Digital Cameras Guide

Nikon Coolpix AW110 review

Nikon Coolpix AW110 - Rugged, Simple, Good

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Launch SRP S$529

Overall rating 7.5/10
Performance:
7.5
Design:
7.5
Features:
8
User-Friendliness:
8
Value:
7.5
THE GOOD
Good rugged specs (18m waterproof, 2m shockproof, -10°C freezeproof)
Good image quality
Quick autofocus
Sharp OLED display with good color saturation
THE BAD
Too much plastic in its construction
Display washes out under sunlight
Lack of manual shooting modes
Average battery life


Performance & Conclusion

Image Quality & Performance

The Nikon AW110 possesses a quick autofocus, and images right out of the camera have a nice, vibrant color. The 5x optical zoom lens (28 - 140mm in 35mm equivalent) is for the most part smooth and snappy during use. In fact, the images right out of the box are some of the best among the tough cameras we have tested. Resolution-wise, the 16-megapixel AW110 gets 2,000LPH (vertically and horizontally). Details are good at ISO 125, but are progressively lost from ISO 400 onwards. From then on, things go downhill pretty fast. In a nutshell, we wouldn’t recommend going over ISO 800, though it will still do if your images are going online at smaller sizes.

Below are sample photographs shot with the Nikon Coolpix AW110. 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. If you want more sample images, Nikon Singapore has got a few of their own here.

 

Conclusion

Nikon’s second tough camera offering has almost the same pros and cons as its first. While it has good tough specs (dust-resistant, waterproof up to 18m, shockproof up to 2m, freezeproof up to -10°C), due to the plastic used in some parts of its construction, the AW110 doesn’t feel as durable as some of the other competing tough cameras.

While the AW110’s OLED display washes out under bright sunlight, at least it has good color saturation and is sharp under normal viewing conditions. Of course, some may lament the lack of manual shooting controls, but bear in mind that the AW110 is always meant to be a rugged point-and-shoot, and in this regard, it does its job pretty well. AF speed is also quick and images are vibrant enough to please the camera’s target audience. Be warned though, if you’re going to spend an entire day shooting, do yourself a favor, and bring along a spare battery, for the AW110’s battery mileage is one of the lowest in its class.

If you already own the AW100, then there's not much incentive to upgrade to the AW110. But if you're looking for your first rugged point-and-shoot camera, then it's worth taking a look at the Nikon AW110, which compares favorably to the Olympus TG-2 and Panasonic Lumix FT5 in terms of simplicity.