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Nikon Coolpix AW120
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Nikon Coolpix AW120 Digital Camera

16MP 5x Feb 2014
Megapixel Waterproof Optical Zoom Image Stabilizer Release Date
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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

24 Reasons For

Good Brand

Based on 15,565 user and expert reviews, Nikon has good reviews for its digital cameras. Nikon also has good reviews specifically for its waterproof cameras compared to other brands.

Supports Wi-Fi

The Coolpix AW120 supports wi-Fi, which is unusual. Most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as the Coolpix AW120 do not support wi-Fi.

Alternative cameras which support wi-Fi currently available which you might also want to consider include the AW130[pl_1147127_price], or the Coolpix AW110[pl_1721867_price] both from Nikon or the Canon EOS 70D[plb_2128674_price] which has better reviews.

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Has a GPS (satellite)

has a GPS (satellite)

The Nikon Coolpix AW120 has a GPS (satellite). Most of the other waterproof cameras that were launched around the same time as the Coolpix AW120 do not have a GPS (satellite).

We think you might also be interested in some of the other digital cameras with a GPS (satellite) currently available including because of it's better review score, the Panasonic DMC-FT3[plb_636880_price], the Nikon AW130[plb_1147127_price], or the Canon PowerShot D20[plb_1609521_price].

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Has an Image Stabilizer

The Coolpix AW120 has an image stabilizer, as do most of the other cameras of a similar age and type to the Coolpix AW120.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative digital cameras with an image stabilizer currently available including the TG-620[pl_383816_price], or the Stylus Tough TG-835[pl_2292352_price] both from Olympus or the Kodak PlaySport[plb_2621744_price] which has better reviews.

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Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

Like most of the other cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the Coolpix AW120, the Coolpix AW120 has a built-in flash.

We compared all the other digital cameras with a built-in flash to this digital camera and we think the Olympus TG-620[plb_383816_price], the Canon EOS 70D[plb_2128674_price], and the Fujifilm FinePix XP70[plb_2145009_price] which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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Waterproof

The Coolpix AW120 is waterproof, as are most of the other cameras that have been on the market for more than two years.

It may also be worth considering one of the alternative waterproof digital cameras currently available including the Olympus TG-620[plb_383816_price], the Nikon Coolpix S32[plb_2196633_price], or the Canon EOS 70D[plb_2128674_price] which has better reviews.

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Fairly High Waterproof Up to

The lowest waterproof up to of cameras that are a comparable age to the Coolpix AW120 is 3m and the highest is 60m. At 18 meters, the Coolpix AW120 has a fairly high waterproof up to compared to most of the other waterproof cameras that have been available for a comparable time to the Coolpix AW120.

Other 18m waterproof digital cameras currently available which you might want to consider include because of it's better review score, the Nikon Coolpix AW110[plb_1721867_price].

If this waterproof camera waterproof up to is not high enough for you then you might want to consider the Canon PowerShot D30[plb_2336026_price] (25m) which also has a higher rating.

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MOS Sensor Type

This camera has a CMOS sensor type, which is typical of many waterproof cameras that have been available for more than two years.

We compared this camera to all the other cameras that have a CMOS sensor and we think because of it's better review score, the Olympus TG-620[plb_383816_price], the Canon EOS 70D[plb_2128674_price], and the Ricoh WG-4 GPS[plb_2626383_price] is also worth considering.

If the sensor type of this digital camera is not good enough for you then you might also want to consider the AW130[pl_1147127_price] (CCD), or the 31[pl_1721874_price] (CCD) both from Nikon or the Panasonic DMC-FT3[plb_636880_price] (CCD) which also has a higher rating.

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Has a Micro HDMI Connector Type

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

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Quite Big Internal Memory

Similar spec cameras that are a comparable age to the Coolpix AW120 have internal memorys of between 7.9MB and 700MB, and the average internal memory is 76MB. When compared to other digital cameras of a similar spec and age to the Coolpix AW120, the internal memory of the Coolpix AW120 of 329 megabytes is one of the biggest.

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4608 X 3456 Still Image Resolution(s)

The Nikon Coolpix AW120 has a 4608 x 3456 still image resolution(s) which is higher than the 640 x 480 still image resolution(s) found on most comparable spec cameras that were launched around the same time as it. This Nikon camera also have still image resolution(s)s 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 have been around for more than two years.

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

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Has One Photo Effects

The number of photo effects found on the Coolpix AW120 is more than most digital cameras of a comparable age and spec to it. This Nikon digital camera has a Black&White photo effects, which is the most frequently found photo effects found on comparable spec cameras that have been around for more than two years.

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Has Three Shooting Modess

The Coolpix AW120 has a greater number of shooting modes than most digital cameras of a comparable spec and age to it. The most frequently found shooting modes is Auto, but this shooting modes is not found on this camera. The shooting modess Manual, Movie and Scene are also found on this Nikon camera.

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OLED Display

The Nikon Coolpix AW120 has an OLED display which is better than the LCD display found on most waterproof cameras that are a comparable age to it. 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 actually the best display amongst all waterproof cameras that were launched more than two years ago.

Amongst comparable types of digital camera the worst display is LCD.

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Fairly High Display Resolution (numeric)

The display resolution (numeric)s of digital cameras of this type and age range from 150,000 pixels to 1,300,000 pixels, and the average display resolution (numeric) is 520,000 pixels. At 921,000 pixels, the Nikon Coolpix AW120 has a fairly high display resolution (numeric) compared to most of the other comparable spec cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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350 Battery Life (CIPA Standard)s

The Coolpix AW120 is a camera that takes 350 shots battery life (CIPA standard)s. Most of the other digital cameras of this type and age take between 120 and 1,119 battery life (CIPA standard)s.

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Supports Five ISO Sensitivitys

The number of ISO speeds supported by the Coolpix AW120 is more than most comparable spec cameras that have been available for more than two years. The most commonly supported ISO sensitivity is 160, but this ISO sensitivity is not supported by this camera. The ISO sensitivitys 125, 1600, 3200, 6400 and Auto are also supported by this Nikon camera.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolutions

The Coolpix AW120 supports a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. That's over two times the video resolution of a 1280 x 720 pixels camera, which is the most common video resolution supported by comparable spec digital cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to the Coolpix AW120. 1280 x 720 pixels is also supported by this camera. This digital camera also support a video resolutions of 320 x 240 pixels and 640 x 480 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.

This camera's video resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels) is actually the best supported video resolution across all waterproof cameras that have been available for around the same time as the Coolpix AW120.

The worst supported video resolution across comparable types of camera is 320 x 240 pixels.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Maximum Video Resolution

This digital camera has a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, which is the most frequently found maximum video resolution on digital cameras of a similar spec and age to it.

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± 2EV (1/3EV Step) Light Exposure Correction

This digital camera has a ± 2EV (1/3EV step) light exposure correction, which is typical of many waterproof cameras that are a similar age to it.

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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 typical of many cameras of this spec and age.

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Supports One Power Source Type

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

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Auto Focus Adjustment

This camera has an Auto/Manual focus adjustment, which is typical of many waterproof cameras that are a comparable age to it.

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Quite Short Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

At only 24 millimeters, the Nikon Coolpix AW120 has a quite short minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) compared to most of the other comparable spec cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to the Coolpix AW120. The average minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) of waterproof cameras that were released more than two years ago is 25mm.

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9 Reasons Against

Expert Reviews Are Poor

This Nikon digital camera received an expert rating of 50% from parentesis.com. The expert review sites don't rate this camera very highly.

Does Not Support Video Capability

The Coolpix AW120 does not support video capability. Most of the other waterproof cameras that came out around the same time as the Coolpix AW120 also do not support video capability.

We compared this digital camera to all the other digital cameras with a video capability and we think the Olympus TG-620[plb_383816_price], the Canon PowerShot D20[plb_1609521_price], or the Polaroid IE090[plb_2957341_price] which also has a higher rating is also worth considering.

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Does Not Support Full HD Video

Most waterproof cameras that have been available for around the same time as the Coolpix AW120 do not support Full HD video. The Coolpix AW120 is no exception to this as it too does not support Full HD video.

We compared this digital camera to all the other cameras with a Full HD video and we think the Olympus TG-620[plb_383816_price], the Panasonic DMC-FT3[plb_636880_price], or the Fujifilm XP170[plb_1550644_price] which is also higher rated is also worth considering.

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Not 3D

Most waterproof cameras that have been around for around the same time as the Coolpix AW120 are not 3D. The Coolpix AW120 is no exception to this as it too is not 3D.

Cameras which are 3D that might also be worth considering include the Olympus TG-620[plb_383816_price], the Panasonic DMC-FT3[plb_636880_price], or the Nikon Coolpix AW110[plb_1721867_price].

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Quite Small Digital Zoom

With a digital zoom of only 4 times zoom factor, the Coolpix AW120 has a quite small digital zoom compared to most of the other cameras that came out around the same time as the Coolpix AW120. The average digital zoom of cameras of a similar spec and age to the Coolpix AW120 is 5.9x, and the digital zooms range from 2x to 20x.

There are a number of alternative 4x digital zoom digital cameras currently available that you might also want to consider including the Olympus TG-620[plb_383816_price], the Panasonic DMC-FT3[plb_636880_price], or the SVP AQUA-5500[plb_2109901_price] which has better reviews.

If you want a camera with a bigger digital zoom then you might also want to look at the IS525[pl_2957342_price] (5x and higher rated), or the IF045[pl_2235397_price] (5x and higher rated) both from Polaroid or the Ricoh WG-20[plb_2208228_price] (6.7x and higher rated).

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Only Features One Flash Modes

The number of flash modes featured on the Nikon Coolpix AW120 is more than most waterproof cameras that came out more than two years ago. This camera features an Auto flash modes, which is the most frequently featured flash modes featured on cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to the Coolpix AW120.

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Only 1280x720@50fps Resolution At Capture Speed

The Coolpix AW120 has a 1280x720@50fps resolution at capture speed which is higher than most digital cameras of a similar type and age to it. Most waterproof cameras that were released more than two years ago have a 1920x1080@30fps resolution at capture speed. In addition, this camera have resolution at capture speeds of 1280x720@25fps, 1280×720@30fps, 1280×720@60fps and 1920x1080@60fps and 640x480@120fps.

This digital camera's resolution at capture speeds (1280x720@50fps) is actually the worst resolution at capture speeds amongst all cameras of a similar type and age to the Coolpix AW120.

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

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Only Supports One Image Formats Supported

The Nikon Coolpix AW120 has a greater number of supported image formats than most comparable spec cameras that were released more than two years ago. This camera supports a JPG image formats supported, which is the most commonly supported image formats supported supported by waterproof cameras that have been available for a comparable time to the Coolpix AW120.

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Quite Big ISO Sensitivity (min)

The Nikon Coolpix AW120 has one of the bigger ISO sensitivity (min)s (125) amongst waterproof cameras of this age. Across all the cameras of this age and type the ISO sensitivity (min)s range from 50 to 130.

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6 Other reasons to consider the Nikon Coolpix AW120

Released Over Three Years Ago

This camera has been on the market for over three years.

Average Display Diagonal

At 3 inches, the Coolpix AW120 has a fairly average display diagonal compared to most of the other waterproof cameras that were released more than two years ago.

There are a number of alternative 3" screen cameras currently available which you might want to look at including the TG-620[pl_383816_price], or the Stylus TG-2[pl_1721347_price] both from Olympus or the Ricoh WG-4 GPS[plb_2626383_price] which has better reviews.

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SD Compatible Memory Cards

This camera supports an SD|SDHC|SDXC compatible memory cards, which is the most commonly supported compatible memory cards on waterproof cameras that were launched around the same time as it. SD cards are by far the most common type of memory card. They are compatible with the majority of digital cameras.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative digital cameras that support an SD|SDHC|SDXC memory currently available including because of it's better review score, the Olympus TG-620[plb_383816_price], the Panasonic DMC-FT5[plb_1943538_price], or the Ricoh WG-4 GPS[plb_2626383_price].

Cameras with a better memory card type that might be worth looking at include the Kodak PlaySport[plb_2621744_price] (SD|SDHC) which is also higher rated.

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Average Megapixel

The Coolpix AW120 has a pretty typical megapixel (16 megapixels) compared to most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that were launched more than two years ago.

It may also be worth considering one of the alternative 16MP cameras currently available including the Olympus Stylus Tough TG-850[plb_2167574_price], the Pentax WG-3[plb_1993993_price], or the Nikon Coolpix AW110[plb_1721867_price] which has better reviews.

If you are looking for a higher megapixel then you might want to look at the WG-4[pl_2173526_price] (16.79MP), or the WG-4 GPS[pl_2626383_price] (16.79MP) both from Ricoh or the Polaroid IE090[plb_2957341_price] (18MP) which is also higher rated.

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Average Weight

The Coolpix AW120 has a fairly typical weight (213 grams) compared to most of the other cameras of this type and age.

We compared this camera to all the other 213g cameras and we think the Nikon Coolpix S8200[plb_1656150_price] which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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Average Optical Zoom

The Coolpix AW120 has a relatively average optical zoom (5 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other digital cameras of this age and spec.

We compared all the other 5x optical zoom digital cameras to this digital camera and we think the TG-620[pl_383816_price], and the Stylus Tough TG-830[pl_1721140_price] both from Olympus or 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
Image Stabilizer
Sensor Type
Still Image Resolution(s)
Maximum Image Resolution
Image Formats Supported
Total Megapixels
Image Stabilizer Location
Supported Aspect Ratios
Image Sensor Size
Design
Waterproof
Colour of Product
Waterproof Up to
Freezeproof Up to
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Maximum Aperture Number
Minimum Aperture Number
Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Focal Length Range (f-F)
Lens Structure (elements/groups)
Focusing
Auto Focusing (AF) Modes
Auto Focus (AF) Lock
Normal Focusing Range
Auto Mode Focusing Range (wide)
Focus Adjustment
Macro Focusing Range (tele)
Auto Mode Focusing Range (tele)
Focus
Light Exposure
Light Exposure Modes
ISO Sensitivity
ISO Sensitivity (max)
ISO Sensitivity (min)
Light Metering
Light Exposure Correction
Shutter
Slowest Camera Shutter Speed
Fastest Camera Shutter Speed
Camera Shutter Type
Flash
Flash Modes
Flash Exposure Compensation
Flash Range (tele)
Flash Range (wide)
Flash Exposure Correction
Pre-Flash
Video
Maximum Video Resolution
Motion JPEG Frame Rate
Video Formats Supported
Analog Signal Format System
Video Resolutions
Resolution At Capture Speed
Video Recording
HD Type
Audio
Built-In Microphone
Audio Formats Supported
Voice Recording
Memory
Compatible Memory Cards
Internal Memory
Memory Slots
Display
Display Diagonal
Display
Field of View
Display Resolution (numeric)
Ports & Interfaces
PictBridge
HDMI
HDMI Connector Type
USB Version
USB Connector
Camera
GPS (satellite)
White Balance
Shooting Modes
Photo Effects
Self-Timer Delay
Calendar
Multi-Shot
Anti-Dust Function
Image Editing
Camera File System
Tripod Mountable
Contrast Adjustment
Electronic Compass
Brightness Adjustment
Altimeter
Barometer
Scene Modes
On Screen Display (OSD) Languages
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Weight (including Battery)
Battery
Power Source Type
Battery Technology
Number of Batteries Supported
Battery Type
Battery Life (CIPA Standard)
Battery Level Indicator
Battery Recharge Time
Operational Conditions
Operating Temperature (T-T)
Operating Relative Humidity (H-H)
Operating Temperature (T-T)
Packaging Content
AC Adapter Included
Cables Included
Batteries Included
Hand Strap
Quick Start Guide
Networking
Wi-Fi
Wi-Fi Standards
Other Features
Built-In Flash

Expert Reviews

(1)
9 November 2011

Esta cámara digital es una opción práctica para papás y mamás que quieren capturar los mejores momentos de la familia ya sea en video o en foto...

Versatile 21x optical zoom lens
25mm wide angle
Alternate zoom toggle on side of lens barrel
Fast autofocus
Fast prefocused shutter lag
Bright exposures tend to blow out highlights
Soft video
Electronic VR doesn't work well at long focal lengths
Autofocus isn't very reliable at full telephoto
Autofocus struggles when zooming in on subjects in video mode

User Reviews

(2)
Reviewed 20 January 2014 by Mnairkyon
Mnairkyon would recommend the Nikon Coolpix L120

I got my coolpix l120 for christmas and I love it so much. I bring it everywhere esspecially since i live in DC i can take pictures of the monuments a lot which is great. My friends bring their... Read more…

Reviewed 14 July 2011 by ?
? would recommend the Nikon Coolpix L120

I am a 78 year old male. I have had a camera most of my adult life. This coolpix L120 is the very best yet. I have only had it for a little less than two weeks. I have taken some really wonderful... Read more…

Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers ncw022, ncw021, 26467b
Barcodes 00018208058792, 00018208940097, 00018208940127, 00018208940165, 00018208940202, 00018208997565, 00018208997572, 05054230628416, 05054230628423, 05054230628430, 05054230628447, 08033737553428, 08033737553435, 08033737553442
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