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The camera for those who go big.

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To capture thrilling first-person views of your epic moments, to really share the rush with your friends and family, you need a camera that's rugged, sure—but you also need a camera that takes outstanding photos and videos. The waterproof, freezeproof and shockproof COOLPIX AW120 delivers the image quality your big moments deserve. Strap it to your chest with the optional Chest Harness and record mind-blowing Full HD 1080p videos with stereo sound, smooth slow motion sequences and high-res photos, even in challenging conditions. When things get bumpy, Nikon's new Hybrid VR system helps keep your shots sharp and steady. The camera's superb wide-angle (24mm equivalent) f/2.8 NIKKOR glass lens gets more in the frame and captures bright, sharp images that will have you reliving the action on your "off" days. You don't even have to wait to share the rush—with built-in Wi-Fi®, your COOLPIX AW120 shots can instantly appear on a compatible smartphone or tablet for easy sharing. Your friends will be jealous they weren't there!
VR image stabilization
Motion Detection
ISO 6400
CMOS
Clear Color Display
Smart Portrait System
Scene Auto Selector
Target Finding AF
Subject Tracking
Full HD
Rugged Reliability
GPS
Built-in World Map
Wi-Fi
Dynamic Fine Zoom

Ready for extreme adventures

Waterproof, shockproof and freezeproof

The COOLPIX AW120 can handle all that Mother Nature can throw at it. Take it diving to depths of up to 59-feet. Shoot at temperatures as cold as 14° F. And don't sweat drops of up to 6.6 feet. Whether it's in your hand, mounted to a surfboard, clipped on a backpack or attached to a scuba tank, every twist, splash, dive and crash can be recorded in both still and Full HD 1080p movies. Plus, Nikon's Action Control brings fast and easy operation to gloved hands. The COOLPIX AW120 lets you capture every thrilling moment from inside the action—not the sidelines.
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Your smartphone's new best friend

Built-in Wi-Fi for instant photo sharing and remote camera control with a compatible smartphone or tablet

Your smartphone or tablet will be your favorite accessory! Take beautiful photos with the COOLPIX AW120 and watch them instantly appear on your compatible smartphone or tablet. Then share them without missing a beat—text them, email them, upload to your favorite social networking site—it’s your choice! You can even use your smartphone or tablet as a remote control for the COOLPIX AW120, perfect for self portraits and group shots that actually include you.


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See where you've been

Built-in GPS, mapping, Electronic Compass and Points of Interest (POI) for creating amazing photo journals

Relive the excitement of your travels in a whole new way. The COOLPIX AW120 records the exact location of each shot you take, so you can follow the path of your adventure and every stunning view along the way! Share your journeys on Google Maps™, Google+™, and other social networking sites, or with the downloadable Nikon View NX2 software. Built-in mapping and Electronic compass also help you navigate unfamiliar destinations, and Points of Interest (POI) show you nearby photo-ops like scenic lookouts and historic landmarks. The COOLPIX AW120 is the ultimate travel companion!
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Record superior videos

Full HD 1080p videos with stereo sound for dazzling movies

If you want a compact camera that shoots stunning Full HD videos, the COOLPIX AW120 delivers. Full HD 1080p means exceptional video quality. Record the action, then connect to an HDTV* and watch your videos come alive. A built-in mic records high-quality audio in stereo. Your videos will look and sound phenomenal.
*Requires optional cable
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Superior low-light performance

The COOLPIX AW120's highly sensitive CMOS image sensor performs so well in low-light situations that in most cases, using the flash is optional. Capture the moment without interrupting it.
Photo of a mountain covered in snow highlighting the AW120's Hybrid VR

Keep it steady

There’s nothing worse than a shaky handheld video. As soon as you start recording with COOLPIX AW120, Hybrid VR (Vibration Reduction) activates and combats camera shake for sharper steadier home movies.
Photo of a rock climber upside down on a cliff over water highlighting the AW120's AF

Intelligent autofocus

It's frustrating when a smartphone camera focuses on the wrong thing. With COOLPIX AW120, Target Finding AF quickly determines your intended subject and puts the focus where it belongs—on your subject.

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Sharper photos of moving subjects

When your subject is moving fast, Motion Detection automatically kicks in and selects a faster shutter speed and higher ISO (light sensitivity) to help you get sharper, clearer photos.

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This camera's built-in Wi-Fi® capability can only be used with a compatible iPhone®, iPad®, and/or iPod touch® or smart devices running on the Android™ operating system. The Wireless Mobile Utility application must be installed on the device before it can be used with this camera.
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Love this camera I have had this camera (AW110) for 18 months, I had the AW100 before this one. I got this for additional under water depth (59'). I have used it in pools, the lake, Jet skiing, ocean diving, snorkeling, beach, dusty mountain trails, etc. Never had an issue with it. I get great pictures from it, not as good as my DSLRs (D750 and D7200) - it is a great camera to take when the conditions do not let me take my expensive DSLRs. I always rinse after dusty and water use, and I always am careful when opening and closing the battery/SD storage door, I make sure there is no dust or debris in the seal before closing. I would highly recommend the camera - just ensure you treat it with extreme care when you open/close the battery door and rinse it off as instructed after water and extreme condition use. April 13, 2015
Great outdoor adventure camera. I'm a Scout leader and our troop goes out on a lot of outdoor activities. The AW120 is great for activities like multi day hiking trips, camping, fishing, snow camping and river rafting. It's more rugged than the typical point and shoot and much lighter than a DSLR. It also has some cool features like a compass, and GPS tracking which allows me to tag our hiking trails which comes in handy during presentations to parents to see where their Scouts had been. I've taken wonderful landscape and nature photos, as well as group shots. I've even taken a picture of a trout in the water without problems. Compared to my first AW, the AW100, the AW120 now has a five times zoom and a 2.8 opening, which has been a cool bonus when taking photos in dim lighting. I'm also able to turn on the camera, focus and press the shutter while wearing gloves. That said, there are other point and shoots that are cheaper and can take better photographs than this camera. If however, you would like to have a rugged, reliable camera to use for the type of activity I mentioned earlier, then the AW120 should be on your short list. March 15, 2015
Great camera I love my nikon coolpix it takes awesome pics and very rugged it's great for me cause I am clumsy it's basically Gina proof :) It's great for taking pics of our doggy friends and family February 25, 2015
AW100 Lost on a Rafting Trip I was rafting on the Nantahala River in North Carolina, and my daughter had my AW100 Nikon around her neck with a Lanyard. Unfortunately she was discharged from the raft during a sequence of Class 3 rapids. Another raft picked her up, but in the process pulled the camera from her neck and it was lost in the 40 Deg F rapids. It was gone, and I was heartbroken but obviously over joyed about my daughter's safety. The camera had served me well on many AT hiking trips, beach trips, and cold weather camping. After several weeks of moping, I decided to visit the Nantahala again during the off time of the dam release. After walking up river a mile or so, I found the glistening Orange Nikon in about 2 1/2 feet of water probably about 200 yds from where my daughter's discharge took place. It was battered and scratched up pretty badly from bouncing off of the rocks and I expected it was toast. When I got home, I was very surprised that it powered up and I was able to retrieve the pics. Hard core camera for the money. I'm saving now for the AW120, with the new silicon sleeve, I expect it will be even better! September 3, 2014
portable very nice compact product,easy to use , simple , and good image qlty September 1, 2014
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How does Panorama Assist work?

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I used this feature today (got the camera a week ago). To use you click the Scene button and then select the second option down -> choose Easy Panorama. This will give you the option to do a 180 or 360 degree panorama (not as easy as the iPhone which will let you start and stop where ever). The camera will stitch the panorama automatically.
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Panorama assist takes a series of pictures that you can join together into a panorama on a computer with vertical or horizontal. This is easiest with a tripod and having vibration reduction on. After taking the first picture using the shutter-release button or touch shutter, take the necessary shots while checking how each picture will connect to the next.
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How do I get a Users Manual for the AW120

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I see that the manual is now posted (10 March 2014):
https://support.nikonusa.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/18892
English and Spanish editions.
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Not available yet, keep checking here:
https://support.nikonusa.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/13948/~/nikon-product-manuals-available-for-download
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Can you charge the AW120 with a solar charger

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I'll be traveling in locations with little access to AC power. Can I connect the USB cable to a solar charger with a USB port to charge the camera?
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I hope to try this one day. This model charges off a USB cable direct into the camera (not off an external battery charger...at least that is how it ships-in-box). The USB wall plug has the same specs as my phone charger so I believe the answer will be, yes. Utilizing a Solar charger rated for smart phones should be sufficient to power your camera. The problem will be in that you will want to be shooting while the sun is up. Hopefully you have a battery backup or can get your hands on an external battery charger (that probably won't be USB).

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Nikon does not produce a solar power charger for the AW120, Nikon cannot offer support or advice on third party products. Nikon recommends the use of only Nikon accessories with its cameras and cannot guarantee performance with the use of third party accessories. You will need to get in contact with the manufacturer of the third party equipment for compatibility information with our products.
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When the sd card is full, will I be alerted or will it begin overwriting pics?

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You should get "CHA" error message.
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Once the card is full you will no longer be able to save images to it until they are transferred to a pc or deleted off the card.
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Does the GPS feature cache the maps? Could I use the gps feature to see where I am at currently as well as take pictures with geotags? For instance if I was out fishing could I see where I was on a map?
 
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The AW120 camera has a built-in world map which can be zoomed in to show local road layouts and land/water features (all shown without names). There are also thousands of named POI e.g churches, towns. Once the GPS gets a lock on you, you can view your current location on the map. Pics can have GPS co-ordinates embedded as metadata. On the cam you can see the map of where a pic was shot, or browse the map to see what pics were taken there.
Note that the camera GPS is slow,weak and inaccurate, but the Nikon WiFi app can utilise your (likely superior) mobile/tablet's GPS to tag them when transferring shots from the camera.
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The GPS feature will save the maps on the camera when images are taken using the GPS feature. The GPS information is recorded when the images are taken, and will place a geotag on the map in the camera and location data can be viewed in View NX 2.
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Is there a compatible monitor screen protector?

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I love my new AW120s! But after the first day using it on the beach, I noticed that the monitor screen was already getting scratched. Are there any compatible screen protectors for the monitor? (InvisiShield, etc.). Thanks.
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Nikon include a waterproof screen protector with their official silicon jacket CF-CP001. I went for the cheaper option of just cutting a generic tablet screen protector down to size (but expect I'll have to replace it after prolonged wet use).
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Nikon does not sell a monitor protector for the COOLPIX AW120. Nikon cannot offer support or advice on third party products. You will need to get in contact with the manufacturer of the third party equipment for
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internet set up?

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As the previous person mentioned. Take all the steps to get the wifi working and when you are ready to connect to your mobile phone, if you find that the phone doesnt connect quickly or keeps telling you that the wifi signal is too slow, turn your phone on airplane mode and it will connect immediately. This works for the Samsung Note 3 for sure.
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To set up the built-in set up on the COOLPIX AW120, Enable the camera’s built-in Wi-Fi. Press the MENU button to display the menus, then highlight Wi-Fi Options in the setup menu and turn it ON. You will see that the camera is beginning to search for the smart device. On an iOS-powered device, you will need to go into settings and select Wi-Fi. Select the camera’s Wi-Fi Network or SSID, which will begin with the name Nikon followed by an alpha-numeric string. The camera and smart device will then connect. Launch the Wireless Mobile Utility on the smart device. Once the files are on your smartphone or tablet, that device’s Wi-Fi or cellular service is used to upload files to image sharing or SNS websites or to send them as attachments to emails. COOLPIX cameras must have a media card in the camera for Wi-Fi options to be accessible; and the camera’s battery must have at least 50% charge. Wi-Fi can be disabled by selecting Wi-Fi, Network Connection, Disable in the camera setup menu or by turning the camera off.
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GPS doesn't seem to be working

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The GPS function doesn't seem to be working. When I go to the map, it doesn't display where I am and when I cycle to the compass display, the GPS coordinates display as --°--'--". Furthermore, when I go into the menu and select "Set clock from satellite" it always fails. How do I get this rolling?

Do I have to load GPS data onto the SD card? I can't find anywhere on nikon.com that has this data or tells you how to do it.
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The GPS on the AW120 should work without any special work. However, I find it slow to get a lock and the signal reception is pretty weak compared to most smartphones. You can optionally preload some data to the SD card via a computer, which will shorten the time it takes to get a GPS lock. This is called A-GPS,but each update will only help for the next 2 weeks. It's not very well sign-posted on Nikon's sites -
http://nikonimglib.com/agps3/index.html.en

It can take quite long for the camera to locate you the first time. If you aren't moving and the uncovered camera has a clear outdoor view of the sky in most directions i.e. no nearby buildings or trees, and still can't get a lock within say 10-15mins max, then it is definitely a matter for official tech support.
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An SD Card is needed to record GPS Data. Information on all GPS set up can be found starting on page 81 of the User's Manual: https://support.nikonusa.com/app/an...

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do you need to buy a wireless mobile adapter to connect to an android phone?

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my wi-fi is not working. in the manual it says to connect a wireless mobile adapter to gain access to wi-fi. i don't have one of those since nowhere on the coolpix aw120 camera does it say you also need to purchase one of these. do i need to buy this before connecting to wi-fi on my android?
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There is no wireless adaptor needed for the AW120 because the Wi-Fi Capabilities are built-in. For directions on how to set up the Wi-Fi, please see the following article: http://www.nikonusa.com/en/Learn-An...

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No, WiFi is built in to the Aw120. You need to install the wireless mobile adapter utility on your Android smart device. (app is free). Not compatible with Kindle.
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We currently have Windows Phones at our work and I am wondering if the Instant Sharing feature is compatible with the Windows Phones?

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The Wireless Mobile Utility Application is not compatible with the Windows Phone platform. The Wireless Mobile Utility Application and Wi-Fi capability can only be used with a compatible iPhone, iPad, and/or iPod touch or smart devices running on the Android operating system.
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It works with Android an ios only, not available for Windows phones.
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