Nikon Coolpix AW110
16MP | 28-140mm (5X) Zoom | $282/£250/€289
This is the third in a series of short underwater/rugged camera reviews on DPReview. We're testing the cameras concurrently, and once all six cameras have been reviewed, we'll publish a roundup of the class, comparing them directly.
Nikon is a relatively new entrant into the world of underwater/rugged cameras much like its arch rival, Canon. Its original model, the AW100, was announced in Fall of 2011, and then replaced in January 2013 by the Coolpix AW110.
The Coolpix AW110 is quite similar to its predecessor, retaining its design, sensor, and lens. So what's new? The AW110 is more rugged, sports a sharper OLED display, and supports Wi-Fi for easy photo sharing.
- 16.0 effective megapixel BSI-CMOS sensor
- F3.9-F4.8, 28-140mm equivalent zoom lens (5X)
- Optical image stabilization
- 3-inch OLED display with 614,000 dots
- Built-in GPS with compass, manometer, landmarks, maps, and tracking
- Waterproof to 18m, shockproof from 2m, freezeproof to -10C
- 'Action Control' allows for camera control while wearing gloves
- Wi-Fi allows for image sharing and remote control with smartphones/tablets
- 'Quick Effects' lets you choose from a selection of special effects immediately after a photo is taken
- 1080/30p movie mode with stereo sound
As mentioned above, the Coolpix AW110 uses the same 16 megapixel, back-illuminated CMOS sensor as the AW100. BSI sensors, as they are known, promise higher sensitivity than traditional CCD and CMOS designs, by allowing more light to hit the photosites. Unfortunately, the AW110's lens doesn't help with high sensitivity / low light shooting, as it has a maximum aperture of F3.9-4.8, which means that it's not letting in as much light as a camera with a 'faster' lens.
The Coolpix AW110 has features that go above and beyond its ability to go underwater and take some knocks. Read on to find out more about them.
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