First Impressions of Nikon COOLPIX AW120

I’ve been wanting to buy a camera to take on our runs and bike rides for almost a year now.  After researching the shockproof, waterproof cameras available, I’ve had my eye on the Nikon Coolpix AW120.  Since the weather is beginning to warm up, making outdoor running possible, we finally purchased the camera yesterday.  We have been shooting with DSLRs for several years, but these are too difficult, awkward, and heavy to carry on a run or bike ride.  And, there is another reason persuading us not to take the DSLR for use while running, the cost of replacement is just TOO high.

Note, the new NIKON COOLPIX AW130 is said to release this month, reducing the price of the AW120 by over $100 dollars. I momentarily considered waiting for the new AW130, but the upgrades are minimal (at least to me) and I was happy to pay less for a great camera.


Pretty standard stuff – camera, battery, USB cable, AC adapter, camera strap, brush (what am I intended to brush?), and Quick Start Guide.  I have to say, I do like that the AC adapter has the foldable prongs, making it more convenient for storage and travel.  The guide recommends charging the battery for approximately 2 hours and 20 minutes before starting, although the camera did show the battery to have a charge.

Nikon Coolpix AW120

First Use

After the battery was fully charged, we wanted to see how the camera would perform.  We took the dogs on a walk in a nearby park and neighborhood and snapped a few pictures along the way.  Some shots were still and others were taken while walking.  As you can see, the camera does a pretty good job of focusing even while in motion.

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