User Review: Nikon AW100
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $209
Rock hard, waterproof camera that is packable and loaded with features.
- GPS tagging! w/ compass
- 1080p vid
- Shaker menu
- Loaded feature menu
- Picture quality
- Battery life
Hello fellow trail enthusiast,
If you are like me, you love to get the pics from the highest points, the best dynamic grab, to the wettest river. I love being able to post and show off all the adventure pics of me and my family. I was used to carrying around a large, delicate Nikon SLR, with multi lenses for those "gotta get" pics. I decided to trade up, or over for this case. I decided I needed something light, waterproof, and still could get the pic. I have worked as a photographer and fell in love with Nikon years ago. This camera is no different than the quality products I have used in the past.
This camera is loaded with features! 16 MP camera with CMOS sensor, 5X zoom, 1080p vid w/ sound, and on to the more advanced....waterproof 33ft, drop proof 5ft, and can operate down to 14 deg F. It even has a GPS feature with a compass! It weighs in at 6.3oz/178g, ISO 125-3200, f 3.9-4.8, Vibration Reduction, internal and expanded SD card memory, and so many on screen shooting modes I can't list them all!
I love the ability to throw this camera in my pack and not have to worry about it getting broke or zipping it in a sandwich bag to keep moisture from shorting it out. The company stated 33ft waterproof, I have had it down to 8ft in my pool with no problems, but I wouldn't want to take it too deep. Being waterproof is a must for kayaking on the river.
This thing can take a licking and keep on ticking. Yes, I have dropped it (many times) and it has not failed yet. I can walk in the rain or jump in a river without any concern. I can even get the under water shot without a bulky case over it. On top of all that you can change settings with ease and can even adjust pics right on the camera. The camera has a shaker mode letting you adjust simple features with a shake of the camera (manly used when wearing bulky gloves skiing).
With all good there is bad. The picture quality lacks in my opinion, but I am used to my Nikon D90. Its quality is comparable to other point and shoot models. The GPS feature is very complicated and menu takes some getting use to. It also drains the battery like my ol' truck drank gas! This is the worst thing about the camera....imagine in the backcountry and looking to get that "gotta get" pic and the camera dies!
I can get 2-3 days (100+ pics) of camera usage under normal conditions of point shoot and turning the camera off and on. If you use the GPS/compass feature, look for only a day's usage at best. To my knowledge there is no way to turn of the GPS feature which drains the battery.
This camera is loaded with awesome features and bulletproof from the ground or river up! I traded some picture quality for light weight and water/shock proof. This is a trade I am willing to take.
The only thing I don't like is the battery life, but its always a option to get a solar charger or extra battery for extended trips. All in all you can't beat the AW100 for a camping/outdoor adventure camera.