Nikon Coolpix AW120 Review

Overall 44
Imaging 9
Features 39
Size 87
Price 0

Main Features

  • 16.0 MP 1/2.3" CMOS sensor
  • ISO 125 - 6400
  • Image Stabilization: Yes
  • 3″ Fixed Type Screen
  • ViewFinder: No
  • 7.0 fps Continuous Shooting
  • Video: 1920 x 1080
  • Built-in Wireless: Yes
  • Dimensions: 110 x 66 x 26 mm
  • Weight: 213 g
  • Environmental Sealing: Yes
  • Built-in GPS: Yes
  • Replaced Nikon AW110.
  • Replaced by Nikon AW130.

Nikon Coolpix AW120 Summary

This review is devoted to Coolpix AW120 that Nikon has first introduced to the public in Feb 07, 2014. This model is a Waterproof camera with a resolution of 16.0 MP and a 1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm) sized CMOS sensor.

Initially, Nikon developed this model to replace their older product AW110 and, after some time, Nikon has replaced this upgraded model with their most recent one AW110.

In Waterproof cameras (Top 10 Waterproof Cameras) this model has taken rank #26 out of 73. Its Overall Score has reached 44/100 and it takes a rank of #514 out of 1174 in all Cameras.

Nikon Coolpix AW120 Compared to other Waterproof Cameras

Now let's delve into more details of our Nikon Coolpix AW120 review by assessing its features and specs, as well as checking what pros and cons it has compared to other average products in this category.

PROs

  • AutoFocus Face Detection: Yes
  • Viewfinder: No
  • Continuous Shooting: 7.0 fps
  • Image Stabilization: Yes
  • Built-In Flash: Yes
  • Wireless Connectivity: Built-In
  • Environmental Sealing: Yes
  • Weight: 196 g
  • Battery Life: 350 shots

CONs

  • Screen Type: Fixed Type
  • Touch Screen: No
  • Viewfinder Coverage: No
  • Viewfinder Magnification: No
  • External Flash: No
  • Af Phase Detection: No
  • Microphone Port: No

Complete Comparison of Nikon Coolpix AW120 With Other Cameras in Waterproof Category

In this part of our review, we are going to take a closer look at the technical specs and features presented in Nikon Coolpix AW120. In addition, we are going to define the main pros and cons of this model and, based on this info, compare it to other average Waterproof cameras.

Physical Characteristics Of Nikon Coolpix AW120

Nikon Coolpix AW120 has the following external dimensions 110 x 110 x 26 mm (43.31 x 25.98 x 10.24″) with the weight of 213 g.

The typical weight for average Waterproof type cameras is 196g. If we compare the average indicator to the weight of Nikon Coolpix AW120, we can conclude that this model is heavier than many other similar products.

Talking about the camera’s thickness, it is worth saying that Nikon Coolpix AW120 is thinner than other average cameras from this class. Its thickness is 26mm.

Look at the pictures below to see the front and top view of Nikon Coolpix AW120 with the indication of this model’s dimensions:

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If you want to have a better idea of how big the Nikon Coolpix AW120 is, look at the pictures below to see how big it is compared to a credit card and a AA type battery.

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Finally, let's check how different are the weight and thickness of the Nikon Coolpix AW120 compared to other models from this class of cameras presented by the brand’s competitors:

Battery

Nikon Coolpix AW120 — 350 shots
Min: 150 shots
Average: 274 shots
Max: 380 shots

Thickness

Nikon Coolpix AW120 — 26 mm
Min: 19 mm
Average: 28 mm
Max: 89 mm

Weight

Nikon Coolpix AW120 — 213 g
Min: 110 g
Average: 196 g
Max: 307 g

Nikon Coolpix AW120‘s body is protected from external threats with its high-quality dustproof and waterproof features.

Nikon Coolpix AW120 Photo and Sensor Features

Nikon Coolpix AW120 boasts of a resolution of 16.0 MP and is equipped with a 1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm) sized CMOS sensor.

The base of Nikon Coolpix AW120 has the following ISO range 125 - 6400 .

Unfortunately, the support of the RAW file is not included in Nikon Coolpix AW120. However, if you are looking specifically for a Compact camera with a RAW file support, you should check out one of the following models from the same class and within similar price range .

Nikon Coolpix AW120 features a 16.0 MP 1/2.3" sensor, which is not a good pick for high-quality and detailed pictures. However, we have an alternative option for you if you were looking for higher resolution.

Anti-Aliasing Filter

Nikon Coolpix AW120 is known for the lack of anti-alias (Low-pass) filter. It is one of its essential features of the sensor built in this model. The absence of this filter contributes to a higher level of details and sharpness in the pictures you take. Yet, the lack of an anti-alias filter also enhances the possibility of more occurring in certain conditions.

Now let’s check how we can compare the size of 1/2.3" sensor featured in Nikon Coolpix AW120 with other standard sensor sizes.

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Other Characteristics And Features of Nikon Coolpix AW120

LCD and ViewFinder

Nikon Coolpix AW120 is equipped with a Fixed Type 3" LCD screen. The resolution of this model’s screen reaches 921k dots.

In addition, this model comes with a built-in ViewFinder.

Max Shutter speed

Some of the other highlights of Nikon Coolpix AW120 are its 7.0 fps max speed and 1/4000 sec max shutter speed, which allow you to shoot continuously.

Flash

Unlike some other cameras from this category, Coolpix AW120 unfortunately, is not equipped with a built-in flash.

Focusing

In addition, Coolpix AW120 has a Face detection AF feature that quickly finds the faces that appear within the frame range and locks the focus on them automatically.

Video Features

As for the video quality characteristics of Nikon Coolpix AW120, it gives you a possibility to shoot videos at the highest resolution of 1920 x 1080 You also have enough flexibility in terms of how you can save your files. Namely, Nikon Coolpix AW120 allows you to save files in MPEG-4 and H.264 formats.

Nikon Coolpix AW120 provides full HD resolution, which means that this model shows decent performance in most situations.

Nikon Coolpix AW120 is not equipped with any ports that would allow you to connect external headphones and microphones to it.

Connectivity and Storage

One more advantage of Nikon Coolpix AW120 is its embedded wireless (Wi-Fi) connectivity. This feature makes it possible to share files with suitable devices without the necessity to connect them physically.

In addition, Coolpix AW120 is equipped with its USB 2.0 or HDMI ports that make it possible to connect Coolpix AW120 with suitable external devices.

Battery Life

In concordance with generally accepted CIPA standards, the battery featured in Nikon Coolpix AW120 provides a shooting life of 350, while the average battery life of cameras in this class is 274 shots.

Compared to all models in the Waterproof category, Nikon Coolpix AW120 offers the highest battery life that reaches 350 shots.

How Good is Nikon Coolpix AW120 for Different Types of Photography?

In this part of our review, we are going to focus on Nikon Coolpix AW120’s performance in various fields of photography. Each sub-section stands for a specific photography area. In every part, we will review Nikon Coolpix AW120’s name performance and give it an overall score. This first spider web graph indicates how we can compare the Coolpix AW120 to the average Waterproof camera.

Hover your mouse over the points to see the score details for each photography type.

Nikon Coolpix AW120 for Portrait Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Nikon Coolpix AW120 performs Portrait Photography, we gave it a score of 28. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Nikon Coolpix AW120 can be called a Underclass model for this type of photography.

If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Portrait Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Portrait Photography.

Advantages:

  • Image Stabilization
  • Face Detection Focusing

Disadvantages:

  • Small 1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm) sensor
  • You might not like Nikon skintone

Nikon Coolpix AW120 for Street Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Nikon Coolpix AW120 performs Street Photography, we gave it a score of 33. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Nikon Coolpix AW120 can be called a Intermediate model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Small size (110 x 66 x 26 mm)
  • Live View
  • Image Stabilization

Disadvantages:

  • No Built-in View Finder
  • Small 1/2.3"(6.17 x 4.55 mm) sensor

Nikon Coolpix AW120 for Sports Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Nikon Coolpix AW120 performs Sports Photography, we gave it a score of 52. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Nikon Coolpix AW120 can be called a 52 model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Environmental Sealing
  • No View Finder

Disadvantages:

  • Slow Continuous Shooting (7.0 fps)
  • Slow Max Shutter Speed (1/4000s)
  • Small Number of CrossFocus Points (0)
  • Bad Max Native ISO (6400)
  • Small battery life (350 shots)
  • Small size (110 x 66 x 26 mm)

Nikon Coolpix AW120 for Daily Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Nikon Coolpix AW120 performs Daily Photography, we gave it a score of 38. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Nikon Coolpix AW120 can be called a Intermediate model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Small weight (213 g)
  • Small size (110 x 66 x 26 mm)
  • Built-in Flash
  • Wireless Connectivity
  • Video is available

Disadvantages:

  • Small 1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm) sensor
  • No Built-in View Finder

Nikon Coolpix AW120 for Landscape Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Nikon Coolpix AW120 performs Landscape Photography, we gave it a score of 52. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Nikon Coolpix AW120 can be called a 52 model for this type of photography.

If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Landscape Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Landscape Photography.

Advantages:

  • Environmental Sealing

Disadvantages:

  • Small 1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm) sensor
  • Low resolution sensor (16 MP)
  • No RAW Support
  • Bad Max Native ISO (6400)

Nikon Coolpix AW120 Detailed Specs

General
Brand Nikon
Model Coolpix AW120
Announced Feb 07, 2014
Body Type Compact
Lens
Manual Focus No
Lens Mount Fixed lens
Number of Lenses n/a
Focal Length Multiplier n/a
Macro Focus Range 1
Screen
Screen Type Fixed Type
Screen Size 3″
Screen Resolution 921k dots
Live View Yes
Touch Screen No
ViewFinder
ViewFinder
ViewFinder Resolution 0k dots
ViewFinder Coverage %
ViewFinder Magnification
Photography Features
Min Shutter Speed 4 s
Max Shutter Speed 1/4000 s
Continuous Shooting 7.0 fps
Shutter Priority No
Aperture Priority No
Manual Exposure Mode No
Exposure Compensation No
Custom White Balance Yes
Image Stabilization Yes
Built-in Flash Yes
Flash Range 5.2
Flash Modes
External Flash No
AE Bracketing No
WB Bracketing No
Exposure Modes
Multi-Segment Yes
Average No
Spot Yes
Partial No
AF-Area No
Center Weighted Yes
Sensor
Sensor Type CMOS
Sensor Size 1/2.3"
Sensor Dimensions 6.17 x 4.55 mm
Sensor Area 28.07 mm2
Sensor Resolution 16.0 MP
Max Image Resolution 4608 x 3456
Max Native ISO 6,400
Max Boosted ISO n/a
Min Native ISO 125
RAW Support No
AutoFocus
AF Touch No
AF Continuous No
AF Single No
AF Tracking Yes
AF Selective No
AF Center Yes
AF Multi Area No
AF Live View No
AF Face Detection Yes
AF Contrast Detection Yes
AF Phase Detection No
Number of Focus Points n/a
Number of Cross Focus Points 0
Video Features
Video Resolutions 1920 x 1080
Max Video Resolution 1920 x 1080
Video Formats MPEG-4, H.264
Microphone Port No
Headphone Port No
Connectivity
Wireless Connectivity Yes
HDMI Yes
USB USB 2.0
Physical
Environmental Sealing Yes
Water Proof Yes
Dust Proof Yes
Shock Proof Yes
Crush Proof No
Freeze Proof Yes
Weight 213 g
Physical Dimensions 110 x 66 x 26 mm
Battery Life 350 shots
Battery Type 350 shots
Battery Model EN-EL12
Other Features
Self Timer No
Timelapse Recording No
GPS Built-in
Storage Type SD / SDHC/SDXC
Storage Slots 1

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