Nikon Coolpix AW100 Waterproof Camera Review

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Nikon Coolpix AW100 Waterproof Camera ReviewThe Nikon Coolpix AW100 is Nikon’s first rugged, waterproof digital camera. It can handle drops of about 5 feet, it’s waterproof to 33 feet and it’s also freezeproof – perfect for the kind of rough, outdoor funtography that I love! It’s got a 16-megapixel backlit CMOS sensor, full HD video, a 5x zoom lens, 3-inch LCD display and built-in GPS. It even has a nice fast burst mode – 7.1 frames per second for 3 frames. All-in-all, it’s a very compelling little outdoor fun camera that’s ready for pretty much anything. And since I love playing outdoors in the dirt and snow, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on one for review.

 Review Intro |  Video |  Camera Experience |  Image Quality |  Conclusion

Nikon Coolpix AW100 Camera Intro Video:


Nikon Coolpix AW100 In The Snow - Front & Back

Price: $349.95

Nikon Coolpix AW100 Pros

  • Best image quality I’ve seen in a waterproof camera
  • 7 frames per second burst rate
  • Waterproof and shockproof
  • Better battery / SD card compartment locking system than most rugged cameras
  • Built-in GPS

Nikon Coolpix AW100 Cons

  • Three frame limit in burst mode
  • Lens has noticeable distortion, soft edges and a tendency to flare
  • Images are a bit soft and lack contrast
  • Tendency to shoot at large apertures
  • Flash is a bit harsh


 Review Intro |  Video |  Camera Experience |  Image Quality |  Conclusion

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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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  • Carl says:

    The IQ loss compared to other P&S cameras is likely due to the piece of glass in front of the lens used to ensure water-proofness. It has to be somewhat rugged glass, so it’s not going to be quality along the lines of ED glass, etc.

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