Nikon Coolpix AW100 Review

February 24, 2013
Nikon Coolpix AW100
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GEAR INSTITUTE RATINGS
72
Photo Quality
3
Hardware
4
Usability
7
Versatility
7
Video Quality
7
Value
4

The Good

  • Huge buttons easy to use with snowboard gloves
  • Great underwater images
  • Totally impervious to mud and submersion in salt water
  • Separate Video Button lets you record instantly
  • Simple to use without manual

The Bad

  • Touchscreen scratches easily
  • GPS sucks battery life
  • Small buttons hard to navigate with gloves on
  • Flash is too bright for close-ups
  • Switching settings is a pain
THE VERDICT

The AW100 is tough and takes great underwater photos, but navigating the controls and menus can be a pain. 

FULL REVIEW

Ease of Use
The AW100 sports a series of small buttons to the side of the LCD screen that are a challenge to navigate bare-handed and all but impossible to work with bulky snowboard gloves on. On the plus side, photo-to-photo time is short compared with the other cameras tested.

Features/Settings
20 scene modes and in-camera image editing lets you tweak your images as needed, but good luck trying to navigate the menus. The GPS feature records where photos are taken, but tends to drain the battery.

Image & Video
The images came out clear, especially in our snow and underwater tests, and the black and white setting looks great. Video recording is clear, with excellent slow motion modes.

Durability
5-foot drops onto concrete were nothing to the AW-100, and 2 hours of submersion in Kauai’s saltwater had no effect on the camera whatsoever. It followed me through the 2012 NorCal Tough Mudder, wading through ice water and chest-deep mud pits, and the locking flaps kept mud and water out of the camera’s interior. The LCD screen and body are prone to scratching.

Value
At $350, the camera’s price is about average for the category.

Specs
16.1 megapixels
3-inch LCD
Full HD video (1080p @30fps)
Built-in GPS
Waterproof to 33 feet
Shockproof up to 5 feet
Freezeproof to 14F

 


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WHERE TO BUY
MSRP
$350.00
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