Nikon Coolpix AW100 review

Nikon's waterproof and shockproof with GPS

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Despite the Nikon Coolpix AW100's robust build, its plastic feel isn't to everyone's tastes. The control panel down the right-hand side of the rear screen is peppered with angular and ridged control buttons that are small and a bit fiddly, even with bare fingers.

However, they start to make sense when you take the camera underwater, where their stiff nature gives excellent responsiveness.

If you're wearing gloves, though, the buttons are impractical, which is why the Nikon Coolpix AW100 features a larger Action button one down the left-hand side of the camera. This button can be assigned to either bring up the world map or to simplify camera operation when set to Action Control. In this mode, you shake the camera with one hand to cycle through a limited range of shooting modes, start movie recording or play images, and press the Action button to confirm selections. It works, although the button does feel a little spongy compared to the rest of the controls.

Shooting-wise, the Nikon Coolpix AW100 keeps things pretty simple. The four-way multi selector gives you direct access to self-timer, flash, exposure compensation and macro mode options. You'll need to dip into the menu to change white balance and ISO - we'd happily swap the self-timer function for direct access to one of these functions instead.

Tech Specs

Product TypeCompact Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Green CompliantYes
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
Effective Camera Resolution16 Megapixel
Wide AngleYes
Product FamilyCoolpix
HD Movie ModeYes
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card, Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC)
Image StabilizationOptical, Digital
Optical Zoom5x
Digital Zoom4x
Brand NameNikon
DurabilityShock Resistant, Freeze Proof, Water Proof
FeaturesSelf-timer, Continuous Shooting Mode
Screen Size7.6 cm (3")
Video FormatsMPEG-4, QuickTime MOV
Viewfinder TypeNo
Weight (Approximate)178 g
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityRoHS, WEEE
Image Sensor Size1/2.3" (6.16 mm x 4.62 mm)
Maximum Image Resolution4608 x 3456
Display Screen TypeLCD
Height64.9 mm
Width110.1 mm
Depth22.8 mm
Focal Length5 mm to 25 mm
Image FormatsJPEG
Focus ModesManual, Auto
ManufacturerNikon Corporation
Product ModelAW100
Product NameCoolpix AW100 Compact Camera
Product LineCoolpix
Exposure Control

Programmed Auto Exposure

Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberVMA894E1
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

Built to capture the action on land or in the water, the COOLPIX AW100 is as ready for an adventure as you are. Waterproof, shockproof and freeze-proof, it is the perfect camera for active pursuits - be it winter, spring, summer or fall. The built-in GPS system, electronic compass and world map mean you can geo-tag your images, orient yourself in new places and track your route when on the move. The highly sensitive 16 megapixel CMOS sensor and dedicated low light modes combine to deliver stunning results under bright sunlight, at night or deep down under the sea.

Package Contents
  • Coolpix AW100 Compact Camera
  • Camera Strap AN-CP19
  • Audio Video Cable EG-CP16
  • Battery Charger MH-65P
  • Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL12
  • USB Cable UC-E6
  • Filter Adapter UR-E23
Limited Warranty1 Year