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NikonCoolpix AW100 Waterproof Digital Camera (Orange)
 
4.2

(based on 247 reviews)

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    (118)

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    (91)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (13)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (17)

89%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (202)
  • Compact (177)
  • Large clear LCD (152)
  • Good image quality (97)
  • Nice body color (76)

Cons

  • Limited zoom (34)
  • Short battery life (27)
  • Lag / shutter delay (24)
  • No viewfinder (22)
  • Poor image quality (16)

Best Uses

  • Travel (176)
  • Sports/action (125)
  • Family photos (90)
  • Video (86)
  • Wildlife (69)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (105), Casual photographer (78), Semi-pro photographer (48), Pro photographer (13)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (207), Yes (39)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Review from the AW100 Nikon

We use this product on our manatee snorkeling tours 5 to 6 days a week, you can see our photos if you go to www.facebook.com/fun2dive We use the camera about 5 hours a...Read complete review

We use this product on our manatee snorkeling tours 5 to 6 days a week, you can see our photos if you go to www.facebook.com/fun2dive We use the camera about 5 hours a day and I am a big Nikon fan and when I found out that the AW100 camera was coming out I had to have one.This is the first underwater camera after the Nikonos RS and the Nikonos 5 series, and I owned both series, so I was hoping this would work out well.Before the Nikon AW100, we used the Olympus TG-610 and TG-810 which did an OK job and I also tried the Go-Pro, and was really disappointed with the underwater results.But the new Nikon AW-100 Nikon has a faster shuttler speed, fast response time, easy to use buttons, good battery life and a quality print. We do not use the videos portion, so I can not comment on that part. Nor do we use the GPS feature or compass... but this is part of the camera which is OK if I was traveling, but still I do not think I would use it. I ran some prints through our Epson 10500 up to 16 x 20 and did very well for a little camera. Over all it is a nice camera, priced well, and love the locking door.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

It's a point & shoot camera

This is a point & shoot camera. Plain & simple. Don't look for too much manual control (except for exposure compensation) because it doesn't have much. I bought this because I...Read complete review

This is a point & shoot camera. Plain & simple. Don't look for too much manual control (except for exposure compensation) because it doesn't have much. I bought this because I wanted a rugged camera that I can take photos/videos on shallow waters and my hikes out in the backcountry.

Image quality is okay and is no where near DSLR quality in my opinion. I recently took some photos in high contrast situations where I would shoot indoors and there would be a bright light source in the background (ie window light, bright lamp) and the housing in front of the lens would create horrible flare and hazing. Outdoors, in even lighting it would take good pictures though. The greatest feature about the AW100 is the ability to attach filters. I don't know of any other P&S that can do this. I have a 40.5-49mm step up ring & I can use my graduated ND & polarizing filter. Under ideal lighting conditions I think this camera can take great photos. However, high contrast scenes can be a challenge. I haven't dabbled to much in the pre-programmed scene modes but I'll update when I get a chance. If you zoom in and position your subject the right way, you can get decent bokeh in the background (not great but okay). I do plan on using this camera as my main point & shoot and probably use it in tandem with my iPhone 4 for casual travel/family photos. Too bad there's no selection for color saturation. It may be buried under the pre-set settings but the default colors can use a bit of a boost. It also seems that there is a slight over exposure on my photos but I haven't pinned it down if it's a particular setting on the camera.

I also wanted this camera for the 1080p video function. Unfortunately, it doesn't have too much control over the video. I wished Nikon could have a least added a AE/AF lock on video mode. I don't like the stair stepping exposure adjustments. Autofocus on video seems kind of slow too especially when zooming in & out of your subjects. You can also hear the buttons being pushed when zooming so be prepared to hear clicking on your videos if you zoom. The zoom is one set speed so you can't zoom in/out slowly. I do like the 60 fps for slow motion. I even slowed the video footage down and extra 50% in Final Cut Express and got some great slo-mo.

Navigation is pretty easy and there's really not much options that would get you lost in the menus. Response and lag times are decent and is on par with other point & shoot cameras.

Even though it's a point & shoot camera, I believe it's capable of great photos IF you take you time and really concentrate on composition and get the right setting before hand. If you like to shoot auto everything you should be able to get decent images out of it.

If you need a rugged camera to take outdoors, I think this is probably on the top three that is currently out in the market. If you want the best image quality in a P&S camera but are not too concerned about ruggedness, then your better of buying a Canon P&S. In my opinion, the AW100 is a little bit overpriced but I still would recommend it if you need a rugged camera.

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5.0

Great little camera

By CatT

from Monroe, LA

About Me Casual Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

  • No Viewfinder

Best Uses

  • Sports/Action
  • Travel
  • Video

Comments about Coolpix AW100 Waterproof Digital Camera (Orange):

Took this little camera on a 12-day backpacking trip. Came home with some great shots.

  • Ease of Operation:
  • 9
  • Was this a gift?:
  • No

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1.0

After the warranty expires. so does...

By viziony

from New York, NY

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy to Use
  • Small / Compact

Cons

  • Durability

Best Uses

  • Travel

Comments about Coolpix AW100 Waterproof Digital Camera (Orange):

I would've given it a four star if it lasted beyond the warranty. I literally used this camera maybe on four vacations, 5 days each.. So I got less than 20 days of use with this camera. Less than 1,500 photos. I recently went to curacao on vacation with my wife, and the snorkeling there was amazing. My very first time snorkeling, I purchased all the gear and whammm.. The camera stops to function. Initially the issue was, the camera would freeze after one shot. Had to pop out the battery and the camera does write to the card. So I followed a few tips and now my camera would even boot up or the lcd is blank. I own tons of nikon gear, and this is the biggest disappointment due to it failing on me when I actually needed it to work!!!

I chose this camera over the others I have tested due to the good captures I got from the samples from flickr. And it did take good photos just wish it would've lasted when it counted.

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  • No

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4.0

fieldwork friendly

By Rockhound Mark

from Manila, Philippines

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

  • Lag / Shutter Delay
  • Limited Zoom

Best Uses

  • Travel

Comments about Coolpix AW100 Waterproof Digital Camera (Camouflage):

The GPS and compass feature is a wonder for taking field data photos. I would recommend this camera for geologists, engineers, surveyors who need photos placed on a map.
There is a bit of a shutter lag that makes it not ideal for action shots.

  • Ease of Operation:
  • 8
  • Was this a gift?:
  • No

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5.0

It is a good camera

By Louis

from Norwalk,Ca

About Me Casual Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy to Use
  • Small / Compact

Cons

  • Complicated Controls

Best Uses

  • Family Photos
  • Travel
  • Weddings/Events

Comments about Coolpix AW100 Waterproof Digital Camera (Camouflage):

  • Ease of Operation:
  • 9
  • Was this a gift?:
  • No

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4.0

Coolpix is cool

By Turtle Pat

from Baja California Sur Mexico

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy to Use
  • Good Battery Life
  • Great Resolution
  • Large Clear LCD

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Sports/Action
    • Travel
    • Wildlife photos

    Comments about Coolpix AW100 Waterproof Digital Camera (Camouflage):

    Took it on a snorkeling trip and it performed like a champ,got some great underwater shots and it was nice to not have to worry about getting the camera splashed on the boat.

    • Ease of Operation:
    • 9

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    4.0

    Great camera

    By Erin

    from Anchorage, AK

    About Me Casual Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Travel
      • Video

      Comments about Coolpix AW100 Waterproof Digital Camera (Camouflage):

      Great! Super sturdy and waterproof. I'm not one for underwater shots much so I haven't really tried that, but I've taken tons of shots in the rain. Takes great shots. The GPS feature can sometimes be helpful with hiking and walking unfamiliar places. Takes nice videos.

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      • No

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      5.0

      Great outdoor camera

      By tradarcher

      from Easthampton,Ma.

      About Me Casual Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy to Use
      • Good Battery Life
      • Great Resolution
      • Large Clear LCD

      Cons

      • Limited Zoom

      Best Uses

      • Outdoor scenery
      • Travel

      Comments about Coolpix AW100 Waterproof Digital Camera (Camouflage):

      Quick,easy access to the tools you need to meet lighting or scene situations.Pictures look great.

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      5.0

      great camera

      By Burt

      from Hawaii

      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

        • Travel
        • Video

        Comments about Coolpix AW100 Waterproof Digital Camera (Orange):

        used this camera mostly for underwater photos and videos. camera made necessary lighting adjustments for videos.

        • Ease of Operation:
        • 8
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        5.0

        Great Outdoors Camera

        By MountainWoman

        from Maine

        About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Macro Photography
          • Sports/Action
          • Travel

          Comments about Coolpix AW100 Waterproof Digital Camera (Orange):

          I bought the AW100 to take on mountain climbing adventures when I didn't want to haul my big camera and gear around. I really like the filter attachment so I can add a polarizing filter or ND. I also like the idea that I will be able to take it outdoors in the cold without the battery draining as has been my experience with other point and shoots. I also like that I can take it in the kayak without concern about it getting wet and it doesn't need underwater housing. The sensor is versatile in a good range of lighting situations and the shutter is surprisingly nibble. Even though I have other Nikons, it did take me a little while to get use to how to shift between the different menus, otherwise, I am impressed.

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          • No

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          1.0

          not into the water

          By fristosh

          from french polynesia

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Pros

          • Easy to Use
          • Large Clear LCD
          • Small / Compact

          Cons

          • Complicated Controls
          • Short Battery Life

          Best Uses

          • Travel

          Comments about Coolpix AW100 Waterproof Digital Camera (Camouflage):

          A good camera in the air, good pictures, good zoom, good size to have allready in the pocket, but bad in the water, it was no longer watertight after 6 dives and 9 months of use, never went under 5 meters, so it was drowned.

          • Ease of Operation:
          • 6
          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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          5.0

          Great for pics & video out by the pool

          By dfolks

          from Grand Blanc, MI

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Small / Compact

          Cons

          • Poor in Low Light

          Best Uses

          • In water
          • Outdoor
          • Under water
          • Video

          Comments about Coolpix AW100 Waterproof Digital Camera (Orange):

          I got this camera because it was waterproof and I wanted to be in the pool taking pictures of the kids. This is a great camera for pictures and video when you are outside. I would say it is just ok for indoor pictures.

          • Ease of Operation:
          • 9
          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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          4.0

          Good camera for the money.

          By bisco77

          from Michigan

          About Me Casual Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy to Use
          • Large Clear LCD
          • Small / Compact

          Cons

          • Lag / Shutter Delay
          • Limited Zoom
          • Poor in Low Light

          Best Uses

          • Sports/Action
          • Travel
          • Wildlife photos

          Comments about Coolpix AW100 Waterproof Digital Camera (Orange):

          I bought this camera for my wife as she wanted a point and shoot instead of lugging around our DSLR. So far it seems to perform pretty well. The screen is huge, buttons are easy to use and the shots look great. The only issue I've noticed is when you have a shot that contains action and isn't very well lit (picture kids playing/dancing in the living room at night) it can be a bit laggy recharging the flash and the automatic shutter speed tends to be a bit slow so the images come out blurry. Other than that we used it to get some great shots of our daughters first softball game of the season.

          • Ease of Operation:
          • 9
          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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          4.0

          Coolpix AW100

          By Paul F

          from Arizona

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy to Use
          • Great Resolution
          • Small / Compact

          Cons

          • Limited Zoom

          Best Uses

          • Family Photos
          • Macro Photography
          • Travel

          Comments about Coolpix AW100 Waterproof Digital Camera (Orange):

          I have a DSLR and will be going on vacation to several theme parks, it will be much easier to put this camera into my pocket than to lug around my bag with the DSLR. Plus I will stil get those great pictures that come with a family vacation.

          • Ease of Operation:
          • 7
          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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          4.0

          Best For The Outdoor Adventurer

          By Hema

          from Orlando, FL

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

          • No Viewfinder
          • Poor in Low Light
          • Short Battery Life
          • Small controls

          Best Uses

          • Family Photos
          • Travel
          • Under water
          • Video

          Comments about Coolpix AW100 Waterproof Digital Camera (Orange):

          I bought this camera for a Cruise. It has performed admirably, with a few notes and exceptions

          Build quality is very good with nice image and video quality. you have to read the manual. Especialy the maitenance section after using it in the water.

          • Ease of Operation:
          • 9
          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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          4.0

          Good waterproof camera

          By Con

          from Blacklick, OH

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Large Clear LCD
          • waterproof

          Cons

          • Cannot Change Settings

          Best Uses

          • Back Country Travel
          • Kayaking
          • Rafting
          • Snorkeling
          • Sports/Action

          Comments about Coolpix AW100 Waterproof Digital Camera (Orange):

          Took the camera snorkeling. It had some trouble focusing under water but also took some good shots were the focus was right on. I normally use a bulky SLR camera so love the small size and ease of use. Miss being able to set shutter etc. Takes pretty good snapshots of kids around the house.

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          • No

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          5.0

          Coolpix AW100

          By Tweeder

          from West Plains, MO

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Fast/accurate auto-focus
          • Good Image Quality
          • Good Image Stabilization
          • Good in Low Light
          • Great Zoom
          • Large Clear LCD
          • Nice Body Color
          • Short Lag Time
          • Small / Compact

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Family Photos
            • Indoors/Low Light
            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Sports/Action
            • Travel
            • Weddings/Events
            • Wildlife photos

            Comments about Coolpix AW100 Waterproof Digital Camera (Orange):

            I use this camera for everyday point and shoot picture taking along with adventure picture taking, such as hiking, back packing, floating, and such.. I got this camera for its water proof and shock resistant capabilities because I do alot of outdoor activities.. Great camera, though I haven't tried using the GPS portion of the camera, but I'm sure it's just as great..

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            • No

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            5.0

            Great Camera

            By JCinTN

            from Nashville, TN

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy to Use
            • Fast Shutter Speed
            • Good Battery Life
            • Good in Low Light
            • Great Resolution
            • Great Zoom
            • Rugged
            • Small / Compact
            • Tough

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Sports/Action
              • Travel
              • Video
              • Wildlife photos

              Comments about Coolpix AW100 Waterproof Digital Camera (Camouflage):

              My son-in-law needed a small rugged camera to take with him while serving in the military. This one was rugged enough to last him, when others had fell apart.

              • Ease of Operation:
              • 9
              • Was this a gift?:
              • Yes

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              5.0

              Nikon hits the mark again.

              By Bob the photo guy

              from Morgan Hill, CA

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Fast/accurate auto-focus
              • Good Image Quality
              • Good Image Stabilization
              • Good in Low Light
              • Great Zoom
              • Large Clear LCD
              • Nice Body Color
              • Short Lag Time
              • Small / Compact

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Travel

                Comments about Coolpix AW100 Waterproof Digital Camera (Orange):

                I gave my wifw this camera because she got her Nikon Coolpix S6100 wet. Plus it is a snap to use. Good for wife's point and shoot talent. I don't have to worry about this one. I also will use it if I run into rain on our travels. My big Nikons aren't that fond of moisture.

                • Ease of Operation:
                • 8
                • Was this a gift?:
                • Yes

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                4.0

                Fantastic underwater both pic and video!

                By SgtSparky

                from Kelowna, BC

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Good Image Quality
                • Large Clear LCD
                • Small / Compact

                Cons

                • Lcd Easily Scratches

                Best Uses

                • Family Photos
                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Sports/Action
                • Travel
                • Video

                Comments about Coolpix AW100 Waterproof Digital Camera (Orange):

                HD Video in/out of water, easy enough for kids to use, great compact and light.
                LCD will scratch easily so find and purchase a screen protector as soon as you get it.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

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                3.0

                Time will tell

                By Nick

                from Montana

                About Me Casual Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                • Good Image Quality
                • Good Image Stabilization
                • Large Clear LCD
                • Small / Compact

                Cons

                • No Viewfinder

                Best Uses

                • Travel
                • Video

                Comments about Coolpix AW100 Waterproof Digital Camera (Orange):

                I bought this as a durable camera that I would not need to worry about if it got wet/cold/fell etc. It's really easy to use (typical point and shoot). I spent one week in the desert, and I can feel some grinding when I open the waterproof door to the battery/memory card. Hopefully not a big deal.

                • Ease of Operation:
                • 9
                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

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