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Nikon Coolpix AW100 review

Nikon's waterproof and shockproof with GPS

Nikon Coolpix AW100

MACRO: The Nikon AW100 has an impressive close-focus of 1cm. You need to apply firm pressure with the shutter release, so at such magnification - and despite Nikon's anti-blur measures - you'll need to support the camera well in order to prevent camera shake.

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Nikon Coolpix AW100 review

FOG: As with every other compact worth its salt, the Nikon Coolpix AW100 features a range of digital filters and creative effects that can be applied to JPEGs you've already shot. The new Nikon Coolpix features an option to remove fog from an image. It brightens images and boosts contrast, as shown in this misty forest scene.

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Nikon Coolpix AW100 review

WEATHERPROOF: The Nikon Coolpix AW100 is a camera that you can handle confidently in wet conditions. There are no moving parts on the body, apart from a satisfyingly chunky knob that locks the sealed battery and memory card chamber door. The battery life is rated at a useful 250 shots, although the passive GPS system will use some charge even when the camera's switched off.

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Nikon Coolpix AW100 review

ACCURATE: In dull, overcast conditions, colours are accurate rather than punchy. However, there are few other cameras you'd trust in the salt spray on a Welsh beach in autumn. Rather than a wrist strap, the Nikon Coolpix AW100 comes with an adjustable neck strap. This, combined with the camera's light weight compared to other tough compacts, means it's easy to take anywhere.

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Nikon Coolpix AW100 review

ZOOM: The Nikon Coolpix AW100's 28mm-140mm zoom offers a decent reach at each extreme for enjoyable landscape and travel photography. For added versatility, the Nikon can shoot both 180 and 360 degree sweep-style panoramas, with the camera stitching everything together automatically. The results are pretty good, too.

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Nikon Coolpix AW100 review

VIBRATION REDUCTION: Even at ISO 200, images are a little noisy. However, the hybrid VR system (Lens-Shift and Electronic Vibration Reduction) does mean that you can stick to the Nikon Coolpix AW100's lower sensitivities for longer when light levels drop.

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Nikon Coolpix AW100 review

RETOUCH: The Nikkor ED glass lens is capable of resolving subtle details - individual raindrops are visible on this car, even though it was shot at ISO 400. The included filter holder means you can attach 40.5mm optical filters from the likes of Hoya and B+W, such as a polarising filter, to cut through glare and improve colour saturation.

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Nikon Coolpix AW100 review

WIDE ANGLE: Nikon Coolpix AW100 at 5mm (28mm equivalent).

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Nikon Coolpix AW100 review

TELEPHOTO: Panasonic FS22 at 25mm (140mm equivalent).

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Tech Specs

Product TypeCompact Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Green CompliantYes
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
Effective Camera Resolution16 Megapixel
GPSYes
USBYes
Wide AngleYes
PictBridgeYes
Product FamilyCoolpix
Image StabilizationOptical, Electronic
ColourCamouflage
Optical Zoom5x
Digital Zoom4x
Brand NameNikon
DurabilityShock Resistant, Freeze Proof, Water Proof
FeaturesSelf-timer, Continuous Shooting Mode
Screen Size7.6 cm (3")
Video FormatsMPEG-4, QuickTime MOV
Viewfinder TypeNo
Weight (Approximate)178 g
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityRoHS, WEEE
Flash Memory Capacity83 MB
Minimum Focus Distance10 mm
Maximum Image Resolution4608 x 3456
Maximum Frame Rate30 fps
Number of Batteries Supported1
Battery Built-inNo
Battery RechargeableYes
Battery IncludedYes
Display Screen TypeLCD
Image Sensor TypeCMOS
Total Camera Resolution16.8 Megapixel
HDMIYes
HD Movie ModeYes
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card, Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC)
Height64.9 mm
Width110.1 mm
Depth22.8 mm
Autofocus Points99
Focal Length5 mm to 25 mm
Image FormatsJPEG
Audio FormatsWAV, AAC
Focus ModesManual, Auto
ManufacturerNikon Corporation
Product ModelAW100
Product NameCoolpix AW100 Compact Camera
Product LineCoolpix
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberVMA894E1
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.nikon.co.uk
Marketing Information

Built to capture the action on land or in the water, the COOLPIX AW100 is as ready for an adventure as you are. Waterproof, shockproof and freeze-proof, it is the perfect camera for active pursuits - be it winter, spring, summer or fall. The built-in GPS system, electronic compass and world map mean you can geo-tag your images, orient yourself in new places and track your route when on the move. The highly sensitive 16 megapixel CMOS sensor and dedicated low light modes combine to deliver stunning results under bright sunlight, at night or deep down under the sea.

Battery Life250 Shot
Package Contents
  • Coolpix AW100 Compact Camera
  • Camera Strap AN-CP19
  • Audio Video Cable EG-CP16
  • Battery Charger MH-65P
  • Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL12
  • USB Cable UC-E6
  • Filter Adapter UR-E23
Display Resolution460000 Pixel
Limited Warranty1 Year