Summary: The Nikon Coolpix AW100 is available in India at a street price of Rs.15,000. The camera has some really amazing features and looks pretty stylish as well, especially for a rugged camera. It is quite slim, too, as far as compact cameras, in general, are concerned. Performance-wise, it has done really well and with its shock resistant capabilities put to the test, the camera came out on top. A thing that is really going for this camera is its price.
Summary: It's a fast camera that's designed to be easy to use in any situation, whether you're underwater or up to your knees in snow. Reviewers at PCMag.com, CNET (Asia) and ConsumerReports.org offer rigorous "torture" showing how durable the AW100 is. Amazon.com users are mostly happy with the camera.
Pros: Waterproof up to 33 feet, Shockproof to 5 feet, Weatherproof to 14 degrees Fahrenheit, Built-in GPS with maps, Vivid 3-inch LCD, Shoots HD video (1080p) with optical zoom
Cons: Noisy images, Finicky GPS, Lens noise when shooting video
Excerpt: Rock climbing, snorkelling, skiing, running or walking in all weathers; Nikon's Coolpix AW100 is the companies entry into a growing camera market segment that is aimed at the more outdoorsy type...
Summary: For those leading an adventurous life wishing to record it using a camera that can keep up as well as hold up, the Nikon Coolpix AW100 is a fine choice. What it is lacking in the noise-to-signal department, in somewhat flat colors and battery retention it makes up for with convenience, ease-of-use, versatility and overall fun.
Pros: Fun and useful motion-based controls, Rugged and waterproof, Good image stabilization
Excerpt: As with their mirrorless camera, it has now taken Nikon a while to push its waterproof boat, sorry â€” camera â€” into the stream – and very welcome it is with some departures from the crowd. The Nikon AW100 review camera had a blue face plate but it is also available in camouflage, orange and black. Hope you like the camouflage version shown here!
Conclusion: There are always compromises to be made with image quality when you're looking for the convenience of a camera that you can play rough with. While the Nikon Coolpix AW100 has its issues, it is capable of delivering colourful, attractive images for its class.
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. The Nikon Coolpix AW100 is also built around a high-speed 16 megapixels CMOS sensor which can shoot at 7.1 FPS and capture full 1080p HD video.
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 CoolPix AW100 is a bit of a disappointment, especially given the high standards one usually expects from Nikon. Although its build quality and all-weather credentials are up to the expected standard, its performance is adequate and its autofocus system is very good, the fiddly controls, lacklustre image quality and hopeless GPS system are a big let-down. There are better adventure cameras on the market for about the same price.