Waterproof Cameras Group Test - Nikon COOLPIX AW100
Nikon COOLPIX AW100
- Street price - £230
- Sensor - 16MP, 1/2.3in RGB CMOS
- Lens - 5x optical zoom, 28-140mm f/3.9 - 4.8
- LCD - 3in, 461k-dot TFT LCD
- ISO - 100 - 3200
- Movie - 1920 x 1080, 30fps
- Dimensions - 110.1 x 64.9 x 22.8mm
- Weight - 178g
While many major manufacturers have long been associated with waterproof compact cameras, Nikon was a relative latecomer. The AW100 was launched at the end of last year and was its first foray into the world of Tough cameras.
The AW is part of Nikon's Coolpix family of compacts and it borrows a lot of features from other compacts in the range. It features a 16MP 1/2.3in CMOS sensor, making it the highest resolution of all the cameras on test, while it is also capable of HD movie capture at a resolution of 1080p and 30fps. The model also features an impressive 3in, 461k-dot LCD screen, while a 5x optical zoom offers a focal range of 28-140mm in equivalent terms and is supported by Nikon's VR technology.
Not wanting to be left out, the AW100 also offers a host of functionality well suited to those heading off on an outdoor odyssey. It features built-in GPS functionality, on-board mapping and an electronic compass to boot.
As is the case with Canon's D20, the AW100 draws upon the brands' compact - in this case ‘Coolpix' - heritage. The model borrows a button layout familiar to Coolpix users and the overall finish of the body provides a good grip.
Overall it performs well both in and out of the water, but one small criticism is that the buttons on the rear of the camera haven't quite been sufficiently modified so as to offer perfect handling in difficult conditions, such as under water.
While the buttons might not offer the best functionality, the AW100 benefits from an Action Control feature which allows scrolling of images with a simple rock of the body.
The Coolpix AW100 impresses with regards to its image quality. The compact produces dependable images in a range of shooting conditions, with a consistent and pleasingly natural colour palette apparent. Sharpness is also evident through the frame, as is a good dynamic range.
This article has more pages:
- 1. Waterproof Cameras Group Test
- 2. Waterproof Cameras Group Test - Canon PowerShot D20
- 3. Waterproof Cameras Group Test - Pentax Optio WG2-GPS
- 4. Waterproof Cameras Group Test - Fujifilm FinePix XP150
- 5. Waterproof Cameras Group Test - Nikon COOLPIX AW100
- 6. Waterproof Cameras Group Test - Olympus TG-820
- 7. Waterproof Cameras Group Test - Panasonic Lumix FT4
- 8. Waterproof Cameras Group Test - Verdict