On Friday night I found myself stood in the Bristol Channel as the sun was going down and the tide was coming in. Shoes and socks were cast aside, and my jeans were rolled up to my knees in my failed attempt to keep them somewhat dry.

While my 5D Mark II was busy doing a few long exposures further inland, I was trying to get a shot similar to what you see here, and was doing so by holding the Sony NEX-7 as close to the water as possible, and then moving it up and down in line with the waves.

You see where this is going.


Of course I was hit by a rouge wave. Of course the camera got a little wet. Of course the question running through my mind was “Is the Sony NEX-7 waterproof?”.

Well, I don’t believe that there was enough volume of water in the clashes (yes, clashes. I’m not one for learning my lesson on the first wave.) I was in to be able to say whether or not the camera is actually waterproof, however I can happily claim that it is water resistant. I wiped off the salty water when I go back up to the beach and it seemed to be absolutely fine, and indeed I carried on using it for the remainder of the weekend.

So that was a welcome relief.

  • Camera: NEX-7
  • Focal length: 16mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Shutter speed: 1/60s

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