On Cameras..

I have had my eyes on getting a new camera for a while now.
Over the years I have had a lot of cameras; my first camera was a wee credit card sized thing that cost around £12 off Ebay. You just plugged it into the computer and the pictures were there. I had one so cheap as I was nervous about it falling in the water and it getting destroyed. It was attached to me by a piece of string that hung around my neck. I have had other cheap cameras over the years and they have always been fine for taking the odd photograph however over the last few years I have wanted something with a bit more clout. I got an Olympus waterproof camera a few years ago and it was ok however I have noticed that the quality of the pictures in the evenings has always been a bit poor. I get a bit annoyed that the camera on my phone takes better pictures than it does sometimes.
At the moment I have borrowed a non-waterproof compact camera from my sister that takes great pictures however I am totally paranoid that I drop it in the water.
So I have found a waterproof camera over at Uttings that looks pretty sweet, a Nikon Coolpix AW100 16MP Camera (Camo).

It is really Camo!

They say:

The COOLPIX AW100 – ready for the great outdoors.

  • Waterproof, shockproof and freeze-proof
  • 16 megapixel back illuminated CMOS image sensor
  • Action Control lets you operate the camera with one hand
  • Built-in Global Positioning System (GPS), electronic compass and world map

I am not sure how annoyed I would be after the camera survived being dropped in the water, frozen and then run over by my car to lose it in the grass but hey, it’s a Nikon. I suppose that is where the Global Positioning System comes into play? At least it will know where it is. I recently got another Nikon strictly for non-angling activities and it is great so like the look of this one.

All joking aside it looks like the best of the bunch out there. Nikon offered to send me one for a few months to try it out however I decided giving it back would hurt too much so declined.

Now added to the Christmas list!


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  1. Marcelk · November 15, 2012

    The GPS is used so lazy anglers can find all you secret fishing spots 🙂

    I have often pondered about getting a waterproof camera since I had
    some mishaps with camera’s and water but personally these cams are not
    for me,

    I prefer to carry either my Canon compact camera or even better the
    Nikon SLR (with waterproof camerabag of course).

  2. Alistair · November 15, 2012

    That is a good point actually, I make sure to turn off the gps on my phone camera just in case someone decides to steal my secret burn. You never worried that you drop your camera in the water ?

  3. Marcelk · November 15, 2012

    Been there, done that … for me its a calculated risk I take.
    I prefer the SLR as it has a decent size to grip and off course I like to
    look through a piece of glass rather than watch a display to compose
    a photo.

    The problem I have with compact cams is that most lack a thread on the
    lens to add a filter.
    I always use a polarizing filter to make pics of what is under the water’s
    surface and off course you get some stronger colors.

    Disadvantage of the SLR of course the weight / size and the feeling
    when you lie flat on your face in the river with the camera neatly
    positioned underwater. (got a waterproof camera bag though – brand Ortlieb)