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Nikon Coolpix AW120
Tough-style 16-megapixel digital camera with 5X optical zoom and Wi-Fi® (Orange)
Item # 054AW120D | MFR # 26467
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Our take on the Nikon Coolpix AW120 by Crutchfield's Eric Angevine
The Nikon Coolpix AW120 records beautiful images, and it's tough enough to go with you to any location.
A camera as tough as you are
If your idea of fun is to get out in the snow, wind, mud and water, you need a camera that can do the same. The Nikon Coolpix AW120 is designed to live the rugged lifestyle you favor, and help you remember and share your adventures afterward. The camera's tough-style chassis is sealed against water, dust, and freezing temperatures, and can withstand an accidental drop from over six feet up. And it's got beauty as well as brawn: your choice of colors on the outside, and high-definition video and still imaging on the inside. Nikon's engineers even made sure you can use it with gloves on. It's made for the photographer who can't or won't baby his equipment.
Detailed location information
The Coolpix AW120 picks up where the previous AW110 left off. It has all of the built-in GPS functionality as before, with some impressive additions. The camera adds GLONASS satellite coverage to existing GPS for an extremely precise location system, which Nikon has incorporated into a detailed world map stored inside your camera. You can tag your photos with the relevant geographical information, down to longitude and latitude (especially helpful if you're on a sea voyage). A built-in pressure sensor enables display of altitude and water depth, as well as atmospheric and water pressure, when you need to know a little more about your environment. Use built-in Wi-Fi® to upload and share your memories, with all of the globetrotting details included.
It's got it where it counts
Let's face it: all the toughness in the world doesn't count if the camera can't take quality photos. That's where the wide-angle zoom lens and 16-megapixel imaging sensor come in. Dedicated shooting modes will help you adjust for extreme environments on the fly, and a sophisticated vibration reduction system keeps your image steady even when you're moving like crazy. The Coolpix AS120 captures vivid still images, and you can count on crisp, full HD video when you need it, as well.
Great camera. Bought this on sale and got a lot of extras for free plus free shipping.
What's in the Box:
- Digital camera (orange)
- EN-EL12 Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery (3.7V 1050mAh 3.9Wh)with plastic terminal cap
- O Ring cleaning brush
- EH-71P AC adapter (DC output: 5V 1A)
- 36" UC-E21 USB cable (Type A USB on one end and Micro USB connector on other end)
- Neck strap
- Quick Start Guide (Eng Fr Sp)
- Warranty Programs sheet
- 16-megapixel effective recording CMOS sensor
- wide-angle lens offers a fast maximum aperture of f/2.8
- 5X optical zoom (up to 10X digital zoom)
- 35mm equivalent focal length: 24-120mm
- 3" adjustable-brightness OLED screen (614,000 dots)
- records photos and video onto optional SD, SDHC, or SDXC memory cards
- high-definition movie mode (up to 1080p resolution)
- five-axis vibration reduction minimizes blurs caused by camera shake
- adjustable-brightness OLED screen gives you a bright, clear view of photos and video
- Subject Tracking auto focus helps you stay locked on subjects as they move
- Motion Detection automatically recognizes fast-moving subjects and adjusts shutter speed and sensitivity
- continuous shooting captures up to 6 shots at 8 frames per second at full resolution
- 19 scene modes including Underwater, 3D Photography, and Easy Panorama
- tough enclosure is:
- waterproof down to 59 feet
- shockproof — withstands drops from up to 6.6 feet
- freezeproof down to 14°F
- Action Control allows certain functions to be controlled with a quick shake of the camera, ideal when you're wearing thick gloves
- built-in Wi-Fi for wireless sharing of photos and remote control of camera functions with a smartphone or tablet
- built-in GPS tags your photos with location information, including latitude and longitude
- built-in mapping and electronic compass help you locate destinations and points of interest
- up to 30 shooting locations can be registered with the camera using the Save Location option with map display
- receives GLONASS satellite navigation signals to make GPS positioning faster and more accurate
- pressure sensor enables display of altitude and water depth, as well as atmospheric and water pressure
Connections and Dimensions:
- micro HDMI output for connecting camera to an HDTV (cable not included)
- high-speed USB interface
- A/V output
- 4-7/16"W x 2-3/4"H x 1-1/8"D
- weight (with battery and media): 7.5 oz.
- warranty: 1 year
- Our 60-day money-back guarantee
- rechargeable battery and AC charging adapter
- USB and A/V cables
- cleaning brush
- neck strap
- software CD-ROM
Nikon Coolpix AW120 Reviews
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Features and Specs
|LCD Screen Size||3"|
|Lens 35mm Equivalent||24-120mm|
|Internal Memory||329 MB|
|Sensor Size||1/2.3" CMOS|
|Highest Resolution||4608 x 3456|
|Video Resolution||1920 x 1080/30p|
|Weight With Battery (ounces)||7.5|
|Parts Warranty||1 Year|
|Labor Warranty||1 Year|
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 (IPX8) equivalent)
- Dust-proof: Protection against dust (JIS/IEC protection class 6 (IPX6))
- 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 use.
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 include:
- 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 options:
- Still Images:
- 16M (high image quality): 4608 x 3456 (1:4 compression)
- 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, and Underwater.
- 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 capture.
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.
Exposure 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 is dim.
- 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.
White Balance: 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 lighting conditions.
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 red-eye effect.
- 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.
- Full-time 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.
Copy: You can internally copy images and voice recordings between the camera's internal memory and an inserted SD-card.
Slide 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 screen.
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:
- Printer 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 minutes.
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 images
- Nikon Movie Editor: for basic editing of transferred movies
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 (SP2), Windows XP (SP3)
- MAC: OS X 10.7.5, 10.8.5, 10.9
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2 questions already asked
I don't see a read/write speed listed, but it is recommended that a speed class of at least 6 be used for recording video with this unit. [ Jeff Apr 14, 2014 ] Staff
Yes, built-in GPS tags your photos with location information, including latitude and longitude. If you would like to discuss further you can contact an Advisor directly by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. [ Krissy Mar 26, 2014 ] Staff