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Built to capture the action on land or in the water, the COOLPIX AW100 is as ready for an adventure as you are. Waterproof, shockproof and freeze-proof, it is the perfect camera for active pursuits - be it winter, spring, summer or fall.
The built-in GPS system, electronic compass and world map mean you can geo-tag your images, orient yourself in new places and track your route when on the move. The highly sensitive 16 megapixel CMOS sensor and dedicated low light modes combine to deliver stunning results under bright sunlight, at night or deep down under the sea.


The COOLPIX AW100 - ready for the great outdoors.


Waterproof, shockproof and freeze-proof

16 megapixel back illuminated CMOS image sensor

Action Control lets you operate the camera with one hand

Built-in Global Positioning System (GPS), electronic compass and world map

Key features

Robust build: water- shock- and freeze-proof. Waterproof to depths of 10 m, shockproof from heights of up to 1.5 m and freeze-proof for temperatures down to -10°C.

16 megapixel back illuminated CMOS image sensor: increases the amount of light that each pixel receives, improving sensitivity and reducing noise for superb performance in any light.

NIKKOR wide-angle 5x zoom lens offers outstanding precision and sharp resolution (35mm equivalent: 28-140mm).

Large 7.5 cm (3-in), 460K-dot LCD monitor: offers vivid color reproduction and sharp contrast. Boasts Nikon’s Clear Color Display technology that minimizes reflections, even underwater or in bright sunlight.

Built-in Global Positioning System (GPS) and electronic compass: records the exact location (latitude and longitude) where a picture was taken as ‘geotags’ in the image data (EXIF). You can record your route when not taking pictures or use the compass to check your location on the LCD monitor.

World map display*: a handy reference tool, use it to see where you took your pictures or view the routes saved in your GPS log records.

Anti-blur technology automatically counters blurred images in four different ways. Hybrid VR (Lens-shift and Electronic Vibration Reduction) reduces the effect of camera shake. High ISO (up to 3200) light sensitivity reduces the risk of blurred images with fast-moving subjects or in low light. Best Shot Selector (BSS) automatically selects the sharpest of up to 10 sequential shots.

Dedicated light modes: deliver superb results in any light, even without a tripod. Backlight scene mode with Auto HDR offers impressive tonal detail in any situation. Night Portrait mode delivers beautifully detailed night scenes and indoor portraits. Night Landscape mode lets you shoot sharp images at low ISO.

High speed continuous shooting - capture the action at a fast 7.1 fps.

Full HD (1080p) movie recording with stereo sound: optical zoom and autofocus are available during recording. Boasts an option to film in slow or fast motion using recording speeds from 15 to 240 fps. Camera features a built-in HDMI connector with HDMI-CEC support for output to an HDTV.

Easy Panorama 360°/180°: lets you pan vertically or horizontally to create dynamic panoramas. Simply press the shutter and sweep the camera in front of you for stunning shots of expansive landscapes or colorful underwater worlds.

Action Control makes it easy to operate the camera even when underwater or wearing gloves. Activated via a dedicated button on the side of the camera.

Slim design: boasts compact 22.8 mm body for superior portability.

Underwater mode: automatically adjusts the camera’s white balance setting to capture underwater scenes just as you see them.

EXPEED C2 image processing system provides enhanced movie recording, high-sensitivity performance and maximum image quality.


*Not available in certain countries.

Technical Specifications

Effective pixels16.0 megapixels
Image sensor1/2.3 type RGB CMOS sensor
LensOptical 5x zoom, NIKKOR lens; Focal length: 5.0-25.0mm; View angle: 35mm [135] format equivalent to 28-140 mm; Aperture: f/3.9-4.8; Lens construction: 11 elements in 9 groups (2 ED glass elements)
Digital zoomMaximum 4x (35mm [135] format equivalent to approx. 560 mm)
Focus range (from lens)Approx. 50 cm (1 ft. 8 in.) to infinity (at wide-angle setting), approx. 1 m (3 ft. 3 in.) to infinity (at telephoto setting), Macro mode: approx. 1 cm (0.4 in.) to infinity (at wide-angle setting)
Vibration Reduction (VR)Lens-shift type + electronic type (for still images), Lens-shift type (for movies)
ISO sensitivity (Standard output sensitivity)ISO 125, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200 (4608 x 3456), Auto (ISO 125 to 800), Fix range auto (ISO 125 to 400, 125 to 800)
LCD monitor7.5 cm (3-in.), approx. 460k-dot, wide-viewing angle TFT LCD monitor (HVGA), clear color panel, anti- reflection coating, brightness adjustment
Storage mediaInternal memory (approx. 83 MB) SD/SDHC/SDXC memory card1
MovieFullHD 1080p: 1920 x 1080 (30 fps), HD 720p: 1280 x 720 (30 fps), TV movie 640: 640 x 480 (30 fps), Small size 320: 320 x 240 (30 fps)
Interface/Direct print compatibilityHi-Speed USB/PictBridge, mini HDMI
Power sourcesRechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL12 (1050 mAh), AC Adapter EH-62F (option)
Number of shots per charge2 (battery life)Approx. 250 frames with EN-EL12
Dimensions (width × height × depth)Approx. 110.1 x 64.9 x 22.8 mm / 4.4 x 2.6 x 0.9 in.
Weight3Approx. 178g / 6.3 oz.
Supplied accessoriesCamera Strap AN-CP19 Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL12 MH-65P, UC-E6, EG-CP16 and UR-E23
Optional accessoriesRechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL12, Battery Charger MH-65 and AC Adapter EH-62F

*1 Not compatible with Multi Media Card (MMC)
*2 Based on CIPA Standards for measuring life of batteries
*3 Based on CIPA Guidelines, DCG-005-2009