Nikon revamps rugged compact camera range

Nikon AW100
Nikon's new tough camera includes inbuilt Wi-Fi for instant sharing of your mountain snaps

Nikon has introduced two new rugged Coolpix cameras, including one that features Wi-Fi connectivity.

The AW110 features a 16 million pixel back illuminated CMOS sensor, a 5x optical zoom lens and a 3-inch 614k dot OLED monitor.

Its tough credentials include waterproofing down to depths of 18 metres, shockproofing from heights of up to 2 metres and freezeproofing for temperatures as low as -10 degrees.

Built in Wi-Fi technology means that images can be transferred to a smart phone or tablet for direct uploading to social networks and the like. GPS is available for geotagging of images, while an electronic compass and world map helps to plot a route. An altimeter can also record the exact altitude at which a shot is taken. A hydro-barometer measures underwater depth.

Designed for quick use, the Action Control feature means you can adjust camera settings by swinging the camera from side to side - ideal when shooting underwater or wearing thick gloves.

High ISO (up to ISO 3200) is available on the AW110, while Best Shot Selector can be used to choose the sharpest of up to 10 sequential shots.

Family album

Also announced today is the S31, a rugged camera which is designed with families in mind.

Featuring a 10 million pixel sensor and 3x optical zoom lens, it is waterproof down to a depth of 5 metres, shockproof from up to 1.2 metres and dustproof.

The design of the camera is symmetrical for ease of use. The flash is in the centre, while large, dedicated one-touch buttons can be used for taking a photo or filming a video.

Clear menus with bold and colourful icons have been designed to suit all abilities, making it easy to navigate through functions, even for children. Automatic anti-blur technology is included to help achieve sharp shots, while in-camera filters, such as fisheye effect or selective colour are included for extra creativity.

The Nikon Coolpix AW110 price will be £329.99 and it will be available from February. The Nikon Coolpix S31 price will be £99.99, it will also be available from February.

Amy Davies

Amy has been writing about cameras, photography and associated tech since 2009. Amy was once part of the photography testing team for Future Publishing working across TechRadar, Digital Camera, PhotoPlus, N Photo and Photography Week. For her photography, she has won awards and has been exhibited. She often partakes in unusual projects - including one intense year where she used a different camera every single day. Amy is currently the Features Editor at Amateur Photographer magazine, and in her increasingly little spare time works across a number of high-profile publications including Wired, Stuff, Digital Camera World, Expert Reviews, and just a little off-tangent, PetsRadar.