Nikon Coolpix AW100 review

Nikon's waterproof and shockproof with GPS

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Nikon has made a strong debut with its first All Weather tough compact camera. The Nikon Coolpix AW100 boasts a very desirable automated feature set, housed and protected in a simple, clean-looking camera body.

In terms of features, price and performance, the Nikon Coolpix AW100 hangs towards the top of the rugged camera tree.

If you're looking for even more protection, you'll need to consider the likes of the cheaper Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT3 - which is waterproof to 12 metres and shockproof to 2 metres. However, the zoom range is shorter (28-128mm equivalent), and it's almost 20 grams heavier.

We liked

The Nikon Coolpix AW100 offers no-nonsense styling and shooting and gets a thumbs up for its blend of useful tech, entertaining features and overall picture quality.

We disliked

The controls are fiddly, the zoom's not particularly fast, and judging exposure is fairly imprecise. There are also cheaper GPS-packing rugged compact cameras available that offer a broadly similar range of features.

Final verdict

There are always compromises to be made with image quality when you're looking for the convenience of a camera that you can play rough with. While the Nikon Coolpix AW100 has its issues, it is capable of delivering colourful, attractive images for its class.

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