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Nikon COOLPIX AW100 16 MP

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Has anyone tried out the Nikon COOLPIX AW100 16 MP camera. Local camera shop recommended it. I'm on the fence. I have a nice SLR and am looking for something smaller for the trips.

 

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I have the Coolpix L22, love it. It's a tough little camera & takes good pictures. I'm on my 2nd one.

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I have a Panasonic TZ10, which my wife is using now. It has an inbuild gps receiver, which is pretty nice, as it saves the gps data in the exif data of the picture. But battery life is poor.

As my wife wanted to have the Panasonic, I now have a Casio H20G, which also has a gps receiver. This camera has a much better battery life and makes pretty colorful pictures.

I liked both of them more than the Nikon ones, but this just my 'flavour'.

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FYI - the 3 cameras i was considering (the Panasonic DMC-TS4, Nikon AW100, Olympus TG-820 iHS) have a street price in the $280 - $320 range.... for some reason Macy's is currently got the Panasonic one for $179 with free shipping... that's the same price as the scaled down model, the TS20! the total for AZ residents with tax comes out to $197. here's the link: http://www1.macys.com/shop/product/panasonic-camera-lumix-dmc-ts4-12.1mp-digital-camera?ID=689481&PseudoCat=se-xx-xx-xx.esn_results

 

here's another review talking about the TS4 and AW100 - each of the 3 cams i mentioned have different pro/cons depending on what you are looking for (some are better with video, some better gps, some better low-light, etc)... but this is a great deal if the Panasonic one fits your needs.

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Good deal. We already ordered the Nikon and it should be here on Tuesday. I noticed something on the page link you gave: EXTRA 10% OFF USE CODE: SPRING. Takes another $18 off the price. That makes it even more enticing.

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Good deal. We already ordered the Nikon and it should be here on Tuesday. I noticed something on the page link you gave: EXTRA 10% OFF USE CODE: SPRING. Takes another $18 off the price. That makes it even more enticing.

 

yeah, they won't let you take the 10% off, apparently it's already under a promotion and you can't combine.

 

can't wait to check out the nikon on our next trip!

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We purchased the Nikon AW100 camera just before our vacation to Hawaii in March. The camera is fantastic! My primary camera is a Nikon D5100, but on our vacation, we took more photos with the AW100 than the DSLR. The easy panoramic mode is awesome and of course it GeoTags all your photos with the GPS. We also used it underwater on several snorkeling trips for taking both 1080p HD movies and photos. Obviously, the ISO range and continuous shutter capabilities don't compare with a DSLR, but this is the perfect outdoors camera.

 

Lessons learned with the AW100 after two weeks of vacation:

  • Make sure you have a second battery: despite having a Full-Mid-Low-Empty battery gauge, the camera seemed to skip past "Mid" and "Low".
  • Update the AGPS file on the SD Card before a trip for FAST GPS acquisition times: http://nikonimglib.com/agps/index.html.en
  • Get a rear LCD display cover. The rear LCD scratches easily. I like this one: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001G4VS46/
  • Replace the included neck strap with a wrist strap: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000H02B6O/
  • Be very careful to keep the battery door area (the yellow gasket) clean and free of sand to ensure a proper water tight seal.
  • The camera does NOT float, so if you plan on using it around large bodies of water, make sure to add a flotation hand strap: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B006P2UGPQ/
  • The wind noise reduction feature in video recording mode is awesome!
  • The easy panoramic feature is REALLY good, but the resolution is lower than taking several regular pictures and stitching them with Hugin or using Panoramic Assist.

Great camera, I would definitely buy one again. Enjoy!

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