Nikon’s AW1 might be the best underwater camera ever made

The concept of a waterproof camera is nothing new — most camera manufacturers offers a variety of waterproof point-and-shoots, and Nikon even made mass-market, waterproof film cameras back in the ’60s and ’70s. However, Nikon’s now bringing something new to the waterproof market: the oddly-named Nikon 1 AW1 is a mirrorless, interchangeable lens camera based on 2011’s Nikon 1 J1, but it keeps shooting when submerged in the water and is also shockproof and freezeproof.

Physically, it’s cut from the same cloth as the J1, though it’s obviously quite a bit more durable than its predecessor. The AW1 is rated waterproof down to 49 feet (even the pop-up flash is waterproof), shockproof up to 6.6 feet, and freezeproof down to 14 degrees…

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