On our my first time in Finland, I went to Porvoo ready to do anything. If the plan was take bikes into the wild, I had the equipment to do it. If the plan was to swim, I had everything ready to take pictures from the water. All this was possible because I brought my Sony Action Camera with me. Too bad nobody knew this trip would be a painful journey for the camera.
Before I tell you the story about how I lost my Sony Action Camera in the Gulf of Finland, I believe I have to tell you why I decided to get one.
Most people that buy action cameras end up buying a Go Pro but, after a lot of research, I decided to go in a different way and buy a Sony. And I bought for a few reasons and one of them was the amazing wide lens that this camera has. Most of pictures I take with it look fantastic and I even gave up fixing the lens distortion on Lightroom. The distortion gives the pictures a charm, some sort of different view, a weird personality if I may say that. But it wasn’t just for the lens.
The video below was shows the many reasons why I got an Sony Action Camera instead of a Go Pro and I’m so happy about it.
In the video above you can see how great the camera reacts to low light, how the colors are so much better and how this camera provides more detail. If you want to get a better, cheaper action camera, don’t think twice and get an Action Camera from Sony. It is amazing and I love everything about it.
On one of the last days at Travel House Porvoo, we had to go explore the beautiful archipelago’s around the city. We took pictures of everything, I tested my action camera under water for the first time and I was enjoying the beauty of everything around me. After a few hours, we headed to a sauna like and I decided to see if it could be possible to swim in the waters close to it.
I never expected to do it but I manage to swim in the Gulf of Finland and it was great. Even if it was September, the water was still warm enough and the fact that I was going between the sauna and the water made everything even better.
How i lost my Sony Action Camera
After a few jumps into the water from the pier, I decided to grab my camera and jump to the water recording my face and what was happening around me. Everything went well on the first jump. The second jump was as good as the other and some of the people that were with us decided to take some pictures of my crazy jumps. On my third jump, Katarina Wohlfart took a picture of my beautiful jump and then… something went wrong.
After the jump into the water, I got out and there was something wrong with my monopod. The part that holds the camera broke down and my camera was nowhere to be seen. I tried to dive, I tried to jump into the rocks below but nothing was recovered. I tried to grab a net and see what could I get but nothing worked. I had lost my Sony Action Camera after three jumps into the water. I was heart broken.
This is where the people behind Travel House Porvoo and the Tourism and Marketing department of Porvoo come for the rescue. They got in touch Murena Diver’s Club and they went there to try to find my camera! Two weeks after I lost my camera in the Gulf of Finland, Björn Lundström and Aki Kuismanen found it and delivered it to Hanna Palo who send it back to me in Berlin. The story is so surreal that I even got covered in the local newspaper Itäväylä!
When I got the e-mail telling me that the camera was found between some rocks, more then 6 meters down the water, I had no reaction. I couldn’t believe that divers came to rescue my camera. And, in a way, I still can’t believe all of this really happened. But here I’m writing this and the Sony Action Camera is with me and it already got back to Finland a few times after the accident in Porvoo.
Once I got the camera back in Berlin, the first thing I did was to get the memory card and see what did the camera capture during the weeks that it was under water. I saw the pictures I took from the archipelago in Porvoo, I saw the videos from my first jumps and I saw what happened when I jumped into the water for the last time. And, below, you can see exactly what and how it happened.
I removed 20 minutes of under water footage from the video above since there was nothing to be seen. Inside the memory card, there was another video with just algae and water. I believe the camera kept recording until its motion sensor realized what was happening and shut it down.
More than a year later, I still carry the Sony Action Camera everywhere I go. I still have the monopod that might have caused it all but I got a stronger ball head and I hope it is strong enough to hold the camera in place. I also got a floater and, even if the ball head breaks, the camera won’t go down the water. At least I hope it doesn’t go down but I don’t want to test it out now.
If you are looking for a different way of capturing your travels, get a Sony Action Camera. This small camera makes amazing videos, takes great pictures and it survives under water for up to two weeks. We love it.
Thanks again to everybody at Travel House Porvoo. Thank you Sari Myllynen, Hanna Palo, Jessica Backman and Tanja Peisala. You are amazing!