Nikon AW110

Nikon Coolpix AW110 front
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 125 - 1600
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 28-140mm (F3.9-4.8) lens
  • 193g - 110 x 65 x 25mm
  • Announced July 2013
  • Old Model is Nikon AW100
  • Later Model is Nikon AW120
  • Read full specs
  • Alternatives
  • Size Comparison
  • FAQ

Nikon AW110 overview

Nikon AW110 is Nikon's Waterproof camera originally introduced on July of 2013. It has a 16 MegaPixel, CMOS 1/2.3" size sensor with a maximum resolution of 4608 x 3456.

Nikon released this camera as a way to improve the older Nikon AW100 (Read Full Comparison) & then introduced the updated Nikon AW120 (Read Full Comparison) in order to improve this model.

The AW110 comes in at #25 out of 75 in Waterproof cameras & all-around #695 out of 1465 for cameras in our collection. Remember to use our Smart camera finder to get camera rankings based on your personal requirements.

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Below is a chart of specific criteria used in the scoring system.

Nikon AW110 family

The Nikon AW110 has a history of related cameras. Below, you can find all earlier and new models along with main features.

ModelVisualizeLensResolutionSensor SizeReleased
Nikon-Coolpix-A1000 front thumbnailNikon A1000
AW110 vs A1000
Nikon-Coolpix-A900 front thumbnailNikon A900
AW110 vs A900
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Nikon-Coolpix-AW130 front thumbnailNikon AW130
AW110 vs AW130
Nikon-Coolpix-AW120 front thumbnailNikon AW120
AW110 vs AW120
Nikon-Coolpix-AW110 front thumbnailNikon AW11028-140mm
Nikon-Coolpix-AW100 front thumbnailNikon AW100
AW110 vs AW100
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Nikon AW110 Pros and Cons

Here is a shortlist of positives and negatives of the Nikon AW110 based on features which are usually viewed as useful in a camera.

built-in flash
good MP (16 megapixels)
has face detection focus
has manual focus
has tracking autofocus
image stabilization (Optical)
in built lens has zoom (28-140mm 5.0 x zoom)
nice screen size (3 inch)
relatively wide (28mm)
video res high (1920 x 1080 resolution)
weather proof
can't use external flash
doesn't contain selfie friendly display
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
lack of phase detect auto focus
lack of RAW files
lack of shutter priority mode
low resolution screen (614 thousand dot)
max zoom aperture not good (f4.8)
missing external microphone jack
missing HDMI support
missing headphone jack
missing Timelapse function
no aperture priority mode
no manual control
screen does not articulate
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
slow maximum aperture (f3.9)
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Nikon AW110 Sensor specs

The size of the sensor on the Nikon AW110 is 6.17mm x 4.55mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor is able to resolve 4608 x 3456 pixels . The camera comes with Image Stabilization (Optical). Optical stabilization is preferable than digital stabilization since the latter can lead to cropping.

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The CMOS sensor has 16 megapixels and has a native ISO range of 125 to 1600. Sadly, RAW format is not supported therefore you have less room to maneuver in post.

The image underneath shows the AW110's sensor size when compared to other common sizes. The AW110 sensor has a crop factor of 5.8 and is outlined in green.

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To get an idea of specific aspect ratios, you can refer to the visual below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Nikon AW110 dimensions

Nikon AW110 is 0.43 lb (193g / 6.81 oz) & the overall size of the camera is 110mm x 65mm x 25mm (4.3" x 2.6" x 1.0"). The weight of normal Waterproof camera is 195g and the Nikon AW110 is on par in comparison with other rivals.

Photography Glossary

Underneath is a image of the Nikon AW110 beside a softdrink so you can get a feel for its size.

Nikon Coolpix AW110 dimensions scale

The top view just below will show the button arrangement on the AW110.

Nikon Coolpix AW110 topview buttons dials

Nikon AW110 Lens details

The AW110 is equipped with a built-in lens with a focal range of 28-140mm making it a 5.0 x zoom which may not be huge nevertheless it will definitely be valuable in a few circumstances.

At it's widest 28mm, it comes with an aperture of f3.9 which will be very sluggish and not ideal for low light circumstances and you will find it difficult to get good bokeh. You could also have to increase your ISO setting resulting in noisy pictures. Towards the long end, 140mm comes with f4.8 making it very sluggish and you might have to choose slow shutter speeds.

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Nikon AW110 Connectivity

The AW110 has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes
  • Wireless Yes
  • GPS Yes

Cameras that come with NFC and Bluetooth compatibility can easily be used wirelessly through smartphones. You will be able to transfer pictures and usually change settings with no need to connect physically with the camera.

Some apps also stream a Liveview and click the shutter when you aren't close to the camera. If the camera contains a HDMI port, it could be attached to an external display. A good number of cameras enable you to charge the battery with the USB socket.

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Nikon AW110 Video details

The maximum video resolution on the Nikon AW110 is 1920 x 1080 and you can save in MPEG-4 and H.264 format. 1080p resolution provides a good balance between quality and file size but FULL HD will not leave you with any room to downsample. The body doesn't feature a microphone and headphone socket which means that you get zero control over the audio. It is probably a better idea to order a different model if you require better audio for your video clips.

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Nikon AW110 Weather Sealing

Nikon AW110 features weather sealing making it a very good option for use during rough climates. This can be particularly beneficial any time you are not sure about the elements you might encounter during outdoor photography.

Nikon AW110 Display and Viewfinder

The Nikon AW110 has a 3 inch fixed screen with a resolution of 614 thousand dots.

Sadly the screen is not a touch screen.

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The View Finder details for Nikon AW110 are below:

  • ViewFinder None

For sunny outdoor situations that make the camera screens washed out and tricky to see, viewfinders will be very valuable.

Nikon AW110 Shutter details

Nikon AW110 continuous shooting rate is 8.0 frames per second. The highest shutter speed is 1/1500 sec.

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Nikon AW110 Flash and Hot shoe details

Nikon AW110 comes with just in-built flash without external flash ability.

Nikon AW110 Autofocusing details

Nikon AW110 comes with only Contrast Detect Autofocus & is missing Phase Detect Autofocus. Phase Detection autofocusing is a lot more quicker & exact than Contrast Detect autofocusing. The camera has Face detect which makes it helpful for taking photos of people.

The Sensor has 9 focus points to pick from. It also boasts Tracking Autofocus for subjects on the move. Nikon AW110 supports manual focus if required during low light occasions or you require more exact control on focus.

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Nikon AW110 Battery life

The battery (EN-EL12) in the Nikon AW110 is designed to last for 250 photographs based on the CIPA benchmarks making it on par with it's rivals. The general Waterproof camera battery life is 275. Olympus TG-4 comes with the highest possible (380) battery life within this group of cameras.

Below is a collection of Waterproof cameras that have the best battery life:

Nikon AW110 for varying categories of photography

The following diagram presents a analysis of the Nikon AW110 for varying categories of photography. To see more, scroll to the specific paragraph underneath.

Portrait photography with Nikon AW110

The Nikon AW110 gets a points total of 41 which is low, and means the camera is just not appropriate to use for portraits. Taking portraits leans greatly towards sensor size, support for RAW photos plus the option to work with off-camera lighting.

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manual focus
megapixel count good (16MP)
supports face detect focus
lack of manual exposure
can't use external flash
small sensor size (1/2.3")
has no RAW format

Nikon AW110 Street photography advice

Having a very good points total of 62, the Nikon AW110 is a good pick for street photography. A decent street photography camera gives a perfect balance of image quality plus portability.

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image stabilization (Optical)
weather proof
no articulating screen
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
does not have RAW support

Sports photography with Nikon AW110

A decent sports photography points total of 48 means the Nikon AW110 is fairly suited for taking pictures of sports. A camera should have excellent tracking plus fast shutter speeds for sports photography.

Photography Glossary
image stabilization (Optical)
megapixel count decent (16 megapixels)
includes tracking autofocus
weather proof
no shutter priority mode
small sensor size (1/2.3")
lacks phase detect auto focus

Nikon AW110 as a Travel photography camera

Portability is really important in selecting a camera for travel. All things considered, the Nikon AW110 gets a above average 67 for a travel camera which makes it a good choice to take with you on your vacations.

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weather proof
sensor resolution is decent (16 megapixels)
has built in flash
really wide (28mm)
lack of Time Lapse mode
doesn't have selfie friendly screen
sluggish max aperture (f3.9)

Nikon AW110 Landscape photography details

For those who are looking to choose a digital camera for landscape photographs, the most critical factor will no doubt be image quality. The Nikon AW110 with it's modest score of 50 for a landscape camera is relatively acceptable compared to it's competition.

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manual focus
really wide (28mm)
screen size is good (3 inches)
has image stabilization (Optical)
decent sensor resolution (16 megapixels)
weather sealing
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.9)
manual exposure not available
small sensor size (1/2.3")
lacks RAW support
lack of Time Lapse function

Nikon AW110 Vlogging highlights

A vlogging camera ought to come with a moving screen, microphone port and if possible IBIS. Taking everything into account, the Nikon AW110 is just not appropriate for vlogging as it comes to a low rating of 33.

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pretty wide (28mm)
has image stabilization (Optical)
comes with face detect autofocus
high res video (1920 x 1080 resolution)
slow maximum aperture (f3.9)
doesn't contain selfie friendly screen
does not have mic jack

Nikon AW110 Alternatives

If you are trying to find alternatives to the AW110, here is a range of the highest scored cameras which fall under the class of Waterproof.

The line chart down below will give you a summary of the AW110 compared to it's top scored rivals listed earlier.

Here are a few more cameras you might regard as alternatives. To see a extensive comparison, simply click the "compare" link.

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General Information
Nikon Coolpix AW110
Body design
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Sensor size
Sensor measurements
6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor area
Sensor resolution
Anti aliasing filter
Maximum resolution
4608 x 3456
RAW photos
Maximum native ISO
Min native ISO
Manual focus
Touch focus
AF continuous
AF single
Tracking AF
Selective AF
AF center weighted
Multi area AF
AF live view
Face detect AF
Contract detect AF
Phase detect AF
Number of focus points
Lens mounting type
fixed lens
Lens focal range
28-140mm (5.0x)
Max aperture
Macro focus range
Crop factor
Display type
Fixed Type
Display diagonal
3 inch
Resolution of display
614 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Touch function
Display tech
OLED monitor
Viewfinder Information
DXO scores
DXO All around score
not tested
DXO Color Depth score
not tested
DXO Dynamic range score
not tested
DXO Low light score
not tested
Slowest shutter speed
4 seconds
Maximum shutter speed
1/1500 seconds
Continuous shooting speed
8.0 frames per second
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual exposure
Change WB
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash range
5.20 m
Hot shoe
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Supported video resolutions
1920 x 1080
Maximum video resolution
Video data format
MPEG-4, H.264
Microphone input
Headphone input
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Environment seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
193g (0.43 lbs)
110 x 65 x 25mm (4.3" x 2.6" x 1.0")
Battery life
250 shots
Style of battery
Battery Pack
Battery model
Time lapse shooting
Storage media
Storage slots
Pricing at launch