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Nikon Coolpix AW110 - A New Nikon Underwater Camera for 2013

Updated on December 26, 2013

New Nikon Underwater Camera Has Wi-Fi

Nikon was one of the last major camera manufacturers to release a rugged waterproof model, but since they entered the game, it's obvious they're here to win. The new Coolpix AW110 is the latest underwater offering from Nikon, and it's another sure winner. They've improved the design of the popular AW100 model with new Wi-Fi capability, improved depth rating, and an even more rugged casing. The camera hits the market near the end of February, but it currently available for pre-order. Here's more about Nikon's latest rugged compact camera.

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Nikon AW110 - New Underwater Camera is Waterproof to 59 Feet

Like its predecessor, the AW100, the new Coolpix AW110 is waterproof, dustproof, shockproof and freezeproof. But Nikon has bumped the standards for the camera's waterproof and shockproof ratings. The new model can be taken to depths of 59 feet (great news for novice scuba divers!) and dropped from a height of 6.7 feet without damage. That's up from 33 feet underwater and a shockproof rating of 5 feet on the previous model. In addition to these upgrades, the new Nikon underwater camera is Wi-Fi enabled, which is sure to be popular with folks who want to be able to share their photos immediately.

Other specs such as the 16 MP CMOS sensor, 5x optical zoom and 1080p video capabilities remain unchanged. As the saying goes, if it ain't broke, don't fix it. And with the previous popularity of the AW100 as a guide, it's a pretty safe bet to say that the new Nikon Coolpix AW110 will be another hit for Nikon.

Nikon COOLPIX AW110 Wi-Fi and Waterproof Digital Camera with GPS (Orange) (OLD MODEL)
Nikon COOLPIX AW110 Wi-Fi and Waterproof Digital Camera with GPS (Orange) (OLD MODEL)

Product features:

- Waterproof, shockproof, and freezeproof to capture extreme moments

- Share amazing photos in an instant with built-in Wi-Fi

- Built-in GPS records the location of each shot you take

- Record videos in Full 1080p HD with stereo sound

 

Nikon AW110 or GoPro Hero3? - It's an apples to oranges comparison

Should you get a Nikon AW110 or a GoPro Hero3?

These days, the GoPro Hero line is an extremely popular sports cam, and they're great if you want to take POV video. Just strap one on and go! All of the GoPro Hero3 models shoot 1080p video and also take still photos with a time lapse function, and sports enthusiasts love them.

But there's not a lot of similarities between a GoPro and a rugged camera like the AW110. The Coolpix AW110 can be mounted on your sports gear or worn on a helmet and put in full auto mode to record video, but when you hold it in your hand, it gives you a lot of controls you expect in a camera. For instance, you can zoom in or out, change scene modes, use a timer and much more. It can shoot video, but its design is still very much that of a compact camera.

The GoPro, on the other hand, is made to be mounted or worn, so it has far fewer controls you can manipulate, even when you're holding it. There's no zoom function, so you'll always be capturing ultra-wide-angle shots, and if you want to see what you're aiming at, you'll need to pay about an extra $100 for the optional LCD viewer BacPac. It can shoot still photos, but it's better suited for hands-free video.

So which one is better? It all depends on what you need. None of these features makes either camera better or worse than the other. They're simply designed for different purposes.

GoPro HERO3: Black Edition
GoPro HERO3: Black Edition

Product features:

- Professional 4K Cinema 15 fps / 2.7K cinema 30 fps / 1440p 48 fps / 1080p 60 fps / 960p 100 fps /720p 120 fps and more video capture

- Professional quality HD video & 12MP photos with 30 fps burst

- Built-in Wi-Fi enables remote control via included Wi-Fi Remote or live video preview and remote control on smartphones and tablets running the free GoPro app.

- Compatible with LCD Touch BacPacTM and second generation Battery BacPac

- New advanced camera settings: Looping video, Continuous Photo, Manual White Balance control, Protune Mode, allows to shoot photos while recording video and more

 

The new Nikon AW110 underwater camera is shockproof for drops from 6.7 feet

Get a Quick Look at the New Nikon Underwater Cameras - The Nikon Coolpix AW110 and Coolpix S31

Sample Photo from a Nikon Waterproof Camera

Sample Photo from a Nikon Waterproof Camera
Sample Photo from a Nikon Waterproof Camera

More Waterproof Cameras - Not sure the Nikon AW110 is the one for you? Take a look at these other options

Nikon is not the only camera manufacturer to make waterproof, shockproof compact cameras. Canon, Panasonic, Olympus and Fujifilm are other big names in the field. Check out the list below to see other underwater cameras available.

Fujifilm FinePix XP100 Digital Camera (Orange)
Fujifilm FinePix XP100 Digital Camera (Orange)

Fujifilm offers some of the most affordable waterproof options on the market

 
Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS5A 16.1 MP Tough Digital Camera with 9.3x Intelligent Zoom (Blue)
Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS5A 16.1 MP Tough Digital Camera with 9.3x Intelligent Zoom (Blue)

Panasonic's waterproof Lumix line has been extremely popular with consumers, and the TS5 is continuing the tradition.

 
Olympus TG-1iHS 12 MP Waterproof Digital Camera with 4x Optical Zoom
Olympus TG-1iHS 12 MP Waterproof Digital Camera with 4x Optical Zoom

Olympus cameras are waterproof, shockproof, dustproof and crushproof

 

Nikon Coolpix AW110 Reviews and Comments - Please share your thoughts on the new Nikon underwater camera

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      SpinMan2014 3 years ago

      Very nice review! Thought I'd share a story. I used to work for Kodak, and employees were members of the Kodak Camera Club. Among the many benefit this yielded was the ability to rent - at minimal cost - equipment. For a while, you could rent Nikonos high-end under-water cameras. Wow! Until someone returned one, irate that it didn't work after he changed rolls of film under water. Ah, the good old days of 36 exposure rolls...

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      spencerharry80 lm 4 years ago

      The lens is beautifully made and quite impressive and informative... Thanks dear

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      gottaloveit2 4 years ago

      I love my Sony underwater camera but have been looking for a new one. I might have found it! Thanks for the review.

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      Vikki 4 years ago from US

      My husband would LOVE this; need to remember that for upcoming gift ideas.