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Nikon COOLPIX AW120 Waterproof Digital Camera Basic Kit (Blue)

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Offer ends: NOV 1 '14

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Product Highlights
  • 16GB SDHC Class 10 UHS-1 Memory Card
  • Durable, Weather-Resistant Camera Pouch
  • Floating Wrist Strap
The blue Nikon COOLPIX AW120 Waterproof Digital Camera Basic Kit from B&H Photo bundles the compact, rugged Nikon COOLPIX AW120 point-and-shoot with a 16GB, SDHC Class 10 UHS-1 memory card; a durable, weather-resistant camera pouch with a removable, adjustable shoulder strap; and a floating wrist strap. Start enjoying your camera while benefiting from fast and flexible image capture and storage, plus the means to protect and transport your equipment and keep it close to the surface and easy to spot in the water.

The COOLPIX AW120 Camera features a 16MP, 1/2.3" CMOS sensor, which works together with the image processor to deliver high-resolution photos, full HD 1080p video, fast autofocus, and ISO sensitivity from 125-6400. Its 5x optical zoom NIKKOR glass lens has a 35mm-equivalent focal length range of 24-120mm for wide-angle to telephoto coverage, and a fast f/2.8 aperture for effective low-light shooting and shallow depth-of-field effects. The AW120 is also equipped with a 3.0", 921k-dot OLED monitor. The camera is underwater-ready with a depth rating of 59', and is even shock-proof against 6.6' drops and freeze-proof against temperatures as low as 14°F. Benefit from integrated GPS functionality, as well as built-in Wi-Fi for instant sharing to social networking sites and remote control over the camera via smart devices.

Kit Items
  • AN-CP23 Strap (Black)
  • UC-E21 USB Type-A Male to Type-B Micro Male Cable (Black)
  • EN-EL12 Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery (3.7V, 1050mAh)
  • EH-71P Charging AC Adapter
  • BU-2 Cleaning Brush for Digital Cameras
  • Nikon ViewNX 2 Software
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty



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    NikonCOOLPIX AW120 Waterproof Digital Camera (Black)
     
    4.2

    (based on 46 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (24)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (14)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (4)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (2)

    88%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (32)
    • Compact (26)
    • Good battery life (23)
    • Large clear LCD (23)
    • Great resolution (20)

    Cons

    • Short battery life (7)
    • No viewfinder (6)
    • Complicated controls (5)

    Best Uses

    • Travel (27)
    • Sports/action (18)
    • Family photos (16)
    • Macro photography (9)
    • Wildlife (9)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (15), Casual photographer (9), Semi-pro photographer (9), Pro photographer (6)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (38)

    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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    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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          • No

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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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            1.0

            Bad menu system, no RAW, unreliable

            By Carmine

            from San Jose, CA

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Pros

              Cons

              • Complicated Controls
              • No Warranty Support
              • Short Battery Life

              Best Uses

                Comments about COOLPIX AW120 Waterproof Digital Camera (Black):

                I have had many Nikon cameras including manual UW and pro level DLR's so I am familiar with the Nikon approach to its menu structure. But it helped very little with the Coolpix AW120 where it ships with the Easy Auto mode setting engaged which it turned out disables many of the submenus to make it easier in theory for users. I had to first download the PDF manual to locate how to get out of this mode. After a month I found that the camera would drain a fully charged battery in a day or two with the camera turned off. It would then lose the settings like the data and the time and go back into "Easy Auto" mode. I sent the camera in for repair to Nikon who has their P&S cameras repaired by Luxtech. I got the camera back with a note stating that the battery had no charge when they checked out the camera. I had included a note stating that this was the problem and I had fully charged the battery before sending it out with the camera. The camera is under warranty but it is of no use to me with this problem that Nikon will not repair. My next point and shoot camera will definitely not be a Nikon one.

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                5.0

                Awesome utility camera

                By Michael

                from Columbus, OH

                About Me Casual Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Sports/Action
                  • Travel

                  Comments about COOLPIX AW120 Waterproof Digital Camera (Orange):

                  The AW120 isn't the most attractive or compact camera, but it truly is rugged. I purchased the camera to photograph construction sites. I needed something that wouldn't mind getting banged around, dusty or splashed and the AW120 handles it all. I feel comfortable tossing it in my bag when I'm not using it and don't use a death grip when taking pictures because I know that a drop won't be the end of the world.

                  I'm not a professional photographer, so I can't comment on the quality of the pictures it takes, but it fits my needs.

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                  5.0

                  Great all-around camera

                  By jeff

                  from ft lee, nj

                  About Me Casual Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

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

                    Comments about COOLPIX AW120 Waterproof Digital Camera (Orange):

                    Whether you use the aw120 out of water or underwater,you can expect clear true to life pictures. Lots of features but automatic works just as well. A must buy!!!

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                    4.0

                    Ótima escolha

                    By Marco Antonio

                    from Rio de Janeiro, Brasil

                    About Me Casual Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy to Use
                    • Fast Shutter Speed
                    • Great Resolution

                    Cons

                    • Short Battery Life

                    Best Uses

                    • Family Photos
                    • Sports/Action
                    • Travel
                    • Video
                    • Wildlife photos

                    Comments about COOLPIX AW120 Waterproof Digital Camera (Orange):

                    Ótimo equipamento com muitos recursos, fácil de usar.

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                    3.0

                    Waiting for the true water test

                    By gbear

                    from chicago, il

                    About Me Casual Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Fast Shutter Speed
                    • Great Zoom
                    • Large Clear LCD

                    Cons

                    • Short Battery Life

                    Best Uses

                    • Sports/Action
                    • Travel

                    Comments about COOLPIX AW120 Waterproof Digital Camera (Blue):

                    I'm giving this camera 3 stars for now. Since I have not used it for the purpose of buying it (pictures by and in the water). I plan on testing the camera for water use this up-coming weekend at my son's birthday party.

                    To date, I have used the camera many times; both picture and video and I have no reason to complain. I really like the fast start up time, as well there are no moving parts on the outside of the camera (like my Canon point-n-shoot). I also think with young kids around the camera, it will be easier to remove smug prints from the lens.

                    The true test will come this weekend and maybe i'll be able to update my rating to higher stars.

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                    • Yes

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                    5.0

                    LOVE this camera

                    By Runner PT

                    from NYC

                    About Me Casual Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy to Use
                    • Fast Shutter Speed
                    • Good Battery Life
                    • Great Zoom
                    • Small / Compact

                    Cons

                    • Poor in Low Light

                    Best Uses

                    • Family Photos
                    • Sports/Action
                    • Travel
                    • Wildlife photos

                    Comments about COOLPIX AW120 Waterproof Digital Camera (Blue):

                    I bought this camera specifically for my outdoor trips. This camera works great underwater and overground. The quality of the pictures are amazing. I have a 18mp camera but the quality of the pictures are comparable.

                    The only tough thing with this camera is overground pictures when it is cloudy out. The lighting isn't great, and the pictures come out darker. When it is sunny out or good lighting, the quality of pictures is great.

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                    5.0

                    Great Camera For It's Uses.

                    By Big Jer

                    from Tennessee

                    Comments about COOLPIX AW120 Waterproof Digital Camera (Blue):

                    I bought this camera so I can use it for marketing. I needed light, portable and waterproof. After having it for a few weeks now, I am amazed how well it works, especially for video. It's size makes it easier and smother to hand hold. It helps enhance all videos. If I have all my heavy and cumbersome equipment with me, then the D800 and D810 is a better choice, but if you get into tight spots, in spots where you don't want to risk you very expensive equipment, this camera will blend your projects in a better way.

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                    1.0

                    Lens fogs when submerged. Do not bother

                    By Disappointed

                    from Oklahoma

                    About Me Casual Photographer

                    Verified Reviewer

                    Pros

                    • Easy to Use

                    Cons

                    • Poor Image Quality

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about COOLPIX AW120 Waterproof Digital Camera (Blue):

                      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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                      5.0

                      so far so good

                      By Max's Mom

                      from NYC, ME, CT, TX. USA

                      About Me Pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Ease Of Use Gd Edu Tool

                      Cons

                      • Condensation On Viewer

                      Best Uses

                      • Underwater And Inclement

                      Comments about COOLPIX AW120 Waterproof Digital Camera (Orange):

                      I am giving it 5 simply for ease of use. I bought this for my 6 yr old son to document aquatic life in brook, pond and beach. he has now used it in the tub and pool as well. Also has used outside of the water and in the rain. Now he plans to use it outside in the snow this winter. So far the only great quality photos have been in a tidal touch pool. I have not spent time testing it so I am not able to properly judge the image quality(i shoot slr fx). The huge drawback is when the battery is exhausted, or memory card full, you cannot change intel camera is completely dry. This is impossible to expedite, even by towel drying. too many tiny crevices. I guess a hair dryer set on cool could work. Camera does not even completely dry when left alone overnight. We have never used an underwater camera before and so far this has been a positive learning experience. we have not downloaded the images yet so again, not able to properly judge image quality.OH,the other day it had condensation in the screen and i almost sent it back, but purchased insurance instead so not as urgent to send back before the 30 day exchange.

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                      4.0

                      Great compact waterproof camera

                      By Mommiflicks

                      from Philadelphia

                      Comments about COOLPIX AW120 Waterproof Digital Camera (Orange):

                      Ideal for water play, but can occasionally overexpose images.

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                      5.0

                      Great Point and Shoot

                      By Fisher Mike

                      from Missouri

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                      • No Viewfinder

                      Best Uses

                      • Travel

                      Comments about COOLPIX AW120 Waterproof Digital Camera (Black):

                      I purchaced this camera to take on fly fishing trips. I own several other Nikons and love them all but I wanted something that would fit in my pocket and don't need to worry about getting wet. It is very easy to use even with one hand. Very user friendly with many many features that are easily understood. The battery lasted much langer than I anticipated between charges. Great Little Camera!

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                      3.0

                      nice but could be nicer ...

                      By markd

                      from wallingford, pa

                      Comments about COOLPIX AW120 Waterproof Digital Camera (Black):

                      It is small and slippery. Really, get a silicon skin for it right away.It makes a very good quality pictures and movies but it cannot focus pass approximately 3-4x zoom. This sucks. I still decided to keep it hoping the next firmware upgrade will address blurry zooms.

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                      5.0

                      Wonderful Little Adventure Camera

                      By Colin

                      from Portland Oregon

                      About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy to Use
                      • Good Battery Life
                      • Large Clear LCD
                      • Small / Compact

                      Cons

                      • No Viewfinder

                      Best Uses

                      • Adventures Climbing Etc
                      • Sports/Action
                      • Travel

                      Comments about COOLPIX AW120 Waterproof Digital Camera (Blue):

                      I take this camera on treks and climbs where the object isn't photography but I still want to take photos. I can cross and swim through rivers which would ruin my Nikon D5200. GPS is easy to use though the maps need to be periodically updated from the Nikon website but it is an easy process.

                      Other cool features earning the five stars are barometric pressure information and altitude. Elevation would be more useful to me than altitude but with the location recorded it is easy to figure out later with Google Earth or GIS.

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