Play, Edit and Print Functions
Inputs and Outputs Notes
Rugged Design: The Nikon Coolpix AW100's rugged design
protects the camera from the following extreme conditions:
- Waterproof: Capacity to shoot pictures underwater up to a depth
of 33 feet (10 meters) and for 60 minutes. (JIS/IEC protection class 8
- Dust-proof: Protection against dust (JIS/IEC protection class 6
- Shock-proof: Capacity to withstand a drop of up to 5' (MIL-STD
810F Method 516.5 Shock)
- Freeze-proof: Operating temperature -10°C to 40°C (14°F to 104°F) for land use, 0°C to 40°C (32°F to 104°F) for underwater
Action Control: The Action Control feature lets you easily
adjust specific camera settings, even with gloves on. The Action Control button,
which activates the feature, is conveniently located on the left side of the
camera. You can perform the functions by shaking the camera with your wrist in a
single up/down or forward/backward stroke. Functions that can be performed
- Shooting Mode: select Easy Auto Mode, Auto Mode, Beach, Snow,
Landscape, or Underwater modes.
- Start Movie Recording: Press the Action Control button to
begin/end movie shooting.
- Quick Playback: display images in full-frame playback mode
- Current Position: Display the current GPS location on a map
GPS: The camera has a built-in GPS (Global Positioning
System) receiver, which allows you to record GPS data with your photographs.
During shooting, GPS data is displayed in the monitor, including the current
location by place name or its coordinates. The built-in GPS can track your
progress with the included Nikon View NX2 software, or such online sites as
Nikon's mypicturetown.com photo sharing site or Google Earth. The camera also
has an electronic compass to help show you the way.
Note: Because GPS data is received from overhead
satellites, you must be in an outdoor location with relatively few
obstructions in order for the GPS to work properly.
3" LCD Monitor: The Coolpix AW100
has a 3" TFT LCD monitor featuring
approximately 460,000 dots, an anti-reflective coating and a five-level
brightness adjustment. The LCD monitor has approximately 98% horizontal and vertical coverage in the
shooting mode and approximately 100% in playback mode. There is no separate viewfinder on the camera.
Image Sensor: The Coolpix AW100 features a
1/2.3", high-density CMOS image sensor with a total pixel count of approximately
16.79-million pixels. The effective pixel count is 16.0-million.
Optics: The Coolpix AW100 digital camera uses a Zoom-NIKKOR
ED glass lens for superb image
quality. Every aspect of the lens manufacturing process is controlled by Nikon.
The Zoom-Nikkor ED lens is designed for the specific camera and image sensor combination.
The Coolpix AW100 uses a 5x wide-angle optical zoom lens, that is equivalent
to a 28-140mm lens in 35mm photography. Coupled with the 4x digital zoom, the
camera's total zoom capability is 20x. The angle of view is equivalent to that
of approximately 560mm lens (35mm format).
Filter Adapter: The camera includes a snap-on Filter Adapter
that attaches over the lens of the camera. The Filter Adapter allows you to
attach a commercially-available 40.5mm filter, such as a polarizing filter or
color filter. The Filter Adapter includes a cord for attaching it to the camera
4-Way VR (Vibration Reduction) Stabilization: The Nikon
Coolpix AW100 offers a 4-Way Vibration Reduction (VR) Stabilization System:
- Hybrid VR Image Stabilization: Nikon's Hybrid VR Image Stabilization uses
a combination of optical (lens shift) and electronic vibration reduction to compensate for the effects of
camera shake. This produces clearer, sharper
results in lower lighting or unsteady conditions.
- Motion Detection: Motion Detection automatically
detects moving subjects and adjusts the shutter speed and the ISO setting to
compensate for camera shake and subject movement.
- High ISO 3200: High ISO up to 3200 capability gives you
sharper results when shooting in low light or capturing fast-moving
subjects. This creates new opportunities to take sharper, more
natural-looking photos in lower light conditions.
- Best Shot Selector (BSS): Nikon's Best
Shot Selector (BSS) automatically takes up to 10 shots while the shutter is
pressed and then saves the sharpest image.
File Formats: The Coolpix AW100 records still images in JPEG format.
HD and SD movies are recorded in MOV format (Video: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264, Audio: AAC
stereo). You have a choice of
nine still image size options and five movie options (see chart below).
Built-in Memory: The camera has a built-in 83 MB internal memory for storing still images and
movies with sound.
Recording Media: In addition to the built-in memory, images
can be recorded onto SD, SDHC, or SDXC Memory cards. When an SD Memory
card is inserted in the camera, the images are automatically recorded onto the
card. When no card is inserted, the images automatically record to the internal
memory. The camera can support 2 GB SD cards, SDHC cards from 4 GB to
32 GB, and SDXC cards over 32GB. The capacity of the internal memory and
optional memory cards is as follows:
Storable Images (approx.)
4608 x 3456
4000 x 3000
3264 x 2448
2592 x 1944
2048 x 1536
1024 x 768
640 x 480
4608 x 2592
1920 x 1080
30 fps (14 Mbps)
1920 x 1080
30 fps (12 Mbps)
1280 x 720
30 fps (9 Mbps)
1 min 18 sec
960 x 540
30 fps (24 Mbps)
640 x 480
30 fps (3 Mbps)
2 hrs 55 min
Note: The maximum movie length for a single movie is 29
minutes or 4 GB file size, regardless of the amount of free space on
the memory card.
Shooting Modes: You can choose one of the following shooting modes:
- Easy Auto Mode: The camera automatically selects the
optimum scene mode for simple shooting: Portrait, Landscape, Night Portrait,
Night Landscape, Close-Up, Backlighting, Underwater, or Other Scenes. All
you have to do is frame the picture.
- Scene Mode: You can manually or automatically select a
scene mode with settings optimized for the shooting situation:
- Portrait: Useful for photographs where you want the
main subject to stand out clearly from the background.
- Landscape: For vivid landscape shots that enhance
outlines, colors, and contrast in such subjects as forests and
- Sports: For shooting sporting events; the camera
captures a series of still images that allow you to clearly see detailed
movements in a moving subject.
- Night Portrait: For shots that provide natural balance
between the main subject and the background when shooting portraits
under low lighting.
- Party/Indoor: Shots include details of the
background behind the main subject, or to capture the effects of
candlelight and other indoor background lighting.
- Beach: Vividly captures the brightness of subjects
such as beaches or sunlit expanses of water.
- Snow: Vividly captures the brightness of subjects
such as snow fields.
- Sunset: Preserves deep hues seen in sunsets and
- Dusk/Dawn: Preserves the colors seen in the weak
natural light before sunrise and after sunset.
- Night Landscape: A
slow shutter speed is used to produce stunning night landscapes.
- Close Up: Used to capture vivid colors in close-up
shots of flowers, insects and other small objects, with the background
- Food: Used when shooting cuisines.
- Museum: Use indoors where flash photography is
prohibited or in other settings in which you do not want to use flash.
- Fireworks Show: Slow shutter speeds are used to
capture the expanding burst of light from fireworks.
- Black & White Copy: Provides clear pictures of text
or drawings on a white board, business card or in other printed matter.
- Backlighting: Use when
light is coming from behind your subject or when your subject is in the
shade but the background is brightly lit. You can use the HDR (high
dynamic range) function when a bright backlight cause dark shadows on
- Panorama Assist: Use to take a series of
photographs that you will later join to form a single panoramic scene.
- Pet Portrait: This mode is for taking pictures of dogs
or cats; the camera detects the faces of dogs or cats and focuses on that
- Underwater: This mode is for shooting underwater.
The camera focuses on the subject in the center area of the frame.
- Special Effects Mode: You can choose from the following six
effects: Soft, Nostalgic, High-contrast Monochrome, High Key, Low Key, and
- Smart Portrait: If the camera detects smiling faces,
the shutter is automatically released without pressing the shutter-release
button (Smile Timer). You can use the Skin Softening feature to make facial
skin tones softer.
- Auto Mode: A "point-and-shoot" mode with some user
adjustments to suit the shooting conditions and type of shot you want to
Continuous Shooting: In the continuous shooting mode,
you can select in the menu from the following options:
- Single: One picture is taken each time the
shutter-release button is pressed.
- Continuous H: Takes up to 3 pictures at a rate of about
7.1 frames per second while the button is pressed and held.
- Continuous L: Takes up to 12 pictures at a speed of
about 1.4 frames per second while the button is pressed and held.
- Best Shot Selector: Camera captures up to 10 images while the
shutter release is held down, and the sharpest image in the series is
selected and saved.
- Multi-shot 16: Camera takes 16 shots at about 30 fps and arranges
them in a single image of 2560 x 1920.
Movies: You can record movies by simply pressing the red
movie-record button. Color tones, white balance, and other settings are the same
as when you are taking pictures.
Self-timer: The camera is equipped with a 10 second and
2 second timer for self-portraits. In addition, the camera can use face
detection to detect human faces, and automatically release the shutter when a
smile is detected (Smile Timer).
AF Area Mode: You can select
between the following AF Area Modes to determine where the camera focuses.
- Face Priority: When the camera recognizes a face (front view
only), the camera will focus on the face automatically. The camera can
recognize up to 3 or 12 faces depending on shooting and exposure mode. This
is the default setting.
- Auto: The camera
automatically selects the focus area (up to 9) containing the subject closest
to the camera.
- Manual: You can manually select one of 99 focus areas
in the monitor. This method is handy when the intended subject is not
positioned in the center of the frame, and is relatively still.
- Center: The camera focuses
on the subject in the center of the frame.
- Subject Tracking Mode: For taking pictures of moving
subjects. The camera moves the focus area automatically to track the
registered subject within the frame.
Macro Mode: Macro mode is used for taking pictures of objects as close
as 0.4". The flash may be unable to light entire subject at distances less
than 1 feet 8 inches.
Focus Lock: The Focus Lock
feature is used to focus on off-centered subjects in the frame while shooting in
Center AF mode.
AF-Assist Illuminator: If lighting is poor, the AF-assist
illuminator may light to assist the focus operation when the shutter-release
button is pressed halfway. The illuminator has a range of about 11' at the maximum
wide-angle position and 6'-6" at the
maximum telephoto position. You can turn this function on or off.
Blink Warning Function: The Blink Warning function is
available when you are shooting in Face Priority mode. When the camera detects
that one or more human subjects may have blinked, the blink warning screen is
displayed. The subject is framed by a yellow border, allowing you to check the
picture and decide whether or not to take another picture.
Compensation: You can alter the exposure from the value suggested by the
camera, making pictures brighter or darker. You can adjust the exposure from
-2.0 to +2.0 EV in 1/3 EV steps.
ISO Settings: Sensitivity is
the measure of how quickly the camera reacts to light. The higher the
sensitivity, the less light needed to make an exposure. The camera features the
following ISO settings:
- Auto: Sensitivity is set to ISO 125 when there is sufficient
lighting, and raises the sensitivity to a maximum of ISO 800 when lighting
- Fixed Range Auto: The
camera automatically sets the sensitivity between ISO 125 and ISO 400.
- Manual: Sensitivity is locked at the set value: ISO 125, 200, 400, 800, 1600,
You can set the White Balance to Auto, Daylight, Incandescent, Fluorescent,
Cloudy, or Flash. You can also choose Preset White Balance and use a
neutral-colored object as a reference to set the white balance under unusual
Built-in Flash: The Coolpix AW100 has a built-in flash with a range of
1' to 11' (Wide angle) and 1'-8" to 7'-2" (Telephoto). You can choose from the following flash modes:
Auto: Flash fires automatically when lighting is poor.
Auto with Red-eye Reduction: Pre-flash fires before main flash to reduce
Flash Off: Flash will not fire, even when lighting is poor.
Fill Flash: Flash will fire whenever a picture is taken.
Slow Sync: Auto flash combined with slow shutter speeds.
In-Camera Red-Eye Fix: If the camera detects red-eye after the pre-flash has fired, advanced
red-eye reduction processing is used to further reduce red-eye, slightly
increasing the time required before the next picture can be taken.
AF Modes: When shooting still images or movies you can choose between two auto-focus modes:
- Single AF: The camera focuses when the shutter-release button is pressed
halfway and locks at this position during recording.
AF: The camera constantly adjusts focus, even when the
shutter-release button is not pressed.
Voice Recording: Audio voice memos for pictures can be recorded over
the camera's built-in microphone and played back over the unit's built-in
speaker. Memos can be up to 20 seconds in length.
Play, Edit and Print Functions
Copy: You can internally copy
images and voice recordings between the camera's internal memory and an inserted SD-card.
Show Playback: View pictures in the internal memory or on the memory card in an
automatic slide show with 2, 3, 5, or 10 seconds between pictures. If
desired, you can loop the slideshow so it will continuously play. Maximum
slide show duration is 30 minutes without operation.
Thumbnail Playback: During playback, you can view multiple thumbnail images (4,
9, 16, or 72) at a time.
While these "contact sheets" are displayed, you can use the multi-selector to
highlight individual pictures. Highlighted pictures can be deleted, if desired.
Calendar Display: This feature displays a calendar allowing
you to select and view pictures taken on the same date.
Playback Zoom: During playback,
you can enlarge a still image up to 10x. Once the image is zoomed, you can use the
multi-selector to scroll around to non-visible portions of the image. You can
record a new picture of the cropped image by pressing the shutter button.
Rotate Image: Recorded pictures
can be rotated 90-degrees clockwise or counter-clockwise on the unit's LCD
Editing Picture: You can use the Coolpix AW100 to edit
recorded pictures in-camera and store them as separate files. You can choose
from the following editing functions:
- Quick Retouch: Quick Retouch can be used to easily
create retouched copies in which contrast and saturation have been enhanced.
- D-Lighting: D-Lighting can be used to brighten dark or backlit subjects. While playing back
an image, you can select the D-Lighting function, apply it, and save the
corrected image without harming the properly exposed areas of the image.
- Glamour Retouch: The camera makes facial skin tones
softer and make faces look smaller with larger eyes.
- Filter Effects: You can apply a variety of effects
using the digital filter effects, such as Color Options, Soft, Selective
Color, Cross Screen, Fisheye, Miniature Effect, or Fog Removal.
- Resizing Pictures (Small Picture): You can create a
small copy of a recorded image. The copy will be stored as a JPEG file with
a compression ratio of 1:16. You can choose from the following sizes: 640 x
480 (suited to television playback), 320 x 240 (suited to display on web
pages), or 160 x 120 (suitable for email attachments).
- Cropping: Create a copy containing only the portion
visible in the monitor.
Multi-Language Menu: You can
choose from 29 different menu display languages including English,
Spanish or French.
Printing Pictures: You can print pictures stored in the internal memory or on the memory card by
using the Print Set option in the playback menu. Using DPOF (Digital Print Order
Form), you can designate which images to print, and how many copies to print.
Pictures can be printed as followed:
or Photo Lab: insert the memory card into a printer, or take the memory
card to a digital photo lab (images stored in the internal
memory need to be transferred to a memory card prior to printing).
- PictBridge-compatible Printer: connect the camera to a PictBridge-compatible
printer via USB cable
- Transferring to Computer: transfer the images to a computer before
printing them via USB
Power Requirements: The Coolpix AW100 is powered by a supplied rechargeable Lithium-Ion battery (EN-EL12).
The battery is charged using the supplied MH-65 Battery Charger. The supplied rechargeable battery will
last up to approximately 250 shots or 1 hour 35 minutes of HD movie recording on one charge. A fully-exhausted battery
charges in about 2.5 hours.
Auto Off: When
the camera is operated on battery power, the Auto Off mode will automatically
turn off the monitor to reduce the drain on the batteries if no operations are
performed for the length of time specified in the Auto Off menu. The time limit
for the Auto Off mode can be set to 30 seconds, 1 minute, 5 minutes or 30
Inputs and Outputs Notes
HDMI: The Coolpix AW100 is equipped with a mini-HDMI (Type
C) output, allowing you to connect the camera to an HDTV. An optional
mini-HDMI-to-HDMI cable is required. The camera's HDMI output can be set to
Auto, 480p, 720p or 1080i.
Output: The camera features a single proprietary jack for connecting the supplied AV or USB cable. This one output allows you
to download your photos to your computer or printer via USB using the supplied
USB cable, or view your photos
on a TV using the supplied AV cable. The USB interface is USB 2.0 Hi-Speed compatible. The video output is NTSC or PAL compatible.
Software Suite CD-ROM: The supplied ViewNX 2 Installer CD-ROM
contains the following software:
- Nikon Transfer 2: to transfer pictures from the camera to the computer
- ViewNX 2: for viewing your images and movies on the computer
- Nikon Movie Editor: for basic editing of transferred movies.
- Panorama Maker 5: for creating panoramic images from the camera's
recorded still images
System Requirements: The supplied software will work with
the following Windows and Macintosh Operating Systems:
- Windows 7: Home Basic, Home Premium,
Professional, Enterprise, Ultimate
- Windows Vista: Home Basic, Home Premium, Business,
Enterprise, Ultimate (Service Pack 2)
- Windows XP: Home Edition, Professional (Service Pack
- MAC OS X Versions: 10.4.11, 10.5.8, 10.6.5