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The Nikon Coolpix AW100 is a new waterproof, shock-proof, cold-resistant compact digital camera. The AW100 is Nikon's first foray into the weather-proof camera market and is is waterproof to 10 meters, shock-proof to 1.5 meters, and freezeproof to as low as -10°C (14°F). The Coolpix AW100 also has a 16-megapixel back illuminated CMOS sensor, a 5x, 28-140mm equivalent zoom lens with lens-shift vibration reduction, 3-inch 460K-dot LCD monitor, full 1080p HD video with stereo sound, 3fps burst shooting, built-in GPS, a world map display and an electronic compass. The Nikon Coolpix AW100 is available in black, orange, blue or camouflage for an official retail price of £329.99 / €383.00 / $379.95. At first glance the Nikon Coolpix AW100 looks very much like a normal compact camera, in that Nikon have chosen to style it in a more subtle way than some of the more chunky all-action cameras on the market. In fact, at 22.8mm thick, it's actually a slim model for compact cameras in general, never mind one that is water-proof, shock-proof and freeze-proof.
The Nikon Coolpix AW100 is a waterproof camera that takes a tough shell (something Nikon knows more than a little about), adds GPS (ditto), tosses in gestural control, and makes it waterproof (can you say Nikonos?) as well as shockproof and freezeproof. There's nothing quite like it. The danger with a unique set of features, though, is how practical the camera is in ordinary use. But here too, Nikon took no shortcuts with a 5x optical zoom (and Vibration Reduction) and Full HD movie capability. The Coolpix AW100 uses an Expeed C2 image processor with a 16-megapixel sensor with ISO sensitivity to 3,200 and adds subject tracking and a smart portrait mode. And the built-in world map with an electronic compass doesn't hurt a bit. Even the Nikon AW100's color has a function, the bright metallic orange being easy to spot in murky depths, winter storms or dark camera bags. Black and blue options are also available. In short, I found the Nikon AW100 an intriguing camera, worth a longer look than we usually give a compact digicam.
Nikon came late to the rugged compact camera party, but its first entry, the Coolpix AW100, arrived prepared to handle some fairly rough treatment. It's rated to be waterproof down to 33 feet, shockproof to 5 feet, and freezeproof to 14 degrees Fahrenheit. Like all rugged cameras, it has limitations as to what it can actually survive, and Nikon is more upfront about that than most manufacturers. To go along with its durability, there's a built-in GPS receiver for geotagging your photos, an electronic compass, and Action Control (which is very similar to Olympus' Tap Control), which lets you change settings by tapping the sides of the camera or shaking it. The rest of the features and shooting options are similar to what you'd find on other higher-end Coolpix cameras, so all in all, it's a pretty good rugged compact. But, much like the AW100's ruggedness, the rest of the camera has some limitations, too, that might make you think twice about picking one up. If you're considering a rugged compact to take diving, the Nikon Coolpix AW100 is probably not the one you want.
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In its blurb for the AW100, Nikon says the AW100 is Built to capture the action on land or in the water, the Coolpix AW100 is as ready for an adventure as you are. Okay, the marketing spiel over with, the AW100 still does look a promising package, combining water, shock and frost proofing in a compact and feature packed body. But arriving (relatively) late into this segment of the market with one of the more expensive toughened cameras given at 299.99 price, how does it perform?A quick look at this camera's feature set reveals the AW100 is replete with a set of tools that will not only let you take pictures but allow you to find yourself on its built in world map, find your way with its built in compass and shot HD 1080P video with stereo sound too.All pretty cool then, but what of the photography kit it's fitted with? There's an internal 5x optical zoom lens, providing a 35mm equivalent of 28 - 140mm zoom, a reasonable range for most usual most subjects, from a wide vista to neat close ups. Speaking of which, you also have a 1cm macro mode to get closer to small subjects, which works really well.
The Coolpix AW100 is Nikon's first waterproof, weatherproof camera. Designed to rival the likes of the Panasonic FT3 and Olympus TG-810, this snapper is waterproof to 10 metres and comes loaded with a 28 mm wide-angle lens. It's also equipped with a 16-Megapixel BSI CMOS sensor, which is still pretty rare in waterproof compacts at this kind of price. The Nikon Coolpix AW100 handles pretty much as expected. To withstand the pressure of being 10 metres underwater, you might expect this camera to be a big metal block like the Panasonic FT3 or the Olympus TG-810. However, in terms of its overall style and the materials used, this camera has a much more 'Nikon' feel to it—in other words, it's an all-plastic camera with a colourful front face and a plain black back. The buttons on the back of the camera look boxy and serious, and they're quite stiff to press. That's not necessarily a bad thing, as at least you won't end up pressing any buttons by accident (as with the TG-810) but, on the whole, they're not particularly pleasant to use. Mid-range tones are often reproduced too lightly onscreen and are soon washed out to white. Colour temperature is spot-on though, even if colours aren't reproduced anywhere near accurately.
You wouldn't think that the Nikon AW100 ($379.95 direct) is the company's first try at a rugged point-and-shoot camera. The 16-megapixel shooter manages to do just about everything right—capturing sharp images, surviving drops, geotagging your photos, shooting underwater, and grabbing 1080p30 video. And it does it all quickly, with faster performance than any other rugged model we've tested. All of this means that the AW100 ousts the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3 ($399.95, 4 stars) as our Editors' Choice rugged camera. Design and FeaturesSimilar in design to other rugged compacts, the AW100 sports a sealed lens with an internal zoom mechanism, located on the top corner of the camera. It measures 2.6 by 4.4 by 0.9 inches and weighs 6.3 ounces, slightly larger than the 2.5-by-3.8-by-0.9-inch, 5.5-ounce Olympus Tough TG-310 ($199.99, 3.5 stars). The camera is available in three colors—orange, black, and blue. Its 5x optical zoom lens covers a 28-140mm (35mm equivalent) field of view and has a nice macro capability for capturing smaller objects. A 3-inch, 460k-dot LCD dominates the rear of the camera. It's very bright and sharp, making it easy to frame and review images in a variety of lighting conditions, putting the 2.7-inch, 230k-dot display on the Lumix TS3 to shame.
Nikon's Coolpix AW100 is the company's response to a few excellent toughcams released this year, specifically the Sony TX10, Panasonic TS3, and the Pentax Optio WG-1. Nikon's model is distinguished by an integrated GPS transceiver, paired with detailed in-camera mapping software. And of course, the AW100 is fully adventure-ready, waterproof to a depth of 33 feet, shockproof from a height of 5 feet, and freezeproof down to 14 degrees Fahrenheit. Color accuracy performance is good but not great. In our test where anything below 3.0 is strong, the AW100 returned an error rating of 3.4. Not bad, but very poor yellows, greens, and blues prevent this camera from ranking higher than it does. Saturation level is almost perfect however, off by only a fraction of a percent. More on how we test color. In this most important test, the AW100 places behind our comparison group. Sony’s TX10 and Panasonic’s TS3 are each slightly more accurate, while the Pentax WG-1 runs away with this test, earning an error rating of only 2.42.
The Nikon Coolpix AW100 is the first camera in the new Coolpix All Weather line. It's a rugged compact that's waterproof down to 10 metres for up to one hour, shockproof to a drop of 1.5 metres and freeze-proof for temperatures as low as -10C.The Nikon Coolpix AW100's tough shell houses a 16MP backlit CMOS sensor and a 5-25mm 5x optical zoom that offers a 28-140mm equivalent focal length. The Nikkor lens features ED glass to reduce chromatic aberration, and offers a relatively bright maximum aperture of f/4.8 at the telephoto end of the zoom.Compared to the rest of the rugged camera crowd, the Nikon Coolpix AW100 is surprisingly light and relatively small. It does weigh more than the rubber Pentax Optio WG-1 GPS, but with a depth of less than 23mm, the AW100 is noticeably slimmer. Appearance-wise it's unfussy, and shares more in common with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT3 and Olympus Tough range of cameras, and it's certainly equally as sturdy.We're not talking black box recorder levels of robustness (the manual warns you not to sit down with the camera in the pocket of your trousers).
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