Not content with the norm, Nikon has only gone and announced the Nikon 1 AW1 - the world's first waterproof compact system camera. We would like to say the first waterproof interchangeable lens camera, but there was a film DSLR back in the day. But digital, it's all new.
Now that's rather nifty isn't it? Waterproof up to 15 metres deep - we were only able to test it in about 30cms of water - the Nikon 1 AW1 comes with the option of two waterproof lenses: the 11-27.5mm (30-75mm equivalent) f/3.5-5.6 standard kit zoom, or the standalone 10mm (27mm equivalent) f/2.8 that's sold separately.
If you're unfamiliar with the Nikon 1 series, then think of a miniaturised SLR with digital components. The system - which also has J- and V-series models - means it's possible to swap out lenses for different views onto the world, or to benefit from more advanced optical qualities, and as the AW1 is from the broader Nikon 1 familiy it's also compatible with all the standard, non-waterproof lenses too. Just don't forget which lens you have on the front before going diving.
It's not just waterproof either, the camera is also said to be dustproof, freezeproof to -10C and shockproof. The first two we couldn't test, but we did drop the AW1 on the floor which, despite being an awful lot of fun, resulted in no damage to the camera, only to the wooden floor. The fact the lenses are shock-proof ought to give them appeal for those who knock their kit about a bit too.
Blah. Nikon could not provide a decent set of controls and frame rates on the "1" so decided to make a non-feature. I was looking at "1", but without manual focus ring it goes straight back to the store counter.
Aptina makes all 1" sensors that nikon uses for their 1 series cameras. They are going to release their new 1" sensor in January - a 1" sensor capable of 4k video recording and incredible RAW bursts. That means that a new kick ass mirrorless from Nikon will probably be released in the beginning of 2014.