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.
Nikon Coolpix AW100 is good rugged choice, but not without limitations
7 March 2012
Summary: The rugged Nikon Coolpix AW100 is a fine choice for shallow water or dry land adventures -- just make sure you have plenty of light.
Cons: The AW100's slow lens requires more use of high ISO settings or slow shutter speeds. Its controls feel spongy and occasionally unresponsive due to the waterproofing and the body's somewhat slippery.
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
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