Nikon Coolpix W150

Nikon Coolpix W150

13MP, 1/3.1" CMOS sensor | 30-90mm equiv. F3.3-5.9 lens | Waterproof to 33 feet

What we like:

  • Inexpensive
  • Good rugged credentials
  • Easy sharing via Wi-Fi and Bluetooth

What we don't:

  • Sub-par image quality
  • Limited lens range
  • Only electronic IS
The Nikon Coolpix W150 is a low-cost waterproof camera with good rugged credentials, though its sensor is smaller than other rugged cameras and its focal range more limited.
The Coolpix W150 has a rounded plastic body with large buttons, making it ideal for kids. Its low price and ability to go deep underwater, be dropped and be used in very cold temperatures add to that appeal. The W150 has a small, lower resolution LCD that does not show the entire area of the frame. Photos can be shared using Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.
If you want a camera that you can hand to your kids without fear of finding it in pieces, then the W150 is a good choice,
Since we haven't tested the W150, conclusions about performance cannot be drawn. We don't expect the camera's autofocus or overall performance to be at the same level as its more expensive peers. It can shoot continuously at 11 fps, but less than 5 photos are actually taken. Battery life is on the low side.
As with performance, we can't make a definitive statement about image quality. That said, since the W150's sensor is the same size as most smartphones, don't expect amazing pictures. The combination of the slow lens and small sensor will likely result in noisy images in low light.
The W150 can capture 1080/30p video with stereo sound. Since the focal range of lens starts at 30mm equivalent, wide-angle capability will be limited. Image stabilization is electronic, which isn't as effective as optical or sensor-shift IS.
If you want a camera that you can give to your kids without fear of finding it in pieces, then the W150 is a good choice, especially with its low price point. Serious underwater photographers will want to choose a camera with a brighter lens and larger sensor.

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