Nikon May Have a ‘Serious’ Underwater Camera in the Works


Underwater photographer might remember the old 35mm Nikonos waterproof cameras. Originally launched in 1963, the Nikonos underwater system set the standard for underwater imaging for many years until it was ultimately discontinued in 2001.

Nowadays, underwater photography is done digitally using some sort of waterproof housing, but a fresh rumor just cropped up that says Nikon is working on a dedicated ‘serious’ underwater compact camera. Does that mean a digital Nikonos?

The rumor comes to us from Nikon Rumors, and so far there’s not much detail. At this point, the rumor site has heard only that the camera will maybe be part of the Nikon 1 line, although whether or not that means interchangeable lenses is still undetermined.


The diving camera will be able to go 60-100 feet deep and Nikon Rumors is adamant that this isn’t an underwater housing or a new rugged Coolpix model — the rumor specifically mentions a “dedicated, solid-built, Nikonos-like underwater camera.”

Seeing as this is the first whispering of such a camera to reach the rumor mill, we don’t suggest getting your hopes up just yet. But keep checking back and we’ll be sure to keep you updated as more rumors come in.

(via Nikon Rumors)

Image credits: Nikonos 3 by Picto and Nikonos V by Rama

  • Vin Weathermon

    Seriously this is what should be happening. UW housings are ridiculously expensive and only good for the model they are made for (obsolete immediately.) Bundling the cost into a fully functional UW camera system makes total sense and prolongs the useful life of the camera. UW housings are a pain in the #SS.

  • Bruno Candeias

    NIkonos V still rules :)

  • lololalallll

    Give me a damn underwater housing for the Fuji X100s, and you have the perfect camera.

  • hendrick

    buy a nex FF instead

  • Rabi Abonour

    I’d settle for weather sealing.

  • Norshan Nusi

    Finally a Nikonos digital alternative!

    I have a feeling it might be using Nikon 1 sensor. Or the biggest at least APS-C

    Because in underwater, getting high DOF is hard since the light are diffused and darker….

  • Northbound

    This sounds promising and should mean that a camera like this will have much better image quality than current compact rugged/waterproof cameras, AND the ability to shoot in RAW, while still retaining a small form factor. Especially the RAW bit puzzles me – why are none of the current waterproof compacts able to do that (even if they’re just that, waterproof compacts)?

  • Mattsh

    I want to see a replacement for the Nikonos RS. A SCUBA capable interchangeable lens dSLR. Nikon already knows how to make them, they made the RS. Just bring it back, toss in a full frame sensor and a screen in back.

  • michael

    AW1! 49 feet (15 meters) only! no good for scuba diving. The limit of recreational scuba diving is 40 meters or 130 feet. If they wanted to create a snorkel camera, 30 feet would have been quite enough, but for scuba diving 49 feet is just no good! VERY STUPID FROM NIKON!