Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Waterproof, shockproof, freezeproof Nikon Coolpix AW100 with sample pictures

Nikon's new waterproof, shockproof, freezeproof camera may be the ticket for me.  I'm tired of going through a point and shoot every 6 months or so...mountain biking and cameras don't get along very well.  It's just too bad that it doesn't shoot raw or have manual controls... comes in blue, orange, black, white and camouflage.

Here are the specs and some sample images


  • Type
    Compact Digital Camera
  • Effective Pixels
    16 million
  • Image Sensor
  • Sensor Size
    1/2.3 in.
  • Total Pixels
    16.79 million (approx.)
  • Lens
    5x optical zoom, NIKKOR ED glass lens
  • Lens Focal Length
    5.0-25.0mm (angle of view equivalent to that of 28-140mm lens in 35mm [135] format)
  • Lens f/-number
  • Lens Construction
    12 elements in 10 groups
  • Lens Zoom
  • Digital Zoom
    Up to 4x (angle of view equivalent to that of 560mm lens in 35mm [135] format)
  • Vibration Reduction
    Lens-shift VR
  • Autofocus (AF)
    Contrast-detect TTL AF
  • Autofocus (AF) Focus-area selection
    Auto (9-area automatic selection), Center, Face priority, Manual with 99 focus areas, Subject tracking
  • Focus Range
    [W]: Approx. 1 ft. 8 in. (50 cm.) to infinity
    [T]: Approx. 3 ft. 4 in. (1 m.) to infinity
    Macro close-up mode: [W]: Approx. 0.4 in. (1 cm.) to infinity
  • Focus Lock
  • Maximum Autofocus Areas/Points
  • Monitor Size
    3.0 in. diagonal
  • Monitor Type
  • Monitor Resolution
  • Monitor Frame coverage (shooting mode)
    98% horizontal (Approx.)
    98% vertical (Approx.)
  • Monitor Frame coverage (playback mode)
    100% horizontal (Approx.)
  • Storage Media
    SD memory card, SDHC memory card, SDXC memory card
  • Internal Memory
    Approx. 83MB
  • Storage File System
    EXIF 2.3
    DPOF compliant
  • Storage File formats
    Still pictures: JPEG
    Audio files: WAV
    Movies: MOV (Video:MPEG-4 AVC/H.264, Audio: AAC stereo)
  • Movie
    Audio file format: AAC stereo
    Movie file format: MPEG-4 AVC H.264
  • Voice Memo Function
  • Image Size (pixels)
    4608 x 3456 (16M)
  • ISO Sensitivity
    ISO 125-3200
    Auto (auto gain 125-800)
    Fixed range auto (ISO 125-400)
  • Lowest ISO Sensitivity
  • Highest ISO Sensitivity
  • Exposure Metering
    256-segment matrix, center-weighted
  • Exposure Control
    Programmed auto exposure
    Exposure compensation (-2.0 to +2.0 EV in steps of 1/3 EV)
    motion detection
  • Exposure Modes
    Programmed Auto
  • Scene Modes
    Back Light, Beach, Black and White Copy, Close Up, Dusk/Dawn, Fireworks Show, Food, Landscape, Museum, Night Landscape, Night Portrait, Panorama, Party/Indoor, Pet Portrait, Portrait, Snow, Sports, Sunset, Underwater
  • In-Camera Image Editing
    Crop, D-Lighting, Filter Effects, Glamour Retouch, Quick retouch, Skin softening, Small Pic
  • Exposure Compensation
    ± 2 EV in steps of 1/3
  • Exposure Lock
  • White Balance
    Auto, Cloudy, Daylight, Flash, Fluorescent, Incandescent, Manual
  • Shutter
    Mechanical and CMOS electronic shutter
  • Shutter Speed
    1/1500-1 sec. (when ISO sensitivity set to Auto)
    4 sec. (when scene mode is set to Fireworks show)
  • Top Continuous Shooting Speed at full resolution
    Up to 3 shots at approx. 7.1 frames per second
  • Continuous Shooting Options
    Best Shot Selector, Continuous H, Continuous L, Multi-shot 16, Single
  • Aperture
    Electronically-controlled ND filter (-2 AV) selection
  • Self-timer
    Can be selected from 10 and 2 seconds duration
  • Built-in flash Range (approx.) (ISO sensitivity: Auto)
    [W]: 0.3 to 3.5m (1ft. to 11ft.)
    [T]: 0.5 to 2.2m (1ft. 8 in. to 7 ft. 2 in.)
  • Built-in Flash Control
    TTL auto flash with monitor preflashes
  • Built-in Flash
  • Interface
    Hi-speed USB
  • Interface Data transfer protocol
    MTP ,PTP
  • Video Output
  • HDMI Output
    Can be selected from:
    Auto, 480p, 720p, 1080i
  • I/O terminal
    Audio/video (A/V) output
    Digital I/O (USB)
    HDMI Mini Connector (HDMI output)
  • Supported Languages
    Arabic, Czech, Chinese (Simplified and Traditional), Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hindi, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portugese (European and Brazilian), Romanian, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Thai, Turkish, Ukranian, Vietnamese
  • Power Sources
    One Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL12 (supplied)
  • Battery / Batteries
    Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL12
  • Battery Life (shots per charge)
    Still pictures*: Approx. 250 shots
    *Based on Camera and Imaging Products Association (CIPA) standards for measuring the life of camera batteries. Measured at 23(-/+2)°C (73(-/+4)°F); zoom adjusted with each shot, flash fired with every other shot, image quality set to Normal, image size set to 4608 x 3456 (16M). Battery life may vary depending on shooting interval and length of time menus and images are displayed.
  • Tripod Socket
    ISO 1222
  • Approx. Dimensions
    Height: 2.6 in. (64.9mm)
    Width: 4.4 in. (110.1mm)
    Depth: 0.9 in. (22.8mm)
  • Approx. Weight
    6.3 oz. (178g)
  • Operating environment
    Temperature: -10 to +40°C (14 to 104°F ) for land use
    Temperature: 0 to 40°C (32 to 104°F) for underwater use
  • Supplied Accessories
    • AN-CP23 Strap
    • UC-E6 USB Cable
    • EG-CP16 Audio/Video Cable
    • EN-EL12 Rechargeable Li-ion Battery
    • MH-65 Battery Charger
    • UR-E23 Filter Attachment
    • NikonView NX 2 CD-ROM
    • Reference Manual CD

Nikon Coolpix AW100 sample images, these are the original size, so click on them to view in their full resolution.

nikon coolpix aw100 sample picture
Exposure Time 1/1250, Aperture f/4, Focal Length 7.7mm (43mm in 35mm), ISO 125, 4608 x 3456

nikon coolpix aw100 sample picture
Exposure Time 1/800, Aperture f/4, Focal Length 5mm (28mm in 35mm), ISO 125, 4608 x 3456


  1. How is it in low light? Thats my main problem with the Olympus versions. How did you get your hands on one of these already?

  2. I do not have one yet. The back-lit CMOS should help a bit with low light, we will see.

  3. What is the average jpeg file size from this camera, assuming using the full 16MP.