Nikon COOLPIX AW120 Waterproof Digital Camera (Orange)

Nikon COOLPIX AW120 Waterproof Digital Camera (Orange)

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
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Nikon AW120 overview

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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.
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.
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.

Nikon AW120 specs

Pixels Actual: 16.8 Megapixel
Effective: 16.0 Megapixel
Sensor 1/2.3" CMOS
File Formats Still Images: JPEG
Movies: MOV,
Audio: Linear PCM, WAV
Max Resolution 16 MP4608 x 3456
Image Stabilization Optical & Digital
Lens NIKKOR, 12 Elements in 10 Groups
Effective Focal Length: 4.3 to 21.5mm (35 mm Equivalent: 24 to 120mm)
Aperture: f/2.8 (W) to f/4.9 (T)
Zoom Optical: 5x
Digital: 4x
Focus Range Wide: 19.69" to Infinity / 50.01 cm to Infinity
Telephoto: 19.69" to Infinity / 50.01 cm to Infinity
Macro: 0.39" to / 0.99 cm to
Exposure Control
ISO Sensitivity Auto, 125 to 1600 (High Sensitivity Mode:Auto, 1600 to 6400)
Shutter Type: Electronic & Mechanical
Speed: 1 to 1/4000  
4  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
Black and White Copy
Close Up
Easy Auto Mode
Night Landscape
Night Portrait
Pet Portrait
Scene Auto Selector
White Balance Modes Auto, Cloudy, Daylight, Flash, Fluorescent, Incandescent, Preset Manual
Buffer/Continuous Shooting Up to 6.9 fps at 16 MP for up to 5 Frames
Self-Timer 10 Sec
Flash Modes TTL Auto
Built-In Flash Yes
Effective Flash Range Wide:1.64 to 17.06' / 0.50 to 5.20 m
Telephoto:1.64 to 14.76' / 0.50 to 4.50 m
Built-In Memory 329 MB
Memory Card Type SD
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
Audio Recording Built-In Mic: With Video + Voice Memo (Stereo)
Screen 3.0" OLED Rear Screen (921,000 Pixels)
Screen Coverage 98%
Connectivity/System Requirements
Connectivity HDMI D (Micro), USB 2.0 Micro-B, USB 2.0
Wi-Fi Yes Built In
Waterproofing 59.0' / 18.0 m
Battery EN-EL12 Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack, 3.7 VDC, 1050 mAh
AC Power Adapter EH-71P (Included)
Dimensions (W x H x D) 4.3 x 2.6 x 1.0" / 10.9 x 6.6 x 2.5 cm excluding projections
Weight 7.51 oz / 212.91 g including battery and SD memory card
Packaging Info
Package Weight 1.15 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 6.2 x 6.2 x 2.6"

Nikon AW120 reviews

COOLPIX AW120 Waterproof Digital Camera (Orange) is rated 4.3 out of 5 by 77.
Rated 4 out of 5 by from AW120 - Photographic Swiss Army Knife I am a Travel/Nature enthusiast and wanted a versatile compact camera. The AW120 took excellent detailed images in a wide variety conditions including underwater. I loved the in camera panorama feature. The GPS mapping feature worked well. Underwater shots needed post processing to adjust contrast and color balance The display was hard to see in bright light and underwater. Sometimes it was difficult to tell if the shutter had been fully depressed when shooting underwater. Documentation needs more technical details. I haven't tried Wi-Fi or Video mode.
Date published: 2014-04-07
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not good to use underwater 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.
Date published: 2014-10-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Everyday camera This is a great camera that you can take anywhere. I love the 24mm (35mm equivalent) wide angle lens instead of the typical 28mm that come on most point & shoots. The resolution of the 16MP images are excellent & the camera's menus are intuitive. The video is extremely easy to use & produces outstanding movies.Cons: You have to be careful of your left fingers getting into the picture when you hold it. The camera has an array of features, but you can only figure out how they completely work by reading &/or downloading the 270 page reference manual that should have been packaged with the camera.
Date published: 2014-07-09
Rated 2 out of 5 by from WANTED TO LIKE THIS CAMERA -- BUT Three issues with this camera: VIDEO (1) When zooming from wide to telephoto, the camera does not maintain focus. (2) When zooming from wide to telephoto, the camera blinks once zooming is stopped. This blink seems to be an exposure adjustment, but unfortunately, the blink records on the video. PHOTO (3) Images captured at widest angle have unacceptable distortion around the edges. In addition to distortion, there is some washed out discoloration of the frame edges most noticeably the left and left upper edges at the 9, 10, & 11 o'clock positions. NOTE The camera has not yet been used underwater and has been dry when making photos, so no possibility of water droplets on the lens.
Date published: 2014-06-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from What I needed I essentially was looking for a water proof camera that took clear pictures and that's what I got. Thus far I've been pleased with the shots I've been getting. This won't become my go-to camera for regular day-to-day activities (the zoom isn't impressive and I've gown accustomed to larger screen displays), however for what I bought it for, it's great. In addition the Nikon app for the wifi feature is easy to use and I love that I can quickly download my pictures to my phone right away. Overall I'd recommend this camera for anyone looking for a compact rugged outdoor piece to add to their camera collection.
Date published: 2014-07-28
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Waiting for the true water test 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.
Date published: 2014-09-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome utility camera 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.
Date published: 2014-09-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful Little Adventure Camera 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.
Date published: 2014-07-29
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