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Nikon Coolpix AW120 Digital Camera

16MP 5x Mar 2014
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Nikon Coolpix AW120 review
TESTING OUT THE NEW NIKON COOLPIX AW120 -- DAY 60_ 6/22/14
Nikon COOLPIX AW120 16.1 MP Waterproof Digital Camera Review

27 Reasons For

Nikon Cameras Have Good Reviews

Based on 19,122 expert and user reviews, Nikon has good reviews for its digital cameras. Nikon also has good reviews specifically within its waterproof cameras range compared to other brands.

Supports WiFi Connectivity

The Coolpix AW120 supports WiFi connectivity, unlike most of the other cameras of this type and age which do not support WiFi connectivity.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the alternative digital cameras which support WiFi connectivity currently available including because of it's better review score, the Nikon Coolpix P7100[plb_1147127_price].

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Has a GPS

has a GPS

The Coolpix AW120 has a GPS, unlike most of the other waterproof cameras that have been around for around the same time as the Coolpix AW120 which do not have a GPS.

It may also be worth considering one of the alternative cameras with a GPS currently available including the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT3[plb_636880_price], the Nikon Coolpix P7100[plb_1147127_price], or the Olympus Stylus TG-2[plb_1721347_price] which has better reviews.

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Supports Full HD Video

supports Full HD video

The Coolpix AW120 supports Full HD video, as do most of the other waterproof cameras that have been on the market for more than two years.

We compared all the other cameras which support Full HD video to this digital camera and we think because of it's better review score, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT3[plb_636880_price] is also worth considering.

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Has an Image Stabiliser

Like most of the other waterproof cameras that have been around for around the same time as the Coolpix AW120, the Coolpix AW120 has an image stabiliser.

There are a number of alternative digital cameras with an image stabiliser currently available that you might also want to consider including the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT3[plb_636880_price] which has better reviews.

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Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

Like most of the other cameras of this age and type, the Coolpix AW120 has a built-in flash.

Alternative digital cameras with a built-in flash currently available which you might want to look at include because of it's better review score, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT3[plb_636880_price].

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Waterproof

The Nikon Coolpix AW120 is waterproof. Most of the other digital cameras of a comparable spec and age to the Coolpix AW120 also are waterproof.

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Fairly High Maximum Waterproof Depth

With a maximum waterproof depth of 18 meters, the Coolpix AW120 has a quite high maximum waterproof depth compared to most of the other digital cameras that were released more than two years ago. Across all the waterproof cameras that were released more than two years ago the maximum waterproof depths range from 3m to 60m, and the average maximum waterproof depth is 11m.

If this waterproof camera maximum waterproof depth is not high enough for you then you might want to consider the Canon PowerShot D30[plb_2336026_price] (25m) which also has a higher rating.

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MOS Sensor Type

This digital camera has a CMOS sensor type, which is typical of many comparable spec cameras that are a similar age to it.

We compared all the other digital cameras that have a CMOS sensor to this digital camera and we think the Kodak PlaySport[plb_2621744_price] which has better reviews is also worth considering.

If you want a digital camera with a better sensor type then you might also want to consider the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT3[plb_636880_price] (CCD and higher rated).

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Has a Micro HDMI Connector

The number of HDMI connector types found on the Coolpix AW120 is more than most digital cameras of this age and type. This camera has a Micro HDMI connector, which is the most frequently found HDMI connector found on comparable spec digital cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to the Coolpix AW120.

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Fairly Big Internal Memory

The Coolpix AW120 has a fairly big internal memory (329 megabytes) compared to most of the other waterproof cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the Coolpix AW120. The average internal memory of digital cameras that are a similar age to the Coolpix AW120 is 88MB.

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Has One Photo Effect

The number of photo effects found on the Nikon Coolpix AW120 is more than most waterproof cameras that have been available for around the same time as it. This camera has a Black&White photo effect, which is the most commonly found photo effect found on waterproof cameras that have been available for a comparable time to the Coolpix AW120.

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4608 X 3456 Still Image Resolution

The Nikon Coolpix AW120 has a higher still image resolution than most cameras that were launched around the same time as it. This camera has a 4608 x 3456 still image resolution, whereas most waterproof cameras that were released more than two years ago have a 640 x 480 still image resolution. In addition, this Nikon camera have still image resolutions of 3264 x 2448, 2272 x 1704, 1600 x 1200 and 4608 x 2592 and 3456 x 3456.

This camera's still image resolution (4608 x 3456) is in fact the best still image resolution across all waterproof cameras that are a comparable age to the Coolpix AW120.

The worst still image resolution across comparable types of camera is 640 x 480.

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Has Three Shooting Modes

The Nikon Coolpix AW120 has a greater number of shooting modes than most digital cameras of this type and age. The most frequently found shooting mode is Auto, but this shooting mode is not found on this Nikon digital camera. The shooting modes Manual, Movie and Scene are also found on this digital camera.

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OLED Display

The Coolpix AW120 has an OLED display which is better than the LCD display found on most cameras that have been available for around the same time as it. OLED is a newer technology for displays and has much better colour reproduction, faster response times, wider viewing angles and higher brightness compared to LED displays.

An OLED display is in fact the best display across all digital cameras that have been available for a similar time to the Coolpix AW120.

An LCD display is the worst display across similar types of camera.

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Fairly High Display Resolution

With a display resolution of 921,000 pixels, the Nikon Coolpix AW120 has a quite high display resolution compared to most of the other similar spec cameras that have been around for around the same time as the Coolpix AW120. Across all the cameras that have been around for around the same time as the Coolpix AW120 the display resolutions range from 150,000 pixels to 1,300,000 pixels.

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350 Shots Per Battery Charge

The Coolpix AW120 is a digital camera that takes 350 shots shots per battery charge. Most of the other cameras of a similar type and age to the Coolpix AW120 take between 120 and 1,119 shots per battery charge.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Maximum Video Resolution

This camera has a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, which is typical of many waterproof cameras that were released around the same time as it.

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Water Resistant Protection Feature

The protection feature of this digital camera is Water resistant, which is the most frequently found protection feature on waterproof cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as it.

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Supports Five ISO Speeds

The Nikon Coolpix AW120 has a greater number of ISO speeds than most waterproof cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as it. The most frequently supported ISO speed is 160, but this ISO speed is not supported by this Nikon camera. The ISO speeds 125, 1600, 3200, 6400 and Auto are also supported by this camera.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

The Coolpix AW120 supports a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. That's over two times the video resolution of the most common video resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels (which is also supported by this camera). In addition, this Nikon camera support a video resolution of 320 x 240 pixels and 640 x 480 pixels. A video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels is equivalent to Full HD video. You will require a Full HD TV or better to appreciate this level of detail.

This digital camera's video resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels) is actually the best supported video resolution across all digital cameras of this age and type.

A 320 x 240 pixels video resolution is the worst supported video resolution across similar types of digital camera.

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4608 X 3456 Pixels Maximum Image Resolution

This digital camera has a maximum image resolution of 4608 x 3456 pixels, which is typical of many cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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Supports Three Camera File Systems

The Nikon Coolpix AW120 has a greater number of camera file systems than most digital cameras of this age and type. This Nikon digital camera supports an Exif 2.3 camera file system, which is the most frequently supported camera file system supported by digital cameras of a comparable age and type to the Coolpix AW120. The camera file systems "DCF" and "DPOF" are also supported by this Nikon camera.

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Supports One Power Source

The Nikon Coolpix AW120 has a greater number of power sources than most digital cameras of this type and age. This camera supports a Battery power source, which is the most frequently supported power source supported by similar spec digital cameras that are a comparable age to the Coolpix AW120.

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Auto Focus

This camera has an Auto/Manual focus, which is typical of many cameras of this type and age.

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Quite Short Minimum Focal Length

Across all the digital cameras of a similar spec and age to the Coolpix AW120 the minimum focal lengths range from 4.5mm to 35mm. The Nikon Coolpix AW120 has a fairly short minimum focal length (only 24 millimeters) compared to most of the other waterproof cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the Coolpix AW120.

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Quite Small Minimum Aperture

With a minimum aperture of only 2.8, the Coolpix AW120 has one of the smaller minimum apertures amongst waterproof cameras of this age. The minimum apertures of digital cameras of a similar type and age to the Coolpix AW120 range from 2 to 8.5.

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7 Reasons Against

Does Not Support Video Recording

The Nikon Coolpix AW120 does not support video recording, although this is within the context that most of the other waterproof cameras that have been around for a comparable time to the Coolpix AW120 also do not support video recording.

There are a number of alternative cameras which also support video recording that you might want to look at including the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT3[plb_636880_price], or the Nikon Coolpix P7100[plb_1147127_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Not 3D Compatible

Most waterproof cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the Coolpix AW120 are not 3D compatible. The Coolpix AW120 is no exception to this as it too is not 3D compatible.

Digital cameras which are 3D compatible that might be worth considering include the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT3[plb_636880_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Quite Small Digital Zoom

The average digital zoom of cameras of a similar age and spec to the Coolpix AW120 is 5.8x. At only 4 times zoom factor, the Nikon Coolpix AW120 has a fairly small digital zoom compared to most of the other waterproof cameras that were released more than two years ago.

It may also be worth considering one of the other 4x digital zoom digital cameras currently available including the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT3[plb_636880_price] which has better reviews.

If this digital camera digital zoom is too small for you then you might also want to consider the IF045[pl_2235397_price] (5x), or the IS525[pl_2957342_price] (5x) both from Polaroid or the Ricoh WG-4[plb_2173526_price] (7.2x).

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Only Features One Flash Mode

The number of flash modes featured on the Nikon Coolpix AW120 is more than most digital cameras of a comparable spec and age to it. This camera features an Auto flash mode, which is the most commonly featured flash mode featured on similar spec digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as the Coolpix AW120.

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Only 1280x720@50fps Resolution and Capture Speed

The Coolpix AW120 has a higher resolution at capture speeds than most waterproof cameras that are a comparable age to it. This Nikon digital camera has a 1280x720@50fps resolution and capture speed, whereas most digital cameras of this type and age have a 1920x1080@30fps resolution and capture speed. In addition, this camera have resolution and capture speeds of 1280x720@25fps, 1280×720@30fps, 1280×720@60fps and 1920x1080@60fps and 640x480@120fps.

A 1280x720@50fps resolution and capture speed is in fact the worst resolution at capture speeds amongst all cameras of this age and type.

A 1920x1080@30fps resolution and capture speed is the best resolution at capture speeds across similar types of camera.

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Only Supports One Image Format

The Nikon Coolpix AW120 has a greater number of supported image formats than most waterproof cameras that have been around for a similar time to it. This digital camera supports a JPG image format, which is the most frequently supported image format supported by cameras that are a similar age to the Coolpix AW120.

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Quite Big Minimum ISO Speed

The Coolpix AW120 has one of the bigger minimum ISO speed (125) amongst waterproof cameras of this age. The smallest minimum ISO speed of digital cameras of a similar spec and age to the Coolpix AW120 is 50, the biggest is 200, and the average minimum ISO speed is 100.

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6 Other reasons to consider the Nikon Coolpix AW120

Released Over Two Years Ago

This digital camera was released over two years ago.

Average Screen Size

The Coolpix AW120 has a pretty standard screen size (3 inches) compared to most of the other waterproof cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to the Coolpix AW120.

Alternative 3" screen cameras currently available which you might also want to consider include because of it's better review score, the Canon EOS 7D[plb_420993_price].

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SD Memory Card

This digital camera supports an SD|SDHC|SDXC memory card, which is the most frequently supported memory card on waterproof cameras that have been around for a comparable time to it. SD cards are by far the most common type of memory card. They are compatible with the majority of digital cameras.

Digital cameras with a better memory card type that might be worth looking at include the Pentax Optio WG-3[plb_1993993_price] (Eye-Fi|SD|SDHC|SDXC), or the Kodak PlaySport[plb_2621744_price] (SD|SDHC) which is also higher rated.

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Average Megapixel Count

The Nikon Coolpix AW120 has a relatively average megapixel count (16 megapixels) compared to most of the other waterproof cameras that are a comparable age to the Coolpix AW120.

We compared this digital camera to all the other 16MP cameras and we think the Olympus Stylus Tough TG-850[plb_2167574_price], and the Pentax Optio WG-3[plb_1993993_price] which has better reviews is also worth considering.

If this waterproof camera megapixel count is not high enough for you then you might also want to look at the Fujifilm X-T1[plb_2173844_price] (16.3MP), or the Ricoh WG-4 GPS[plb_2626383_price] (16.79MP) which also has a higher rating.

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Average Weight

The Nikon Coolpix AW120 has a pretty standard weight (213 grams) compared to most of the other waterproof cameras that have been on the market for more than two years.

We compared this digital camera to all the other 213g digital cameras and we think the Nikon Coolpix S8200[plb_1656150_price] which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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Average Optical Zoom

The Coolpix AW120 has a pretty typical optical zoom (5 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other waterproof cameras that have been around for around the same time as the Coolpix AW120.

There are a number of other 5x optical zoom cameras currently available that you might also want to look at including because of it's better review score, the Canon PowerShot D30[plb_2336026_price].

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Specification

Picture Quality
Camera Type
Megapixel Count
Image Stabiliser
Sensor Type
Still Image Resolution
Maximum Image Resolution
Image Format
Total Megapixel Count
Image Stabilizer
Aspect Ratio
Image Sensor Size
Design
Waterproof
Colour
Maximum Waterproof Depth
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Maximum Aperture
Minimum Aperture
Maximum Focal Length
Minimum Focal Length
Focal Length Range
Lens Structure
Focusing
Auto Focus
Auto Focus Lock
Normal Focusing Range
Focus
Focus Mode
Light Exposure
Light Exposure Mode
ISO Speed
Maximum ISO Speed
Minimum ISO Speed
Light Metering Mode
Light Exposure Correction
Shutter
Maximum Camera Shutter Speed
Minimum Camera Shutter Speed
Camera Shutter
Flash
Flash Mode
Flash Exposure Compensation
Tele Flash Range
Flash Range
Flash Exposure Correction
Video
Maximum Video Resolution
JPEG Frame Rate
Video Format
Analog Signal Format
Video Resolution
Resolution and Capture Speed
Video Recording
HD Type
Audio
Built-In Microphone
Audio Format
Voice Recording
Memory
Memory Card
Internal Memory
Memory Slot
Display
Screen Size
Display
Field of View
Display Resolution
Viewfinder
Ports & Interfaces
PictBridge
HDMI Port
HDMI Connector
USB Version
Camera
GPS
White Balance Mode
Shooting Mode
Photo Effect
Self-Timer
Multi-Shot Mode
Image Editing Mode
Camera File System
Tripod Mount
Scene Mode
On Screen Display Language
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Battery
Power Source
Battery
Battery Size
Shot Per Battery Charge
Battery Level Indicator
Battery Recharge Time
Operational Conditions
Operating Temperature Range
Operating System/software
System Requirements
Packaging Content
AC Adapter Included
Technical Details
Networking
WiFi Connectivity
Certificates
Other Features
Built-In Flash
Special Features

Expert Reviews

(1)
9 November 2011

Esta cámara digital es una opción práctica para papás y mamás que quieren capturar los mejores momentos de la familia ya sea en video o en foto...

Versatile 21x optical zoom lens
25mm wide angle
Alternate zoom toggle on side of lens barrel
Fast autofocus
Fast prefocused shutter lag
Bright exposures tend to blow out highlights
Soft video
Electronic VR doesn't work well at long focal lengths
Autofocus isn't very reliable at full telephoto
Autofocus struggles when zooming in on subjects in video mode

User Reviews

(2)
Reviewed 20 January 2014 by Mnairkyon
Mnairkyon would recommend the Nikon Coolpix L120

I got my coolpix l120 for christmas and I love it so much. I bring it everywhere esspecially since i live in DC i can take pictures of the monuments a lot which is great. My friends bring their... Read more…

Reviewed 14 July 2011 by ?
? would recommend the Nikon Coolpix L120

I am a 78 year old male. I have had a camera most of my adult life. This coolpix L120 is the very best yet. I have only had it for a little less than two weeks. I have taken some really wonderful... Read more…

Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers ncw022, ncw021
Barcodes 00018208058792, 00018208940097, 00018208940127, 00018208940165, 00018208940202, 00018208997565, 00018208997572, 05054230628416, 05054230628423, 05054230628430, 05054230628447, 08033737553428, 08033737553435, 08033737553442

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