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Nikon Coolpix AW120 Digital Camera

16MP 5x Mar 2014
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Nikon Coolpix AW120 review
TESTING OUT THE NEW NIKON COOLPIX AW120 -- DAY 60_ 6/22/14
Nikon COOLPIX AW120 16.1 MP Waterproof Digital Camera Review

28 Reasons For

Good Brand

We calculated the average ratings for all Nikon cameras and also specifically for Nikon waterproof cameras and found that in both cases Nikon had good ratings.

Supports WiFi Connectivity

The Nikon Coolpix AW120 supports WiFi connectivity, unlike most of the other digital cameras of this type and age which do not support WiFi connectivity.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative cameras which support WiFi connectivity currently available including because of it's better review score, the Nikon Coolpix P7100[plb_1147127_price].

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Has a GPS

has a GPS

Unlike most of the other digital cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to the Coolpix AW120 which do not have a GPS, the Coolpix AW120 has a GPS.

We compared all the other cameras with a GPS to this digital camera and we think the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT3[plb_636880_price], the Nikon Coolpix P7100[plb_1147127_price], and the Olympus Stylus TG-2[plb_1721347_price] which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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Supports Full HD Video

supports Full HD video

The Coolpix AW120 supports Full HD video. Most of the other cameras of this spec and age also support Full HD video.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative digital cameras which support Full HD video currently available including the Olympus Stylus TG-2[plb_1721347_price] which has better reviews.

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Has an Image Stabiliser

Like most of the other cameras that were released around the same time as the Coolpix AW120, the Coolpix AW120 has an image stabiliser.

It may also be worth considering one of the other cameras with an image stabiliser currently available including the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT3[plb_636880_price] which has better reviews.

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Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

The Nikon Coolpix AW120 has a built-in flash, as do most of the other waterproof cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to the Coolpix AW120.

It may also be worth considering one of the alternative digital cameras with a built-in flash currently available including because of it's better review score, the Pentax Optio WG-3[plb_1993993_price], or the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT3[plb_636880_price].

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Waterproof

The Coolpix AW120 is waterproof. Most of the other cameras of this spec and age also are waterproof.

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Fairly High Maximum Waterproof Depth

The Coolpix AW120 has one of the higher maximum waterproof depths (18 meters) amongst waterproof cameras of this age. The average maximum waterproof depth of digital cameras of a comparable age and spec to the Coolpix AW120 is 11m.

If you want a higher maximum waterproof depth then you might also want to look at the Canon PowerShot D30[plb_2336026_price] (25m) which is also higher rated.

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MOS Sensor Type

This digital camera has a CMOS sensor type, which is typical of many digital cameras of a comparable age and type to it.

We compared all the other cameras that have a CMOS sensor to this digital camera and we think because of it's better review score, the Canon EOS 70D[plb_2128674_price], and the Kodak PlaySport[plb_2621744_price] is also worth considering.

If the sensor type of this camera is not good enough for you then you might want to consider the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT3[plb_636880_price] (CCD and higher rated).

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Has a Micro HDMI Connector

The number of HDMI connector types found on the Coolpix AW120 is more than most digital cameras of a comparable type and age to it. This Nikon camera has a Micro HDMI connector, which is the most frequently found HDMI connector found on cameras of a similar age and type to the Coolpix AW120.

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Has Seven White Balance Modes

The number of white balance modes found on the Nikon Coolpix AW120 is more than most digital cameras of this age and type. This Nikon digital camera has an Auto white balance mode, which is the most commonly found white balance mode found on waterproof cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the Coolpix AW120. The white balance modes "Cloudy", "Daylight", "Flash", "Fluorescent", "Incandescent" and "Manual" are also found on this camera.

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Quite Big Internal Memory

At 329 megabytes, the Nikon Coolpix AW120 has a fairly big internal memory compared to most of the other digital cameras of a comparable age and type to the Coolpix AW120. The smallest internal memory of comparable spec digital cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to the Coolpix AW120 is 7.9MB, the biggest is 700MB, and the average internal memory is 86MB.

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Has One Photo Effect

The number of photo effects found on the Coolpix AW120 is more than most waterproof cameras that were released more than two years ago. This camera has a Black&White photo effect, which is the most frequently found photo effect found on similar spec digital cameras that are a comparable age to the Coolpix AW120.

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4608 X 3456 Still Image Resolution

The Nikon Coolpix AW120 has a 4608 x 3456 still image resolution which is higher than most waterproof cameras that are a similar age to it. Most waterproof cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to it have a 640 x 480 still image resolution. In addition, this Nikon camera have still image resolutions of 3264 x 2448, 2272 x 1704, 1600 x 1200 and 4608 x 2592 and 3456 x 3456.

This digital camera's still image resolution (4608 x 3456) is in fact the best still image resolution across all waterproof cameras that were launched around the same time as the Coolpix AW120.

A 480 x 480 still image resolution is the worst still image resolution across similar types of digital camera.

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Has Three Shooting Modes

The number of shooting modes found on the Coolpix AW120 is more than most cameras that have been around for a similar time to it. The most frequently found shooting mode is Auto, but this shooting mode is not found on this camera. The shooting modes Manual, Movie and Scene are also found on this Nikon digital camera.

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OLED Display

The Nikon Coolpix AW120 has an OLED display which is better than most comparable spec cameras that have been around for a similar time to it. Most waterproof cameras that have been around for a similar time to it have an LCD display. OLED is a newer technology for displays and has much better colour reproduction, faster response times, wider viewing angles and higher brightness compared to LED displays.

This digital camera's display (OLED) is in fact the best display across all digital cameras of this age and spec.

An LCD display is the worst display amongst comparable types of digital camera.

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Fairly High Display Resolution

The display resolutions of waterproof cameras that have been available for a comparable time to the Coolpix AW120 range from 150,000 pixels to 1,300,000 pixels, and the average display resolution is 530,000 pixels. The Coolpix AW120 has a quite high display resolution (921,000 pixels) compared to most of the other similar spec cameras that came out around the same time as the Coolpix AW120.

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350 Shots Per Battery Charge

The Coolpix AW120 is a digital camera that takes 350 shots shots per battery charge.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Maximum Video Resolution

This camera has a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, which is the most frequently found maximum video resolution on similar spec digital cameras that came out more than two years ago.

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Water Resistant Protection Feature

The protection feature of this camera is Water resistant, which is typical of many digital cameras of this age and spec.

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Supports Five ISO Speeds

The number of ISO speeds supported by the Coolpix AW120 is more than most waterproof cameras that were released more than two years ago. The most commonly supported ISO speed is 160, but this ISO speed is not supported by this Nikon digital camera. The ISO speeds 125, 1600, 3200, 6400 and Auto are also supported by this digital camera.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

The highest video resolution supported by the Nikon Coolpix AW120 is 1920 x 1080 pixels. That's over six times the video resolution of the most frequently found video resolution of 640 x 480 pixels (which is also supported by this Nikon digital camera). This digital camera also support a video resolution of 320 x 240 pixels and 1280 x 720 pixels. A video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels is equivalent to Full HD video. You will require a Full HD TV or better to appreciate this level of detail.

A 1920 x 1080 pixels video resolution is in fact the best supported video resolution across all waterproof cameras that are a comparable age to the Coolpix AW120.

Across comparable types of digital camera the worst supported video resolution is 320 x 240 pixels.

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4608 X 3456 Pixels Maximum Image Resolution

This camera has a maximum image resolution of 4608 x 3456 pixels, which is the most frequently found maximum image resolution on comparable spec digital cameras that were launched around the same time as it.

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Supports Three Camera File Systems

The Nikon Coolpix AW120 has a greater number of camera file systems than most digital cameras of a comparable type and age to it. This camera supports an Exif 2.3 camera file system, which is the most frequently supported camera file system supported by digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the Coolpix AW120. The camera file systems "DCF" and "DPOF" are also supported by this Nikon camera.

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Supports One Power Source

The Coolpix AW120 has a greater number of power sources than most digital cameras of a similar age and type to it. This Nikon camera supports a Battery power source, which is the most frequently supported power source supported by digital cameras of this spec and age.

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Auto Focus

This digital camera has an Auto/Manual focus, which is typical of many cameras of a similar age and spec to it.

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Quite Short Minimum Focal Length

Similar spec digital cameras that have been around for more than two years have minimum focal lengths of between 4.5mm and 35mm. At only 24 millimeters, the Coolpix AW120 has a fairly short minimum focal length compared to most of the other digital cameras that were launched around the same time as the Coolpix AW120.

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Quite Small Minimum Aperture

Across all the similar spec cameras that have been available for more than two years the minimum apertures range from 2 to 8.5. With a minimum aperture of only 2.8, the Nikon Coolpix AW120 has one of the smaller minimum apertures amongst cameras of this age.

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6 Reasons Against

Does Not Support Video Recording

The Coolpix AW120 does not support video recording. Most of the other waterproof cameras that have been around for more than two years also do not support video recording.

There are a number of other digital cameras which also support video recording which you might want to consider including the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT3[plb_636880_price], or the Nikon Coolpix P7100[plb_1147127_price] which is also higher rated.

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Not 3D Compatible

The Coolpix AW120 is not 3D compatible, although it is worth keeping in mind that most of the other waterproof cameras that have been on the market for more than two years are also not 3D compatible.

Digital cameras which are 3D compatible that might also be worth considering include the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT3[plb_636880_price].

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Quite Small Digital Zoom

Across all the cameras of this age and type the digital zooms range from 2x to 20x. With a digital zoom of only 4 times zoom factor, the Coolpix AW120 has one of the smaller digital zooms amongst cameras of this age.

We compared all the other 4x digital zoom digital cameras to this digital camera and we think because of it's better review score, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT3[plb_636880_price] is also worth considering.

Cameras with a bigger digital zoom that might be worth considering include the Ricoh WG-4[plb_2173526_price] (7.2x) which also has a higher rating.

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Only Features One Flash Mode

The number of flash modes featured on the Coolpix AW120 is more than most comparable spec cameras that are a similar age to it. This Nikon camera features an Auto flash mode, which is the most frequently featured flash mode featured on waterproof cameras that have been around for more than two years.

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Only 1280x720@50fps Resolution and Capture Speed

The Nikon Coolpix AW120 has a higher resolution at capture speeds than most comparable spec digital cameras that are a similar age to it. This camera has a 1280x720@50fps resolution and capture speed, whereas most cameras of this age and spec have a 1920x1080@30fps resolution and capture speed. This Nikon digital camera also have resolution and capture speeds of 1280x720@25fps, 1280×720@30fps, 1280×720@60fps and 1920x1080@60fps and 640x480@120fps.

A 1280x720@50fps resolution and capture speed is in fact the worst resolution at capture speeds amongst all similar spec digital cameras that were released more than two years ago.

Amongst similar types of digital camera the best resolution at capture speeds is 1920x1080@30fps.

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Fairly Big Minimum ISO Speed

At 125, the Nikon Coolpix AW120 has a fairly big minimum ISO speed compared to most of the other digital cameras of a similar type and age to the Coolpix AW120. Digital cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to the Coolpix AW120 have minimum ISO speed of between 50 and 130, and the average minimum ISO speed is 99.

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6 Other reasons to consider the Nikon Coolpix AW120

Released Over Two Years Ago

It was over two years ago when this digital camera was released.

Average Screen Size

At 3 inches, the Coolpix AW120 has a fairly typical screen size compared to most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that have been around for a similar time to the Coolpix AW120.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative 3" screen digital cameras currently available including because of it's better review score, the Canon EOS 7D[plb_420993_price].

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SD Memory Card

This camera supports an SD|SDHC|SDXC memory card, which is typical of many cameras that have been on the market for more than two years. SD cards are by far the most common type of memory card. They are compatible with the majority of digital cameras.

We compared this camera to all the other cameras that support an SD|SDHC|SDXC memory and we think because of it's better review score, the Lumix DMC-FT5[pl_1943538_price], and the Lumix DMC-FT5[pl_1943538_price] both from Panasonic is also worth considering.

If the memory card type of this camera is not good enough for you then you might also want to look at the Kodak PlaySport[plb_2621744_price] (SD|SDHC) which is also higher rated.

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Average Megapixel Count

The Coolpix AW120 has a relatively average megapixel count (16 megapixels) compared to most of the other cameras of a comparable type and age to the Coolpix AW120.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the other 16MP cameras currently available including because of it's better review score, the Stylus Tough TG-850[pl_2167574_price], or the Stylus Tough TG-830[pl_1721140_price] both from Olympus or the Pentax Optio WG-3[plb_1993993_price].

If you would prefer a camera with a higher megapixel count then you might also want to consider the Ricoh WG-4[plb_2173526_price] (16.79MP) which is also higher rated.

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Average Weight

The Coolpix AW120 has a relatively average weight (213 grams) compared to most of the other waterproof cameras that were launched more than two years ago.

Other 213g digital cameras currently available that you might also want to consider include because of it's better review score, the Nikon Coolpix S8200[plb_1656150_price].

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Average Optical Zoom

With an optical zoom of 5 times zoom factor, the Coolpix AW120 has a pretty typical optical zoom compared to most of the other waterproof cameras that came out around the same time as the Coolpix AW120.

We compared this digital camera to all the other 5x optical zoom cameras and we think the Canon PowerShot D30[plb_2336026_price] which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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Specification

Picture Quality
Camera Type
Megapixel Count
Sensor Type
Still Image Resolution
Maximum Image Resolution
Image Format
Total Megapixel Count
Image Stabilizer
Aspect Ratio
Image Sensor Size
Design
Colour
Maximum Waterproof Depth
Maximum Freezeproof Temperature
Protection Feature
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Maximum Aperture
Minimum Aperture
Maximum Focal Length
Minimum Focal Length
Focal Length Range
Lens Structure
Focusing
Auto Focus
Normal Focusing Range
Auto Mode Focusing Range
Focus
Macro Focusing Range (tele)
Auto Mode Focusing Range
Focus Mode
Light Exposure
Light Exposure Mode
ISO Speed
Maximum ISO Speed
Minimum ISO Speed
Light Metering Mode
Light Exposure Correction
Shutter
Maximum Camera Shutter Speed
Minimum Camera Shutter Speed
Camera Shutter
Flash
Flash Mode
Tele Flash Range
Flash Range
Flash Exposure Correction
Video
Maximum Video Resolution
JPEG Frame Rate
Video Format
Analog Signal Format
Video Resolution
Resolution and Capture Speed
HD Type
Audio
Audio Format
Memory
Memory Card
Internal Memory
Memory Slot
Display
Screen Size
Display
Field of View
Display Resolution
Ports & Interfaces
USB Connector Type
HDMI Connector
USB Version
USB Connector
Camera
White Balance Mode
Shooting Mode
Photo Effect
Self-Timer
Image Editing Mode
Camera File System
Scene Mode
On Screen Display Language
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Weight Including Battery
Battery
Power Source
Battery
Supported Battery
Battery Size
Shot Per Battery Charge
Battery Recharge Time
Operational Conditions
Operating Temperature Range
Relative Humidity Operating Range
Operating Temperature Range
Packaging Content
Included Cable
Networking
Wireless LAN Type
Other Features

Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers ncw022
Barcodes 00018208058792, 00018208940097, 00018208940127, 00018208940165, 00018208940202, 00018208997565, 00018208997572, 05054230628416, 05054230628423, 05054230628430, 05054230628447, 08033737553428, 08033737553435, 08033737553442
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