New Nikon COOLPIX W100, perfect for the pool

With the COOLPIX W100, developer Nikon is ready to enhance entertainment in swimming pools, on the beach and in the ocean for young and old children. The camera even has a special child-adapted menu.

When it comes to underwater cameras, the first thing to consider is obviously the machine’s resistance: how many meters can it be immersed, and how resistant is it. In this regard, the Nikon Coolpix W100 has good features that are worth a high score. The camera responds to the IP68 standard, so it can withstand underwater at a maximum depth of 10 m per hour, and is completely sealed against dust and sand.

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Nikon have a camera with great potential here

With a camera that works at a depth of 10 meters and can shoot over 13 megapixels, there are great opportunities for extra fun in the swimming pool, on the beach or in the ocean. But this is a camera for the younger audience; as the new Nikon camera, does not appeal to divers or sports enthusiasts. According to Nikon, much has been invested in user-friendliness, and the camera therefore have a special menu easy for children to navigate.

In addition to the camera’s waterproofness, it is robust enough to handle a fall from up to 1.8 meters in height. The camera can also handle temperatures down to -10 degrees, so the camera can also be a good company when hitting in the ski slope. Images can be transferred wirelessly with Bluetooth to a mobile or tablet, and video is recorded in HD quality.

Not the best, but certainly great

Then, of course, you must ensure that the photographic quality offered by an underwater camera is satisfactory. In this, the Nikon Coolpix W100 demonstrates discrete features, albeit far from the standards of the best models. It’s about an 7 on a scale of 10, when it comes to capturing quality.

By using the camera, it is always important to note how flexible it is and how easy it is to use. Also in this field, the Nikon Coolpix W100 is considered to be a good underwater camera, both because its use is very simple and because it has a fairly versatile degree.

In addition to all the basic functions, the camera have a  fully automatic shutter mode where we only have to press the shutter button and the camera chooses the ideal settings for the image itself. There are 8 other modes that we can select by hand.

 

Subnautica – A great game for the underwater-explorer

The concept behind Subnautica to gather raw materials to build bigger and more exciting things. This is more or less a standard in this genre of today. But the thing is that the world in Subnautica is so atmospheric, swimming in the depths and experiencing the darkness of a sunlit Mediterranean designs, while being replaced with very dark neon sparkling-designs underwater, is absolutely amazing . The strength of the game is the design that has been screwed with quite a bit. Certainly it has that Pixar-esque design with its own style, but the game still manages to find its own unique identity.

For Subnautica to be an beta-build with quite a little content, there is much to be found here. I have not encountered crashes or any bigger bugs. Unfortunately I haven’t been able to try the game on the highest settings; so maybe some problems will arise then. I chose between this game and another survival game named the Forest (which I intend to pick up later) and feel that there is huge potential, and I am already struck by the amount of things that exist in this magical world. I love games where it really feels like you’re entering a world, the concept, the story or the premise. There is actually a VR-version of Subnautica available as well. Exiting times indeed!

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The Big Blue

Many have already written pre-reviews on Subnautica, which to some extent also illustrates the empty market of games based on underwater exploration. Something we only have a few games circling around. Although this game have a Robinson Crusoe kind of premise, it proves that there is a lot of potential for other developers to explore. And I hope Subnautica continues to grow bigger and more contentious and eventually become a great experience when released fully.

Something magical with underwater-games

Ever since pre-school, when I first played a game with an underwater theme, I have found that there is something very mysterious about this genre. That game was Ecco The Dolphin for the Sega Genesis, and it was more of a labyrinth where sharks and caves were found. Since then, a number of games have been created where the environment underwater has been a focus, ranging from U-boat-games to dive and shark-games. Because of my love of underwater-games, i’we had my eyes and ¬†ears on this well-received Early Access game – for quite some time!