Fitting, in some respects, this camera should be announced the day of the opening ceremonies of the Winter Olympics, as Nikon says the AW120 is “designed for those who want to take photos when they’re in the action, instead of watching it.”
Waterproof (up to 18 m), shockproof (up to 2 m) and freezeproof (down to -10°C), the AW120 is equipped with GPS technology and users can stay connected when they’re “off the grid” with built-in mapping and an electronic compass. Built-in Wi-Fi connectivity allows the user to seamlessly transfer images or Full HD (1080p) videos to compatible smart devices for easy sharing to their social networks, friends and family.
The AW120 features a 16-megapixel CMOS sensor for pictures and Full HD 1080p/60i videos, a 5x (24-120 mm equivalent) optical zoom lens with Hybrid Vibration Reduction (VR), an f/2.8 maximum aperture and continuous-shooting capability at approximately 6.9 frames per second (fps).
The camera sports an intuitive graphic user interface and Nikon’s Action Control function that allows seamless operation with gloved hands, plus a 3.0-inch OLED monitor.
The AW120 can be mounted to a new chest harness (sold separately) that allows users to securely fasten the camera around their chests. The camera can also be fitted with optional silicone skins (sold separately) that provide a second layer of protection and a stylish new look. The silicone skins will be available in several different colours including black, orange, blue and khaki.
The Nikon Coolpix AW120 is scheduled to be available in March at a manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) of $379.95. It will be available in orange and blue.