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Nikon Coolpix W300 camera lost at sea turns up year later as if nothing happened

Nikon Coolpix W300
(Image credit: SRkCCoWbQubsDDu)

Loosing a piece of camera equipment is never easy and when you throw in the ocean for good measure, you accept never to see your loved camera ever again. This was the sorry tale for Masaki (opens in new tab), having lost his Nikon Coolpix W300 when hanging out in the ocean with a bunch of his friends from college. However, to his surprise, a whole year later Masaki found his Coolpix W300 intact, and low and behold still working and powering on!

In a recent tweet, Masaki says he found his lost Nikon Coolpix W300 in the ocean one year later, still powering on and working. as you can see from the tweet the ocean tried to claim its new prize for its own, the camera now covered in seaweed, and barnacles - quite frankly looking like it was a lost relic from a by-gone era. Yet, surprisingly still functioning, powering on and displaying an image on the LCD screen.

(Image credit: SRkCCoWbQubsDDu)

We know this is a waterproof camera and is designed to be taken in and out of the water, but surviving a whole year in the sea, without letting in any salt-water or moisture and still having battery life! Nikon should get in touch with Masaki and use his images for their next campaign and this story is something else.

On discovering his lost Nikon Masaki said:

"While enjoying and observing the sea creatures while diving, I found an orange object buried in gravel on the seabed at a depth of about 6 meters. The machine wrapped in a silicon case was a digital camera that I once lost."

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For nearly two decades Sebastian's work has been published internationally. Originally specialising in Equestrianism, his visuals have been used by the leading names in the equestrian industry such as The Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI), The Jockey Club, Horse & Hound and many more for various advertising campaigns, books and pre/post-event highlights.


He is a Fellow of The Royal Society of Arts, holds a Foundation Degree in Equitation Science and is a Master of Arts in Publishing.  He is member of Nikon NPS and has been a Nikon user since the film days using a Nikon F5 and saw the digital transition with Nikon's D series cameras and is still to this day the youngest member to be elected in to BEWA, The British Equestrian Writers' Association. 


He is familiar with and shows great interest in medium and large format photography with products by Phase One, Hasselblad, Alpa and Sinar and has used many cinema cameras from the likes of Sony, RED, ARRI and everything in between. His work covers the genres of Equestrian, Landscape, Abstract or Nature and combines nearly two decades of experience to offer exclusive limited-edition prints to the international stage from his film & digital photography.