Nikon Coolpix AW100 - A Rugged Companion

Launch SRP: S$529

Image Performance & Sample Photographs

Image Performance

The AW100's images are rich with color, but perform a lower than expected 1800 x 1400LPH (vertical & horizontal respectively) on our resolution chart. In real-world images, noise levels are a tad higher then expected on lower ISO settings, and chromatic aberration can be seen. It's not obvious if you're not pixel-peeping, but we'd shoot at ISO400 and less using the AW100, ISO800 if we're viewing the images onscreen.

While its image quality could have been slightly better, it isn't too far off the mark for a compact camera. Auto-focus is usually quick and on the mark, and in general shooting with the AW100 is a pleasant experience.

100% crop of our test scene shot at ISO125.

100% crop of our test scene shot at ISO400.

100% crop of our test scene shot at ISO800.

100% crop of our test scene shot at ISO1600.


Sample Photographs

These are sample photographs shot with the Nikon AW100. The photos have not been post-processed and are copyright to SPH Magazines. They are provided for your reference only and we ask that you do not reproduce them elsewhere. Click for the full-resolution images.

f/3.9 at 5mm, 1/1250 sec, ISO125.

f/3.9 at 5mm, 1/800 sec, ISO125.

f/4.6 at 18mm, 1/30 sec, ISO400.

f/4 at 7.7mm, 1/4 sec, ISO1600.

The Good
Rugged good looks
Easy to use camera
Good image quality
The Bad
Action button doesn't work
GPS menu hidden
Image quality best at ISO400 and lower

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