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Nikon Coolpix AW100 review

Nikon Coolpix AW100 - A Rugged Companion

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Overall rating 9/10
Performance:
8.5
Design:
9
Features:
9
User-Friendliness:
8
Value:
9
THE GOOD
Rugged good looks
Easy to use camera
Good image quality
THE BAD
Action button doesn't work
GPS menu hidden
Image quality best at ISO400 and lower


Conclusion

Conclusion

The Nikon Coolpix AW100 marries rugged good looks with good image quality. As with most rugged cameras, you have to work within trade-offs, the stronger zoom toggle offers less finesse than a standard compact camera's zoom nub, but it's sturdier. There are no manual modes, but the AW100 does give you ISO control. GPS gives your photos an added dimension, letting you tag where you were in the world while you shot your images.

What really rounds off the Nikon AW100 is how pleasant it is to use, everything from the auto-focus to the shutter release feels smooth and easy. If you're shopping for a normal digital compact there are other options for the price with more bells and whistles (for example, at the same listed price of S$529, the Canon IXUS 1100 HS has a 12x optical zoom). But if you're looking for a weatherproof and shockproof camera to accompany you on your adventures, the AW100 is a pretty good choice. What's important is to manage your expectations as you're paying for a different feature set than a standard camera at a similar price point.