Powered by Mom Blog shares her review of the Nikon COOLPIX AW120 camera!
Powered by Mom Blog had the opportunity to review the Nikon COOLPIX AW120 16MP Waterproof Shockproof Freezeproof Orange Digital Camera Kit provided by BuyDig. This Nikon COOLPIX AW120 camera kit was selected as it met my criteria for what I was looking for in a compact camera AND I wanted to get it from a reliable source that has great customer service, good prices and fast shipping.
I wanted a camera compact enough to fit in my handbag, had superior low-light performance, made for taking action shots and was waterproof. There were other features that I was also looking for but those were my must have features. As a blogger I attend various events and have learned the hard way that my phone is NOT the best option for taking action and low light pictures. Sadly I can’t always bring my DSLR camera as it’s too bulky and it’s just not always practical bring it. I also wanted a camera that would do double duty for family vacations and events hence the waterproof feature. We are travelling to Disneyland this year so can was say water rides. After much researching I decided the Nikon COOLPIX AW120 camera was the one that not only met but exceeded what I was looking for in a small camera.
Although this is not a low light picture it’s an example of events I have to attend and how even my 12 year old daughter can take a fabulous picture with ease. The colors are amazing!
I went and looked at BuyDig.com first and was happy to learn that they did indeed carry the Nikon COOLPIX AW120 camera and even had a nice camera kit package which I discovered the kit was either the same or less than the price of the camera alone on other sites! Here’s what this particular bundle from BuyDig.com included: Bundle Includes:
- 16GB Secure Digital SD Memory Card
- Compact Deluxe Gadget Bag for Cameras/Camcorders
- AA Charger (100-240v) w/ 4 3000mah AA Batteries
- Hi-Speed SD USB 2.0 Card Reader
- 3pc. Lens Cleaning Kit
- Flexible Mini Table-top Tripod
This was quite impressive as everywhere I looked everyone had JUST the camera for more than what BuyDig.com is selling the WHOLE kit! As of today the kit is on for even less at BuyDig.com at only $296.95! Did the Nikon COOLPIX AW120 camera meet my expectations? YES, it met my expectations and in some cases already is exceeding them. I say some cases because I’m still figuring out all the features as there are so many! I’ve taken some fun and colorful shots with ease that I’m quite happy about. Here’s an example I love this one 🙂
I’ve tried it out for the low-light shots and it has lived up to it’s claim of the “Superior low-light performance. The Nikon COOLPIX AW120’s highly sensitive CMOS image sensor performs so well in low-light situations that in most cases, using the flash is optional. Capture the moment without interrupting it.” Something I hadn’t been looking for but I’ve come to really like is the built-in GPS and Wi-Fi. The GPS will tag and show on the screen and on the digital copy of your picture (if you want) the location of the picture. Now that is invaluable for anyone taking pictures not just for articles that we bloggers do but for family vacations. How many times have you looked at a picture and couldn’t remember where it was taken or when? I now use all those features. The wi-fi allows you to upload immediately to share with friends and family or social media, invaluable for a blogger and mom on the go like myself.
This picture I purposely did without a flash to see how it worked in a low-light situation. I liked it as I wanted a detailed but soft focus and the color of the roses stayed true in the picture 😉
I now have a wonderful compact choice for a camera that takes action shots yay! Wish I had this camera when we were at Stars on Ice to capture those moments of skaters jumps and throws. Alas I didn’t have the camera then but let me tell you I’m ready to snap those pictures of the family on the rides at Disney as the Nikon COOLPIX AW120 can keep up with those action shots no problem! We have not tested taking pictures underwater but I’m quite confident that it does a superb job as it has with everything else. We’ll be testing the waters (ahem) with it on the water rides at Disneyland and Universal this summer. Overall I’m simply thrilled with this camera both professionally and personally speaking as I FINALLY have a camera that I can take anywhere, weighs next to nothing, is nice and small and does a superb job! Thank you BuyDig.com!
This portrait picture also did well as it shows my daughter’s beautiful blue eyes, focused on the face ad not the background just what I wanted!
Are there any cons to this camera? If had to pick a con I would say that you do have to spend some time reading the manual a bit as there are so many features. However you can get started without the manual if you really had to but to fully utilize the camera you should check the manual. The only other thing I would change is the fact that you have to have the cover where the batter is located open in order to plug in the cable to charge the battery. I didn’t care for that but it’s not the end of the world. It would be better if you could take the battery out and charge it on a separate charger that’s my personal preference.
Yes I love taking pictures of plants and flowers as much as I do people 🙂
If you’re looking for a compact camera with lots of amazing features is waterproof, shockproof and Freezeproof the Nikon COOLPIX AW120 camera is the one for you!