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Nikon COOLPIX AW100 Waterproof Compact Digital Camera - Black (16MP, 5x Optical Zoom) 3 inch LCD (discontinued by manufacturer)

by Nikon
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)

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  • 16 Megapixel CMOS sensor
  • Waterproof (to 10M) Shockproof (1.5M) and Freezeproof (-10 degrees C)
  • GPS functionality
  • 1080p stereo HD movie
  • HDMI connectivity

Product details

  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 2.3 x 6.5 cm ; 177 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 907 g
  • Batteries 1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
  • Item model number: AW100
  • ASIN: B005IFX14E
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 24 Aug 2011
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 37,574 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)


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Manufacturer's Description

The Nikon COOLPIX AW100 - Outdoor camera for an active lifestyle.

The Nikon COOLPIX AW100 comes in three colours: camouflage, orange and black
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Nikon's COOLPIX first camera designed specifically for outdoor use. Waterproof, shockproof and freeze-proof, the COOLPIX AW100 is robust enough for any activity, and will deliver stunning images whether you are skiing or snorkeling. Built to capture the action on land or in the water, the water, shock and freeze-proof COOLPIX AW100 is a strong compact camera that just loves a challenge. Boasting a built-in GPS system, electronic compass and world map*, it lets you geo-tag images, orientate yourself in new places and track your route when on the move. The perfect camera for active pursuits, it delivers stunning results be it winter, spring, summer or autumn. It's built for action all year round, but crucially it still has all of the technology you'd expect from a Nikon compact camera, so it delivers stunning images no matter what situation you are in.

The AW100 is waterproof to depths of 10 m, shockproof from heights of up to 1.5 m and freeze proof for temperatures down to -10°C
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Ready for the great outdoors – the COOLPIX AW100

Built to capture the action on land or in the water, the COOLPIX AW100 is the perfect companion for an active lifestyle. Waterproof to depths of 10m, shockproof from heights of up to 1.5m and freeze-proof for temperatures down to -10°C, it is the perfect camera for the great outdoors. High-tech features such as built-in Global Positioning System (GPS), an electronic compass and built-in world map* mean you can easily geo-tag your images, orientate yourself in new places and track your route when you are on the move.

Uncompromised image quality

The COOLPIX AW100 is packed with all the latest imaging technology you would expect from a COOLPIX camera, so outstanding pictures are guaranteed whether you're surfing a wave or climbing a mountain. The highly sensitive 16 megapixel back illuminated CMOS sensor and dedicated low light modes combine to deliver stunning results under bright sunlight, at night or when diving underwater.

NIKKOR wide-angle 5x zoom lens

To ensure maximum quality movies and images, the AW100 also incorporates a NIKKOR wide-angle 5x zoom lens, Full HD (1080p) movie recording with stereo sound and four advanced blur-reduction functions to minimise the effects of subject movement, low light and camera shake.

The AW100 has built-in GPS, electronic compass and world map
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Easy Panorama

The Easy Panorama feature extends your view even further by offering 360° and 180° photos. While you pan vertically or horizontally across a scene, the camera's CMOS sensor takes a rapid burst of frames which are merged to instantly create a beautiful panorama.

Easy operation

The COOLPIX AW100 makes operation easy, leaving you to get on with enjoying the action. For capturing submerged scenes just as you see them, there's a simple Underwater mode, which automatically adjusts the camera's white balance setting. You can set up and snap pictures with just one hand when the Action-Control button is pressed: once activated, the settings of the camera can be changed by simply swinging the camera back and forth, so you can take pictures on the slopes without even removing a glove.

ViewNX 2

ViewNX 2 is an all-in-one software package that enables users to quickly and easily import, browse, edit and share still images and movies. Building upon the highly successful ViewNX software, ViewNX 2 is a user-friendly suite that offers a huge range of features, going well beyond those supplied as part of a PC's operating system. Newly-incorporated movie-editing functions have been taken directly from Nikon's award-winning DSLR range, enabling users to create stunning movie footage. ViewNX 2 is included with all Nikon digital cameras and is also available as a free download.

Action Control enables the camera to be operated with one hand, making it easy to shoot great images even when underwater or wearing gloves
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The original EXPEED image processing system incorporated all of the accumulated expertise and technologies developed throughout Nikon's long history. Now, the latest evolution of Nikon's renowned system, EXPEED C2, expands the possibilities of photography even further, with enhanced movie recording, high-sensitivity performance and maximum image quality. EXPEED C2 maximizes sensor performance for clear, life-like images that exhibit vivid colors, reduced noise and smooth tonal gradations for outstanding photos and movies.

Nikon my Picturetown

You can now back-up your images safely and securely using my Picturetown (www.mypicturetown.com), the free online digital photo storage and sharing service brought to you by Nikon. Easily share photo memories with friends and organise precious memories into online collections. You get 2GB of space free to use for storing thousands of memories and you can upgrade your membership to Gold Account at any time if you need to store more pictures.

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Box Contains

Coolpix AW100 Digital Camera
Camera Strap
Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL12 (with terminal cover)
Battery Charger MH-65 (with power cable)
Filter Adapter UR-E23 (with cord)
USB Cable UC-E6
Audio Video Cable EG-CP16
ViewNX 2Installer CD
Reference Manual CD

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Customer Reviews

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46 of 47 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy right or buy twice 6 Jan 2012
Colour Name:Camouflage|Verified Purchase
This camera is the one I should have bought initially. I went into depth in researching this type of camera before purchasing (mainly: Panasonic Lumix FT3, Olympus TG series, Pentax Optio WG-1 and Fujifilm XP30, to name but a few) and reasoned that cost and need did not warrant the spend. I was sorely mistaken. I bought the Coolpix S3100 before this and it lasted only 4 weeks. The lens mechanism has failed at the slightest hint of dust. I will be returning to the store as soon as I get back.
- It does everything I need it to and then some.
- I was not interested in the GPS, but there is no alternative model.
- This camera is the best I have seen in this category and I have tried all the other major brands.
- I have yet to test it's underwater capabilities, but again I only want it to survive a wet day out or being used on the ski slopes. Done.
- The video is excellent quality, and the sound gain for this class of camera cannot be faulted.
- Picture quality is really good and though it isn't punted as good for low lux, it does better than any other I have used.
- Optical Zoom and panoramic really produce crisp clear photos.
- Operation is really easy and point of need learning will get you using most of the main functions without having to refer to the manual.
- I never use camera software as I am happy with my computer's own photo software, so no comment there.
- I was disappointed that there is no lens cover, but in hindsight the recess and cover glass do more than enough to protect the lens and a cover would do more to trap and allow the ingress of dust. Experience with an earlier model Olympus TG series taught me that.
- I carry it in a soft fabric case (for sunglasses) to keep it protected from dust and it lives in my pocket.
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39 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars All as promised 27 Oct 2011
By Jolyon
Colour Name:Black
Bought this camera (and a spare battery) for a long trip down the Colorado on a raft - I took hundreds of pictures and a few videos in some very challenging environments - wet, heat, humidity and fine sand - and had no problems at all. The screen however does have some surface scratches which is annoying. The resulting picture and video quality is good - even for wide landscapes and poor light - and battery life was good. I did however find the menu options confusing to a meer mortal who does not understand the 'photographic language' that is on offer and battery life was consumed if you reviewed pictures/video on a regular basis - tip, don't reveiw pictures/video if you are on a long trip! I did not really understand the GPS function which to me is a 'nice to have' rather then a must and I had trouble trying to find how to change the data and time to local time having originally set it all up in the UK. Overall I am very pleased with this camera.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars GPS Seems A Bit Hit Or Miss - Moisture In Camera 16 April 2012
Colour Name:Orange|Verified Purchase
Just to start, I see a new model is now on offer called the AW100S.

It would seem it is the same but minus the "World Map" function which I guess reduces the price.

Before I ever took my one in the water I noted condensation on the inside of the lens and between photos I had to keep my warm finger on the lens to de-fog it.

I think after leaving the camera end open with the hatch at the top that I have got any moisture out (on a central heating radiator with battery and SD Card removed). Only time will tell.

Since then I have had it under water to about 4.3 metres and that seems to have done it no harm.

Photos it takes on the surface are generally pretty good but with very little manual override control.

The GPS function sometimes works very well getting a good fix virtually instant but other times, even in the middle of nowhere it fails.

You can download a GPS Quickfix file from Nikon but this is only valid for seven days! Surely a quickfix file called store data for say a month?

After having several cameras now with GPS in to geotag my photos made by Panasonic, Casio, Pentax and an earlier Nikon (The P6000) I have come to the conclusion the best thing to do to tag photos is with a separate GPS Logger.

I now use a Holux GPSport 260 Holux GPSport GR-260 Data Logger which I can now use with any of my camera including my EOS 7D as long as the camera clock is set accurately.

Then with the software provided with it on my computer it updates the EXIF data based on the GPS Log.

EDIT: 08/05/12

I have now had my camera down to 9.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good little compact 24 July 2012
By Barny D
Colour Name:Black
I have had this camera for about 4 months after attempting to use by existing camera in an Aquapac. I've taken it on a couple of trips. It takes good pictures for a compact, in particular I like the way it shortens the bepth of field when photographing faces. Once I got used to how it works, it's taking some great pictures. It also takes stunning video - better than my D7000.

Has survived being used underwater and in the sea (as you would expect).

A couple of downsides: The flash isn't very stong - especially noticable if you're trying to use it to fill in shadows on a bright day. Also the GPS is next to useless. When switched on it slows the camera to a crawl so that menus take an eternity to appear as to images for review after you've taken them. I quite fancied this feature but I always leave it switched off becuase it stops you using the camera!

I haven't found the battery life great when using the flash. That said, despite showing that that it is running low on the indicator, it has lasted all day.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Good
Has survived being doused in cold sea water on several occasions on the front of my kayak though I have not yet dropped it. I am impressed by it's versatility. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Dr. Basil Spurling
4.0 out of 5 stars Great little waterproof camera
Have used this camera on various outdoor activities including boat trips, snorkelling etc. Great colour, camera is strong and hardy. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Goldie
1.0 out of 5 stars Not waterproof - be warned!
I bought one of these, despite the negative reviews, from Mediaworld in Sicily as I live in Siracusa. The camera was half price so worth a gamble. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Kindle Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars A story of poor service and mis-selling
I bought a Nikon AW100 back in March 2013, specifically for a once in a lifetime trip round Europe on a bicycle. Read more
Published 8 months ago by James N
1.0 out of 5 stars This camera let in water the first time it used underwater,ruining the...
Camera leaked salt water first time it used on holiday, don't buy this camera for underwater use or first test it under water without the battery and card .
Published 9 months ago by Louise carole stack
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
I love my camera. Rugged, waterproof and good (not great, but good enough) quality pictures. perfect for the travelling i did last summer, including beach holidays (sand wasn't a... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Jacksamthompson
4.0 out of 5 stars Friend very happy
Bought for friend, he seems happy with it. GPS and Water proof is a good feature. Menu system is simply.
Published 10 months ago by Mr. F. Malia
5.0 out of 5 stars Really good value for money
Have only used camera a couple of times so far, once being snorkelling with basking sharks off Tiree in Scotland, but for money seems very good. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Christopher Butterworth
4.0 out of 5 stars good camera
Solid and reliable. It fits in pocket has good battery life, takes good photos and works underwater. Exactly what I wanted
Published 12 months ago by Simon Evans
4.0 out of 5 stars Easily fits in my handbag and is baby-proof :)
This is a great little camera, though the lack of a lens shutter annoys me as it is easy to get dust on the lens. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Claire
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