Nikon AW100 16.0 Megapixel Waterproof Reviews Roundup

On August 24 2011, Nikon announced the Coolpix AW100 rugged waterproof camera. The AW100 features a 5x image stabilized zoom lens (28-140mm equivalent in 35mm terms), a 16 Megapixels backside-illuminated CMOS sensor, full HD 1080p movie mode and built-in GPS. It is waterproof to 33ft (10m), shock-proof from 5 feet (1.5m), and freeze-proof down to 14°F. This is the first time Nikon comes up with waterproof camera since the Nikonos underwater camera series was discontinued in 2001.

The AW100 has a high sensitivity mode in low-light and can shoot at a maximum ISO of 3200. It includes a wide-angle, 5x NIKKOR ED glass lens (35mm equivalent of 28-140mm) and employs Nikon's Vibration Reduction (VR) to minimize camera shake in both still photos and HD movies. It also comes with a full HD 1080p video mode, activated by the camera's dedicated movie record button, and has the ability to optically zoom during video recording. It can also record slow-motion movies at 60, 120 and 240 frames-per-second (fps) and fast motion movies at 15 fps. The COOLPIX AW100 is listed for an estimated selling price of $379.95. It is available in black, blue and a distinctive, highly visible orange.

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Nikon Coolpix AW100 Camera Reviews Roundup

Imaging Resource - Jul 11 2012
"Overall, the Nikon AW100 worked well enough, but I really did have a tough time with the buttons. They're just too hard to press. I took a lot of shots with EV set inadvertently to underexpose (a whole outing, in fact, which has never happened before -- and before goes back to 1998). I did appreciate the 5x zoom, though. And Macro was fun. Unfortunately, th..." More »
Not Rated
CNET US - Jul 04 2012
"If you're considering a rugged compact to take diving, the Nikon Coolpix AW100 is probably not the one you want. While it's capable of taking some very good photos when you have plenty of light, its small maximum aperture requires you to use either higher ISOs or slow shutter speeds to get a shot with less light; for better or worse, the camera regularly go..." More »
72out of 100
Trusted Reviews - Jun 30 2012
"One area where the AW100 does have a slight edge over many of its rivals - at least when shooting outdoors - is in overall image quality. Used in either Easy or standard Automatic mode the AW100 consistently delivers strong, punchy images with vibrant colour and good levels of contrast. Inspecting the AW100's images up close at 100% does reveal that some fa..." More »
80out of 100
What Digital Camera - Feb 15 2012
"Overall I found the backlit CMOS sensor performed well in the AW100, particularly given the seemingly ridiculous level of resolution provided. I cannot see the point of cramming 16 million pixels onto a small sensor when all it will do is create image quality issues. Better would be fewer, larger pixels. However, having written that and to be scrupulou..." More »
86out of 100
Digital Camera Info - Nov 29 2011
"It's been a great year for ruggedized cameras and we see Nikon's AW100 as the capstone. Many of the features and technologies found throughout various companies' many toughcam offerings have been brought together and-not quite perfected-but certainly advanced by the AW100. What Pentax tried to accomplish with the WG-1's GPS transceiver, Nikon has finally go..." More »
Not Rated
Photography BLOG - Nov 17 2011
"Looking much like a regular digital camera, the new Nikon Coolpix AW100 can withstand almost everything that life can throw at it, underwater, in the cold, from a moderate height, although it's not dust- or crush-proof like some rivals. The inclusion of a suite of sophisticated GPS features, which doesn't affect battery-life too adversely, and the innovativ..." More »
80out of 100
NikonRumors - Oct 31 2011
"I wasn't looking for a sports camera, that is a much more specialized item and in the not so optimal situations, I use "protection" on my D3's against rain and even dust, I use my own gear and I can't see the need to abuse it to a point of destruction. I know full well that the AW100 is just a point and shoot enclosed in a water/weather proof case..." More »
Not Rated
ePhotoZine - Oct 17 2011
"Detail is good in images, although soft around the edges and better when shooting wide than using the full optical zoom. There is some purple fringing on occasions, but colour reproduction is excellent, as are macro shots with a close focusing distance of just 1cm. Even at ISO 125 there is some noise evident in the images and they don't look as sharp as you..." More »
80out of 100

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