Excerpt: After I purchased I ran across numerous reviews which repeated that this model will leak and the screen will go black if used underwater. Dozens of them. Since I knowingly purchased a factory refurb, I can only assume that it was a leaker also.
Summary: Camera worked great until I used it underwater. I followed the instructions and tried not to keep the camera submerged underwater for too long. The screen went blank after my 3rd day of vacation in the Caribbean.
This refurbished camera did not perform up to expectation when under water
Michael See-Guan Yeo, Amazon
30 May 2014
Summary: I just took the camera to Maldives few days ago and used it at the beach front seawater. The camera was ok initially but later it was not functioning. After drying it and sitting for a few hours, all electronic functions & LCD were back to live by itself as water inside the camera dried out.
Summary: I bought this camera on November, but after two days using it for snorkeling started failing. First screen went black all time and now camera doesn't turn on. Very disappointed about this camera, Nikon always make incredible products but now I'll choose another brand.
Avoid if the primary goal is underwater photography
16 April 2014
Summary: This is a decent camera for everyday use with a lot of bells and whistles. Avoid if you want to use it primarily as an underwater camera. 1. The LCD screen is not very bright and when you're snorkeling on a sunny day, it's almost impossible to see what you're taking a photo of 2.
Summary: Recently went on a trip to Hawaii and was super excited to use this while snorkeling there. It worked great during my first use in the ocean. The pictures were incredible and it had good battery life. I let it dry completely for at least 24hrs before opening the case to charge the battery.
Summary: Hello My camera was perfect, takes very good pictures but now I do not work the display shows no picture, but if you take video recording. Please I would like to know that I can do in this case, if I have to I will pay the settlement but please help this very good camera
Cumbersome and counterintuitive, but otherwise "okay"
Brian L Croak, Amazon
10 February 2014
Summary: I was pretty excited to get this camera, but as it turned out… I'm not very impressed. I expected much more out of the Nikon camera. I cannot speak to the waterproof aspect of it, but it is very counterintuitive and difficult to function.