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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
low-light photo of boats at sunset on the water highlighting the AW120's CMOS sensor

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.

Photo of a skiier jumping in air over snow highlighting Motion Detection

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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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
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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
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Not available yet, keep checking here:
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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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AW 120 or AW110?

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What is a main difference between both cameras (AW120 and AW110)?
 
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Il would say that the main benefit which surprisingly is not mentionned by nikon's answer is the brighter lens. It opens at 2.8 instead of 3.5 which helps more light to reach the sensor. Youfeel this on the pictures, less electronic processing is used and images are clearer and sharper.
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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. However the AW120 features Dynamic Fine Zoom magnification which is calculated from the full-wide end of optical zoom. The COOLPIX AW120 also features Target AF. When the camera detects the main subject, a yellow border (focus area) is displayed 40 around it. If a human face is detected, the camera automatically sets focus priority on it.
When you press the shutter-release button halfway, the focus area that is in focus glows green. Take a great shot and instantly send it to your compatible smartphone, tablet or any Wi-Fi device. Then use your smart device to email it, text it, or upload it to your favorite social networking or photo album sites—share it the same way you normally share online.
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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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Can it shoot in raw?

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The COOLPIX AW120 does not shoot in RAW.
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Does this camera address the weak points of its predecessors, the AW100 and AW110? Also, what are the differences between the AW120 and AW120s?

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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. The COOLPIX AW120 can shoot Up to 5 shots at approx. 6.9 frames per second when shooting at full resolution. This camera 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 AW120s can be purchased outside of the United States and does not have GPS capabilities.
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What is expected release date?

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The COOLPIX AW120 will be available in March 2014 in Orange, Blue, Black and Camouflage for a suggested retail price (SRP) of $349.95.
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What is the average write speed to an SDXC card?

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The COOLPIX AW120 has a list of approved memory card that would be Sandisk, Lexar, Toshiba and Panasonic. When using an SDXC card, the GB size can be 64 - 128GB. When it comes to the write speed of a memory card that is being inserted to the camera it can be a class 6 or higher. This write speed is recommended for shooting video. For more information please check the Reference's Manual of the COOLPIX AW120 on page 31 in the technical notes sections: https://support.nikonusa.com/app/an...
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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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