Great Hikers Camera
I have had this camera (in orange) since it first came on the market (thanks to my loving wife). I have used this on multiple hiking trips in Big Bend National Park and the Grand Canyon - climbing Mt Saint Helens, etc as well as family vacations to the lake in the boat. I have NOT submerged the camera - but have carried and used it in the rain with no problems whatsoever.
LIKES: 1. Compact & Ease of use single handing camera while hiking. 2. Water resistance while outdoors. 3. Battery life - I purchased 2 extra batteries when I first got the camera since most of my use is FAR from any charger plug-in. I have used this for snapshots here and there over 7 day hiking trips -- I haven't needed the extra batteries YET -- but I have them and make sure they are charged before I take off. I love the battery life. 4. I enjoy that this camera doesn't have a lens that runs in and out every time you turn it on - this saves a lot of battery - and less moving parts to collect dirt / mechanical failure.
This camera takes Great pictures (I always turn the flash off) -- even in low light.
NO it doesn't do EVERYTHING it's not a $7,000 dollar camera for $350.00 -- BUT it takes fantastic pictures in all weather and requires little to no thought to use .. A Hikers best friend : )
I would recommend this camera without hesitation.
May 18, 2013
I love this camera .I bought a d60 n p510 but this camera takes excellent pictures. I put the camera around my neck and just take pics of park flowers family and different kinds of food This camera does a lot for the price.Especially that I can download what pictures i want from the camera to my galaxy note 2 .I download the program from play store to my galaxy note 2 and my iPad .So when I want to post my pictures to FB or any site just have 1 touch to transfer the pics.I haven't tried the camera in water yet but it's ashame that I use this camera more then my expensive cameras.
April 23, 2013
Beware of negative reviews
After flooding my last underwater camera (not a Nikon and my fault), I started looking for a new one. I read many negative reviews for the various brands - usually because it flooded. I'm guessing that this was user error more often than not. I have had excellent experiences with the Nikon brand and when they announced the AW100, I started checking it out.
My next big trip was going to be a 28 day cruise in the South Pacific, so I needed something that would last - I chose the AW100 and was surprised to see that it was also the one being recommended on the ship.
I bought the AW100, but the AW110 looks exactly the same from the outside.
My last trip was a 28 day cruise and I snorkeled in 8 ports - 3 Hawaii, Apia, Pago Pago,Bora Bora, Moorea, & Tahiti. Most snorkeling trip included at least 1.5 hours in the water. This camera took excellent stills and awesome video. In Moorea, I shot video almost the entire time.
Reviewers were unhappy with the AW100's battery life. My camera's battery lasted the entire snorkeling trip each time with even enough juice to take still on the way back to the dock. So I'm not sure where those reviews came from.
I always drain the battery to empty before recharging and NEVER cut the charging short. Nikon suggested to use the underwater mode and I followed that advise.
I also always give the camera a good fresh water bath after being in the ocean. I never open it until it until it gets a bath. I always towel dry it and if I have access to a blow dryer, I use it on lowest heat setting.
On this last trip, carried many LARGE memory cards and used one for each snorkel trip. Never wanted to open my camera while on the snorkeling boat.
This site would not let me upload any of the videos or still - I shot at the highest resolution. Sorry, but I didn't want to take the time to reduce the quality.
March 9, 2013
AW-110 can force the flash after each shot.
In response to Daze, you can force the flash to fire after every shot by getting out of "Easy Auto Mode" and putting the camera into regular "Auto" mode. From there you have 5 flash settings to choose from. Including red-eye, and slow sync.
June 17, 2013
¡ PERFECTA !
Funciona muy bien, toma buenas fotos el video en Full HD es de excelente calidad, incluso usándola bajo el agua.
Recomiendo para aprovechar todo su potencial y su calidad de captura, leer las instrucciones.
July 18, 2013
Es aguantadora y ofrece lo que dice.
Muy buena camara en: montaña, cascadas, playa, aguas termales, rios subterraneos, fiestas, con las mascotas, tal vez el tema de que tarda un poco cuando se toman fotos con flash es a veces un poco desesperante, pero bueno la quiero para salir a pasear y no preocuparme de que a la camara le vaya a pasar algo, se complementa con una correa flotadora y es aun mejor.
Lo que no me gusto en definitiva es la correa de cuello, para ser una camara para salir al campo o pasear, como que este tipo de correa no es practico.
La verdad muy buena adquisicion la recomiendo ampliamente.
June 19, 2013
Very Good Camera
I am a Canon Guy however for underwater cameras, this one was the best out there. I have mistreated this camera like you would not believe over two summers in South Florida. I leave this in the pocket of my bathing suit and it gets banged up and in and out of the ocean all day. I have beaten this thing up pretty bad. Unfortunately, I don't always wash it out with fresh water at the end of the day. Works perfectly!!!!! I simply take the mem stick and download on any computer or Ipad. I also use this for my work to take instructional videos and this works flawlessly.
Yes, I am a Canon guy, but I have to say this camera is outstanding. Software (menus) is a bit hard to learn, but maybe that is because I am so used to Canon.
October 8, 2013
Excellent camera, tough, waterproof, picky on SD.
So i can't add a bunch to what has already been said, but i took my camera to the bahamas, underwater most of the time. Didn't have a hitch except that it froze up on me a couple of times (remove battery, reinsert, back in business#. It appears it was the SD card #not approved one# so i bought an approved one and havent had the issue since #so hopefully that was the cause#. I can't tell you the look on peoples faces when you bring the cam into the water and then go under, as people still aren't used to seeing waterproof cameras. #Kindof like cellphones back in the early 90's#. The camera is stylish to boot. Get the Nikon float strap #black one with Nikon written on it in white). I also picked up a 3rd party charger that just plugs into the wall and battery inserts into it, along with some spare batteries. The cam has lived up to the hype. Pictures are nice. Now dont compare it to my Canon T2i DSLR, but hey, i can't dunk my DSLR under water or drop it from 5 feet! :)
October 1, 2013
I like this camera. There is a firmware glitch and it freezes. I have to take out battery to start it up again.
Otherwise great pics and video with more zoom capability than my last mikon S630
September 11, 2013
Found my "carry" camera at last.
I picked this camera up looking for three features it has. Waterproof being the "big" feature, larger sensor than others and size.
My DSLR is great and I love using it. However when I am out and about the lake I did not want to continue to risk 3000.oo of camera, lens and flash. I picked this up to "try out" and I am very happy I did. So far the JPEG images are very usable with just a tad tweaking just like those coming out of my Nikon DSLR system. I dreaded the lack of a viewfinder. I still would rather have an optical viewfinder instead of the back of the camera screen but that is me.
Found I have been using a lot of the built in photo features, flash off, slow, panorama for goodness sakes even. Being able to set ISO and "modes" does get the lovely Mrs. a bit annoyed when I just stop to set or re-set for the next shooting opportunity. Oh well. I do that with my DSLR but she thought that my getting a small camera "like mine" would stop that. NOPE... if you know how to use the extra features use them. If you want just an waterproof camera with better images get this one.
Mine is orange, what was in stock. May pick up a camo one as well for hunting.
Nikon, I know it is a pain to have a rangefinder in this size of a camera, but this is the huge issue with me. I hate the screen on the back of the camera thing. Snow, water, bright days it becomes a point and pray situation for me.
July 21, 2013
Great Video, Have Patience with Stills
I have the AW100 and it's survived a water fight, snorkeling, rain and anyplace wet that I've used it. I don't know why others have had issues with water, but I do wipe mine down well before I pop it open, since getting salt, sand or water on the seals would be a problem.
The camera takes solid 1080 HD video in all of the above settings. The auto-level on the audio tends to over-react, though, and when a water drop hits the camera it will go silent for a second.
Still photos take a little patience. Shooting underwater seemed to work okay, but in general I have to remember that I'm not using my SLR and to give it a little more time to focus and adjust before I shoot.
I have to agree that battery life has been an issue. I actually get better life from the third-party battery than I do from the Nikon battery. The GPS seems to be a player in that, and I"m sure WIFI will make it worse, so my trick has been to leave the GPS on long enough to tag my location (when I want that) and turn it off again to save battery.
Overall I like the camera and it's the one I grab first if I need something to fit in my pocket. I just wish they had blue at the store when I got it, but orange is nice, too.
May 18, 2013
Takes nice photos, drowned in Grand Cayman
Well what photos and videos I was able to salvage came out great, however, my brand new orange AW100 drowned under the dock bar at the Moritt's in Grand Cayman while filming a school of Tarpon. The camera inexplicably froze and filled with sea water, almost looked like it was on fire LOL. Very disappointed. Again, probably a one time defect, I have had other Nikon cameras and they were all real good, never giving me a problem. The attached photo shows the actual dock bar under which my camera drowned LOL
May 13, 2013
wifi is great!!
I just connected the camera to the iphone 5.
It was easy. i followed the directions in the support forum. At first it seemed to be taking a long time but it finally connected and transferred pictures to the i phone. I could also see the view that camera had on its screen on my iphone.
no need for password. first time it did not connect then on its own tried again and got it.
April 28, 2013
Auto White Balance Issues
Just received Coopix aw110, do not have a chance to test it outdoors yet. I took some pics indoor for the IQ test, honestly, the IQ is pretty good, very sharp pics. However, there is a problem on auto white balance. The precondition is I turn the flash off. When I set the camera to auto, and auto white balance, the indoor pics trend to yellow color. When I set it to white balance to incandescent, it will appear normal. Then I set it to indoor mode, also turn the flash off, the same problem appears, but I cant set white balance by myself this time. If AW110 could allow user set their setting in every mode, this camera will be much more functional. Will test it more later and post on there.
March 21, 2013
Was expecting more than a wannabe waterproof, GPS, WiFi action camera
I really needed a small compact DVR for my bike and scooter. I went with the Cool pix AW110 because of the fixed lens and full HD video because my Kodak Zx5 failed from water intrusion and was only 720p. Battery life is respectable but requires multiple batteries and chargers and battery change interruptions for anything more than a 20 minute video and equivalent picture load. The Nikon designer must not know that a water seal system requires a thick and sturdy gasket under tight uniform mechanical pressure before it sees water as some of the less than a $100 and top of the line underwater cameras provide with an external case (Midland and GoPro). Nikon would do well to invest in the use of these type cases for all of its cameras and reserve its waterproof claim for rain resistant cameras under the same disclaimers for dirt or debris impairment of the seal. With this caveat I would recommend this camera as a compact out-of-the-way snapshot camera ready for that walk in the drizzle in the local park.
August 23, 2013
Great Camera but mine drowned (AW100)
I had my AW100 for about a year and a half. The first one I had was defective out of the box, and it was replaced. The second one worked fine. Excellent pictures. I miss having some manual capabilities, but hey - it's a compact. The GPS is the best I've seen for a camera (I've had 2 others, plus 3 GPS units for my SLRs) and beats some standalone GPS units. I took great pains to ensure that it was cared for after water exposure, and it lasted for several water sessions. However on a recent trip to Hawaii it drowned. It did about 5 snorkeling/free diving to about 10 foot sessions no problem, and I always rinsed and dried the camera carefully, and inspected the seals for sand. After one session, I noticed water around the lens glass. Shortly thereafter the camera flooded and died. It did not appear to come from the seals around the battery compartment. I had been boogie boarding with the camera, and it did get tossed around a fair amount, however isn't that what "shockproof" means?
I would still recommend it, since it is the best all-weather GPS camera that I've found, but I would be very cautious about depending on it to be truly waterproof. I'll probably break down and get a 110, since I do use a "wet" camera a lot.
May 24, 2013
no zoom with underwater mode
disappointed that zoom does not work with underwater mode. I found the night mode does not work well either
May 19, 2013
+1 for NOT waterproof, my mistake!
I was happy with my AW100, same seal as the AW110, for 1 year and 8 months. It takes good pictures, even better 1080p movies and the GPS works well.
I tested the camera under water as soon as I bought it and on few occasions after that. It worked fine, no problems, the underwater videos had a blue tint, but other than that were good.
On our last trip the camera leaked while snorkelling (say 1 foot depth). I admit that while I did everything (I thought) as suggested, clean the camera each time, open only when dry, etc., I failed to observe ALL the manufacturer’s instructions.
For instance I dropped accidentally the camera and did not send it back to have it inspected and serviced. My mistake, I thought that a shockproof camera can be safely, accidentally and non-intentionally dropped, without having to send it back to the service depot, at additional cost. Again, this was my mistake because the manual says that dropping the camera will affect the waterproof performance, so I understand now that AW100/110 is shockproof OR waterproof, but not both at the same time.
I also failed to observe the manufacturer’s instructions that clearly say that after 1 year of use the camera should be send to the service depot, at owner’s expense, to have it inspected and the seal replaced. Again, it’s my fault for not sending the camera back after one year to have it serviced.
Now I know all these, and next time I will buy any electronics I will study the manual page by page and not make my decision based on adds or features on the website alone.
September 5, 2013
Not impressed with the Flash
Unless someone can show me differently, there doesn't appear to be a way to force the camera to flash, except one picture at a time. So while it's a good enough underwater camera, I still feel i need to drag along another camera on vacation as it becomes quite tedious to force the camera to flash once inside, for picture after picture.
March 22, 2013
Not shockprook at all
I knocked tha camera off my desk at work and the monitor cracked. Nikon is going to fix it, but i couldn't use it at all on my holidays. Pictures are nice and clear when it does work, but the processor is slow, so you miss lots of good picture opportunities
March 4, 2013
Bought this camera for a snorkeling/kayaking vacation in Baja. Followed the soaking/drying/opening/cleaning instructions to the letter. About halfway through the trip the display screen stopped working. I could still take pictures - blind - but obviously had no idea how they were going to turn out. The clincher was that another member of the trip had the exact same camera - and had the exact same thing happen to her camera. Belatedly, I read reviews here and on Amazon.com; this is a VERY common problem, and apparently Nikon will not stand behind their product.
I will be returning this camera and purchasing a Canon - used a friend's waterproof Canon on the same trip last year and it worked like a champ, even though it received much rougher use than the Nikon.
Do NOT recommend.
November 23, 2013
This is the most difficult camera to learn that I have ever bought. I have been taking photographs with all sorts of cameras last 50 years. This one and the software they supply you with are impossible. It is not a camera for quick shoot and view etc. Will take you hours if not days to learn it. It appears I HAVE TO use their software to view pics on computer. Even then, it is difficult. Am not that stupid, but this is the worst. I will have to send it back.
September 28, 2013
Screen died while on holidays
The screen went blank and would not turn on while away on a 2 week vacation in the carribean... was very disappointed of course by the time we returned it was after the 30 day return window.... This is the last Nikon product I buy completely unreliable
September 7, 2013
Does not play well with water
We bought this camera just so we would have something to use while boating, kayaking, swimming, snorkeling, etc. After a few days it was dead. The screen was black which rendered it useless. Nikon service wants $148.84 to repair it, but didn't say why they denied the warranty on a 3 week old camera. The response from customer service on the phone was nothing better than 'I'll email the service dept and email you when I find something out, maybe next week". Long story short if you want a camera to use around water do not get this one. Just by reading the other reviews here and on other sites it should be pretty apparent that this is not designed to hold up to what was promised. We will be rethinking our plans to purchase a new D800 DLSR because of this.
August 30, 2013
I've had my camera for a year and used it twice in water. I was on a trip in Playa del Carmen and while snorkeling the camera completely stopped working. I am so disappointed because I was no longer able to take pictures in the water. Before leaving I also purchased the Nikon 1J3 to take pics everywhere else other than water and now I don't know if I made the right choice! I just hope it last past the 1 year warranty that Nikon gives.
August 17, 2013
Do not buy - Not waterproof
After looking at the many waterproof / rugged camera options, I decided to go with Nikon. I have multiple Nikon dSLRs and lenses and have been very happy with them. I now wish that I had paid closer attention to the other negative reviews.
In good sunlight, this camera takes decent pictures. I have only used dSLRs for a few years, and the pictures are not as good, but I didn't expect them to be. I was primarily interested in the rugged and waterproof features.
I ordered the camera over a month in advance of a vacation that was to include snorkeling. With some light use, the back screen of the camera was scratched and scuffed, but I didn't worry about that because it did not affect the use or picture quality.
The major problem was that within 10 minutes of taking the camera into the ocean, and with the camera not getting more than a foot or two under water (this was before we even started snorkeling#, the screen died and went completely black. Even after letting the camera dry out, the screen will not turn on.
For the money, this camera is at best a mediocre point-and-shoot. The only real advantage #in theory) would be the ruggedness and waterproofing features, but they do not hold up in real world use. I do not have any other experience with waterproof cameras, but none of the others available could do any worse than this Nikon did for me.
August 1, 2013
lost my honeymoon
Just like a previous reviewer, I purchased this camera for my honeymoon. Just as we were about to go swimming with sting rays (she was going to go swimming sea turtles), the camera just stopped working.
There was no way water had gotten inside of it because of user error - as we never opened up the battery while in the water. We thought it may have been the battery, so after letting the camera dry, we took the battery out and recharged. The screen never came back on but the flash worked, showing that the battery was fine and the camera was getting power. I have owned many cameras, including a Nikon SLR, but will never purchase a point and shoot from Nikon again.
I even tried to call customer service and they want me to pay and handle the shipping charges even though I had owned the camera for less than 30 days before it just quit working. I lost 3 days of photographing my beach honeymoon - because the waterproof camera I purchased for over $300 quit working in just a couple of days.
July 29, 2013
Camera falls apart
Just 1 month past the warranty. Only 13 months from the purchase, the camera fell apart.
Nikon would like way to much money to fix this shockproof and waterproof camera.
I would not waste your money on this.
July 20, 2013
Good, while it worked
Bought this camera just over a year ago and was happy with it, took it on a few vacations and got some good underwater videos. Days after the 1 year warranty expires the back screen goes dead and customer support has no answers. I have owned several Nikon dSLRs and been very happy, but this is likely my first and past Nikon point and shoot.
July 8, 2013
Great camera on dry land. Terrible underwater.
Worked great and took great pictures (although the zoom left something to be desired)... until it FLOODED in not even a few feet of water! I will never buy a Nikon again. WAY too expensive for an item that broke after only a few days of underwater use.
June 26, 2013