- 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
- Size Comparison
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 #701 out of 1459 for cameras in our collection. Remember to use our Smart camera finder to get camera rankings based on your personal requirements.
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.
AW110 vs A100024-840mm
AW110 vs A90024-840mm
AW110 vs AW13024-120mm
AW110 vs AW12024-120mm
AW110 vs AW10028-140mm
Nikon AW110 Gallery
You can view the AW110 from several angles in the gallery here.
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.
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.400 Megapixel mode coming to Fujifilm GFX 100
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.Control Profoto B10 & B10 Plus with your Android Phone
To get an idea of specific aspect ratios, you can refer to the visual below.
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.Photographer fined '$200,000' for failing to deliver photos
Underneath is a image of the Nikon AW110 beside a softdrink so you can get a feel for its size.
The top view just below will show the button arrangement on the AW110.
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.
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.
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.
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.400 Megapixel mode coming to Fujifilm GFX 100
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.
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.
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:
AW110 vs TG-4380 yesnono
AW110 vs TS6370 noyesno
AW110 vs TS5370 noyesno
AW110 vs AW130370 nonono
AW110 vs TG-1 iHS350 nonono
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.