The Nikon Coolpix AW110 features a 16MP BSI CMOS sensor, OLED screen and a 28-140mm equivalent stabilized zoom. It's waterproof to 18m (59ft), shockproof from a height of 2m (6.7ft), and freezeproof to 14° F . The AW110 also has built-in Wi-Fi that will connect to any compatible smartphone or tablet and GPS mapping. The GPS interfaces with Google Earth, has an electronic compass, maps, and points of interest such as scenic outlooks and landmarks.
Nikon Coolpix AW110 Waterproof Compact Camera
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“ Overall, the Nikon Coolpix AW110 is a full-featured rugged camera that performs well and takes photos that'll please all but the most discerning photographers.”
- 16 MP 1/2.3" CMOS sensor
- 28-140mm equivalent F3.9-4.8 lens
- 1080/30 fps HD video
- 3 inch OLED screen with 614,000 dots
- Lens-shift and electronic VR image stabilization
- Built-in GPS and Wi-Fi
- Waterproof, Shockproof, and Freezeproof
|Max resolution||4608 x 3456|
|Effective pixels||16 megapixels|
|Sensor photo detectors||17 megapixels|
|Sensor size||1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm)|
|ISO||Auto, 125, 200, 400, 800, 1600|
|White balance presets||7|
|Custom white balance||Yes|
|Image stabilization notes||Lens-shift and Electronic VR (still pictures), Lens-shift VR (movies)|
|Optics & Focus|
|Focal length (equiv.)||28–140 mm|
|Maximum aperture||F3.9 - F4.8|
|Digital zoom||Yes (up to 4x)|
|Manual focus||Yes (with 99 focus areas)|
|Normal focus range||50 cm (19.69″)|
|Macro focus range||1 cm (0.39″)|
|Number of focus points||9|
|Screen / viewfinder|
|Screen type||OLED monitor|
|Minimum shutter speed||4 sec|
|Maximum shutter speed||1/1500 sec|
|Manual exposure mode||No|
|Subject / scene modes||Yes|
|Flash range||5.20 m|
|Continuous drive||8 fps|
|Exposure compensation||±2 (at 1/3 EV steps)|
|Videography notes||Full HD: 1920x1080p / 30fps HD: 1280x720p / 30fps HS 1920x1080 / 15fps HS 1280x720 / 60fps HS 640x480 / 120fps HS 320x240 / 240fps iFrame® 540: 960x540 / 30fps Movie file format: MPEG-4 AVC H.264 VGA: 640x480|
|Storage types||SD / SDHC/SDXC|
|USB||USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)|
|Environmentally sealed||Yes (Waterproof, Shockproof, Dustproof, Freezeproof)|
|Battery description||Nikon EN-EL12 Lithium-Ion battery|
|Battery Life (CIPA)||250|
|Weight (inc. batteries)||193 g (0.43 lb / 6.81 oz)|
|Dimensions||110 x 65 x 25 mm (4.33 x 2.56 x 0.98″)|
Scoring is relative only to the other cameras in the same category at the time of review.
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|Movie / video mode||
The Coolpix AW110 is a capable rugged camera with good photo quality for its class, an elaborate GPS feature, Wi-Fi for remote camera control, and a nice movie mode - all without breaking the bank. It can also go further underwater than any of its peers. Downsides include smudged details, blue color casts underwater, poor outdoor display visibility, and below average battery life.
Divers, serious GPS lovers, or anyone who wants a easy-to-use rugged camera that takes good pictures and movies. Wi-Fi connectivity and a low price make it even more appealing.
Not So Good For
Photographers who don't want to color correct underwater photos. Those taking photos in bright outdoor sunlight, or expect to get a full day of shooting on a single battery charge.
I am considering 3 underwater cameras for an upcoming BVI trip that will include alot of snorkeling. I have read many reviews..and most focus on general picturetaking. I have a Canon Rebel for those non-rugged pictures so my use of this new camera will be for taking picures around and underwater and when snow skiing primarily. My main concern is ease of taking the picture ...and clear, color, correct pictures underwater . I will probably blow some of them up..and I know this is an issue with some of the cameras. So while that would be great to get an 8X10 or 11X14, of good quality, it might be last on my list of needs. The 3 cameras that I have purchased..and need to pick 1 from are: Olyumpus -TG-630 Nikon Cool pix AW110 Fugi XP-60 The Nikon was about $100 more than the other 2, and has features like wifi and gps that are nice, but not needed. I am the family photographer...and love taking pictures..but am not all about the gadgets..I just need good quality and color in my ...
I have not tried the 630 but got the TG-2 as upgrade from an earlier Panasonic WG60. My underwater experience has been with a few film and digicams made to go underwater, and a Canon with purpose-built underwater case. Make sure the 630 has or consider image stabilization for video use. Our TG-2 is a whole step or next world better than the camera it replaced just because of the image stabilization. Screen pixel count might make a difference or be important for snorkeling. I could not count on getting much info from the screen with the older Panasonic but the TG-2 screen is reasonably useful. Add lens speed (aperture) as insurance for more successful underwater shots. I think you pay $100+ for the TG-2 f2, better screen and resistance to pressure but we're on vacation and see that's insurance for more good shots and footage. Our older camera had about same underwater rating as the 630 and it got some moisture in it with not so deep snorkeling where the TG-2 has remained dry. Center ... Continue Reading
Does anyone know where I can purchase an underwater filter for the Nikon AW110? It's a 40.5mm threaded filter. And also, does it really need it for underwater shots in the ocean?
Hextor, I don't know where to find that filter, but from my limited experience with the AW110, it does a decent job of getting color balance right when in it's 'underwater' mode. I've got a few shots up on the forum in a recent thread that you can take a look at. AW110 thread with pics Continue Reading
Can you explain why Nikon AW110 Sport Mode displays smaller size picture in LCD?
The Nikon AW110 Sport Mode displays a smaller size picture in the LCD. Can you explain it? Does it mean the image quality will be low if it is printed? Thank you for your answer.
How much smaller are you talking about? According to the manual, the AW110 takes up to 6 photos at 8 frames per second when shooting in Sports mode. This lets the camera have the advantage of a faste shutter speed (each photo using about 1/6 the shutter time per photo) but then the camera has to create an edited composite photo, where each of the 6 subjects are realigned to reduce what would otherwise appear to be a blurry, overlapping image. Then the edges are cropped slightly to produce a rectangular image that's slightly smaller than usual. If this is what's happening, the images quality (based on the number of megapixels) will only be slightly less, still good enough for printing, unless the subject was moving too quickly for the shutter speed. Then it would produce a blurry print. If you shoot a stationary subject using Sports mode with the camera on a tripod, the 6 images should be almost perfectly aligned, so the resulting composite (I think) would not need to appear to be ... Continue Reading
Nikon AW110 Sport Mode shows small size of image on the LCD How is the image quality affected in the Sport mode? Continue Reading
I don't think that the image quality is affected. Your photo of the screen display shows that my guess was wrong. Other cameras combine multiple shots to get the benefit of a faster shutter speed by that's not what seems to be happening here. Notice the two frame lines surrounding the small photo in the display? That suggests that you're only seeing one of the "up to 6 photos" that were shot and you just need to figure out how to change the display mode that will let you see each of the photos in the sequence. From the manual, on page 57 it mentions how to change the Sequence display option. The default is "Key picture only" and this can be changed to "Individual pictures" where each picture in the sequence is displayed. I must admit that the manual's description of how and what to do is a little confusing, but if you can't figure out what to do, I'm almost certain that each of the photos are available on the memory card, and if you transfer them to your computer, they'll be ... Continue Reading
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