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2.0 out of 5 stars focus noise, October 3, 2011
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This review is from: Nikon COOLPIX AW100 16 MP CMOS Waterproof Digital Camera with GPS and Full HD 1080p Video (Orange) (Camera)
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stills are very nice once you get it setup.
videos are pretty, but mechanically very noisy.
if you record a quiet scene, you will hear the autofocus continually adjusting,
like the sound of a cat purring. when you zoom, the noise becomes faster.
you will also record the clicks of the zoom button pushed and released. no, not a click, more like a thunk.
it does not matter if you set the auto focus to single or full time.
other reviewers do you have this problem also, or is it my camera?

UPDATE upon registering the camera on the nikon website, nikon says this is a gray market camera. fortunately the optional "canopy" warranty will take care of repairs.
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Initial post: Oct 4, 2011 10:10:31 AM PDT
Maybe the camera shoots up the audio gain in quiet rooms. I personally will only shooting stills with ocasional video so noise would be less of an issue.

Posted on Oct 7, 2011 6:04:35 AM PDT
Christian might have a good point with the audio gain. One of the features of the camera is that wind noise can be avoided. I'd look for possible mike settings in the instruction manual and I'd also re-shoot the the same video with quiet music or other noise in the background to see if that makes a difference.

Posted on Nov 9, 2011 11:51:37 AM PST
"UPDATE upon registering the camera on the nikon website, nikon says this is a gray market camera. fortunately the optional "canopy" warranty will take care of repairs"

You purchased this thru Amazon and it is NOT a legit camera from Nikon??

Posted on Nov 9, 2011 1:28:58 PM PST
Mykers says:
Hey Ozzy, take a look at my review.....

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 9, 2011 5:28:52 PM PST
oz zy says:
reply from amazon was to the effect that they deal with several companies thus they dont know what products we will get, and that reading the manual will tell if its a gray product.
there was no indication in any of my paperwork in the box.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 9, 2011 5:30:22 PM PST
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In reply to an earlier post on Nov 9, 2011 5:31:35 PM PST
oz zy says:
jb, now i know its not my cam alone that purrs and thunks.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 10, 2011 8:26:20 AM PST
Mykers says:
Yeah, no problem

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 10, 2011 8:30:07 AM PST
Mykers says:
So I don't understand. Amazon is selling a gray product? So we are all buying unnoficial products from Nikon?

Posted on Nov 10, 2011 7:55:28 PM PST
Mykers says:
Oz Zy: I have a quick question. When you had registered your camera on the website, it has you select the model, etc. Then it has you put in your serial number. Did you receive some sort of pop-up, or a clear indication that yours was a gray market camera? If not, how did you find this out?
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