Summary: The new Nikon COOLPIX AW100 is definitely one of the Rugged compacts d the latest, most interesting and high-performance on the market. The available colors are very interesting, even though my favorite remains the purely mimetic perfectly the idea that returns No Limits at the base of the technical...
Pros: Water-resistant to 10 meters; EXPEED C2 processor, GPS module; Low-temperature resistant down to -10° C; 5x optical zoom Nikkor; Shockproof from a height of 1.5 meters, 3-inch LCD.
Summary: The Nikon Coolpix AW100 is priced at £299.99 (from Nikon’s web site) but shopping around online can get it significantly cheaper, the lowest I found being £249.99, nevertheless, it still positions the AW100 at the higher end of the ruggedised digital compact camera market.You can buy better water...
Pros: Feature rich, Waterproof, Freeze proof and shockproof, Filter adapter, Good image quality.
Cons: Expensive, Power usage (particularly with GPS switched on), Image Noise
Summary: Since smartphones today can take impressive photos with ease, camera manufacturers are forced to come up with additional features that entice consumers to shell out an extra two to three hundred dollars for a point and shoot camera.
Pros: Fun and useful motion controls, Rugged and waterproof, Good image stabilization
Summary: As Nikon's first everything-proof camera the AW100 enters boldly with a body that is waterproof down to 10m, shockproof to 1.5m and freezeproof to -10C. Plus, this ultra-compact packs a built-in GPS, digital compass, world map and a 5X wide-angle optical zoom lens with image stabilization.
Pros: Great automatic white balance, Nicely saturated colors, Extremely low distortion, Fine-stepped zoom, Speedy GPS, compass and world map, Above average autofocus speed, Fast power on and off times, Excellent rugged and waterproof construction
Cons: Visible noise at all ISO settings, Over-exposes often, Strong edge softness, Slow lens on wide-end, Below average image stabilization, Display not exposure-priority, Impossible to setup video framing, One second video recording delay
Conclusion: The Nikon AW100 offers a tough build that will keep shooting in all conditions. It will survive water down to a depth 10m, drops from 1.5m and temperatures down to -10 degrees celcius, meaning you're well protected whether on the beach or from that pint glass of wine that always gets knocked over.
Pros: Packed with features, solid build
Cons: Image noise, controls can be a little fiddly, action button controls could be better