Under $300 compact digital camera

Nikon Coolpix AW110 comes in four colors: black, blue, red and camouflage. Photo Nikon.

Nikon Coolpix AW110 comes in four colors: black, blue, red and camouflage. Photo Nikon.

if you’re looking for a compact digital camera – one you can carry in your pocket and want to get hi-rez under water shots, the Nikon Coolpix AW110 just may be what you’re looking for. It has it’s short suits that professionals slight it for: No external microphone jack, no RAW capture, no hot shoe and no flip out viewscreen. But for the average person interested in taking pictures while enjoying their favored outdoor activities and doesn’t want to be fussing all day to make sure the camera doesn’t get wet or get abused, this 110 is a tough cookie that takes great shots. It’s strongest suit for anglers is that it takes great underwater images of caught and released fish. That feature in the 110 isn’t matched by other compact digitals. Most of the others compact digital camera competitors suffer from shutter lag, which means the fish is long gone because of the time delay between triggering the shutter and when the photograph is actually recorded.

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Here are some more features as pointed out by the pros at PHOTOGRAPHY Blog

[dropcap]T[/dropcap]he Nikon Coolpix AW110 follows on the All Weather tradition in terms of styling. It’s a chunky unit, thanks to the tough exterior that protects against the elements. The lens has been positioned in the top corner, which seems to be a preferred spot for Nikon designers when designating the area to put the hole. The brightly colored front (at least in the case of the red or blue versions) is a metal surface with glossy paint finish. That’s all you see, though, because thick plastic takes over the rest of the camera to not only protect the camera, but also give an appearance of being tough.

On the right side of the camera is where you put the memory card and battery. It’s easily identifiable thanks to the huge locking wheel in place to keep the area moisture free. To open it, you have to twist it with your thumb and forefinger while pressing the central button with your index finger. Or use two hands.

The Nikon Coolpix AW110 is certainly designed for the traveling photographer. There are a number of features that have been installed to help you along the way if you’re doing just that. The AW110 has a built-in GPS (Global Positioning System) so you can keep track of where you take your pictures. Switching it on is done by pressing the button on the side of the camera. It only works if you input the correct time and date into the camera and it uses the time from the EXIF data to correlate with the time on the GPS. So when you take a picture at 4pm, the camera looks at where the GPS says it was at 4pm and links the information together. You can then upload the picture with that information onto Google Maps for friends and family to see. There’s also a World Map display that will document your journey for you to see on the camera.

To help you upload the pictures sooner and share faster, the AW110 comes wifi enabled. This means that when you have a smart device (phone or tablet) nearby, you can pair it by using the Nikon app and transfer pictures via that.

To read complete review go the PHOTOGRAPHY Blog

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