Nikon Coolpix AW100 Ilse Jurriën : August 25th 2011 - 16:15 CET
Nikon Coolpix AW100 digital camera : Nikon announces the introduction of the Nikon Coolpix AW100, the first model in Nikon's new Coolpix AW digital cameras suited not only to regular shooting situations, but designed to make the Nikon Coolpix AW100 fun to use in a variety of outdoor situations. The Nikon Coolpix AW100 is Nikon's first compact digital camera with waterproof, shock-proof and cold-resistant specifications, is a high-performance camera with an effective pixel count of 16.0-million pixels. The Nikon AW100 offers not only basic camera features such as a backside illumination CMOS image sensor and functions for capturing still images with superior image quality and recording full-HD movies with the same superior picture quality, but is also equipped with a number of new features.
Nikon Coolpix AW100 waterproof camera
New features on the Nikon Coolpix AW100 includes GPS support, an electronic compass and a map display. Adoption of a lens utilizing new thin, right-angled optics making the Nikon AW100 one of the slimmest truly waterproof compact digital cameras available. The new Nikon Coolpix AW100 digital camera offers not only a fashionable and elegant design that makes it perfect for everyday use, but also a tough body well suited to outdoor shooting.
16 megapixel Nikon AW100 camera
The Nikon Coolpix AW100 takes brilliant photos up to a resolution of 16.0 megapixels. With the 5x optical zoom Nikkor lens and a zoom range beginning at the wide-angle 28mm (equivalent in 35mm format) the camera can coverage a broad range of viewing angles. The Nikon Coolpix AW100 offers durable specifications for shooting in the severe conditions presented with outdoor activities such as swimming and diving, or while hiking or skiing. The Nikon AW100 camera is waterproof to approximately 10 meters, shock-proof with a fall of up to approximately 1.5 meters, and can withstand cold air temperatures as low as -10°C (14°F).
Nikon Coolpix AW100 camera features
Action Control allows you to apply a variety of camera settings by simply pressing the large action button on the side of the camera and then shaking the Nikon AW100. The Action Control function is convenient when gloves worn underwater or while skiing make operating the buttons on the multi selector difficult. When Underwater scene mode is enabled, either manually or automatically in Easy Auto mode, white balance is automatically adjusted using exclusive parameters to prevent unnatural green or blue cast in images captured underwater. In addition, the Nikon Coolpix AW100 adopts a backside illumination CMOS image sensor that increases image quality with shooting at high sensitivities, enabling the capture of beautiful nighttime shots.
Nikon Coolpix AW100 features GPS
The high-performance GPS and electronic compass built into the Nikon Coolpix AW100 camera acquire and record position information with shooting. This information can then be viewed on a world map displayed in the camera monitor. The A-GPS function, adopted for the first time with a Nikon digital camera, makes using the GPS feature smoother and simpler.
Log function on the Nikon Coolpix AW100
The Nikon Coolpix AW100 also offers a log function that can be used to track and record movement with acquisition of position information even while the camera is switched off. Logs can then be saved and displayed in the camera monitor of the Nikon AW100. POI settings for recording and displaying place names can also be specified. These features offer active users who enjoy sports or traveling new ways to enjoy their photos by allowing them to keep a record of their jogging route along with photos they have taken along the way, or to record their movement on an outing while on vacation as a file that can then be viewed using Google Earth.
Record Full HD videos with the Nikon AW100
Impressive full-HD movies with stereo sound and a frame size of 1920 x 1080 pixels can be recorded by simply pressing the movie-record button on the back of the camera. In addition, optical zoom can be used during movie recording. The Nikon Coolpix AW100 also offers an HS Movie feature for recording movies that can be played back in slow motion (1/8, 1/4 or 1/2 normal playback speed) or fast motion (two times faster than normal playback speed). Naturally, movies can also be recorded underwater.
Nikon Coolpix AW100 digital camera
Nikon is pleased to add the AW camera series to its Coolpix line-up. The Nikon Coolpix AW100 camera is a stylish model that offers superior image quality and supports recording of more active scenes. The introduction of this new Coolpix AW100 allows Nikon to support a broader range of customers with a camera that is capable of recording special moments in a wider variety of situations.
Share pictures with the Nikon AW100
In addition, when photos taken with the Coolpix AW100, are uploaded to Nikon's image storage and sharing site, my Picturetown, the photos can be displayed on a map using the application's map view, and photos with position information attached can be shared with others. An update that will enable support for displaying heading information and logs with my Picturetown's map view is planned.
Nikon Coolpix AW100 price & availability
The Nikon Coolpix AW100 will be available from September 2011 and carries an estimated retail price of € 350. The new Nikon Coolpix AW100 comes in the colors camouflage, orange and black.
Nikon Coolpix AW100 review
As soon as we receive a Nikon Coolpix AW100 test sample, we will publish a photo gallery with high resolution pictures, followed by an extensive Nikon Coolpix AW100 review.
Nikon Coolpix AW100 test photos
In the mean time Nikon published some test photos of the Nikon Coolpix AW100 camera, so you can check out the image quality yourself. You can download the Nikon Coolpix AW100 test photo here.