensor size and both were too expensive from beginning. So (almost) nobody bought them. What a surprise.
In order to compete with far more advanced NEX, OM-D and Fuji cameras, you need to have something that makes you special. After two years, Nikon finally realized that so now we have AW1. Detail that makes it different is waterproofing so this little camera can go 15m (49ft) underwater, can withstand drops from 2m (6.6ft) and will happily work at -10°C (14°F). And all that without the need for special underwater case and you can still change lenses. Now we’re talking!