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
¡Excelente desempeño no solo dentro sino fuera del agua!
Mi experiencia con esta cámara ha sido genial, además de ser muy amigable para usar, tira fotos preciosas, muy luminosas y tiene distintas funciones muy divertidas. Realmente la he disfrutado mucho en mis vacacaciones pues dentro y fuera del agua ha sido una gran compañera. Total y absolutamente la mejor opción de cámara compacta para viajeros!!
August 14, 2014
Minha câmera na verdade é a antecessora AW110. Adoro o Mar e por isso comprei. Ela funciona mesmo. A AW110 e AW120 são irmãs gêmeas porém não idênticas. Suportam exatamente as mesma profundidade, temperatura e queda, além de possuírem Wi-Fi e GPS. Uma boa melhoria é com relação ao iso e a abertura f2.8 sensacional. Porém ainda não é atrativo para eu mudar de máquina. Mas quem não tem e que uma câmera resistente e com qualidade de imagem tenho certeza que é uma ótima opção. Divirtam-se. Abaixo foto da minha AW110, essa deve se nota 10 também.
May 25, 2014
Great camera (but not for lefties!)
I bought this camera a month ago for a trip to Egypt. I took it everywhere, including diving, and I'm really impressed with the photos and video both above and below water.
My only caveat is that this camera was definitely designed for a right handed person, since the lens is on the top left side of the camera. This was fine for me since I'm right handed, but we have a bunch of photos and videos of my left-handed husband's fingers!
March 31, 2014
Good camera but major flaws
Camera takes nice picture but major flaws.
1) While making the video I found drastic light fluctuation when using the zoom. Video light varies from light to dark and back to light. If you watch, the entire video looks terrible. I have tested the camera indoor as well as outdoor in daylight and found the same light fluctuation issue.
2) Cameras zoom motor makes loud buzzing noise and you can hear the loud annoying noise in your video playback.
See below link
3) Camera zoom is not smooth even taking regular pictures, after one point it start jerking.
As per Nikon these are common issues and this camera (AW120) is not for making videos just for taking pictures. Are you kidding me !!!!! I am returning the camera back to Nikon....
March 29, 2014
I purchased the camera for a five day canoe camping trip. With a fully charged battery, I began the requisite camera setup. I only got as far as entering the time and date when the camera would do nothing more. The screen remained black. I tried powering it off (I wasn't certain if it was off or no) and starting again, but the screen remained black. The only way the camera would respond was by removing the battery and reinserting it, then it would power up - but never advanced any further than the time & date setup screen. I had great expectations, but after subsequently reading mixed reviews regarding customer service and the waterproof qualities (or lack thereof), its probably best the camera failed from the start. It was returned the next day. And, so the search for a reliable (and operational!) camera starts again.
June 5, 2014
Worked good for a while.
I bought this as a Lumix replacement on a vacation-
I worked great until another vacation and used it in a
pool and it had catastrophic leakage.
I don't think any underwater camera will ever be any good.
April 1, 2014
Worked for one week and quit
I purchased this camera for when I do not feel like carrying around my D7000, and when the weather gets nicer to use underwater. I travelled to the UK with the camera, and used it - photos were horrible. On the way home I placed the camera in my carry on bags, and now the battery is fully charged, but the camera will not 'power on'. The power light turns on for a moment then powers off... yes, I have tried another battery.
This is the absolute worst camera I purchased from Nikon - stay far away from this one.
March 2, 2014
Great Camera, terrible software
I bought the camera for a very rugged hike. The fact that it was waterproof and shockproof were exactly what I needed. The camera worked great. Upon return getting the images off the camera proved to be a chore. The software supplied by Nikon is mind boggling. I was expecting to plug the camera into my laptop and easily see the images. You can't see the images on the camera. ?? You have to navigate a plethora of features you will probably never use to move all the images to your laptop. Forget about selecting one picture that you want right now. You can't even see the images. The camera is great however without being able to easily manage the images it makes it product undesirable.
November 16, 2014
Fogged up then leaked in Hawaii
I bought this camera (AW110) as my wife has several DSL Nikon Cameras (D40x, D5000, D800e). I have always used a Sony camcorder with a underwater housing but decided to get a under water camera after seeing my brothers Canon. I took it to our trip in Maui and Kauai. It lasted a week, failed the first time I took it into the water.....2 weeks, no camera!
August 28, 2014