Above is the sealed, internal NIKKOR 5x optical zoom lens of the AW120. This lens allows you to zoom and adjust your composition even while you are underwater. The lens features a 35mm equivalent range of 24-120mm and lens-shift optical image stabilization.
- [W]: Approx. 1 ft. 8 in. (50 cm.) to infinity
- [T]: Approx. 1 ft. 8 in. (50 cm.) to infinity
- Macro mode: Approx. 0.4 in. (1 cm.) to infinity (wide-angle position) (All distances measured from center of front surface of lens)
To the left of the lens you will find the built-in flash unit and LED focusing/Video light. This light increases the camera's ability to focus in low-light and difficult lighting situations. It also provides a small light source that can come in handy when shooting video in low-light.
- [W]: 0.5 to 5.2m (1 ft. 8 in. to 17 ft.)
- [T]: 0.5 to 4.5m (1 ft. 8 in. to 14 ft.)
Composing your images is accomplished with the 3.0-inch, 921k dot LCD screen. This high resolution screen is a pleasure to use in all shooting situations, even direct sunlight. When shooting underwater, you will need to look directly at the screen, you will not be able to see it from the side. 5 levels of brightness allow for comfortable viewing in all lighting conditions.
To keep the camera as simple as possible to use in extreme conditions, the top of the camera only features the shutter release and power buttons, so there is no confusion. They have also implemented action controls, that allow you to handle some of the camera controls just by moving the camera.
Controls Back: Almost identical to the AW110
, with the main difference being the shape of the buttons. At the top is the zoom lever and dedicated video recording button. The bottom half shows the scene selection, playback, menu and delete buttons. In the middle of them is the 4-way controller that allows you to search the menu systems. It also works as shortcuts to some of the more common shooting settings: Flash, Exposure compensation, Macro and Self-Timer.
On the left side of the camera are these two unique buttons. On top is a button that will bring up the world map that comes loaded on the camera. It will also bring up a compass on the screen to help you find your way. The bottom button enables motion control over the camera to use in extreme situations when you may have on gloves or other difficulty working the small buttons.
On the right side of the camera is the sealed door that hides the SD card, battery and input-output ports. The camera features a high-speed USB port as well as a HDMI port to view your images and HD movies on any HDTV.
The AW120 sports 329MB of internal memory, much more than the standard for a compact camera. This will still only hold a small number of images and you will more than likely be storing your images on a SD/SDHC/SDXC memory card. You will want to use the fastest cards that you can get your hands on, at least a class 10 card, which will allow the camera to shoot quickly and record HD video at the highest quality.
Powering the AW120 is a 3.7V, 1050mAh rechargeable Li-Ion battery. This battery provides an excellent battery life for this class of camera with a CIPA estimate of up to 350 images on a single charge. This battery is charged within the camera via USB cable and the shown USB power adapter.