Nikon COOLPIX AW120 Waterproof Camera for those who go big

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Ready for Extreme Adventures

Nikon CoolPix AW120 Waterproof Digital Camera Nikon COOLPIX AW120 Waterproof Digital Camera  - Comes in Black, Blue, Camouflage and orange. A compact point-and-shoot containing a 16MP, 1/2.3" CMOS sensor. 5x optical zoom NIKKOR glass lens features a 35mm-equivalent focal length range of 24-120mm, encompassing wide-angle to telephoto perspectives. Its fast f/2.8 aperture enables effective low-light shooting and shallow depth-of-field effects. Capture high-resolution still images and full HD 1080p video with stereo sound. The AW120 is also equipped with a large, 3.0", 921k-dot OLED monitor.

The camera is underwater-ready with a depth rating of 59'. Its durable design also makes it shock-proof against drops of up to 6.6' and freeze-proof against frigid temperatures as low as 14F. Hybrid Vibration Reduction works to counteract camera shake to help provide clear, blur-free shots, especially when shooting in low-light or at the telephoto end of the zoom range. Additionally, benefit from built-in Wi-Fi connectivity, allowing you to share instantly to social networking sites and even control the camera remotely via your compatible smartphone or tablet. The COOLPIX AW120 also features built-in GPS functionality, an electronic compass and points of interest to help you find great locations for images and then document your travels and adventures in a photo journal. Nikon ViewNX 2 software is included to help you browse, edit and share your photos and videos.
16MP CMOS Sensor
The 16MP, 1/2.3" CMOS sensor and the image processor work together to deliver high-resolution still images and full HD video, plus fast contrast-detect autofocus, ISO sensitivity from 125-6400 for clear images in low light--even without flash in certain situations. Additionally, take advantage of 6.9-fps continuous shooting at full resolution. Intelligent Target Finding AF quickly determines your intended subject and puts the focus where it belongs. Center, face priority, manual with 99 focus areas, and subject tracking modes are also available for autofocus. You can also activate the focus lock function.
5x Optical Zoom NIKKOR Glass Lens
Provides a 35mm-equivalent focal length range of 24-120mm, covering wide-angle to telephoto perspectives, and a fast f/2.8 aperture for effective low-light shooting and shallow depth-of-field effects. Lens includes 2 ED elements to help correct chromatic aberration. Aperture offers ND filter (-2 AV) selection.
3.0" OLED Monitor
Large, 3.0", 921k-dot OLED screen features an anti-reflection coating and 5-level brightness adjustment.
Full HD Video
Record full HD 1080p video at 30 fps or 1080i at 60 fps--with stereo sound, thanks to the built-in microphone. Then grab a cable (available separately) and connect to an HDTV to see your creations on a larger scale. The following HDMI output resolutions can be selected: auto, 480p, 720p and 1080i. Capture smooth slow motion sequences, too. Strap the camera to yourself with the optional chest harness to capture action videos of your adventures, leaving your hands free.
Waterproof, Shock-proof and Freeze-proof
Built for durability, the AW120 is ready for swimming or diving with a depth rating of 59' for a duration of 60 min (JIS/IEC protection class 8 / IPX8), and also features shock-proofing against 6.6' drops (MIL-STD 810F Method 516.5) and freeze-proofing against temperatures as low as 14F--though underwater, it's recommended that you operate the camera at 32F or higher. Nikon's Action Control brings fast and easy operation to gloved hands.
Image Stabilization
Hybrid Vibration Reduction helps counteract camera shake to help provide clear, blur-free shots, especially when shooting in low-light or at the telephoto end of the zoom range.
Easy Shooting in Various Situations
In addition to the target-finding autofocus, the camera features subject tracking, as well as a motion detection function that automatically kicks in when your subject is moving fast, selecting a faster shutter speed and higher ISO for sharper, clearer photos. The Smart Portrait System and Scene Auto Selector take the guesswork out of shooting, leaving you free to focus on getting your image while the camera does the thinking, automatically activating the best settings for the given situation.
Continuous Shooting
Available modes include the following: the aforementioned 6.9-fps continuous shooting at full resolution, plus Best Shot Selector, Continuous H, Continuous H 60, Continuous H 120, Continuous L, Multi-shot 16 and Pre-shooting cache.
In-Camera Image Editing
Crop, D-Lighting, filter effects, glamour retouch, quick retouch, red-eye correction, red- eye reduction, skin softening and small picture are available.
Built-in Wi-Fi
Integrated wireless connectivity allows you to share images quickly and easily on social networking sites. Capture photos and watch them instantly appear on your compatible smartphone or tablet, then share via text, email or upload. You can even control the camera remotely via compatible smartphones and tablets. The Wireless Mobile Utility application must be installed on the device before it can be used with the camera. Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch running iOS 6.0 or later (optimized for iPhone 5), and with the following Android devices running the indicated OS: Samsung Galaxy S4 (4.2.2), S3 α (4.1.1) or S2 (4.0.3); Galaxy Tab 10.1 LTE (4.0.4) or 7.7 Plus (4.0.4); Galaxy note 2 (4.1.1); Galaxy Nexus (4.2.2); Google Nexus 7 2012 Wi-Fi (4.4.2), 2013 Wi-Fi (4.4.2), Nexus 4 (4.4.2), Nexus 5 (4.4.2); Sony Mobile Communications Xperia Z1 (4.1.2); Motorola Droid RAZR M (4.1.2); HTC One J (4.2.2); LG Optimus it (4.2.2), LTE (4.0.4).
GPS, Compass and Points of Interest
Built-in GPS functionality, an electronic compass and points of interest help you find great locations for images and then document your travels and adventures in a photo journal. The COOLPIX AW120 records the exact location of each shot you take, so you can follow the path of your adventure and every scene along the way. Share your journeys on Google Maps and on Google+ and other social networking sites, or via the included Nikon ViewNX 2 software. Built-in mapping and compass help you navigate unfamiliar territory, and Points of Interest (POI) show you nearby photo-ops, including scenic lookouts and historic landmarks.
Bundled Nikon ViewNX 2 Software
Browse, edit and share your photos and videos. In addition to basic data importing and browsing, ViewNX 2 incorporates various frequently used adjust menus and tools, such as resize, brightness control, crop, straighten, auto red-eye correction and auto lateral color aberration correction. Smoother cooperation with Nikon's exclusive image storage and sharing site, Nikon Image Space, is also made possible. For videos, start/end points can be set and unnecessary portions deleted, and selected frames can be saved. When printing, you can include metadata and a header/footer.
The AW120 runs on the rechargeable lithium-ion EN-EL12 battery (included). A charging AC Adapter, EH-71P, is also included and will charge the battery in about 2 hr 20 min from empty. The optional AC Adapter EH-62F is separately available.
Standard 1/4"-20 ISO 1222 tripod mount.
Supported Languages
Arabic, Bengali, Bulgarian, Chinese (Simplified and Traditional), Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hindi, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Marathi, Norwegian, Persian, Polish, Portuguese (European and Brazilian), Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Spanish, Swedish, Tamil, Telugu, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian and Vietnamese.

Body type Compact  
Max resolution 4608 x 3456  
Effective pixels 16 megapixels  
Sensor photo detectors 17 megapixels  
Sensor size 1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm)  
Sensor type CMOS  
ISO Auto, 125, 200, 400, 800, 1600 (3200, 6400 available in Auto mode)  
White balance presets 7  
Custom white balance Yes  
Image stabilization Optical  
Image stabilization notes Lens-shift and Electronic VR (still pictures), Lens-shift VR (movies)  
Uncompressed format Unknown  
Optics & Focus
Focal length (equiv.) 24120 mm  
Optical zoom 5  
Maximum aperture F2.8 - F4.9  
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Center
  • Tracking
  • Face Detection
Digital zoom Yes (up to 4x)  
Manual focus Yes (with 99 focus areas)  
Normal focus range 50 cm (19.69)  
Macro focus range 1 cm (0.39)  
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCD Fixed  
Screen size 3  
Screen dots 921,000  
Screen type OLED monitor  
Viewfinder type None  
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed 4 sec  
Maximum shutter speed 1/4000 sec  
Aperture priority No  
Shutter priority No  
Manual exposure mode No  
Subject / scene modes Yes  
Built-in flash Yes  
Flash range 5.20 m  
Continuous drive 7 fps  
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot
Exposure compensation 2 (at 1/3 EV steps)  
Videography features
Format MPEG-4, H.264  
Videography notes 1920x1080 (30p, 25p, 60i, 50i), 1280x720 (30p, 25p), 1920x1080 (15p, 12.5p), 640x480 (120p, 100p), 1280x720 (60p, 50p), 320x240 (240p, 200p), iFrame 720 (30p, 25p), 640x480 (30p, 25p)  
Microphone Stereo  
Speaker Mono  
Storage types SD / SDHC/SDXC  
Storage included 329MB  
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)  
Wireless Built-In  
Environmentally sealed Yes (Waterproof, Shockproof, Dustproof, Freezeproof)  
Battery Battery Pack  
Battery description Nikon EN-EL12 Lithium-Ion battery  
Battery Life (CIPA) 350  
Weight (inc. batteries) 213 g (0.47 lb / 7.51 oz)  
Dimensions 110 x 66 x 26 mm (4.33 x 2.6 x 1.02)  
Other features
GPS BuiltIn


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Nikon CoolPix AW120 Waterproof Digital Camera Reviewed by Gene Wright on . Rating: 4.5