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Nikon Coolpix AW120
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Nikon Coolpix AW120 Digital Camera

16MP 5x Feb 2014
Megapixel Waterproof Optical Zoom Image Stabilizer Release Date
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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

24 Reasons For

Nikon Has Good Reviews for Its Digital Cameras

Nikon waterproof cameras have good reviews on average and across all cameras Nikon is one of the better rated manufacturers.

Supports Wi-Fi

Unlike most of the other waterproof cameras that were launched around the same time as the Coolpix AW120 which do not support wi-Fi, the Coolpix AW120 supports wi-Fi.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative digital cameras which support wi-Fi currently available including because of it's better review score, the AW130, or the Coolpix AW110 both from Nikon or the Canon EOS 70D (£535.00).

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Has a GPS (satellite)

has a GPS (satellite)

The Nikon Coolpix AW120 has a GPS (satellite), which is unusual. Most of the other waterproof cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to the Coolpix AW120 do not have a GPS (satellite).

Alternative cameras with a GPS (satellite) currently available that you might also want to look at include the Panasonic DMC-FT3, the Nikon AW130, or the Olympus Stylus TG-2 which has better reviews.

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Has an Image Stabilizer

The Coolpix AW120 has an image stabilizer. Most of the other waterproof cameras that have been around for a comparable time to the Coolpix AW120 also have an image stabilizer.

Other cameras with an image stabilizer currently available that you might also want to look at include because of it's better review score, the TG-620, or the Stylus Tough TG-835 both from Olympus or the Coleman C5WP.

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Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

The Nikon Coolpix AW120 has a built-in flash. Most of the other digital cameras that have been around for more than two years also have a built-in flash.

We compared this camera to all the other cameras with a built-in flash and we think because of it's better review score, the Olympus TG-620, the SVP AQUA-5500, and the Fujifilm FinePix XP70 is also worth considering.

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Waterproof

The Coolpix AW120 is waterproof. Most of the other cameras of this age and spec also are waterproof.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the alternative waterproof cameras currently available including the Olympus TG-620, the Nikon Coolpix AW110, or the Polaroid IE090 (£47.48) which has better reviews.

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Quite High Waterproof Up to

Waterproof cameras that are a similar age to the Coolpix AW120 have waterproof up tos of between 3m and 60m. With a waterproof up to of 18 meters, the Nikon Coolpix AW120 has a fairly high waterproof up to compared to most of the other digital cameras of a similar spec and age to the Coolpix AW120.

Alternative 18m waterproof digital cameras currently available which you might want to consider include because of it's better review score, the Nikon Coolpix AW110.

If this Nikon camera waterproof up to is not high enough for you then you might also want to look at the Canon PowerShot D30 (£199.99) (25m and higher rated).

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MOS Sensor Type

This digital camera has a CMOS sensor type, which is the most frequently found sensor type on comparable spec digital cameras that were released more than two years ago.

Other digital cameras that have a CMOS sensor currently available which you might want to consider include because of it's better review score, the Olympus TG-620, the Canon EOS 70D (£535.00), or the Ricoh WG-30 Wi-Fi (£191.69).

Digital cameras with a better sensor type that might also be worth looking at include the AW130 (CCD), or the 31 (£73.99) (CCD) both from Nikon or the Panasonic DMC-FT3 (CCD) which is also higher rated.

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Has a Micro HDMI Connector Type

The Coolpix AW120 has a greater number of HDMI connector types than most digital cameras of a similar age and spec to it. This Nikon digital camera has a Micro HDMI connector type, which is the most frequently found HDMI connector type found on cameras of a similar age and type to the Coolpix AW120.

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Fairly Big Internal Memory

Cameras of this type and age have internal memorys of between 7.9MB and 700MB. When compared to other waterproof cameras that were launched around the same time as the Coolpix AW120 that we have checked, the Nikon Coolpix AW120's internal memory of 329 megabytes is one of the biggest.

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4608 X 3456 Still Image Resolution(s)

The Coolpix AW120 has a 4608 x 3456 still image resolution(s) which is higher than most digital cameras of a similar age and type to it. Most cameras of this spec and age have a 640 x 480 still image resolution(s). In addition, this Nikon camera have still image resolution(s)s 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 actually the best still image resolution across all comparable spec cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the Coolpix AW120.

Across similar types of camera the worst still image resolution is 640 x 480.

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Has One Photo Effects

The number of photo effects found on the Coolpix AW120 is more than most waterproof cameras that have been around for more than two years. This camera has a Black&White photo effects, which is the most frequently found photo effects found on waterproof cameras that have been around for a similar time to the Coolpix AW120.

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Has Three Shooting Modess

The number of shooting modes found on the Coolpix AW120 is more than most digital cameras of this age and spec. The most frequently found shooting modes is Auto, but this shooting modes is not found on this Nikon camera. The shooting modess Manual, Movie and Scene are also found on this 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 of this age and type. 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.

This digital camera's display (OLED) is actually the best display across all waterproof cameras that were launched more than two years ago.

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

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Fairly High Display Resolution (numeric)

Across all the waterproof cameras that are a similar age to the Coolpix AW120 the display resolution (numeric)s range from 150,000 pixels to 1,300,000 pixels. The Nikon Coolpix AW120 has a fairly high display resolution (numeric) (921,000 pixels) compared to most of the other waterproof cameras that have been around for around the same time as the Coolpix AW120.

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350 Battery Life (CIPA Standard)s

The Coolpix AW120 is a digital camera that takes 350 shots battery life (CIPA standard)s. Most of the other similar spec digital cameras that are a comparable age to the Coolpix AW120 take between 120 and 1,119 battery life (CIPA standard)s.

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Supports Five ISO Sensitivitys

The Coolpix AW120 has a greater number of ISO speeds than most waterproof cameras that have been available for a similar time to it. The most commonly supported ISO sensitivity is 160, but this ISO sensitivity is not supported by this digital camera. The ISO sensitivitys 125, 1600, 3200, 6400 and Auto are also supported by this Nikon camera.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolutions

The highest video resolution supported by the Coolpix AW120 is 1920 x 1080 pixels. That's over two times the video resolution of the most frequently found video resolutions of 1280 x 720 pixels (which is also supported by this camera). This Nikon camera also support a video resolutions 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.

A 1920 x 1080 pixels video resolutions is in fact the best supported video resolution amongst all digital cameras of a similar age and spec to the Coolpix AW120.

The worst supported video resolution across comparable types of camera is 320 x 240 pixels.

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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 cameras of this type and age.

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± 2EV (1/3EV Step) Light Exposure Correction

This camera has a ± 2EV (1/3EV step) light exposure correction, which is typical of many digital cameras of a similar type and age to it.

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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 the most frequently found maximum image resolution on digital cameras of this age and type.

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Supports One Power Source Type

The number of power sources supported by the Nikon Coolpix AW120 is more than most waterproof cameras that have been available for a comparable time to it. This digital camera supports a Battery power source type, which is the most commonly supported power source type supported by digital cameras of a similar type and age to the Coolpix AW120.

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Auto Focus Adjustment

This camera has an Auto/Manual focus adjustment, which is the most frequently found focus adjustment on waterproof cameras that have been on the market for more than two years.

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Quite Short Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

With a minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) of only 24 millimeters, the Coolpix AW120 has a fairly short minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) compared to most of the other digital cameras of a similar age and type to the Coolpix AW120. The average minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) of waterproof cameras that were released more than two years ago is 25mm, and the minimum focal length (35mm film equiv)s range from 4.5mm to 35mm.

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10 Reasons Against

Expert Reviews Are Poor

This Nikon digital camera received an expert rating of 50% from parentesis.com. That puts this Nikon camera in the bottom 8% of all the waterproof cameras that were released more than two years ago.

Does Not Support Video Capability

Like most of the other similar spec cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the Coolpix AW120, the Coolpix AW120 does not support video capability.

We think you might also be interested in other digital cameras which also support video capability including the Olympus TG-620, the Panasonic DMC-FT3, or the Nikon AW130 which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Support Full HD Video

The Nikon Coolpix AW120 does not support Full HD video, although it is worth noting that most of the other waterproof cameras that have been available for around the same time as the Coolpix AW120 also do not support Full HD video.

There are a number of alternative digital cameras which also support Full HD video that you might want to look at including the Olympus TG-620, the Panasonic DMC-FT3, or the Fujifilm XP170.

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Not 3D

Most waterproof cameras that were launched more than two years ago are not 3D. The Coolpix AW120 is no exception to this as it too is not 3D.

Cameras which are 3D that might also be worth looking at include the Olympus TG-620, the Panasonic DMC-FT3, or the Nikon Coolpix AW110 which also has a higher rating.

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Quite Small Digital Zoom

Across all the cameras of a similar age and type to the Coolpix AW120 the digital zooms range from 2x to 20x, and the average digital zoom is 5.9x. The Coolpix AW120 has one of the smaller digital zooms (only 4 times zoom factor) amongst cameras of this age.

We compared this camera to all the other 4x digital zoom cameras and we think because of it's better review score, the Olympus TG-620, the Panasonic DMC-FT3, and the SVP AQUA-5500 is also worth considering.

If this waterproof camera digital zoom is too small for you then you might want to look at the IF045 (£49.99) (5x and higher rated), or the IS525 (£34.99) (5x and higher rated) both from Polaroid or the Ricoh WG-20 (6.7x and higher rated).

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Only Features One Flash Modes

The number of flash modes featured on the Coolpix AW120 is more than most waterproof cameras that have been available for around the same time as it. This Nikon digital camera features an Auto flash modes, which is the most frequently featured flash modes featured on cameras of this type and age.

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Very Big Maximum Aperture Number

At only 4.9, the Coolpix AW120 has a quite big maximum aperture number compared to most of the other waterproof cameras that have been around for a similar time to the Coolpix AW120. The average maximum aperture number of digital cameras of this age and spec is 7.2, and the maximum aperture numbers range from 2.7 to 38.

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Only 1280x720@50fps Resolution At Capture Speed

The Coolpix AW120 has a higher resolution at capture speeds than most cameras that have been available for around the same time as it. This camera has a 1280x720@50fps resolution at capture speed, whereas most cameras of this type and age have a 1920x1080@30fps resolution at capture speed. In addition, this Nikon camera have resolution at capture speeds of 1280x720@25fps, 1280×720@30fps, 1280×720@60fps and 1920x1080@60fps and 640x480@120fps.

This digital camera's resolution at capture speeds (1280x720@50fps) is actually the worst resolution at capture speeds across all digital cameras of a comparable age and type to the Coolpix AW120.

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

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Only Supports One Image Formats Supported

The Nikon Coolpix AW120 has a greater number of supported image formats than most waterproof cameras that came out more than two years ago. This digital camera supports a JPG image formats supported, which is the most frequently supported image formats supported supported by waterproof cameras that have been available for a comparable time to the Coolpix AW120.

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Fairly Big ISO Sensitivity (min)

The average ISO sensitivity (min) of waterproof cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the Coolpix AW120 is 100. The Nikon Coolpix AW120 has one of the bigger ISO sensitivity (min)s (125) amongst digital cameras of this age.

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6 Other reasons to consider the Nikon Coolpix AW120

Released Over Three Years Ago

This digital camera has been on the market for over three years.

Average Display Diagonal

The Coolpix AW120 has a relatively average display diagonal (3 inches) compared to most of the other digital cameras of this age and type.

We compared this digital camera to all the other 3" screen digital cameras and we think because of it's better review score, the Olympus TG-620, the Nikon Coolpix AW110, and the Ricoh WG-4 GPS (£271.91) is also worth considering.

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SD Compatible Memory Cards

This camera supports an SD|SDHC|SDXC compatible memory cards, which is the most commonly supported compatible memory cards on waterproof cameras that were launched around the same time as it. SD cards are by far the most common type of memory card. They are compatible with the majority of digital cameras.

We compared all the other cameras that support an SD|SDHC|SDXC memory to this digital camera and we think because of it's better review score, the TG-620, and the TG-620 both from Olympus is also worth considering.

If the memory card type of this Nikon digital camera is too bad for you then you might also want to consider the Pentax WG-3 (Eye-Fi|SD|SDHC|SDXC), or the Kodak PlaySport (SD|SDHC) which is also higher rated.

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Average Megapixel

With a megapixel of 16 megapixels, the Coolpix AW120 has a relatively typical megapixel compared to most of the other digital cameras that came out around the same time as the Coolpix AW120.

There are a number of alternative 16MP cameras currently available that you might also want to look at including because of it's better review score, the Olympus Stylus Tough TG-850 (£157.99), the Nikon Coolpix AW110, or the Pentax WG-3.

Digital cameras with a higher megapixel that might be worth considering include the WG-4 (£229.00) (16.79MP), or the WG-4 GPS (£271.91) (16.79MP) both from Ricoh or the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT30 (£79.99) (16.1MP) which also has a higher rating.

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Average Weight

The Nikon Coolpix AW120 has a fairly typical weight (213 grams) compared to most of the other waterproof cameras that have been available for a similar time to the Coolpix AW120.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the alternative 213g digital cameras currently available including the Nikon Coolpix S8200 which has better reviews.

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Average Optical Zoom

With an optical zoom of 5 times zoom factor, the Nikon Coolpix AW120 has a pretty average optical zoom compared to most of the other waterproof cameras that have been around for around the same time as the Coolpix AW120.

Alternative 5x optical zoom digital cameras currently available that you might want to look at include the TG-620, or the Stylus Tough TG-830 (£223.99) both from Olympus or the Canon PowerShot D30 (£199.99) which has better reviews.

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Specification

Picture Quality
Camera Type
Megapixel
Image Stabilizer
Sensor Type
Still Image Resolution(s)
Maximum Image Resolution
Image Formats Supported
Total Megapixels
Image Stabilizer Location
Supported Aspect Ratios
Image Sensor Size
Design
Waterproof
Colour of Product
Waterproof Up to
Freezeproof Up to
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Maximum Aperture Number
Minimum Aperture Number
Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Focal Length Range (f-F)
Lens Structure (elements/groups)
Focusing
Auto Focusing (AF) Modes
Auto Focus (AF) Lock
Normal Focusing Range
Auto Mode Focusing Range (wide)
Focus Adjustment
Macro Focusing Range (tele)
Auto Mode Focusing Range (tele)
Focus
Light Exposure
Light Exposure Modes
ISO Sensitivity
ISO Sensitivity (max)
ISO Sensitivity (min)
Light Metering
Light Exposure Correction
Shutter
Slowest Camera Shutter Speed
Fastest Camera Shutter Speed
Camera Shutter Type
Flash
Flash Modes
Flash Exposure Compensation
Flash Range (tele)
Flash Range (wide)
Flash Exposure Correction
Pre-Flash
Video
Maximum Video Resolution
Motion JPEG Frame Rate
Video Formats Supported
Analog Signal Format System
Video Resolutions
Resolution At Capture Speed
Video Recording
HD Type
Audio
Built-In Microphone
Audio Formats Supported
Voice Recording
Memory
Compatible Memory Cards
Internal Memory
Memory Slots
Display
Display Diagonal
Display
Field of View
Display Resolution (numeric)
Ports & Interfaces
PictBridge
HDMI
HDMI Connector Type
USB Version
USB Connector
Camera
GPS (satellite)
White Balance
Shooting Modes
Photo Effects
Self-Timer Delay
Calendar
Multi-Shot
Anti-Dust Function
Image Editing
Camera File System
Tripod Mountable
Contrast Adjustment
Electronic Compass
Brightness Adjustment
Altimeter
Barometer
Scene Modes
On Screen Display (OSD) Languages
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Weight (including Battery)
Battery
Power Source Type
Battery Technology
Number of Batteries Supported
Battery Type
Battery Life (CIPA Standard)
Battery Level Indicator
Battery Recharge Time
Operational Conditions
Operating Temperature (T-T)
Operating Relative Humidity (H-H)
Operating Temperature (T-T)
Packaging Content
AC Adapter Included
Cables Included
Batteries Included
Hand Strap
Quick Start Guide
Networking
Wi-Fi
Wi-Fi Standards
Other Features
Built-In Flash

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…

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