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Nikon Coolpix AW100 Point-and-Shoot Camera Prices, Specifications and Reviews

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  At less than an inch thick, the Nikon Coolpix AW100 is relatively compact rugged point-and-shoot camera that is waterproof, shockproof and cold-resistant (it operates in 14-104 degrees Fahrenheit on land and 32-104 degrees underwater. It shoots 1080p full HD video at 30 frames per second, and includes a built-in GPS to mark images with the location where they were taken.

It doesn't have many manual options, so the AW100 is best for those who want the camera to make most of the photographic setting choices. It has 20 scene modes (such as back light, beach or dusk/dawn) and in-camera editing options like cropping or retouching a still image.


(Prices as of 11/19/2012)
AW100      AW100 with 4GB SD card, case Source
$251Best Buy
$249Amazon (Typically free shipping)
$350B&H Photo Video (Typically free shipping)

Additional Costs:

$5-$25Additional SD (standard capacity) memory cards, 4GB-8GB, Class 4-6 (Class 10 is fastest)
$15-$75Additional SDHC (high capacity) memory cards, 16GB-32GB, Class 10
$50-$200+Additional SDXC (extended capacity, used for video) memory cards, 64GB-128GB, Class 10
$12-$38Replacement lithium-ion rechargeable battery pack
$38 Replacement battery charger


DimensionsHeight: 2.6"
Width: 4.4"
Depth: 0.9"
Weight6.3 oz.
ColorsBlack, blue, orange
Included in BoxStrap, USB cable, audio/video cable, rechargeable battery pack, battery charger, filter attachment, NikonView software, reference manual CD
Type of MediaSD memory card, SDHC memory card, SDXC memory card
Megapixels16 MP
Sensor1/2.3" CCD sensor
(Typical point-and-shoot: 1/2.3" sensor ratio. Larger sensors: 1/1.7")
Monitor3" TFT LCD display with anti-reflection coating (460k dots)
Video1080p, 30 frames per second video recording
FlashBuilt-in flash with monitor preflashes
Zoom5X optical zoom, NIKKOR ED glass lens; 4x digital zoom
(Basic point-and-shoots: 3X-10X optical zoom. Superzoom: 10X-40X+)
Photographic ValuesFocal length: 4.0mm-25.0mm (film equivalent 28mm-140mm)
Aperture: f/3.9-f/4.8
Shutter speed: 4 seconds(Fireworks Show mode) to 1/1500th of a second
ISO: 125-3200
Manual SettingsNone
Continuous ShootingUp to 3 shots at about 7.1 frames per second (options: best shot selector, continuous H, Continuous L, multi-shot 16, single)
BatteriesRechargeable lithium-ion battery pack; about 250 shots per charge
Other FeaturesAbout 83MB internal memory
Built-in GPS
20 scene modes (back light, beach, close up, dusk/dawn, etc.)
In-camera editing (crop, D-Lighting, filter effects, glamour retouch, quick retouch, skin softening, small picture)
Self timer delay of 2 seconds or 10 seconds
Warranty1 year limited, parts and labor

The manufacturer's detailed product information is available at

What People Are Saying:

Critics typically like most of the features on the Coolpix AW100, but find it a bit pricey and somewhat slow. User reviews are primarily positive, with most praising it as rough and tough camera that does well underwater, takes a lot of bumps and produces reasonably good still and video images; complaints center on image quality and waterproofing problems, with a few reporting that it quickly started leaking.
  • CNET: "The Nikon Coolpix AW100 has good rugged specifications for its price and solid GPS performance. The camera is also fairly easy to use out of the box. The bad: The AW100's slow lens requires more use of high ISO settings or slow shutter speeds. Its controls feel spongy and occasionally unresponsive due to the waterproofing and the body's somewhat slippery."
  • "The Nikon Coolpix AW100 is a rugged point-and-shoot camera that, while a bit on the pricey side, captures sharp images and can take quite a beating without a hiccup. Overall, the AW100 is an excellent first attempt from Nikon at a rugged camera."
  • "Boasting GPS, shockproof, waterproof, and freezeproof capabilities, and a trend-setting appearance, the Nikon AW100 doesn't quite rise to the challenge of creating crisp images worthy of its 16-megapixel sensor. ... Overall, the Nikon AW100 worked well enough, but I really did have a tough time with the buttons. They're just too hard to press."