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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.
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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.
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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.

WI-FI COMPATIBILITY

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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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
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
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Wifi Settings?

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The wifi tutorial video on this camera's page points to a wifi button that has a GPS settings in its place on this camera. Cannot find the wifi settings for this.
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If you are asking about how to configure the Wifi then it is in the Menu -> (hit the left arrow button two times to get to the main left pannel -> scroll down to the Wifi symbol.

I spent a few minutes figuring out how it worked. Configure the options first with the name of the wifi network (SSID) and then the pasword. After that click the "Connect to smart device" option to set it active (pairing mode, in essence). Then connect the smart device (iPhone) to look for the newly named Ad-hoc wifi network from your camera.

Once you are connected you can open the Nikon WMU (downloaded from the store) and download pictures from the camera or use the Smart Device as a remote viewer.

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What is the practical difference between Smart Mode and Auto Mode? Smart Mode will apparently select underwater mode automatically, will Auto Mode?

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The camera detects smiling faces and releases the shutter automatically when in Smart Portrait Mode. Auto Mode is used for general shooting. Settings can be adjusted to suit the shooting conditions and the type of shot you want to capture. However, it is recommended when shooting in underwater scene mode, to manually select underwater scene mode.
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What is the maximum recording length at 1080p30?

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What is the maximum duration of a single video file recorded on the AW120 at 1080p30?
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The maximum video clip varies depending on the memory card capacity. The maximum video clip that can be recorded is 29 minutes (4GB) per video clip.
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How to enable wifi?

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You can enable WiFi on your AW120 by pressing the menu button - from the icons along left hand side of the screen, select the WIFI icon. It will be the third one down on that left hand side. Click on the "Connect to smart device" option. Make sure you have already downloaded the Wireless Mobile Utility for the smart device that you have (either iOS or Android version). Refer to pages 89 and 90 in your AW120 manual for step by step instructions.
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can you take a photo (live frame grab) while recording video?

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When shooting a video with the COOLPIX AW120, still frames cannot be capture during live recording. Once a video is recorded, play the video back and pause on the frame that you would like to capture the still from. At the top of the LCD screen, there will be several options to pause, stop, play, rewind, forward, trim, and save a still. Please select the icon that is next to trim (this will be a pair of scissors). For picture of icon you will be looking for please see attached shot. For more information please see reference page 29 in the User's Manual.
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Can this camera take time lapse photographs?

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The COOLPIX AW120 does not have the ability to shoot time lapse photography.
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Does the AW120 have the Time Interval feature?

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No, the AW120 does not take time lapse photos.
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What is the maximum size memory card that is compatible with this camera?

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What's the largest memory card size (capacity) that is compatible with this device? Specifically, will a 128GB memory card work with this camera?
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The maximum approved card for the COOLPIX AW120 is an 128GB Lexar SDXC card. For more approved memory cards please see page 31 of the technical notes in the reference manual: https://support.nikonusa.com/app/an...
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How to get the GPS to work to show photo location

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I've enabled the GPS but when I take pictures it's not showing the photo location is there something else I need to do? As well some things on my menu are greyed out so I can't access them like disabling wifi?
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GPS data is recorded onto the images itself once the camera's GPS is activated. This information will be displayed in the metadata when the images are downloaded. The GPS data will not show up when viewing an image during playback. If options are grayed out, make sure that there is an approved memory card inside the camera. The "Disable Wi-Fi" option is available when the camera's Wi-Fi is turned on. If the Wi-Fi is turned off, this option will be grayed out. If the Wi-Fi is turned on and connected to the Wireless Mobile Utility Application the Disable Wi-Fi option will be available however can only be used when the camera is not shooting remotely with the Wireless Mobile Utility Application.
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Can deleted pictures be recovered?

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Memory card manufacturers offer different software solutions to help recover damaged, corrupted or unintentionally deleted images. Image recovery information can be found here: https://support.nikonusa.com/app/an...
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BACK SCREEN IS BLACK BUT CAMERA TAKES PICS

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HOW DO I FIX BACK SCREEN
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Please contact Nikon Technical Support for help with this question. For information on how to contact Nikon please visit: http://support.nikonusa.com/app/ans....
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Does the AW120 have an attachment for a filter?

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Does the AW120 have an attachment for a filter or additional lenses like the AW110 had? I previously owned an AW100, and one of the big selling points was the ability to add on my own filters or lenses using the included UR-E25 – Filter Adapter.
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No, the COOLPIX AW120 does not support the use of a filter or lens adapter like the UR-E25.
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What is the fastest mode to have my camera in to get multiple shots without a lot of down time between pictures?

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I'm going to Comic Con and I want to take pictures of celebrities,most will be in auditoriums and I would like the camera to be ready for the next shot.
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The COOLPIX AW120 has several scene modes that will adjust according to the shooting conditions. A scene mode available on the COOLPIX AW120 is Sports Scene Mode. This scene mode lets you capture fast moving sports or action subjects using a fast shutter speed and continuous shooting. While the shutter-release button is held all the way down, the camera shoots up to about 5 images continuously at a rate of about 6.9 fps (when image mode is set to 4608×3456) while in the Sports Scene Mode. The frame rate for continuous shooting may become slow depending upon the current image mode setting, the memory card used, or shooting condition.
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wifi not working?

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Hello,

I just purchased a AW120. I am trying to set up my wifi service and am having issues. I cannot select the "connect to smart device" or "disable wifi" options on my wifi options tab. As a result I cannot continue on with the steps presented in the tutorial. Is there a way to remedy this?

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In order to connect the COOLPIX AW120 to a smart device, you must have a media card in the camera for the Wi-Fi menus to be fully accessible as well as having a fully charged battery. Once these two steps are completed, please see this article on using built-in Wi-Fi on your COOLPIX camera.: http://www.nikonusa.com/en/Learn-An...
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Can't connect to wifi

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When I hit menu, and then scroll down to WiFi, it only lets me scroll between "Options", "Current Settings" and "Restore default settings". It does not allow me to "Connect to smart device" or "Disable wifi" those last two options are greyed out. Please help.
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Wi-Fi options are not available if there is no memory card in the camera or if the battery depleted.

Please make sure you are using a memory card that is approved for use in the COOLPIX AW120. A list of approved memory cards for the AW120 can be found on page 31 of the Technical Notes and Index section of the AW120 Reference Manual. A copy of the AW120 Reference Manual can be downloaded from this address: https://support.nikonusa.com/app/an...

For more assistance on using your camera's built-in Wi-Fi check out this article:
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GPS Feature

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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 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 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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How many pictures can you take with a fully charged battery?

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Approximately 350.
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16M (High) [4608 x 3456★]

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what is the difference between 16M (High) [4608 x 3456★] and 16M [4608 x 3456]?
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Both options are 16 MegaPixels but the 16M (High) [4608 x 3456*] is compressed at a ratio of 1:4 while 16M [4608 x 3456] is compressed at a ratio of 1:8. With the 16M (High) [4608 x 3456*] image mode setting, images can be blown up to a larger size and the image quality is higher, but the number of images that can be saved to the memory card or internal memory is reduced.
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Will future updates enable Wifi transfer for videos? And also to your PC?

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I have used the App to copy photos from the Camera to my mobile phone. But I noticed it is NOT possible for videos. That is unfortunate. Will you enable this option in future software perhaps? Maybe with a firmware update and an update of the App?

Also, I would like to transfer files wirelessly to my Computer as well. Is there a solution for this?
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Nikon cannot speculate about future products until official information is announced on our web site: www.nikonusa.com
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What happens to the AW120 camera if I take it below 59 ft?

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I love the camera for taking underwater pictures... it is really amazing.

What happens to the camera if it goes below the 59ft depth limit? Does it temporarily lock up, like the shutter stops working but resumes functionality when returned to less than 59ft?

OR is it more severe - the battery compartment floods and I would have to buy a new battery but the camera would be fine after it dries out?

OR more severe yet - the entire camera fills with water, the electronics fry and it should be taken immediately to a landfill?
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Entire camera could leak due to excessive water pressure.
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How many GPS way-points can you store in the camera?

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To use GPS for hiking you need to store 'waypoints.' Otherwise, the GPS is not much use to a hiker in the woods.
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