Nikon Coolpix W100 Brief Review



  • Other Features :
  • Weight : 6.3 ounces (177g)
  • Battery : Li-ion rated at 220 shots
  • Weather Sealing : Waterproof to 32 feet (up to 30 minutes), dustproof, shockproof
  • Screen : 2.7 inches
  • GPS : No
  • Wi-Fi : Wi-fi and Bluetooth
  • Flash : Built-in
  • Video : n/a
  • RAW : No
  • Image Stabilization : No
  • Autofocus System : Contrast detection
  • Autofocus Points : n/a
  • Burst Speed : n/a
  • Zoom : 4x
  • Aperture : f/3.3 - 5.9, minimum f/6.6
  • Shutter Speed : 1 second to 1/2000
  • ISO : 125 to 1600
  • Sensor : 13.2 1/3.1 inch CMOS sensor
  • Release Date: 2017-03-03
  • Final Grade: 78 3.9 Star Rating: Recommended

Nikon upgrades the budget waterproof W100 with Bluetooth
Nikon's budget waterproof now has a luxury feature: Bluetooth.
By Hillary Grigonis, Last updated on: 4/1/2017

Nikon's budget waterproof camera now has Bluetooth. In a minor update, the Nikon Coolpix W100 repackages the W33 with Bluetooth.

The W100 is a budget camera with a spec list to match. The sensor is about the size of what's inside an iPhone, 1/3.1, and the lens isn't nearly as bright. The camera has video but the spec sheet doesn't yet say at what quality.

So why even sell the W100 in the first place? The camera is waterproof, designed to go where you can't take your smartphone. While not as durable as Nikon's pricier waterproof compact, the W100 can withstand drops in the deep end -- down to 32 feet -- for up to an hour. The camera is also shock-proof and dust-proof.

Based on the spec sheet, the Nikon W100 isn't going to shoot better photos than a decent smartphone and will likely have poor image quality in low light. But, the camera does sell for $159 and uses a simple control scheme. That makes the camera a decent buy to pick up for a child hoping to learn photography but still prone to dropping things. While an okay camera considering the price, most would be better off saving a bit longer to look into options like the Olympus TG-870 Tough or Fujifilm XP90.

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