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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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:
Nikon Coolpix AW120‘s body is protected from external threats with its high-quality dustproof and waterproof 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.
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.
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.
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.
Unlike some other cameras from this category, Coolpix AW120 unfortunately, is not equipped with a built-in flash.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
|Announced||Feb 07, 2014|
|Lens Mount||Fixed lens|
|Number of Lenses||n/a|
|Focal Length Multiplier||n/a|
|Macro Focus Range||1|
|Screen Type||Fixed Type|
|Screen Resolution||921k dots|
|ViewFinder Resolution||0k dots|
|Min Shutter Speed||4 s|
|Max Shutter Speed||1/4000 s|
|Continuous Shooting||7.0 fps|
|Manual Exposure Mode|
|Custom White Balance|
|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|
|AF Multi Area|
|AF Live View|
|AF Face Detection|
|AF Contrast Detection|
|AF Phase Detection|
|Number of Focus Points||n/a|
|Number of Cross Focus Points||0|
|Video Resolutions||1920 x 1080|
|Max Video Resolution||1920 x 1080|
|Video Formats||MPEG-4, H.264|
|Physical Dimensions||110 x 66 x 26 mm|
|Battery Life||350 shots|
|Battery Type||350 shots|
|Storage Type||SD / SDHC/SDXC|