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Nikon AW120 vs Nikon AW130

Portability
92
Imaging
40
Features
45
Overall
42
Nikon Coolpix AW120 front
 
Nikon Coolpix AW130 front
Portability
91
Imaging
41
Features
44
Overall
42

Nikon AW120 vs Nikon AW130 Key Specs

Nikon AW120
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 125 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 24-120mm (F2.8-4.9) lens
  • 213g - 110 x 66 x 26mm
  • Announced February 2014
  • Earlier Model is Nikon AW110
  • Later Model is Nikon AW130
Nikon AW130
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 125 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 24-120mm (F2.8-4.9) lens
  • 221g - 110 x 66 x 27mm
  • Revealed February 2015
  • Previous Model is Nikon AW120
Photography Glossary

Nikon AW120 vs Nikon AW130 Overview

Let's look more in depth at the Nikon AW120 versus Nikon AW130, both Waterproof cameras and both are created by Nikon. The image resolution of the AW120 (16MP) and the AW130 (16MP) is relatively close and both cameras boast the identical sensor sizing (1/2.3").

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The AW120 was introduced 12 months prior to the AW130 so they are of a similar age. Each of these cameras feature the same body design (Compact).

Before diving into a comprehensive comparison, here is a brief summation of how the AW120 matches up against the AW130 in the way of portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Nikon AW120 over the Nikon AW130

 AW120 AW130 

Reasons to pick Nikon AW130 over the Nikon AW120

 AW130 AW120 
RevealedFebruary 2015February 2014Newer by 12 months

Common features in the Nikon AW120 and Nikon AW130

 AW120 AW130 
Manually focus No manual focus
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Screen size3"3"Same screen measurement
Screen resolution921k921kThe same screen resolution
Selfie screen Neither provides selfie screen
Touch friendly screen Lacking Touch friendly screen

Nikon AW120 vs Nikon AW130 Physical Comparison

If you're going to travel with your camera, you'll need to take into account its weight and dimensions. The Nikon AW120 provides exterior measurements of 110mm x 66mm x 26mm (4.3" x 2.6" x 1.0") accompanied by a weight of 213 grams (0.47 lbs) and the Nikon AW130 has dimensions of 110mm x 66mm x 27mm (4.3" x 2.6" x 1.1") with a weight of 221 grams (0.49 lbs).

Take a look at the Nikon AW120 versus Nikon AW130 in our brand new Camera & Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Always remember, the weight of an ILC will vary based on the lens you have at that moment. Underneath is a front view sizing comparison of the AW120 versus the AW130.

Nikon AW120 vs Nikon AW130 size comparison

Looking at size and weight, the portability rating of the AW120 and AW130 is 92 and 91 respectively.

Nikon AW120 vs Nikon AW130 top view buttons comparison

Nikon AW120 vs Nikon AW130 Sensor Comparison

Usually, it can be difficult to picture the difference in sensor dimensions just by researching a spec sheet. The pic underneath may offer you a better sense of the sensor sizing in the AW120 and AW130.

Clearly, each of the cameras come with the identical sensor size and the same exact MP so you can expect comparable quality of images but you may want to consider the launch date of the cameras into account. The more aged AW120 will be disadvantaged in sensor technology.

Nikon AW120 vs Nikon AW130 sensor size comparison

Nikon AW120 vs Nikon AW130 Screen and ViewFinder

Nikon AW120 vs Nikon AW130 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Nikon AW120 as a Portrait photography camera
Nikon AW130 as a Portrait photography camera
35
megapixel count good (16 megapixels)
supports face detection focus
manual focus not available
manual exposure not available
cannot use external flash
sensor is small (1/2.3")
no RAW support
36
MP count decent (16 megapixels)
has face detect focusing
no manual focus
lack of manual exposure
cannot use external flash
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
has no RAW files
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Street Comparison

Nikon AW120 Street photography info
Nikon AW130 Street photography info
62
image stabilization (Optical)
weather proofing
screen is fixed
sensor is small (1/2.3")
no RAW support
62
image stabilization (Optical)
weather sealing
screen is fixed
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
has no RAW files
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Sports Comparison

Nikon AW120 as a Sports photography camera
Nikon AW130 as a Sports photography camera
51
image stabilization (Optical)
megapixel count good (16 megapixels)
supports tracking autofocus
weather proofing
great battery life (350 shots)
no shutter priority
sensor is small (1/2.3")
no phase detect auto focus
51
image stabilization (Optical)
MP count decent (16 megapixels)
has tracking focus
weather sealing
great battery life (370 shots)
lack of shutter priority mode
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
has no phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Nikon AW120 Travel photography info
Nikon AW130 Travel photography info
69
great battery life (350 CIPA)
weather proofing
megapixel count good (16MP)
has built in flash
decently wide (24mm)
doesn't have Timelapse mode
display is not selfie friendly
sluggish max aperture (f2.8)
73
great battery life (370 CIPA)
weather sealing
MP count decent (16 megapixels)
has built in flash
pretty wide (24mm)
does not contain selfie friendly screen
sluggish max aperture (f2.8)
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Landscape Comparison

Landscape photography with Nikon AW120
Landscape photography with Nikon AW130
48
decently wide (24mm)
good sized screen (3")
image stabilization (Optical)
megapixel count good (16 megapixels)
weather proofing
great battery life (350 shots)
manual focus not available
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
sluggish max aperture (f2.8)
manual exposure not available
sensor is small (1/2.3")
no RAW support
doesn't have Timelapse mode
50
pretty wide (24mm)
screen size is decent (3 inches)
image stabilization (Optical)
MP count decent (16MP)
weather sealing
great battery life (370 CIPA)
no manual focus
can't switch lenses (fixed lens mount)
sluggish max aperture (f2.8)
lack of manual exposure
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
has no RAW files
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Vlogging Comparison

Vlogging with Nikon AW120
Vlogging with Nikon AW130
33
decently wide (24mm)
image stabilization (Optical)
supports face detection focus
high res video (1920 x 1080 pxls)
sluggish max aperture (f2.8)
display is not selfie friendly
doesn't have external microphone support
33
pretty wide (24mm)
image stabilization (Optical)
has face detect focusing
video resolution high (1920 x 1080 pixels)
sluggish max aperture (f2.8)
does not contain selfie friendly screen
does not have mic port
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Nikon AW120 vs Nikon AW130 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Nikon AW120 and Nikon AW130
 Nikon Coolpix AW120Nikon Coolpix AW130
General Information
Company Nikon Nikon
Model type Nikon Coolpix AW120 Nikon Coolpix AW130
Class Waterproof Waterproof
Announced 2014-02-07 2015-02-10
Body design Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Sensor type CMOS CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor dimensions 6.17 x 4.55mm 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor area 28.1mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 16MP 16MP
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio - 1:1, 4:3 and 16:9
Max resolution 4608 x 3456 4608 x 3456
Max native ISO 6400 6400
Lowest native ISO 125 125
RAW format
Autofocusing
Manual focusing
Touch focus
AF continuous
Single AF
Tracking AF
Selective AF
AF center weighted
Multi area AF
AF live view
Face detection AF
Contract detection AF
Phase detection AF
Cross type focus points - -
Lens
Lens mount type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 24-120mm (5.0x) 24-120mm (5.0x)
Largest aperture f/2.8-4.9 f/2.8-4.9
Macro focusing distance 1cm 1cm
Crop factor 5.8 5.8
Screen
Range of screen Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen size 3" 3"
Screen resolution 921k dot 921k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch operation
Screen technology OLED monitor -
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None None
Features
Minimum shutter speed 4 seconds 4 seconds
Fastest shutter speed 1/4000 seconds 1/4000 seconds
Continuous shutter speed 7.0 frames per sec 7.0 frames per sec
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Change WB
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash distance 5.20 m 5.20 m (at Auto ISO)
External flash
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1920 x 1080 1920 x 1080 (60i ,50i, 30p, 25p), 1280 x 720 (30p, 25p), 640 x 480 (30p, 25p)
Max video resolution 1920x1080 1920x1080
Video format MPEG-4, H.264 MPEG-4, H.264
Mic jack
Headphone jack
Connectivity
Wireless Built-In Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS BuiltIn BuiltIn
Physical
Environment seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 213 grams (0.47 lb) 221 grams (0.49 lb)
Physical dimensions 110 x 66 x 26mm (4.3" x 2.6" x 1.0") 110 x 66 x 27mm (4.3" x 2.6" x 1.1")
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating not tested not tested
DXO Color Depth rating not tested not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating not tested not tested
DXO Low light rating not tested not tested
Other
Battery life 350 images 370 images
Form of battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery ID EN-EL12 EN-EL12
Self timer - Yes (2 or 10 secs)
Time lapse recording
Storage media SD / SDHC/SDXC SD/SDHC/SDXC
Storage slots One One
Launch pricing $350 $398