Play, Edit and Print Functions
Inputs and Outputs Notes
Rugged Design: The Nikon Coolpix AW120's rugged design
protects the camera from the following extreme conditions:
- Waterproof: Capacity to shoot pictures underwater up to a depth
of 59 feet (18 meters) for 60 minutes. (JIS/IEC protection class 8
- Dust-proof: Protection against dust (JIS/IEC protection class
- Shock-proof: Capacity to withstand a drop of up to 6'-6"
onto a surface of 2" thick plywood (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
Note: These tests do not guarantee that the camera will
be free from damage or trouble under all conditions.
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 helps you track your
progress, and share your locations with online sites as Google Maps
or Google+ and other social networking sites. The camera also
has an electronic compass and built-in mapping 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" OLED Monitor: The Coolpix AW120 has a 3" OLED monitor featuring
approximately 921,000 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 AW120 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 AW120 digital camera uses a NIKKOR
5x wide optical zoom glass lens for superb image quality. The camera
uses a 4.3-21.5mm lens, which is equivalent
to 24-120mm 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 480mm lens (35mm format).
Vibration Reduction: The Nikon
Coolpix AW120 offers Vibration Reduction (VR) to reduce blurring caused by
camera shake when shooting. For still images and movies, there are three options: Standard VR (using the lens shift method), Hybrid VR (combining lens shift and electronic
VR), or Off.
Recording Media: The camera uses SD, SDHC, and SDXC memory
cards to record still images and HD movies. In addition, the AW120 has a
built-in 329MB internal memory for saving images.
File Formats: The Coolpix AW120 records still images in JPEG
format. HD and SD movies are recorded in MOV format (Video: H.264; Audio: LPCM
stereo). You have a choice of eight still image size options and nine movie
- Still Images:
- 16M (high image quality): 4608 x 3456 (1:4
- 16M: 4608 x 3456 (1:8)
- 8M: 3264 x 2448 (1:8)
- 4M: 2272 x 1704 (1:8)
- 2M: 1600 x 1200 (1:8)
- VGA: 640 x 480 (1:8)
- 16:9 12M: 4608 x 2592 (1:8)
- 1:1: 3456 x 3456 (1:8)
- 1080/30p: 1920 x 1080 (16:9)
- 1080/60i: 1920 x 1080 (16:9)
- 720/30p: 1280 x 720 (16:9)
- iFrame 720/30p: 1280 x 720 (16:9)
- 480/30p: 640 x 480 (4:3)
- HS Movies:
- HS 240/8x: 320 x 240; 1/8x speed playback (record up
to 10 sec; playback 1 min 20 sec)
- HS 480/4x: 640 x 480; 1/4x speed playback (record up
to 15 sec; playback 1 min)
- HS 720/2x: 1280 x 720; 1/2x speed playback (record up
to 30 sec; playback 1 min)
- HS 1080/0.5x: 1920 x 1080; 2x speed playback (record up
to 2 min; playback 1 min)
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, Landscape, Sports, Night Portrait, Party/Indoor, Beach, Snow, Sunset, Dusk/Dawn, Night Landscape, Close Up,
Food, Museum, Fireworks Show, Black & White Copy, Backlighting, Easy Panorama, Pet Portrait,
- Special Effects Mode: You can choose from the following six
effects: Soft, Nostalgic Sepia, High-contrast Monochrome, High Key, Low Key, Selective Color,
Pop, Super Vivid, Cross Process, and Toy Camera Effect 1 & 2.
- 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 5 pictures at a rate of about
6.9 frames per second while the button is pressed and held.
- Continuous L: Takes up to 33 pictures at a speed of
about 2.2 frames per second while the button is pressed and held.
- Pre-shooting Cache: To prevent missing the perfect
moment, the camera begins saving images when the shutter release is pressed
halfway, then shoot continuously from the time the button is pressed until
the time it is released. Up to 25 frames, including up to 5 frames in the
cache, are saved. (Image size is fixed at 1M 1280 x 960).
- Continuous H 120 fps: Up to 50 frames are captured at a
speed of about 120 fps. (Image size is VGA 640 x 480)
- Continuous H 60 fps: Up to 25 frames are captured at a
speed of about 60 fps. (Image size is 1M 1280 x 960)
- 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 5M 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.
- 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.
- Target Finding AF: When the camera detects the main
subject, it focuses on that subject.
Macro Mode: Macro mode is used for taking pictures of objects as close
as 0.4". The flash may be unable to light the 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 9'-10" at the maximum
wide-angle and telephoto positions. 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 1600 when lighting
- Fixed Range Auto: The
camera automatically sets the sensitivity between ISO 125-400 and ISO 125-800.
- Manual: Sensitivity is locked at the set value: ISO 125, 200, 400, 800, 1600,
3200, or 6400.
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 AW120 has a built-in flash with a range of
1'-8" to 17' (Wide angle) and 1'-8" to 14' (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 three 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.
- Pre-focus: The camera focuses automatically if the
composition of the framed image is significantly changed, even when the
shutter-release button is not pressed halfway.
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, or
advance them manually. 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 AW120 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.
- Quick Effects: You can apply a variety of effects using
the digital filter effects, such as Painting, High key, Toy camera effect,
Low key, Soft, Fisheye, Cross screen, Miniature effect, High-contrast
monochrome, Sepia, Cyanotype, and Selective color.
- 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 36 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 AW120 is powered by a supplied rechargeable Lithium-Ion battery (EN-EL12).
The battery is charged in the camera using the supplied EH-71P Charging AC
adapter and the UC-E21 USB cable. The supplied rechargeable battery will
last up to approximately 350 shots or 1 hour 15 minutes of HD movie recording on one charge. A fully-exhausted battery
charges in about 1 hour 20 minutes.
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 AW120 is equipped with a micro-HDMI (Type
D) output, allowing you to connect the camera to an HDTV. An optional
micro-HDMI-to-HDMI cable is required. The camera's HDMI output can be set to
Auto, 480p, 720p or 1080i.
Micro USB: The camera features a Micro USB connector for
connecting the supplied UC-E21 USB cable. The Micro USB port is USB 2.0 Hi-Speed
compatible, and is used for downloading your photos to your computer or
connecting to a PictBridge-compatible printer. It is also used for charging the
battery inside the camera using the supplied EH-71P AC adapter.
ViewNX2: The Nikon AW120 comes with no software
in the package. Nikon ViewNX 2 can be downloaded from the Internet. It contains the following applications:
- Nikon Transfer 2: to transfer pictures from the
camera to the computer
- ViewNX 2: for viewing, editing and printing your
- Nikon Movie Editor: for basic editing of transferred
System Requirements: Nikon ViewNX 2 software will work with
the following Windows and Macintosh Operating Systems:
- Windows: Windows 8.1, Windows 7 (SP1), Windows Vista
Windows XP (SP3)
- MAC: OS X 10.7.5, 10.8.5, 10.9