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Nikon Coolpix AW100

Nikon Coolpix AW100 Rugged Waterproof Camera

The 16-megapixel Coolpix AW100 is Nikon’s first rugged, outdoor point-and-shoot digital camera. It’s waterproof to 33 feet (10m), can be dropped about 5 feet (1.5m) and it can operate and survive in temperatures as low as 14 F (-10 C). Besides stills, it can shoot full HD movies and it even has built-in GPS! We’ve been using and loving rugged point-and-shoot cameras like the AW100 for years. They’re great for mountain biking, skiing, rafting and the beach. We have an AW100 for review right now and we’ve already had it out in the snow and rain and it’s performed like a champ. There’s a good chance when the review is done the AW100 will come out on top of all the rugged, waterproof cameras in our Outdoor & Waterproof Cameras Guide.

Nikon Coolpix AW100 First Impressions >>

  • MSRP: $379
  • 16-megapixel backlit CMOS sensor
  • Waterproof, shockproof and freezeproof
  • 5x 28-140mm (equiv.) Nikkor ED VR zoom lens
  • 1920 x 1280 full HD video with 60, 120 and 240 FPS slow-mo
  • 3-inch 460k-dot LCD display
  • 7.1-FPS burst for 3 frames
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About the author: Photo-John

Photo-John, a.k.a. John Shafer, is the managing editor of and has been since the site launched back in 1999. He's an avid outdoor enthusiast and spends as much time as possible on his mountain bike, hiking or skiing in the mountains. He's been taking pictures for ever and ever, and never goes anywhere without a camera.

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  • thien says:

    The Canon S100 is officially on my christmas list!

  • Photo-John says:

    Happy to help siphon some money out of your wallet and stimulate the economy, Thien! :-)

  • OllieK says:

    How on earth could you guys not include the Canon SX230HS with a 14x zoom, image stabilization, HD video with mini HDMI out, and many more great features all for under $200 street price. Your overall selection is pretty lame considering the truly fabulous cameras out there. A few of your selections are just plain pathetic. Who is paying you off??

  • Photo-John says:

    I can’t help laughing a bit at your comment, Ollie. Diplomacy is not one of your skills, I guess. Still, thanks for the comment and thanks for mentioning the Canon PowerShot SX230 HS, which I actually own. And I agree with you – it is an awesome camera. That’s why I bought it. Pocket superzooms like the SX230 HS are actually my favorite kind of compact camera. I have been pushing them hard outside of this guide (my pocket superzoom camera guide) and I was disappointed I didn’t get to include one in this list. I did try to explain how I made my choices in the introduction. I only chose ten cameras and I based them on what was popular on the site and what is selling well on Amazon. No matter how I make a top cameras list I’m going to leave something out and someone is going to think its lame. That’s why I encouraged our readers – and you – to post their picks in the comments. That way you get to voice your opinion, tell me I’m lame and tell people what camera you think is best. So thanks for your contribution. And no – no one is paying us off :-)

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