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The Nikon Coolpix AW110 was announced in January 2013 and is an update to Nikon's first all weather camera, the AW100. It is now waterproof to an impressive 18m. You can buy the AW110 in blue, black, camouflage and orange for £270.
The built-in Wi-Fi allows you to transfer your images and movies to a mobile device for sharing to social network sites. The device can also be used as a remote control. The AW110 also has built-in GPS and an electronic compass. There is a World display map so you can see where you took your pictures and view your route. The altimeter gives you your exact altitude and the hydro-barometer shows you how deep underwater you are. Action Control makes it easy to use the camera underwater or when wearing gloves.
- 16 megapixel back-illuminated CMOS sensor
- 5x optical zoom lens (35mm equiv: 28-140mm)
- Hybrid VR (lens-shift and motion blur reduction)
- 3.0 inch 614k dot OLED screen
- Waterproof to 18m
- Shockproof to 2m
- Freezeproof to -10°C
- Built-in Wi-Fi
- Built-in GPS, altimeter, hydro-barometer and electronic compass
- Action Control
- Full 1080p HD video recording
- ISO 125 - 3200
- 1cm minimum focusing distance
- Auto HDR
- 8 fps continuous shooting
- Easy Panorama 360°/180°
- Available in blue, black, camouflage and orange
The Nikon Coolpix AW110 has a mostly plastic body with a metal front and its shape makes it easy to grip. On top of the camera is an on / off button and shutter release. The rear has a zoom rocker with movie record, scene mode, playback, menu and delete buttons. There's also a d-pad for cycling through the menus, this also gives quick access to exposure compensation, flash, self-timer and macro mode.
Also on the rear of the camera is a 3 inch screen with an improved resolution of 614k dots and is easy to view in all light. Access to the battery and memory card is via the chunky round dial on the side of the camera. You have to press the central button and turn the dial 90°. The camera menus are clear and easy to navigate.
On the opposite side to the battery area is a button which switches to the World map and Action Control. If you activate Action Control in the camera menus you simply need to press it and a menu comes up on the screen. You simply flick the camera up and down to go through the menu and press the Action Control button again to make your choice. Options available are mode selection, start movie recording, and playback. This makes it easier to operate the camera even when underwater or wearing gloves.
To make use of the Wi-Fi you need to download the Wireless Mobile Utility app to your smartphone or tablet (iOS or Android). This allows you to use your mobile device to download pictures from the camera to edit and share them. You can also use it as a remote release. A preview appears on your mobile device, you can control the zoom or set a timer. Other information appears on the screen, such as shutter speed, aperture, number of shots left and battery life.
Battery life is rated at 250 shots according to CIPA test results, this may reduce with a lot of GPS and Wi-Fi use, so you may want to consider carrying a spare. We took a number of shots to test the camera's responsiveness, from switch on to first photo, shot to shot, focusing speed etc. We take a number of shots and then use the average to ensure accurate and consistent tests, making it easy to compare with other cameras.
|Shutter Response||0.2 secs|
|Wide - Focus / Shutter Response||0.25 secs|
|Full zoom - Focus / Shutter Response||0.3 secs|
|Switch on Time to Taking a Photo||1.75 secs|
|Shot to Shot without Flash||1.2 secs|
|Shot to Shot with Flash||1.3 secs|
|Continuous Shooting H||7.1 fps|
|Continuous Shooting L||2.0 fps|
|Continuous Shooting H: 120 fps||122.8 fps|
|Continuous Shooting H: 60 fps||60 fps|
The continuous shooting H & L modes record at full 16 megapixel resolution, with the 120 fps restricted to VGA and 60 fps limited to 1 megapixel images.
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Nikon Coolpix AW110 Sample Photos
Portrait | 1/30 sec | f/4.2 | 11.7 mm | ISO 200
Landscape | 1/800 sec | f/3.9 | 5.0 mm | ISO 125
Underwater | 0.3 sec | f/3.9 | 5.0 mm | ISO 800
Pet Portrait | 1/320 sec | f/4.4 | 15.0 mm | ISO 125
Sample Photos - The AW110 takes colourful pictures that are well exposed, with good performance when shooting underwater as well. Portraits have good skin tones, while being free of red-eye.
Nikon Coolpix AW110 Lens test images
Wide Angle | 1/800 sec | f/3.9 | 5.0 mm | ISO 125
Full Optical Zoom | 1/1000 sec | f/4.8 | 25.0 mm | ISO 125
Macro | 1/80 sec | f/3.9 | 5.0 mm | ISO 125
Trees | 1/200 sec | f/3.9 | 5.0 mm | ISO 125
Lens Performance - Detail is good at both ends of the lens, although they are softer in the corners. There is little sign of purple fringing. The lens has a minimum focusing distance of just 1cm, this allows for detailed macro shots.
Nikon Coolpix AW110 ISO test images
1/13 sec | f/4.3 | 12.8 mm | ISO 125
1/20 sec | f/4.3 | 12.8 mm | ISO 200
1/40 sec | f/4.3 | 12.8 mm | ISO 400
1/80 sec | f/4.3 | 12.8 mm | ISO 800
1/160 sec | f/4.3 | 12.8 mm | ISO 1600
1/320 sec | f/4.3 | 12.8 mm | ISO 3200
ISO Noise Performance - Noise is low at ISO 125, 200 and 400, with a slight softening at ISO 800. The noise causes a loss of detail in the images at ISO 1600, with even more detail lost at ISO 3200.
Nikon Coolpix AW110 White-balance test images
AWB preset - incandescent lighting | 1/20 sec | f/3.9 | 5.9 mm | ISO 125
Incandescent preset - incandescent lighting | 1/20 sec | f/3.9 | 5.9 mm | ISO 125
AWB preset - fluorescent lighting | 0.5 sec | f/3.9 | 5.9 mm | ISO 125
Fluorescent preset - fluorescent lighting | 0.5 sec | f/3.9 | 5.9 mm | ISO 125
White Balance Performance - Under the incandescent lights, the auto white balance (AWB) and incandescent preset perform well, taking identical images. Under the fluorescent lights the AWB performs well, with a magenta cast when using the fluorescent preset.
Panorama 1 | 1/1600 sec | f/3.9 | 5.0 mm | ISO 125
Panorama 2 | 1/800 sec | f/3.9 | 5.0 mm | ISO 125
Panorama 3 | 1/640 sec | f/3.9 | 5.0 mm | ISO 125
Panorama mode - Panoramas have a decent amount of detail and are stitched together well. There are options for 180° and 360° panoramas, you can also shoot in four directions, left, right up or down.
Nikon Coolpix AW110 Digital filters
Filter - High Contrast Monochrome | 1/25 sec | f/4.5 | 16.4 mm | ISO 400
Filter - High Key | 1/15 sec | f/4.5 | 16.4 mm | ISO 400
Filter - Low Key | 1/30 sec | f/4.5 | 16.4 mm | ISO 140
Filter - Selective Colour | 1/25 sec | f/4.5 | 16.4 mm | ISO 400
Filter - Sepia | 1/25 sec | f/4.5 | 16.4 mm | ISO 400
Filter - Soft | 1/25 sec | f/4.5 | 16.4 mm | ISO 400
Digital Filters - There are some filters to help you take creative shots, with examples above.
Video - Below is a video recorded in full 1080p HD, optical zoom is available during recording, an example of which can be seen on the ePHOTOzine Youtube page.
Value For MoneyThe Nikon Coolpix AW110 is available for £270. Other waterproof cameras include the Pentax WG-3, available for £305, Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT5, available for £295, the Canon Powershot D20, available for £260 and the Sony Cybershot DSC-TX30 for £299.00. For more waterproof cameras, have a look at the Top 10 Best Waterproof Cameras.
You'll also need to buy a memory card and a case or bag to keep your camera safe and protected - have a look at our complete guide to camera bags.
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|The Nikon Coolpix AW110 adds Wi-Fi to its impressive set of features and image quality is good.|
Nikon Coolpix AW110 ProsWaterproof to 18m
Good picture quality
Built-in Wi-Fi and GPS
8 fps full resolution continuous shooting
Nikon Coolpix AW110 ConsQuite short battery life
Images are softer in the corners
Noise effects image quality at ISO 1600 upwards
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Nikon Coolpix AW110 Specifications
|Max Aperture||f/3.9 - f/4.8|
|35mm equivalent||28mm - 140mm|
|CCD pixels||16Mp (Megapixels)|
|Sensor Type||Back-lit CMOS (B.S.I.)|
|Sensor Size||1/2.3 inch|
|Sensor Size (width)||6.16mm|
|Sensor Size (height)||4.62mm|
|Shutter speeds shortest||1/1500sec|
|Shutter speeds longest||4sec|
|ISO sensitivity||125 - 3200|
|Optical Zoom with Video||Yes|
|Box Contents||Camera Strap AN-CP19 Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL12 MH-65P, UC-E6, EG-CP16 and UR-E23|