Nikon had introduced the Coolpix AW130 in February 2015. The camera is pretty revolutionary and sturdy as most cameras these days go. The camera is made available in red, black, blue, yellow as well as camouflage colours.
The Coolpix AW130 features a 16-Megapixel CMOS Sensor that is an ideal match for capturing images as well as Full HD videos. This camera is buit for adventure and makes a great companion wherever you go, it is best suited for snorkeling, rock climbing or skiing. The camera is also water resistant (100 ft / 30m) shockproof (7ft / 2.1 m) as well as freeze proof (14F / -10C) and pretty much handles the aggressive attitude of nature. The camera has a 5x optical zoom NIKKOR ED glass lens (24mm-120mm f/2.8 max aperture) as well as 10x Dynamic Fine Zoom that helps the photographer indulge visually with the action.
The camera also has built-in Wi-Fi and NFC and allows quick and easy transfer and sharing of photos/videos to a smart phone or tablet. The minimum shutter speed of the camera is 4 seconds and maximum speed in 1/4000 sec. The camera does not have Aperture priority, Shutter Priority or even Manual exposure modes. There is however, a subject/scene mode along with Flash support. The camera has 7.0 fps continuous drive as well as 2 or 10 second self-timer.
Display and Handling:
The COOLPIX AW130 features a 3-inch 921-k dot OLED display that comes with updated ergonomics as well as a completely revolutionary body. The camera can adapt to any possible situation without any hassle. The camera has action control that lets the user adjust the camera settings with just a flick of their wrist. The camera has built-in GPS, Maps as well as POI technology that allows longitudinal and latitudinal recording of where any image was captures. The camera measures 110 x 66 x 27 mm and weighs 221 grams including batteries.
The camera has various AF modes that enable ease while shooting. These modes come in handy whilst shooting in various conditions. The AF modes are Contrast Detect (sensor) Multi-area, Center, Selective single-point, Continuous, Face Detection, and Live View etc.
Battery and Connectivity:
The Nikon Coolpix AW130 is powered by an EN-EL12 Lithium-ion Battery pack. The battery lasts for 370 shots according to CIPA. It also has USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) HDMI (Micro-HDMI) connectivity, along with Wireless Connectivity as well as Environment seal. This camera lacks a Microphone as well as a Headphone port. There is a Remote control option open to those who prefer synching the camera with their smart phone.
Adventure enthusiasts are increasing by the number and their requirement for a photo/video companion with ever increasing demands is inevitable. This camera is a great effort by Nikon to provide exactly what the adventurer requires. There are smaller and much powerful cameras than the AW130, but the decision is completely in the hands of the customer.
Nikon Coolpix AW130 Rivals:
Nikon Coolpix AW100
Nikon Coolpix AW110
Nikon Coolpix AW120