If you want to use a Nikon underwater camera you may not have to buy a specific Nikon waterproof camera after all. Oh no, it may actually be possible to use your existing Nikon digital camera to take under water photographs. This means you can use your top end compact or digital slr and benefit from the manual controls to capture those stunning images.
Typically, rugged cameras don't take great pictures and cameras with great image quality can't handle the outdoors. This Nikon waterproof camera is a great mix of both worlds. We performed image quality testing both above and below water. In a controlled environment, each camera captured images of our test scene under the same lighting and positioning. We examined the photos for sharpness, color saturation and accuracy. The Nikon AW130 is one of the best dry-land cameras in our comparison. The images it produced have accurate color representation. It shaded all of the black, white, light and dark gray boxes accurately. The colored checkered boxes displayed vibrantly colored squares. After zooming in, the light purple and green box at the top of the test pattern began to bleed into one another, but this camera produced impressive photos compared to the rest of the pack. Only one camera we reviewed took slightly better dry-land pictures than the AW130.