Nikon Coolpix AW100 Review
In recent times, Nikon has gathered itself and come with rugged, compact camera party that provide a number of enticing features and can handle rough treatment.
Waterproof till 33 feet along with shockproof for 5 feet, this Nikon Coolpix AW100 can stand down in freezing 14 degrees Fahrenheit to provide you excellent picture quality. It's the rugged specifications of this product that give it an edge over the others along with solid GPA performance. An excellent option for adventurers and explorers, this Coolpix is easy to use with a comfortable user interface. But its slow lens and low shutter speed can force it to lag behind. The product is rugged, but it doesn't stick out in terms of its design.
All controls are pretty typical and similar with other type of cameras, but unlike other Coolpix versions, these buttons are a little small and spaced tightly, which can result in accidental presses. A problem with this camera is that it requires external adapter for charging the battery, which isn't really a practical option for a rugged camera like this. When sensitivity is increased, the photos tend to become softer and the color quality gets reduced. The subject tends to look flat if the ISO is over 800.
But, if you are a sports lover, then the rugged camera works well in snow or off-road sports. Plus movie quality is quite decent. The product with assist lamp can be turned on to ensure more bright light on close subjects. Pros Nikon Coolpix AW100 offers ruggedness, which works best for snorkelers and sportsmen or adventurers. It comes with solid GPS performance along with ease of usage that gives it an edge over the others. The slow lens can take time to adjust. Focusing on certain occasions is different and higher ISO settings with slow shutter speeds can introduce muteness of flatness in the subject. Because of waterproofing the body may be slippery.
The product is a fine choice for explorers and people who live in a rugged environment. So, if you are going to shallow waters or for dry land exploration, it is an ideal camera, but the lighting has to be appropriate in order to obtain good quality shots. The product can be purchased online or at an electronics store that deals with compact cameras. Nikon Coolpix AW100 comes with built in GPS receiver which allows one to enjoy geotagging photos and has an electronic compass which could come particularly handy for adventurers. The camera output is quick and can go from taking first short in less than a second with second shot in another 0.2 second in bright light, which increases to 0.5 when the images are taken in low light.
Shooting times can vary and the camera, at its full resolution is capable of continuous burst at 7.1 frames a second, but on a number of occasions, it can take several seconds before it can be used for shooting again. A problem that may occur in Nikon Coolpix AW100 is that it sometimes greets the photographer with a message, "Initializing lens. Cannot focus," which can be distracting and time consuming since one has to wait for a few extra seconds for the camera to recover.
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