Choosing a Nikon Digital Waterproof Camera
For many years, Nikon was the top name in underwater cameras with their Nikonos series of film cameras. But when the digital age came along, Nikon stopped producing the Nikonos. The company has only recently gotten back into the underwater camera game. Today there are two Nikon waterproof digital cameras – the Nikon Coolpix AW100, released in 2011 and the Nikon Coolpix S30, released in 2012. If you’re set on a Nikon digital waterproof camera, here’s what you should know about these two models.
The tagline for each of these cameras sums up their differences quite succinctly. Nikon says the AW100 is “born to be extreme” and the S30 is for “non-stop family fun.” Indeed, these cameras are made to appeal to two very different markets.
Nikon Coolpix AW100
The Nikon Coolpix AW100 is designed for outdoor enthusiasts who want a rugged camera with great optics and travel-friendly features such as GPS. It’s tough enough to go wherever you go and advanced enough to make sure you come back with a great photo every time. The AW100 is waterproof to 33 feet, shockproof to falls from 5 feet and freezeproof down to 14 degrees Fahrenheit. It has a 16 megapixel CMOS sensor, giving it one of the highest resolutions of any of camera in the compact waterproof category. It can also shoot full 1080p HD video at 30 fps. And if you select high-speed movie mode, you can view the video in slow motion or fast motion. In addition, the Coolpix AW100 comes with 19 different scene settings to help you get the perfect shot, from the typical portrait and sports modes to special settings for fireworks and underwater shots. The camera also performs well in low-light situations. If you’re looking for Nikon’s top-of-the-line waterproof camera, this is it.
Nikon Coolpix AW100 Features
– 16 MP CMOS sensor with 5x zoom
– Waterproof to 33 ft
– Shockproof to 5 ft
– GPS and e-Compass
– Lens-shift vibration reduction
– 19 scene settings
– Dimensions: 2.6 x 4.4 x .9 inches
– Weight: 6.3 oz. with battery and SD card
– Colors: black, blue, orange
Reasons to love the Nikon AW100
– Higher resolution than many other waterproof cameras
– Built-in GPS function allows you to geo-tag your photos and view them on a map
Nikon Coolpix S30
The Nikon Coolpix S30 is designed to appeal to families and folks who want a simple underwater point-and-shoot camera. It doesn’t have all the fancy features of the AW100, but what it does have is a very easy-to-use interface, some fun in-camera editing features, and a price that will appeal to many entry-level buyers. This is a solid little camera that can take great photos and video. It offers a 10.1 MP sensor, 3x zoom, and rugged construction to go underwater to 9.8 feet and withstand falls from 2.6 feet. The S30 also includes a variety of fun features such as a time lapse mode and special in-camera effects such as starburst, soft focus and colorful picture borders.
Nikon Coolpix S30
– 10.1 MP CMOS sensor with 3x zoom
– Waterproof to 9.8 ft
– Shockproof to 2.6 ft
– Dimensions: 2.6 x 4.1 x 1.6 inches
– Weight: 7.6 oz. with battery and SD card
– Colors: white, pink, blue
Reason to love the Nikon S30
– Large buttons and easy-to-understand menus
– Priced affordably for most families
Both of these Nikon digital waterproof cameras can take great photos, but each offers something different for users. Be sure to look at all of the features and decide which ones are most important before making a decision on the Nikon waterproof digital camera that’s right for you.