I don't see all the problems!
I've looked at several other reviews on this camera that were saying it was junk, not waterproof, breaks, etc. they are totally false! I bought this camera for a week long canoeing/backpacking trip in Canada. I took over 450 photos and videos with it and all of them look gorgeous! I used it underwater too and had absolutely no problem with it. Great photos. I will say that to make it through the week I used two batteries. But it's really not that bad at all! One battery is like 10-12 bucks people. If you are buying a 300$ camera you can afford another $10 to DOUBLE your shooting time. I've had completely no issues whatsoever with this little camera. Trust me, buy it! You won't be dissappointed!
August 4, 2014
Awesome camera for the price
Bought my AW120 a few weeks back and am totally satisfied with the purchase. Being an avid diver, I wanted a waterproof camera that could be used in and around the water without fear of getting ruined. I haven't had it in the water yet but everything else has been great. The pictures are sharp, both in daylight and low light situations. I also love Nikon's Wireless Mobility Utility app that allows me to look at and transfer pictures to my phone. This allows me to take that perfect shot and upload it almost immediately to social media and other online sites. It is also fun to take photos remotely using my phone now and then. At this point the only negative that I have encountered is with the lens placement. A couple of early shots contained a nice close up of a finger in the corner of my pics. I have now used it enough that I automatically grip it with my fingers out of the way. I am looking forward to taking my first dive with it and seeing how those shots turn out but so far so good!
May 22, 2014
More than I had hoped for
I have had this camera for nine months now, and it has been to Alaska during a fishing trip, to Barcelona, Spain, Rome, Florence, Venice and Paris. I did not baby the camera and it took some abuse from being in my pocket or getting wet in rain and/or sea spray. It has provided great pictures that remain clear even with enlargement. Most recently I took it to the Bahamas and took numerous shots while walking in the water with my wife. I gave one to my son and he traveled to Fiji and Thailand for three weeks. His pictures, viewed on a large flat screen TV were phenomenal. Whenever I do not feel like carrying my professional level Nikons with the assorted lenses, this offers a great substitute. The only problem I had was trying to get it back from my wife after I let her borrow it.
March 19, 2014
This thing packs a punch!
When I opened up my new COOLPIX AW120 just one week ago today it was like Christmas morning as a kid. I am currently traveling Europe for a few months and didn't bring my DSLR rig due to weight and size (might rethink that next time). I had been getting along with an old Canon PowerShot SX210 IS that felt like it was not metering light very well. So after pre-ordering the AW120 and mailing home to have shipped to me (after installing the battery in accordance with US Postal Service guidelines) it arrived.
I have spent 2 days shooting with it and am very pleased. I get much more vibrant colors (a single light will not blow out the colors) while shooting churches and museums. It does do best in full light; outdoor shots are great! As a note, this camera will tell you elevation and grid coordinates. You can even embed them in the picture if you want to shoot sites for work and know exactly where you took that picture. The 24mm near-wide-angle lens comes in handy for shooting buildings when you want to try to “get it all in”. I was able to get quite a few shots while traveling that my friends could not get far enough back to achieve. It also has a great MACRO setting. I could focus on items a mere 1/4 inch from the lens. Oh, and I used the wifi feature both to use my phone as a cable release/remote view finder to compose self-portraits and to download photos to my phone to share on Facebook without a laptop. On a note of the battery; I shot with it for 5 hours today with the GPS and had no issues. I also shot 3 hours two days ago on the same charge.
My only complaint is that when I zoom in on a picture I expect more resolution in a 16 Megapixel sensor than what I get. This is great for posting on Facebook and probably for printing up to 8x11. After that it gets fuzzy (not grainy for some reason). So as long as you don't expect it to replace your DSLR and you want it for the soccer game, snorkeling in the Bahamas, or falling out of perfectly good airplanes then you will be very pleased with this camera.
March 17, 2014
Tiny, handy, wifi and photos are fantastic
Don't know what more you could ask for in a camera of this class. I've had my AW120 for a week and have taken many photos and videos. Looks like I'll now have to replace my D80--these photos have it beat. Love the size for carrying in a pocket and plan to try it in the water in FL soon. Great all around little camera when you can't carry your DSLR.
March 9, 2014