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"Shore Break"

So after countless hours of research and reading reviews I decided to purchase a Nikon 1 AW1.

For a few months now I have been wanting to casually try out some underwater photography. There are so many inspiring images out there that are taken in the surf and underwater and for land dwelling DSLR users like myself, I continually found myself wishing that I could get shots like that.

I don't have a dive certification and I have no desire to get one so I knew that I wasn't going to need something that could handle extreme low light in the depths of the ocean. However I knew I wanted something with a little more manual control than a GoPro (nothing against GoPros...they are awesome) and that could shoot RAW.

Unfortunately removing GoPros from the list of possible contenders didn't really help much as there are so many options and brands for underwater photographers (mainly expensive ones). I worked out that ultimately I wouldn't be able to afford underwater housing for either my Olympus EM1 or Nikon D800. Especially since I was only planning on taking a relatively casual approach to this style of photography and doing it for a bit of fun. This really only left me with the Nikon 1 AW1.

Now I have read great reviews and some bad reviews for this camera. The bad reviews mainly centred around the fact that the models used for the reviews leaked and basically became expensive bricks. The user reviews quite often mentioned issues with Nikon not being very receptive to the water leak issues and putting the blame back on user error. The reviewers that didn't experience these problems raved about the small size and portability, the 60fps burst rate and the fast autofocus.

It was tough because I really wanted to try this style of photography but I didn't want to fall victim to paying for something that was going to fail after one or two uses. I decided that if I followed the user manual to the letter and always made sure I cleaned it really well, I wouldn't have any problems.

I am happy to report that the AW1 went for it's first swim this morning and no leaks so far. I am really happy with how easy it is to use and the quality of images it can produce. I'm really looking forward to being able to test it out soon in some free diving situations.

Lammermoor BeachCapricorn CoastSunriseYeppoonSeascape

From Capricorn Coast