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Nikon COOLPIX AW120 16.1 MP Wi-Fi and Waterproof Digital Camera with GPS and Full HD 1080p Video (Camouflage) (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
|Price:||$399.00 & FREE Shipping|
Overall score: 73%
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- 16MP 1/2.3"-type CMOS sensor
- 24-140mm F3.9-4.8 equivalent lens (5.8x optical zoom)
- ISO 125-1600 (expandable to 3200)
- Up to 6.9 fps continuous shooting
- 3.0" OLED LCD with 614,000 dots
- 1080p/30fps HD video (MPEG-4/H.264)
- Waterproof to 59'
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|Auto Focus Technology|
|Battery Average Life||350 Photos|
|Battery Type||Lithium Ion|
|Continuous Shooting Speed||6.9 fps|
|Display Fixture Type||Fixed|
|Display Resolution Maximum||921000|
|Display Size||3 inches|
|Effective Still Resolution||16 MP|
|Expanded ISO Maximum||6,400|
|Expanded ISO Minimum||125|
|Exposure Control Type||Programmed AutoEasy Auto, Scene Mode, Smart Portrait, Auto mode|
|External Memory Included||Yes|
|Flash Memory Installed Size||329|
|Flash Memory Type||SD / SDHC/SDXC|
|Flash Type||Built-in Flash|
|Flash Type||Built-In Flash|
|Focus Description||Contrast Detection|
|Focus Type||Includes Manual Focus|
|ISO Range||Auto, 125, 200, 400, 800, 1600 (3200, 6400 available in Auto mode)|
|Item Dimensions||2.6 x 1.02 x 4.33 inches|
|Item Weight||0.47 pounds|
|Lithium Battery Energy Content||3.9 Watt Hours|
|Lithium Battery Weight||0.315 grams|
|Macro Focus Range||1 cm|
|Maximum Aperture Range||F2.8 - F4.9|
|Maximum Focal Length||120 mm|
|Maximum Shutter Speed||1/4000 of a second|
|Maximum horizontal resolution||4,608|
|Metering||Multi, Center-weighted, Spot|
|Minimum Focal Length||24 mm|
|Minimum Shutter Speed||4 seconds|
|Optical Sensor Resolution||16.1 MP|
|Optical Sensor Technology||CMOS|
|Photo Sensor Technology||CMOS|
|Shipping Weight||1.15 pounds|
|Supported Battery Types||Nikon EN-EL12 Lithium-Ion battery|
|Video Capture Format||MPEG-4, H.264|
|Water Resistance Level||Waterproof|
|Weather Resistance||Waterproof, Shockproof, Dustproof, Freezeproof|
Review summary from DPReview
First and foremost, the Coolpix AW120 is an amazing value, packing in a ton of features - most of which well-designed - for less than its competitors. It has a great GPS implementation, Wi-Fi, and 1080/60i video. It does not, however, have a great display, and heavy noise reduction smears away detail in photos.
Scoring is relative only to the other products in the same category.
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From the Manufacturer
The camera for those who go big.
To capture thrilling first-person views of your epic moments, to really share the rush with your friends and family, you need a camera that's rugged, sure—but you also need a camera that takes outstanding photos and videos. The waterproof, freezeproof and shockproof COOLPIX AW120 delivers the image quality your big moments deserve. Strap it to your chest with the optional Chest Harness and record mind-blowing Full HD 1080p videos with stereo sound, smooth slow motion sequences and high-res photos, even in challenging conditions. When things get bumpy, Nikon's new Hybrid VR system helps keep your shots sharp and steady. The camera's superb wide-angle (24mm equivalent) f/2.8 NIKKOR glass lens gets more in the frame and captures bright, sharp images that will have you reliving the action on your "off" days. You don't even have to wait to share the rush—with built-in Wi-Fi, your COOLPIX AW120 shots can instantly appear on a compatible smartphone or tablet for easy sharing. Your friends will be jealous they weren't there!
Ready for extreme adventures
Waterproof, shockproof and freezeproof
The COOLPIX AW120 can handle all that Mother Nature can throw at it. Take it diving to depths of up to 59-feet. Shoot at temperatures as cold as 14° F. And don't sweat drops of up to 6.6 feet. Whether it's in your hand, mounted to a surfboard, clipped on a backpack or attached to a scuba tank, every twist, splash, dive and crash can be recorded in both still and Full HD 1080p movies. Plus, Nikon's Action Control brings fast and easy operation to gloved hands. The COOLPIX AW120 lets you capture every thrilling moment from inside the action—not the sidelines.
Your smartphone's new best friend
Built-in Wi-Fi for instant photo sharing and remote camera control with a compatible smartphone or tablet
Your smartphone or tablet will be your favorite accessory! Take beautiful photos with the COOLPIX AW120 and watch them instantly appear on your compatible smartphone or tablet. Then share them without missing a beat—text them, email them, upload to your favorite social networking site—it’s your choice! You can even use your smartphone or tablet as a remote control for the COOLPIX AW120, perfect for self portraits and group shots that actually include you.
See where you've been
Built-in GPS, mapping, Electronic Compass and Points of Interest (POI) for creating amazing photo journals
Relive the excitement of your travels in a whole new way. The COOLPIX AW120 records the exact location of each shot you take, so you can follow the path of your adventure and every stunning view along the way! Share your journeys on Google Maps, Google+, and other social networking sites, or with the included Nikon View NX2 software. Built-in mapping and Electronic compass also help you navigate unfamiliar destinations, and Points of Interest (POI) show you nearby photo-ops like scenic lookouts and historic landmarks. The COOLPIX AW120 is the ultimate travel companion!
Record superior videos
Full HD 1080p videos with stereo sound for dazzling movies
If you want a compact camera that shoots stunning Full HD videos, the COOLPIX AW120 delivers. Full HD 1080p means exceptional video quality. Record the action, then connect to an HDTV* and watch your videos come alive. A built-in mic records high-quality audio in stereo. Your videos will look and sound phenomenal.
*Requires optional cable
- AN-CP23 Strap
- UC-E21 USB Cable
- EN-EL12 Rechargeable Battery
- Charging AC Adapter EH-71P
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Top Customer Reviews
I bought this as a replacement for my bulbous and dated Canon D10. I hate using water housings and would never risk one of my DSLRs in one or shell out for one anyway. I simply like the fact that I can take a waterproof camera in my swimsuit pocket around all day on the beach or on dive boats and never worry about it.
After doing more hours of research online than I care to admit, it came down to the Panasonic Lumix TS-5 and the Nikon AW120. I still had to try out each in a store before choosing, and even then wasn't sure. All of which underlines not that there's a great field of worthy choices to choose from, but each UW camera out there as of this writing has so many weaknesses it's difficult to choose the least bad one.
Here are the differences I found by briefly trying the Lumix and AW120 in-store:
- the AW120 has slightly slimmer dimensions, but noticeably less heavy, which appealed to me
- the Lumix has a far stronger, more evenly-lighting flash (or maybe it was automatically choosing slow-sync, but it doesn't matter, it looked great); I don't plan to take too many land night shots, but I've seen that underwater flash does come out better on Lumix
- the Lumix appears to have more "features", but they're basically useless: e.g.Read more ›
I would not get too wrapped up in megapixel rating as the sensor sizes are generally very small in point and shoot cameras. More megapixels does not necessarily equate to better images. In fact, it usually means more noise. I'm not sure how this camera stacks up against other point-and-shoot cameras in its class as most of my other gear is pro equipment. To me, I see a fair amount of noise even at ISO 400, but again I think this is pretty common for this price level camera.
There's a number of things that do bother me about this camera. One is the zoom. I don't know if I have a defective camera, but the zoom is very jerky, and not smooth at all. Occasionally (Frequently) it just zooms all the way out or all the way in instead of settling at an intermediate step. I'm going to contact Nikon about this as again, I may have a defective camera. I have been unable to take any professional looking, smooth videos.
The focus is fairly fast.Read more ›
1. 24mm equivalent wide angle is more versatile than the 28mm AW110.
2. There seems to be an extra lip around the lens to prevent unwanted fingers wandering into the frame.
3. Longer rated battery life (using the same battery).
4. The sensor and image processor appear to be identical to the AW110 - acceptable 16MP photos with heavy noise reduction smoothing (standard for this class of camera). No improvement here.
5. Smart auto mode appears biased toward "night" mode in low light. This has the effect of relatively longer shutter speeds and blurry subjects if they are moving. Setting the camera to portrait or regular auto mode seems to enable the flash and eliminate the blurry phenomenon. From reviews of the AW110, the AW120 seems very similar with perhaps no improvement.
6. Videos have a quiet ticking sound when using zoom during filming, but I found it acceptable.
7. Charger does not have the option of charging the battery out of camera. I believe this is a change from the AW110.
8. Display screen is higher resolution than the AW110, but may still be prone to washout in bring sunlight.
9. Buttons are on the mushy side. They are probably the same as the AW110. They are useable, but inferior to the Panasonic TS5 buttons for sure.
So it boils down to a few modest improvements over the AW110 for quite a hike in price.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Loved this camera for the first 6 months I used it! Then water leaked into the lens and the screen. All pictures came out blurry and you couldn't see the screen very well but the... Read morePublished 14 days ago by Amazon Customer
Great for beach trips and outdoor fun. Only real drawback is silly shake to change picture feature. This is actually pretty annoying.Published 17 days ago by mdmissymarie
Fantastic underwater pics. Got this for my husband for our honeymoon to Hawaii and he LOVED taking pics from our scuba trip. Read morePublished 18 days ago by Gen
So far so good, only 10m deep in the sea. Easy to snap quality pics with 15min of learning and a very steady hand/base. Read morePublished 25 days ago by US home buyer
very good all around camera. Wi-fi sync is below expectations but its easy to pull the memory card and load them. Has survived some drops and rough treatment without any issues.Published 1 month ago by Andy Cohen
Very nice camera! Easy to use, nice pictures, very nice pictures and movies quality under water. The problem is that under water you can not see the display, so it is hard to... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Luciane
have been to beaches and swimming pools many times and this camera worked great!Published 1 month ago by Jaya Roperez
Really Nice general use camera that does decent underwater shots. I post few random examples taken while on vacation last year plus a random picture of my cat. Read morePublished 1 month ago by In no sense guilty