Nikon Coolpix AW110 Review

Review posted 12/9/2013

Quick Take
  • Water-sealed, rugged body
  • Very fast burst modes
  • Good image quality
  • Good video quality
  • Built-in Wi-Fi, GPS, altimeter and compass
  • Action (gesture) control for underwater shooting
  • Quick effects feature is convenient
  • Slim body fits in a pocket
  • AV cables included
  • Low light performance isn't great
  • Few photo filters and effects
  • Can't use flash in burst mode
  • Lack of dial hinders menu navigation
  • 5X zoom is modest
  • No manual or semi-manual modes
Bottom Line
This compact camera is tough and offers a lot for the adventurist - GPS, Wi-Fi, compass, altimeter, and waterproof to 60 feet deep - but if don't need all that, you might feel shortchanged by the lack of other photography features and manual controls. Read more in our Full Conclusion.
In January of 2013, Nikon introduced two more durable "Life-proof" style cameras. Life-proof point-and-shoot cameras are built with outdoor activities in mind. They're great for snorkeling, hiking, and many winter and summer sports. The Coolpix AW110 will take you to depths of about 60 feet, survive drops of up to 6.7 feet, and work in temperatures as chilly as 14 degrees F.

Beyond the rugged body, the AW110 includes a backside-illuminated CMOS image sensor with a 16-megapixel resolution, which seems perfect for darker underwater and other low-light shooting conditions. CMOS image sensors also mean Full HD (1080p) video recording capabilities and, thanks to the lens shift VR (vibration reduction) your video and stills will be smooth and sharp. Easy Auto Mode makes proper exposure settings easy for any experience level, while GPS and WiFi capabilities mean you can geo-tag and instantly share all your adventure photos on your favorite social networking sites (as long as you have Wireless Mobile Adapter Utility app available for iOS and Android).

Nikon Coolpix AW110 Features
  • Waterproof down to ~60 feat
  • Shockproof up to 6.7 feet
  • Freezeproof down to 14 degrees F
  • 16-megapixel BSI CMOS image sensor
  • 5x optical zoom lens
  • Full 1080p HD Video Recording
  • 3.0 inch OLED display
  • Lens-shift Vibration Reduction (VR)
  • Intuitive GUI (Graphic User Interface)
  • Easy Auto Mode
  • GPS
  • WiFi
  • Li-ion battery pack (good for up to 250+ photos - CIPA standards)
  • SD/SDHC/SDXC card slot
The Nikon Coolpix AW110 has an MSRP of $299.95 and comes in Orange, Black, Camouflage, and Blue. Click our Buy button to see the most current online pricing.

What's in the box?:
  • AW110 camera body
  • Li-ion battery pack
  • External AC battery charger
  • USB cable
  • Power cable for AC charger
  • Software CD-ROM
  • Warranty booklet

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