Nikon Coolpix AW110 review: A rugged camera ready to shoot and share

    There are only a few differences between the two devices: increased endurance and Wi-Fi. The AW100, protected to depths of up to 33 feet, can survive drops of 5 feet and can continue to operate in temperatures down to 14 degrees Fahrenheit. The AW110 retains a temperature-free window system. similar, but waterproof to a depth of 59 feet and shockproof from up to 6.6 feet. These ratings make it one of the most durable cameras in the category (although Every compact device certainly has its limits).

    Wi-Fi, when combined with the Nikon Wireless Mobile Utility app for iOS or Android, makes it possible to view and transfer images to mobile devices and use them to control the camera remotely .

    Nikon also switched from the AW100’s 3-inch LCD to a 3-inch OLED, which, while beautiful, doesn’t help you frame your shots better in bright light (which is important for a rugged camera). sure).

    Otherwise, both are the same, so if those changes don’t make much sense to you, there’s no reason to upgrade. The AW110 is one of the more affordable rugged compacts available given its specs and durability, and it’s also a good performing camera.

    Image quality
    Overall, the Nikon Coolpix AW110’s photos are best suited for prints up to 8×10 inches or for use on the Web without much need to enlarge or crop. When viewed at 100 percent, artifacts and noise are visible even at sensitivities as low as ISO 125. Subjects also look soft (not unusual for rugged cameras. ) and can withstand some sharpness after shooting.

    As you increase the sensitivity, the image becomes softer and softer, and the color quality begins to deteriorate. Above ISO 800, subjects look a bit flat, and colors don’t have as much of a highlight as at lower ISOs. The high ISO shots of this camera are basically just OK, and with its slow lens, it’s hard to recommend it in low light, especially if you’ve never had one. intention to leave its Easy Auto mode.

    That means, if you are someone who likes to snorkel or pool or want a sturdy camera for snow or offroad sports, it can take some very nice photos when there are lots of them. the light. (You can read more about the camera’s capabilities in the slideshow above.)

    Movie quality is also decent, although again, the more light you have, the better things will look. The AF-assist illuminator can be turned on and used to illuminate close subjects. The zoom lens is active while recording; you won’t hear it move necessarily, but you will hear the press and release of the zoom button. Additionally, if you enable the continuous AF function, you may hear the camera focus in your movies.

    Shooting performance
    The AW110 is a pretty fast camera, though I wouldn’t depend on it to consistently capture realistic pictures of kids and pets. From shutdown to first shot takes about 2.4 seconds, which is oddly slower than its predecessor. Thankfully, though, all of its other performance numbers have improved.

    The delay between shots is about 1.3 seconds or 1.7 seconds with the flash. The time from pressing the shutter button to shooting without pre-focusing is just 0.1 second in high-contrast scenes and 0.4 second in low light.

    In my tests, the camera’s full-resolution continuous shooting was capable of up to 9 fps, though it could only do six shots before the camera needed a break. seconds to save the image.

    Outside of lab conditions, the camera feels pretty quick aside from booting. However, the buttons have a spongy feel, probably because the camera is waterproof, and sometimes become unresponsive unless you press it moderately. So while the AW110’s overall performance is very good, you might miss out on some shots simply because of the controls.

    Design and features
    The AW110 looks like a solid compact machine, but its build isn’t so sturdy that you have to be self-conscious about it. Aside from the large knob on the right and two buttons on the left (a bit more on those), all the controls and features are pretty typical compared to what you’ll find on other Nikon Coolpix models. However, the buttons are small and tightly spaced, which can lead to some mistaken presses. And, again, the buttons feel very spongy. The body is also slippery, especially when wet, and has nothing really to hold on to.

    On the right side of the camera is a single door protecting the battery, card slot, Mini-HDMI port and Micro-USB port. Having everything underneath a door limits access points to water, and the door has a nice big seal on it as well as a padlock that requires you to press a button while turning the knob, so it quite safe. I say it fairly because if you for some reason forget to turn the knob all the way until you hear the button click, the door can close but not lock.

    The battery is charged by an external adapter. Normally this wouldn’t bother me, but for a rugged camera it’s silly to ask for an outlet and charger. If it is charged via USB, you will have other options to recharge the battery. If you’re considering the AW110 for a trip where you won’t have an outlet for a while, you’ll want to bring a spare battery pack or two.

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