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Nikon AW100 Waterproof Camera Released

Nikon Coolpix AW 100
The new Nikon Coolpix AW-100 waterproof camera in black

Many of the photos you see on this blog have been taken with one my Olympus Stylus Tough point and shoot cameras. When I travel I like to bring my Canon EOS Digital Rebel T2i for the majority of my shots, and a waterproof / shockproof point and shoot for when I’m in the water or go out drinking. Problem is, I’ve had several of the Olympus’ leak water over the years. I’m currently on my 4th of its kind, which at the moment has a scratched lens and has leaked water, but partially recovered to the point where it still mostly works. I’ve decided its time for a change with news of the brand new and first of its kind Nikon Waterproof Camera.

I’ve never been a fan of Olympus cameras, but I’ve owned one since the first waterproof / shockproof stylus tough came out several years ago. The image quality has always been mediocre, even bad at night, but the benefits of the underwater abilities, and peace of mind that if I drop it or accidentally get it wet have outweighed this. However, now that Nikon has stepped into the market, I can get the best of both worlds; a higher quality image with the same underwater capabilities and indestructible camera. I know the newest Olympus has it as well, but I’m also excited for the Nikon’s built in GPS which automatically geo-tags the photos. Plus the proprietary Olympus XD memory card format is annoying, it’ll be nice to switch back to the more standard SD card.

I haven’t purchased this camera yet, but plan to soon. If you have experience or feedback on the AW 100 please discuss it in the comments, I’d love to hear from someone firsthand on how they actually like it.

Nikon Coolpix AW100

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6 Good comments on "Nikon AW100 Waterproof Camera Released"

  • Nick  @ Friday, October 14, 2011 at 11:59 AM

    I to was excited about getting a water proof camera with Nikon quality images. Sadly it was not to be. I excitedly went into the hotel pool where I was staying after just buying one and it leaked!!! Now it is condensated all the time inside the screen and lens and is totally useless.

    • Mike  @ Friday, October 14, 2011 at 12:40 PM

      Really??? Thats crap, hopefully you can return it. I appreciate the feedback, maybe I’ll hold off on buying one for now. I had a bad Olympus that leaked within a month from a pool as well.

      Where you diving or jumping in the pool a lot with it? My current Olympus leaked when I was surfing, but came back to life a a while later after I didn’t use it.

    • Svend  @ Friday, April 27, 2012 at 5:18 AM

      Did you get a new one from Nikon? Return it? Mine leaked after two days in the pool as well. It would have been a great camera if it actually were waterproof. Hopefully they will honor the warranty…

  • Tara  @ Tuesday, October 18, 2011 at 9:31 PM

    So annoyed. Mine leaked as well! I purchased it at Costco 2 days ago before going to the Bahamas. Well, got here.. used it in the pool (just snapping underwater pics of the kids-nothing crazy) and it totally leaked in the screen and in the lens! Of course I don’t have a back up camera here so I was just searching to see if others had this problem and found your site! Oh and also, I charged the battery yesterday and snapped about 10 pictures today and the battery died. Very disappointed Nikon!

    • Mike  @ Wednesday, October 19, 2011 at 12:49 AM

      This is bad news, sorry to hear about your camera. It sounds like this camera has some serious issues, thats not typical of Nikon!

  • Jonny  @ Monday, October 24, 2011 at 11:12 PM

    Try the Lumix Lt3

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