Waterproof Camera Shootout: Nikon AW110 Wins!

Discussion in 'Nikon Forum' started by TCSJordan, May 30, 2013.

  1. TCSJordan

    TCSJordan SC Regular

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    Oct 22, 2011
    Here's a shootout between the premium rugged compacts, the Nikon put up the strongest showing by far!

    [video=youtube;btcljWkpg5U]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=btcljWkpg5U[/video]
     
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  2. Biro

    Biro SC All-Pro

    Aug 7, 2011
    Jersey Shore
    Steve
    Fun stuff, Jordan. My brother has a Nikon AW100 and loves it.
     
  3. bartjeej

    bartjeej SC Hall of Famer

    Nov 12, 2010
    bart
    Nice review! I'd prefer a camera that can be charged using a USB cable, but in terms of everything else, the Nikon looks like it's exactly what I'm looking for.
     
  4. demiro

    demiro Serious Compacts For Life

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    Dec 15, 2011
    Thanks for posting. I keep thinking about buying the Olympus, but this has given me reason to consider the Nikon as well. I was sucked in to the faster lens, but it appears that it may not make that much difference.
     
  5. kyteflyer

    kyteflyer ~@¿@~

    Jan 31, 2011
    Newcastle, Australia
    Sue
    Interesting... I think in the end it comes down to what you want. I'd probably still buy the Olympus, even after all that. However, curious about the Ricoh and Pentax waterproofs not being part of the shootout...
     
  6. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator

    Nov 11, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI USA
    Luke
    I wonder if anyone would ever make a "Serious Waterproof"? How about an submersible X100? Or a UGR (Underwater GR)?
     
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  7. TCSJordan

    TCSJordan SC Regular

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    Oct 22, 2011
    Unfortunately, we had to restrict how many cameras we tested to avoid making a 20 minute video, even the 12 minute length is sort of pushing it. Knowing that, Chris and I decided to focus on the higher priced 'premium' underwater cameras, around the $350 mark. If you're in the mood for a flashback, we did shoot a review of the WG-1 (another damned fishing video), which you can see here:
    [video=youtube;prwcceG7U8w]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=prwcceG7U8w[/video]
     
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  8. bartjeej

    bartjeej SC Hall of Famer

    Nov 12, 2010
    bart
    I'd buy one of those cameras in an instant! That's basically my dream camera...

    I think the Olympus TG-1 and 2, and the Pentax WG3, with their f/2 lenses are a small step in that direction. Every time I read about a manufacturer cutting down on basic point and shoots (due to smartphones becoming more popular) and focusing on market segments that are still growing, the examples they mention are either waterproof / action cameras, high-quality enthusiasts' cameras or cameras with lots of zoom. It's only a matter of time until they start combining those categories (high quality high zooms are already showing up), which will lead to a very happy but poor Bart...

    Oh, and one thing I really appreciated about the review was the comment about plastic cameras. If done sensibly, plastic cameras can be both lighter and more rugged than metal cameras, but for some reason lots of camera enthusiasts seem to think a non-metal camera can't be good. Plastics and composites are used to keep racing drivers alive in a crash, military firearms, jet fighters and other airplanes are increasingly built with plastics and composites - but still, so many camera fans are sure that any camera not made of metal is a piece of crap. I love the cold touch of metal, but as long as it's done sensibly, I wouldn't mind high-grade cameras being made out of plastics. The body shell of the Samsung NX10, for instance, felt like a military-grade piece of equipment to me...
     
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  9. kyteflyer

    kyteflyer ~@¿@~

    Jan 31, 2011
    Newcastle, Australia
    Sue
    Thanks, Jordan... I think I saw that before. Maybe another, with the PX and WG-3? lol. One can ask.
     
  10. Biro

    Biro SC All-Pro

    Aug 7, 2011
    Jersey Shore
    Steve
    Yeah... the PX, the WG-3 and one of Olympus's less-expensive Toughs (the TG-320 might be a good choice) would make a great little comparo.
     
  11. sideew

    sideew New to SC

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    Jul 4, 2013
    Nice reviews!
    I have a Nikon AW100 too and loves it.
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    Best Waterproof Camera
    Gear: Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS4, Nikon CoolPix AW110, Canon PowerShot D20
     
  12. wolfie

    wolfie SC Veteran

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    Sep 19, 2010
    Be careful what you wish for

    But rather thankful that Nikon decided to play the part of "serious waterproof" god-mother with the AW1
     
  13. mpeg

    mpeg New to SC

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    Oct 25, 2013
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    Gordon
    Scoot..!!!


    scom.
     
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