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Tuesday, 24 July 2012

Nikon CoolPix AW100 "Rugged" Camera

Our kids love the water so we're sure to be visiting a number of attractions that feature ample opportunity to get soaked.
Nikon CoolPix AW100

Unfortunately our aging Sony Cybershot DSC-H7 wasn't built for that kind of abuse so I decided to go ahead and research a suitable all weather replacement. Enter the CoolPix AW100, Nikon's first entry into the so-called "rugged" class of cameras typified by their ability to withstand water, extremes in pressure and temperature as well as shock damage.

Reviews showed that the Nikon held its own against the more established Panasonic Lumix and Sony DSC-TX20.
Specs include:
   - Waterproof up to 33 feet
   - Shock-proof
   - Freeze-proof
   - GPS, e-Compass and Geotagging

At the time of this writing the orange AW100 was on special for around USD 269.00, which placed it at the affordable end of the rugged price spectrum.

I'll be putting this camera through its paces on our upcoming trip and will update this post with my findings and some sample pictures.


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