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Nikon COOLPIX AW120 Waterproof Digital Camera (Orange)

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Product Highlights
  • 16MP 1/2.3" CMOS Sensor
  • NIKKOR 24-120mm f/2.8 Lens (35mm Equiv)
  • 5x Optical Zoom, 3" 921k-dot OLED Screen
  • Full HD 1080p Video with Stereo Sound
  • Depth Rating: 59'
  • Shock-Proof: 6.6' Freeze-proof: 14°F
  • Hybrid Vibration Reduction
  • Built-in Wi-Fi, GPS, Electronic Compass
  • Remote Control via Smartphone or Tablet
  • Bundled Nikon View NX2 Software

The orange COOLPIX AW120 Waterproof Digital Camera from Nikon is a compact point-and-shoot featuring a 16MP, 1/2.3" CMOS sensor. Its 5x optical zoom NIKKOR glass lens has a 35mm-equivalent focal length range of 24-120mm, covering wide-angle to telephoto perspectives. Its fast f/2.8 aperture enables effective low-light shooting and shallow depth-of-field effects. Capture high-resolution still images and full HD 1080p video with stereo sound. The AW120 is also equipped with a large, 3.0", 921k-dot OLED monitor.

The camera is underwater-ready with a depth rating of 59'. Its durable design also makes it shock-proof against drops of up to 6.6' and freeze-proof against frigid temperatures as low as 14°F. Hybrid Vibration Reduction works to counteract camera shake to help provide clear, blur-free shots, especially when shooting in low-light or at the telephoto end of the zoom range. Additionally, benefit from built-in Wi-Fi connectivity, allowing you to share instantly to social networking sites and even control the camera remotely via your compatible smartphone or tablet. The COOLPIX AW120 also features built-in GPS functionality, an electronic compass and points of interest to help you find great locations for images and then document your travels and adventures in a photo journal. Nikon ViewNX 2 software is included to help you browse, edit and share your photos and videos.

16MP CMOS Sensor
The 16MP, 1/2.3" CMOS sensor and the image processor work together to deliver high-resolution still images and full HD video, plus fast contrast-detect autofocus, ISO sensitivity from 125-6400 for clear images in low light--even without flash in certain situations. Additionally, take advantage of 6.9-fps continuous shooting at full resolution. Intelligent Target Finding AF quickly determines your intended subject and puts the focus where it belongs. Center, face priority, manual with 99 focus areas, and subject tracking modes are also available for autofocus. You can also activate the focus lock function.
5x Optical Zoom NIKKOR Glass Lens
Provides a 35mm-equivalent focal length range of 24-120mm, covering wide-angle to telephoto perspectives, and a fast f/2.8 aperture for effective low-light shooting and shallow depth-of-field effects. Lens includes 2 ED elements to help correct chromatic aberration. Aperture offers ND filter (-2 AV) selection.
3.0" OLED Monitor
Large, 3.0", 921k-dot OLED screen features an anti-reflection coating and 5-level brightness adjustment.
Full HD Video
Record full HD 1080p video at 30 fps or 1080i at 60 fps--with stereo sound, thanks to the built-in microphone. Then grab a cable (available separately) and connect to an HDTV to see your creations on a larger scale. The following HDMI output resolutions can be selected: auto, 480p, 720p and 1080i. Capture smooth slow motion sequences, too. Strap the camera to yourself with the optional chest harness to capture action videos of your adventures, leaving your hands free.
Waterproof, Shock-proof and Freeze-proof
Built for durability, the AW120 is ready for swimming or diving with a depth rating of 59' for a duration of 60 min (JIS/IEC protection class 8 / IPX8), and also features shock-proofing against 6.6' drops (MIL-STD 810F Method 516.5) and freeze-proofing against temperatures as low as 14°F--though underwater, it's recommended that you operate the camera at 32°F or higher. Nikon's Action Control brings fast and easy operation to gloved hands.
Image Stabilization
Hybrid Vibration Reduction helps counteract camera shake to help provide clear, blur-free shots, especially when shooting in low-light or at the telephoto end of the zoom range.
Easy Shooting in Various Situations
In addition to the target-finding autofocus, the camera features subject tracking, as well as a motion detection function that automatically kicks in when your subject is moving fast, selecting a faster shutter speed and higher ISO for sharper, clearer photos. The Smart Portrait System and Scene Auto Selector take the guesswork out of shooting, leaving you free to focus on getting your image while the camera does the thinking, automatically activating the best settings for the given situation.
Continuous Shooting
Available modes include the following: the aforementioned 6.9-fps continuous shooting at full resolution, plus Best Shot Selector, Continuous H, Continuous H 60, Continuous H 120, Continuous L, Multi-shot 16 and Pre-shooting cache.
In-Camera Image Editing
Crop, D-Lighting, filter effects, glamour retouch, quick retouch, red-eye correction, red- eye reduction, skin softening and small picture are available.
Built-in Wi-Fi
Integrated wireless connectivity allows you to share images quickly and easily on social networking sites. Capture photos and watch them instantly appear on your compatible smartphone or tablet, then share via text, email or upload. You can even control the camera remotely via compatible smartphones and tablets. The Wireless Mobile Utility application must be installed on the device before it can be used with the camera. Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch running iOS 6.0 or later (optimized for iPhone 5), and with the following Android devices running the indicated OS: Samsung Galaxy S4 (4.2.2), S3 α (4.1.1) or S2 (4.0.3); Galaxy Tab 10.1 LTE (4.0.4) or 7.7 Plus (4.0.4); Galaxy note 2 (4.1.1); Galaxy Nexus (4.2.2); Google Nexus 7 2012 Wi-Fi (4.4.2), 2013 Wi-Fi (4.4.2), Nexus 4 (4.4.2), Nexus 5 (4.4.2); Sony Mobile Communications Xperia Z1 (4.1.2); Motorola Droid RAZR M (4.1.2); HTC One J (4.2.2); LG Optimus it (4.2.2), LTE (4.0.4).
GPS, Compass and Points of Interest
Built-in GPS functionality, an electronic compass and points of interest help you find great locations for images and then document your travels and adventures in a photo journal. The COOLPIX AW120 records the exact location of each shot you take, so you can follow the path of your adventure and every scene along the way. Share your journeys on Google Maps and on Google+ and other social networking sites, or via the included Nikon ViewNX 2 software. Built-in mapping and compass help you navigate unfamiliar territory, and Points of Interest (POI) show you nearby photo-ops, including scenic lookouts and historic landmarks.
Bundled Nikon ViewNX 2 Software
Browse, edit and share your photos and videos. In addition to basic data importing and browsing, ViewNX 2 incorporates various frequently used adjust menus and tools, such as resize, brightness control, crop, straighten, auto red-eye correction and auto lateral color aberration correction. Smoother cooperation with Nikon's exclusive image storage and sharing site, Nikon Image Space, is also made possible. For videos, start/end points can be set and unnecessary portions deleted, and selected frames can be saved. When printing, you can include metadata and a header/footer.
Power
The AW120 runs on the rechargeable lithium-ion EN-EL12 battery (included). A charging AC Adapter, EH-71P, is also included and will charge the battery in about 2 hr 20 min from empty. The optional AC Adapter EH-62F is separately available.
Mounting
Standard 1/4"-20 ISO 1222 tripod mount.
Supported Languages
Arabic, Bengali, Bulgarian, Chinese (Simplified and Traditional), Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hindi, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Marathi, Norwegian, Persian, Polish, Portuguese (European and Brazilian), Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Spanish, Swedish, Tamil, Telugu, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian and Vietnamese.
Imaging
Pixels Actual: 16.8 Megapixel
Effective: 16.0 Megapixel
Sensor 1/2.3" CMOS
File Formats Still Images: JPEG
Movies: MOV, MPEG-4 AVC/H.264
Audio: Linear PCM, WAV
Max Resolution 16MP: 4608 x 3456
Image Stabilization Optical & Digital
Optics
Lens NIKKOR, 12 elements in 10 groups
EFL: 4.3-21.5 mm (35 mm equivalent: 24-120 mm)
Aperture: f/2.8 (W) - 4.9 (T)
Zoom Optical: 5x
Digital: 4x
Focus Range Wide: 19.69" (50 cm) - Infinity
Telephoto: 19.69" (50 cm) - Infinity
Macro: 0.39" (1.0 cm) -
Exposure Control
ISO Sensitivity Auto, 125-1600 (High Sensitivity Mode: Auto, 1600-6400)
Shutter Type: Electronic & Mechanical
Speed: 1 - 1/4000 sec
4 sec in Fireworks Mode
Exposure Metering Center-weighted, Matrix, Spot
Exposure Modes Modes: Auto, Programmed Auto
Compensation: -2 EV to +2 EV (in 1/3 EV steps)
Shooting Modes Auto
Back Light
Beach
Black and White Copy
Close Up
Dusk/Dawn
Easy Auto Mode
Fireworks
Food
Landscape
Museum
Night Landscape
Night Portrait
Panorama
Party/Indoor
Pet Portrait
Portrait
Scene Auto Selector
Snow
Sports
Sunset
Underwater
White Balance Modes Auto, Cloudy, Daylight, Flash, Fluorescent, Incandescent, Preset Manual
Burst Rate Up to 6.9 fps at 16 MP for up to 5 frames
Self Timer 10 Sec, 2 Sec
Flash
Flash Modes TTL Auto
Built-in Flash Yes
Maximum Effective Flash Range Wide: 1.64 - 17.06' (0.5 - 5.2 m)
Telephoto: 1.64 - 14.76' (0.5 - 4.5 m)
Memory
Built-in Memory 329MB
Memory Card Type SD
SDHC
SDXC
Recording
Video Recording Yes, NTSC/PAL
Resolution 1920 x 1080: 30 fps, 25 fps, 60 fps, 50 fps
1920 x 1080: 15 fps, 12.5 fps
1280 x 720: 30 fps, 25 fps, 60 fps, 50 fps
640 x 480: 120 fps, 100 fps, 30 fps, 25 fps
320 x 240: 240 fps, 200 fps
Video
Audio Recording Built-in Mic: With Video + Voice Memo, Stereo
Viewfinder/Display
Screen 3.0" OLED Rear Screen (921,000 pixels)
Screen Coverage 98%
Connectivity/System Requirements
Connectivity HDMI D (Micro), Micro-USB, USB 2.0
Wi-Fi Yes built-in
Environmental
Operating/Storage Temperature Operating
14 to 104°F (-10 to 40°C)
Waterproofing 59.0' (18.0 m)
Power
Battery EN-EL12 Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack, 3.7VDC, 1050mAh
AC Power Adapter EH-71P (Included)
Physical
Dimensions (WxHxD) 4.3 x 2.6 x 1.0" / 11.0 x 6.6 x 2.6 cm excluding projections
Weight 7.51 oz / 213 g including battery and SD memory card

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NikonCOOLPIX AW120 Waterproof Digital Camera (Orange)
 
4.3

(based on 59 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (33)

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    (16)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 2 Stars

     

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    (2)

88%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (41)
  • Compact (37)
  • Good battery life (29)
  • Large clear LCD (29)
  • Great resolution (28)

Cons

  • No viewfinder (7)
  • Short battery life (7)
  • Complicated controls (6)
  • Limited zoom (3)

Best Uses

  • Travel (34)
  • Sports/action (23)
  • Family photos (21)
  • Wildlife (13)
  • Video (11)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (21), Casual photographer (12), Semi-pro photographer (10), Pro photographer (7)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (45), Yes (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Adequate picture quality, good features

Been using the camera for a few weeks now for ocean kayaking (mostly stills) and first impressions are good so far.

The LCD is bright and easy to see in bright...Read complete review

Been using the camera for a few weeks now for ocean kayaking (mostly stills) and first impressions are good so far.

The LCD is bright and easy to see in bright daylight on the water, even at the medium brightness setting of 3. The power, shutter release, multi-selector buttons and the mode, playback, menu and delete button are easy to push wearing neoprene gloves, but the OK (select) button is hard to press without hitting one of the multi-selector buttons by mistake. We found the supplied two-sided strap to be of limited use, so I modified it to make a 16 inch single-sided leash with loop for clipping to my PDF (life jacket) while paddling. The camera fit comfortably between my PFD and chest while paddling and provided quick one-hand access on the water.

The images stabilization works quite well, providing reasonable sharpness down to 1/8 second. The portrait and pet portrait modes work and we've found them to be helpful. Autofocus worked reasonably well, so long as you pay attention to the screen to see what subjects are in focus (green boxes signify focus area/s). Auto white balance provided good results indoors, but I prefer results setting it to "daylight" when shooting outside to keep color balance consistent during the day. The flash is a little weak for fill lighting in daylight unless you're pretty close to your subject (14-17 foot range per manual is indeed the max).

Coming from a DSLR background, I was expecting some compromises in picture quality and the real-world results are not surprising. Edge sharpness is soft, especially at f2.8 and f/4.2, but it's not real obvious at f/4.8 or above. There's quite a bit of noise reduction visible in the images up close and the images are soft, even at maximum image quality (4608x3456 and 1:4 JPEG compression). However, if you downsize images to (2304x1728), you get a fairly good quality 4 Mpix equivalent image that's pretty sharp and fairly clean, good enough for small and medium prints and plenty good for most other uses.

Test images:
The two test images are 1:1 blowups of a portion of the original image. Original images were shot at maximum quality (4608x3456 and 1:4 JPEG compression). Test images were not sharpened, nor was any other post-processing done. The cat photo shows that even with a very slow 1/8 second shutter speed, image sharpness is usable, even for small prints, especially if the image is downsized as mentioned above. The outdoor image shot at f/4.2 and 1/400 seconds shows acceptable sharpness (for this kind of camera). The "smooth blotchiness" of the images caused by noise reduction and other in-camera image processing is clearly visible.

I only shot a few short videos, but so far I've been pleased with the results (note I'm less experiences in video). The GPS works, though I've done very little with it other than viewing present location. Without using GPS and video, it's hard to know about battery life, but it still had full charge after a full day of kayaking and shooting stills. The camera has not been underwater yet so can't speak to its waterproofing.

Overall, I like the camera and would buy it again if I was still in the market for a compact waterproof. While the image quality is not up to enthusiast compact or DSLR standards, it does a good job for its intended purpose and I would use it for everything except important portraits or images I might blow up beyond 14 inches in size.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Lens fogs when submerged. Do not bother

The only reason I paid so much for this camera was for being "waterproof", as there are better cameras for lower prices. However, when I submerged it, the lens...Read complete review

The only reason I paid so much for this camera was for being "waterproof", as there are better cameras for lower prices. However, when I submerged it, the lens fogged so I could not take pictures!. Yes, the fog disappeared later on, but happened again the next time. I followed all the recommendations by Nikon and the camera never stopped working, just the pictures and videos where useless. Do not bother buying this camera.

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4.0

good product for winter

By patty

from Franklin, indiana

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Compact
  • Easy to Use
  • Easy Use
  • Fast Shutter
  • Fast Shutter Speed
  • Good Battery Life
  • Great Resolution
  • Large Clear LCD
  • Small / Compact

Cons

  • Limited Zoom

Best Uses

  • Family Photos
  • Indoors/Low Light
  • Sports/Action
  • Video
  • Wildlife photos

Comments about COOLPIX AW120 Waterproof Digital Camera (Orange):

for outdoor shots in the dead of cold , features are nice, maybe more zoom for the buck. Handles nicely for shots.

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5.0

Great camera, would buy it again!!!!!

By Mike R

from Cleveland, Ohio

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy to Use
  • Good Battery Life
  • Good in Low Light
  • Great Resolution
  • Great Zoom
  • Large Clear LCD
  • Small / Compact

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Indoors/Low Light
    • Travel
    • Underwater
    • Wildlife photos

    Comments about COOLPIX AW120 Waterproof Digital Camera (Blue):

    I bought the camera to use on vacation when I went snorkeling. The camera worked great. I took great stills underwater and a couple videos. The camera surpassed my expectations. The price seemed fair for what the camera can do. it also preformed well for everyday pictures and at night without the flash. i was also impressed with the zoom. Just make sure when you use the camera in water, you do the proper maintenance on the camera and it will work great.

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    5.0

    must buy

    By coco

    from nyc

    Comments about COOLPIX AW120 Waterproof Digital Camera (Blue):

    at first I was a bit skeptical of the cameras capabilities because of its size, but was quickly reassured by the overall amazing qualities and not to mention convenient, compact size of the camera. all in all I would highly recommend.

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    5.0

    Bullet Proof Nikon AW 120

    By KVUSMC

    from Chesterfield VA

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy to Use
    • Fast Shutter Speed
    • Good Battery Life
    • Good in Low Light
    • Great Resolution
    • Great Zoom
    • Large Clear LCD
    • Small / Compact

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Family Photos
      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Macro Photography
      • Sports/Action
      • Travel
      • Video
      • Weddings/Events
      • Wildlife photos

      Comments about COOLPIX AW120 Waterproof Digital Camera (Black):

      This Camera Was Used During Filming in 8 degree weather The Camera Never Fogged Up ! And The Battery Lasts Forever In This Camera !

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      4.0

      nice camera

      By chris

      from ct

      About Me Casual Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy to Use
      • Great Resolution
      • Small / Compact

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Family Photos
        • Sports/Action
        • Travel
        • Video

        Comments about COOLPIX AW120 Waterproof Digital Camera (Orange):

        casual use , great camera

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        3.0

        Quality Camera but...

        By Gilly

        from New Jersey

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Fast Shutter Speed

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Sports/Action

          Comments about COOLPIX AW120 Waterproof Digital Camera (Camouflage):

          I liked this camera for a few reasons, namely that it has a very fast shutter speed (not much "processing time" between taking photos), was a durable, waterproof "action camera" ( I was looking for a regular camera alternative to go with my GoPro 3+) and had a pretty cool camo case.

          However, I returned it because it was kind of bulky, had a dated interface, and didn't seem to have the best image stabilization. Opted to focus on using my GoPro 3+ as well as my old Sony TX10 (better interface layout, less weight, solid stabilization and great pics..but slower processor).

          In addition, I do a lot of obstacle races and mud runs. The Sony also won out because it has a sliding door which does a pretty good job of protecting the lens from scratches and helps to keep the lens clean...well, cleaner than a camera with no cover like with the Nikon.

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          5.0

          Great camera for hiking

          By Matt

          from California

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy to Use
          • Small / Compact

          Cons

          • No Viewfinder

          Best Uses

          • Travel

          Comments about COOLPIX AW120 Waterproof Digital Camera (Black):

          Great camera for hiking in the Sierras. Don't have to worry about it being dropped (within reason), getting wet, or, most importantly, weigh you down as you hike or backpack. For those days when I don't want to lug a DSLR, I pack this camera. Good camera to throw in a bag and forget about it till you need it.

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          • Yes

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          5.0

          Great little camera

          By Joey J

          from New Jersey

          Comments about COOLPIX AW120 Waterproof Digital Camera (Blue):

          This camera is awesome. Very easy to use with great results. Haven't figured out how to get the WIFI to work yet, but when I do, it should make my opinion even better.

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          5.0

          Great travel camera

          By Travelin Joe

          from Fort Collins, CO

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy to Use
          • Good in Low Light
          • Great Resolution
          • Great Zoom
          • Large Clear LCD
          • Small / Compact

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Family Photos
            • Travel
            • Wildlife photos

            Comments about COOLPIX AW120 Waterproof Digital Camera (Orange):

            Wife and I heading to Tahiti next week. This camera will prove invaluable for all those snorkeling pictures. My buddy got one last year and the pics are great - so I had to get one. This camera is easy to carry and easy to use and produces excellent results.

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            5.0

            Good point and shoot camera

            By William

            from VA

            About Me Casual Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy to Use
            • Good Battery Life
            • Great Resolution
            • Small / Compact

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Travel

              Comments about COOLPIX AW120 Waterproof Digital Camera (Camouflage):

              I use this camera as general purpose camera when a high end digital camera just isn't practical. Like out in a boat, out in the rain, or just for surprising situation where a camera is useful. Although it states it is waterproof, I have not taken it underwater.

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              5.0

              Nice P&S

              By Mick Klass

              from Tacoma, WA

              About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy to Use
              • Fast Shutter Speed
              • Good Battery Life
              • Great Resolution
              • Large Clear LCD
              • Small / Compact

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Family Photos
                • Sports/Action
                • Travel

                Comments about COOLPIX AW120 Waterproof Digital Camera (Orange):

                This is a nice P&S camera, even without the weatherproof capability. It does a nice job in any scene. That you can take it out in foul weather, and underwater is even better.

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                5.0

                Great camera!

                By LindseyCarleton

                from Freeport, TX

                About Me Casual Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy to Use
                • Fast Shutter Speed
                • Good Battery Life
                • Good in Low Light
                • Great Resolution
                • Great Zoom
                • Large Clear LCD
                • Small / Compact

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Work Documentation

                  Comments about COOLPIX AW120 Waterproof Digital Camera (Orange):

                  We have 2 Coolpix camera's already and this one is a higher model. There is no comparison. Even though the model before the AW120 was a great camera this is perfect for our Chemical Plant! GPS helps us map location of certain equipment, the life proof ensures the safety of our pictures when the guys aren't as careful as they should be with a camera, and the picture is so clear every detail shows! Couldn't have chosen a better camera!

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                  2.0

                  Substantial problems with this camera

                  By Brock

                  from Walnut Creek, CA

                  About Me Pro Photographer

                  Pros

                  • Small / Compact

                  Cons

                  • Bugs In Firmware
                  • Complicated Controls
                  • No Raw File Save
                  • No Shutter Speed Select

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about COOLPIX AW120 Waterproof Digital Camera (Blue):

                    I have had Nikon DLSR cameras since 2002 and 5 different P&S cameras and this is the first one that I have decided to replace and junk. The camera when new would lose all its settings including the date and time whenever the battery was removed from the camera so I could insert a new one with a full charge. Sent it in to Nikon and they serviced it. Now I find that it is reusing the same file names so if I shoot and then reformat the card I end up with the new sequence using numbers from the prior sequence again so I have to copy the second set of files into a new folder and then rename them all. The camera also has settings that to change thme you have to roll the camera from side to side and if you roll it one to many times you have to go through the sequence again. Dumbest user interface I have ever come across. There is also a simple mode that blocks access to settings and there is no documentation as to this and the camera ships in this idiot mode. There is no way to set the shutter speed so to insure a sharp picture I have to boost the ISO setting twice as much to force a faster shutter speed. The Macro mode does work very well and is the only aspect of the camera I do like. My other P&S cameras were from Panasonic and Olympus and my next waterproof one will be a Ricoh WG-4 GPS camera.The camera only saves stills in JPEG format and without the ability to save as RAW format the accuracy of the white balance metering becomes critical. In bright sun the WB metering is OK but in low light or with tungsten light sources it is often off.

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                    2.0

                    Not good to use underwater

                    By Marcus Coltro

                    from Miami Beach

                    About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

                    Verified Reviewer

                    Pros

                    • Fast Gps
                    • Wi-fi Transfercellphone

                    Cons

                    • Awful Dark Screen
                    • Buttons Too Small
                    • Complicated Controls
                    • No Viewfinder

                    Best Uses

                    • Family Photos

                    Comments about COOLPIX AW120 Waterproof Digital Camera (Black):

                    I bought is as a replacement for my Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3 which I have almost destroyed snorkeling on Kiribati. What attracted me most was the fact I have always used Nikon and thought it would be a plus. It may be a good camera - but not for underwater use, specially on shallow water. The buttons are impossible to operate with gloves, the screen is too dark if sunlight hits it (makes difficult to take pictures on the sun as well). A viewfinder would be a great addition to it - or a brighter screen (I had set it to the brightest). I guess it is a ok camera to use on trips or to take family pictures, but it was not a good camera for me since the main use would be underwater.

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                    5.0

                    Great alternative to the big DSLR!!

                    By Bill the Scuba Diver

                    from Sarasota, FL

                    About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy to Use
                    • Good Battery Life
                    • Great Resolution
                    • Small / Compact

                    Cons

                    • Image Slow To Sd Card

                    Best Uses

                    • Family Photos
                    • Macro Photography
                    • Travel
                    • Video

                    Comments about COOLPIX AW120 Waterproof Digital Camera (Blue):

                    I have been a DSLR user for several years on land and underwater. I've always wanted a small full-function camera (16+ megapixels and HD video) that fit into my pocket on trips to theme parks and light travel. This camera fits the bill. The pictures are clear and the video is exceptional. Haven't used it underwater yet but anxious to do so. Highly recommend it and the price point is just right. Bill from Sarasota, FL

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                    4.0

                    Great little camera

                    By Dave

                    from Harrison TN

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Pros

                    • Easy to Use
                    • Good in Low Light
                    • Great Resolution

                    Cons

                    • Short Battery Life

                    Best Uses

                    • At The Beach Or Swiming P

                    Comments about COOLPIX AW120 Waterproof Digital Camera (Orange):

                    We love using this camera while our grandkids swim and my daughter was blown away with how the photo's came out.

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                    4.0

                    Compact and versatile

                    By Tedd Santana

                    from Vitória, ES. Brasil

                    About Me Pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy to Use
                    • Fast Shutter Speed
                    • Great Resolution
                    • Large Clear LCD
                    • Small / Compact

                    Cons

                    • Complicated Controls

                    Best Uses

                    • Macro Photography
                    • Sports/Action
                    • Travel

                    Comments about COOLPIX AW120 Waterproof Digital Camera (Orange):

                    A great camera for adventures. When it is connected is ready for use in seconds. It is beautiful and sturdy. Could have slightly larger and lighted for nighttime use buttons. Recommend for purchase.

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                    5.0

                    Small but Mighty!

                    By Phoenix

                    from Bloomington, IN

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy to Use
                    • Fast Shutter Speed
                    • Good Battery Life
                    • Good in Low Light
                    • Great Resolution
                    • Great Zoom
                    • Large Clear LCD
                    • Small / Compact

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about COOLPIX AW120 Waterproof Digital Camera (Blue):

                        I carry this camera with me for any photo ops that might arise. It is easy to carry and very easy to operate. The pictures this camera takes rival those of my Nikon D3200 in some situations. Of course it doesn't have the same telephoto capabilities, but it is an excellent, all in one camera. I bought this camera to take on a cruise. I haven't tried it's underwater capabilities yet. So far, I haven't found anything lacking in its performance.

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                        5.0

                        Coolpix waterproof camera

                        By whiterwater

                        from Logan Utah

                        About Me Casual Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy to Use
                        • Fast Shutter Speed
                        • Good Battery Life
                        • Great Zoom
                        • Large Clear LCD

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Family Photos
                          • Sports/Action

                          Comments about COOLPIX AW120 Waterproof Digital Camera (Black):

                          armature photos, but they are really clear

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                          4.0

                          good camera, but difficult to use wi-fi

                          By John

                          from Boston

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Great Resolution
                          • Large Clear LCD

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Travel

                            Comments about COOLPIX AW120 Waterproof Digital Camera (Orange):

                            this is a good camera, take great photos. I tried to set up wi-fi and GPS and there is no clear instruction in the manual book. I haven't figured out how to setup it. The other thing I don't like is the lens not on the center. For closer shooting, you need to shift the camera to top left corner to center the picture.

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