Nikon COOLPIX AW120 Brief Review


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  • 16 megapixel 1/2.3” CMOS sensor
  • Optical image stabilization
  • Maximum aperture f2.8-f4.9
  • Macro mode focuses as close as 1 cm
  • 3” LCD
  • Maximum shutter speed 1/4000
  • 7 fps burst mode
  • GPS
  • 1080p HD video
  • Waterproof up to 59 feet
  • Freezeproof to 14 degrees
  • Withstands drops up to 6.6 feet
  • Lithium-ion battery rated at 350 shots
  • Release Date: 2014-02-27
  • Final Grade: 91 4.55 Star Rating: Recommended

The Nikon AW120 is headed in the right direction with improvements on the lens and battery.
By Digital Admin, Last updated on: 2/10/2015

Hey! You should know that Nikon has released a newer version of this product: the Nikon Coolpix AW130.

Nikon has certainly taken a step in the right direction with the all-weather AW120. When taking images underwater, lighting is much more limited, so a good lens is a must. The AW120 features an f2.8-4.9 lens, which is much brighter than the previous model's lens that started at f3.9. This tough shooter also has a much better battery life than the older AW110. Both improvements will make a significant difference. The excellent design, however, remains very similar, with a tough exterior that's capable of diving down to 59 feet and can withstand falls of 6.6 feet.

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