no zoom with underwater mode
disappointed that zoom does not work with underwater mode. I found the night mode does not work well either
May 19, 2013
+1 for NOT waterproof, my mistake!
I was happy with my AW100, same seal as the AW110, for 1 year and 8 months. It takes good pictures, even better 1080p movies and the GPS works well.
I tested the camera under water as soon as I bought it and on few occasions after that. It worked fine, no problems, the underwater videos had a blue tint, but other than that were good.
On our last trip the camera leaked while snorkelling (say 1 foot depth). I admit that while I did everything (I thought) as suggested, clean the camera each time, open only when dry, etc., I failed to observe ALL the manufacturer’s instructions.
For instance I dropped accidentally the camera and did not send it back to have it inspected and serviced. My mistake, I thought that a shockproof camera can be safely, accidentally and non-intentionally dropped, without having to send it back to the service depot, at additional cost. Again, this was my mistake because the manual says that dropping the camera will affect the waterproof performance, so I understand now that AW100/110 is shockproof OR waterproof, but not both at the same time.
I also failed to observe the manufacturer’s instructions that clearly say that after 1 year of use the camera should be send to the service depot, at owner’s expense, to have it inspected and the seal replaced. Again, it’s my fault for not sending the camera back after one year to have it serviced.
Now I know all these, and next time I will buy any electronics I will study the manual page by page and not make my decision based on adds or features on the website alone.
September 5, 2013
Not impressed with the Flash
Unless someone can show me differently, there doesn't appear to be a way to force the camera to flash, except one picture at a time. So while it's a good enough underwater camera, I still feel i need to drag along another camera on vacation as it becomes quite tedious to force the camera to flash once inside, for picture after picture.
March 22, 2013
Not shockprook at all
I knocked tha camera off my desk at work and the monitor cracked. Nikon is going to fix it, but i couldn't use it at all on my holidays. Pictures are nice and clear when it does work, but the processor is slow, so you miss lots of good picture opportunities
March 4, 2013
Don't Like the Battery Charger
The Battery Charger is Large and Clumsy... and has a long Cord. My last "little" camera was a CANNON. The Battery Charger was 1.2 as thin and the electrical Prongs swung out of the Batter Charger, making it the PERFECT Travel Companion. The Nikon Battery Charger take up 4x the space of my Cannon Battery Charger. This is Very disappointing!!!!
February 19, 2014
Do not buy. It is not waterproof
I bought his camera before taking a holiday in Barbados and used it twice in water. Big mistake. The first time when snorkeling with turtles it worked fine. I then took it diving. I had just entered the water and turned the camera on. The screen was blank and it seemed to be dead. I thought it might be a flat battery so put it in my pocket. Got back to hotel washed in fresh water and left it to dry. When dry I opened the battery compartment and there was water inside. The camera and my memory card are now dead.
This camera claims to be waterproof to 60+ ft below sea level. After 2 uses between 2-4 ft below surface the camera leaked ruining my SD card and the battery etc.
Contacted Nikon "customer support" and there response was "Our warranty does not cover impact, water or sand damage." So a waterproof and rugged camera is not covered for water damage!
I had only owned the camera for 1 week prior to it leaking. Now I have to send it back to them at my cost to see if it leaked due to operator error. The error made by the operator was taking it in the water.
If you want a waterproof or rugged camera shop elsewhere. This thing is rubbish.
February 2, 2014
NOT WATERPROOF! Do not buy.
This camera claims to be waterproof to 60+ ft below sea level. After 2 uses between 2-4 ft below surface the camera leaked ruining my SD card and the battery etc. Having this camera fail on the 4th day of a 3 month trip through Mexico with horrible customer service forced me to never buy or use Nikon again.
January 23, 2014
Bought this camera for a snorkeling/kayaking vacation in Baja. Followed the soaking/drying/opening/cleaning instructions to the letter. About halfway through the trip the display screen stopped working. I could still take pictures - blind - but obviously had no idea how they were going to turn out. The clincher was that another member of the trip had the exact same camera - and had the exact same thing happen to her camera. Belatedly, I read reviews here and on Amazon.com; this is a VERY common problem, and apparently Nikon will not stand behind their product.
I will be returning this camera and purchasing a Canon - used a friend's waterproof Canon on the same trip last year and it worked like a champ, even though it received much rougher use than the Nikon.
Do NOT recommend.
November 23, 2013
This is the most difficult camera to learn that I have ever bought. I have been taking photographs with all sorts of cameras last 50 years. This one and the software they supply you with are impossible. It is not a camera for quick shoot and view etc. Will take you hours if not days to learn it. It appears I HAVE TO use their software to view pics on computer. Even then, it is difficult. Am not that stupid, but this is the worst. I will have to send it back.
September 28, 2013
Screen died while on holidays
The screen went blank and would not turn on while away on a 2 week vacation in the carribean... was very disappointed of course by the time we returned it was after the 30 day return window.... This is the last Nikon product I buy completely unreliable
September 7, 2013
Does not play well with water
We bought this camera just so we would have something to use while boating, kayaking, swimming, snorkeling, etc. After a few days it was dead. The screen was black which rendered it useless. Nikon service wants $148.84 to repair it, but didn't say why they denied the warranty on a 3 week old camera. The response from customer service on the phone was nothing better than 'I'll email the service dept and email you when I find something out, maybe next week". Long story short if you want a camera to use around water do not get this one. Just by reading the other reviews here and on other sites it should be pretty apparent that this is not designed to hold up to what was promised. We will be rethinking our plans to purchase a new D800 DLSR because of this.
August 30, 2013
I've had my camera for a year and used it twice in water. I was on a trip in Playa del Carmen and while snorkeling the camera completely stopped working. I am so disappointed because I was no longer able to take pictures in the water. Before leaving I also purchased the Nikon 1J3 to take pics everywhere else other than water and now I don't know if I made the right choice! I just hope it last past the 1 year warranty that Nikon gives.
August 17, 2013
Do not buy - Not waterproof
After looking at the many waterproof / rugged camera options, I decided to go with Nikon. I have multiple Nikon dSLRs and lenses and have been very happy with them. I now wish that I had paid closer attention to the other negative reviews.
In good sunlight, this camera takes decent pictures. I have only used dSLRs for a few years, and the pictures are not as good, but I didn't expect them to be. I was primarily interested in the rugged and waterproof features.
I ordered the camera over a month in advance of a vacation that was to include snorkeling. With some light use, the back screen of the camera was scratched and scuffed, but I didn't worry about that because it did not affect the use or picture quality.
The major problem was that within 10 minutes of taking the camera into the ocean, and with the camera not getting more than a foot or two under water (this was before we even started snorkeling#, the screen died and went completely black. Even after letting the camera dry out, the screen will not turn on.
For the money, this camera is at best a mediocre point-and-shoot. The only real advantage #in theory) would be the ruggedness and waterproofing features, but they do not hold up in real world use. I do not have any other experience with waterproof cameras, but none of the others available could do any worse than this Nikon did for me.
August 1, 2013
lost my honeymoon
Just like a previous reviewer, I purchased this camera for my honeymoon. Just as we were about to go swimming with sting rays (she was going to go swimming sea turtles), the camera just stopped working.
There was no way water had gotten inside of it because of user error - as we never opened up the battery while in the water. We thought it may have been the battery, so after letting the camera dry, we took the battery out and recharged. The screen never came back on but the flash worked, showing that the battery was fine and the camera was getting power. I have owned many cameras, including a Nikon SLR, but will never purchase a point and shoot from Nikon again.
I even tried to call customer service and they want me to pay and handle the shipping charges even though I had owned the camera for less than 30 days before it just quit working. I lost 3 days of photographing my beach honeymoon - because the waterproof camera I purchased for over $300 quit working in just a couple of days.
July 29, 2013
Camera falls apart
Just 1 month past the warranty. Only 13 months from the purchase, the camera fell apart.
Nikon would like way to much money to fix this shockproof and waterproof camera.
I would not waste your money on this.
July 20, 2013
Good, while it worked
Bought this camera just over a year ago and was happy with it, took it on a few vacations and got some good underwater videos. Days after the 1 year warranty expires the back screen goes dead and customer support has no answers. I have owned several Nikon dSLRs and been very happy, but this is likely my first and past Nikon point and shoot.
July 8, 2013
Great camera on dry land. Terrible underwater.
Worked great and took great pictures (although the zoom left something to be desired)... until it FLOODED in not even a few feet of water! I will never buy a Nikon again. WAY too expensive for an item that broke after only a few days of underwater use.
June 26, 2013
This camera ruined my honeymoon.
My husband and I both own several Nikon DSLRs and varying lenses - we purchased this little one to use on our honeymoon as we wanted something more compact and portable (not to mention waterproof as we planned to do some snorkelling.)
The camera was alright for the first few days: the video quality was alright, and the battery life was too. The varying photo modes allowed for some customization of what you were shooting, and we were enjoying ourselves. But then just as we were about to swim with sea turtles, it would not turn on. The battery was charged, and we had been careful to ensure that no water had gotten inside. Pulling the battery didn't work when we tried to reset it, and we lost the chance to preserve our memories. We are also still waiting to see if the existing photos will be recoverable from the memory card.
Overall we are very disappointed in this camera and would not recommend it to anyone. Its malfunction really cast a dour shade over the last few days of our honeymoon and I find myself wishing we had gone with a different brand instead.
June 25, 2013
It is not real water proof
I went this weekend a water park and after few shoots underwater the camare stop working. I opened the battery comparment and I founded moisture inside; I leave opend the comparment with out the battery and after one hour the camara started working. I did not recommend this product.
June 24, 2013
Why did mine fail?
With high hopes I purchased this Coolpix AW110 to capture underwater moments with the family. But unfortunately the 3" display screen failed after a couple of beach outings. The symptom was strange: i hear the camera power-on, but the display remains blank. The battery and memory card are still sealed and dry, with no signs of a leak. I read and followed the operating instructions, too. Oh well. I've just returned this, and on goes my hunt for an underwater camera.
May 23, 2013
I live in Florida,I bought the AW100 first time in February took it to the beach locked it properly and still water and sand inside everywhere. Exchanged it for AW110 took it underwater same thing.. I highly doubt I got 2 cameras in a row that were messed up on the locking mechanism. I have owned a few waterproof cameras before and am very disappointed in the Nikon reputation where I thought I was getting a great product.
May 13, 2013
I loved this camera. It took awesome photo's. I loved everything about it. Except, it didn't hold up after coming out of the water. I finally got to take it snorkleing. I took plenty of nice shots. I get out of the water (only in about 30 minutes). I dry the camera off. I don't open it. I followed the cleaning procedures in the manual to rinse off the salt water, and now the camera won't work. The only time I opened the camera was after it was completely dry and it stopped working. I alo noticed, there was water in the lense. I have contactd Nikon, and nothing.
March 5, 2013
Screen went black first time in water
I purchased this camera for a trip to the Caribbean. On the first day we went snorkling, two pics in the screen went black. The camera still took pics but could not see them or change any settings.
I have owned other Nikon produlcts, both DSLR and point adn shoot and have been extremely happy with them, this camera was a Fail on Nikons part.
February 6, 2014
Had the previous model AW100, water damage within 5 feet of water of 1 month of use.
Returned it and got the AW110, and water damage after 2 months.
Thank you for warranty!
September 12, 2013
Takes great outdoor pictures, however, when we tried to take pics underwater while snorkeling during our trip to the Bahamas in September 2013, we were able to take only 3 pictures before it stopped working. There was no water inside the case and I replaced the battery with a spare one but still did not work. I sent the AW110 to Nikon in Toronto for repairs which did cost me money. What is frustrating is that we purchased this camera solely for our trip and unfortunately, we could not use it. I do not recommend this camera to anyone.
September 10, 2013
Post water screen problems
Posted before same issue again, post splash pad and pool screen stops working. Time to return. Supposed to be good to over 15 meters deep!
August 8, 2013
Display stopped working for a few days?
Good pictures so far but for some reason display stopped working for two days then started again - no reason to be seen, fully charged, worked fine before and after - just a non-functioning screen - thoughts?
August 6, 2013
Great camera, but is not water proof. Ours died from water exposure.
May 1, 2013
Je ne recommande pas cette camera.
Lorsque j'ai achetée Coolpix AW110 de Nikon je m'attendais à la facilité d'usage, qualité irréprochable des images, polyvalence. Non, je n'ai pas malheureusement trouvée ceci avec cet appareil ! Des images sont floues, après avoir déclenché pour une photo l'appareil a besoin quelques secondes pour se préparer pour une autre prise, déclencheur mi-course quasi-inexistant, résultat effet "yeux rouges" etc. Bref je suis déçue de mon achat, beaucoup photos souvenirs sont ratées, déçu de plus en plus à chaque usage. Malheureusement lorsque je voulais retourner l'appareil dans le point de vente on me l'ai refusé disant que retour est possible 15 jours post achats, mais ceci n'ai pas un délais approprié pour un appareil photo, car on ne l'utilise pas de façon professionnelle au quotidien. Le manuel d'utilisateur j'ai étudié au long et au large donc je ne considère pas comme manque de connaissance.
May 20, 2013