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
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
very nice compact product,easy to use , simple , and good image qlty
September 1, 2014
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