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Nikon Gets Tough with Coolpix AW100 All-Weather Camera
by Andy Stanton -  8/23/2011

Nikon announces the release of the Coolpix AW100, a waterproof, freeze-proof and shockproof camera. The first Coolpix of its kind, it will offer an advanced backside-illuminated CMOS sensor, a full HD 1080p movie mode and a built-in GPS.

Nikon Coolpix AW100

The Coolpix AW100 can be used underwater to a depth of 33 feet. It is shock resistant from a drop of five feet and weather resistant down to 14°F. The camera's battery chamber, memory card slot, HDMI port and USB/audio video ports are securely covered to prevent intrusion from the elements. It is one of the thinnest and lightest all-weather cameras at approximately 0.9 inches thin and 6.3 ounces (178g) in weight.

The 16 megapixel AW100 uses a backside-illuminated CMOS sensor for improved picture quality even in challenging low light conditions. The camera has a high sensitivity mode to capture the action in low-light and can shoot at a maximum ISO of 3200. This Coolpix includes a wide-angle, 5x NIKKOR ED glass lens (35mm equivalent of 28-140mm) and employs Nikon's Vibration Reduction (VR) to minimize camera shake in both still photos and HD movies. The GPS function and internal map display allow photos to be displayed via location information. The latitude and longitude information are saved in the image data.

Nikon Coolpix AW100

The AW100 features a full HD 1080p video mode, activated by the camera's dedicated movie record button, and has the ability to optically zoom during video recording. It can also record slow-motion movies at 60, 120 and 240 frames-per-second (fps) and fast motion movies at 15 fps.

Pricing and availability
The Nikon Coolpix AW100 is scheduled to be available in early September 2011 and will have an estimated selling price of $379.95. It will be available in black, blue and orange.