Nikon Coolpix W150 Waterproof Camera Review - Performance

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Nikon Coolpix W150 Performance

The performance section is where we look at the image quality performance of the camera. Additional sample photos and product shots are available in the Equipment Database, where you can add your own review, photos and product ratings.


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The camera is fairly responsive at capturing an image, however between shots it is a little slow. It can take a moment before ti decides to focus, too. Menus are very responsive when you scroll through them, and effects are applied quickly.


Nikon Coolpix W150 Sample Photos

Sample Photos - The camera is able to take surprisingly good macro images, often with nice background bokeh. Outdoor portraits are acceptable, with good colour reproduction although detail is a little soft when you look closely. The camera coped well in bright sunlight and there is little sign of distortion or chromatic aberration.


Nikon Coolpix W150 Lens test images

Lens Performance - Images are quite noisy in bright blue skies, even at low ISO. Sharpness drops off towards the edges of the frame however there's little sign of distortion or aberrations. Details captured on the buildings are good. 


ISO Noise Performance - The ISO range on the Coolpix W150 is 125-1600, however there's no option to control this manually which made it difficult to conduct the usual ISO test images. The small than normal sensor does mean that there's limited scope for ISO range, but in good lighting conditions the camera is able to produce good results. Some noise is visible in blue skies, and when shooting in low light proved quite difficult to yield good results.


White Balance Performance - Again, unfortunately there is no control over the white balance of your shots, which is a shame as the underwater mode cam make shots look a little washed out. The camera performs best under fluorescent lighting conditions while under tungsten lighting colours can seem a bit too warm.


Nikon Coolpix W150 Digital filters

Digital Filters - The camera offers a range of scene modes, these are shown above and listed in detail in the introduction.


Video - Video mode is simple to operate, simply press the large record button on top of the camera once to begin filming and once to stop. There is a maximum record length of half an hour. 


Picture quality is good, but the electronic VR hasn't really done much to combat hand-held shake, which is disappointing. 


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