New Travel Gear: Nikon AW100

Nikon AW100 Four ColorsPart of traveling is taking photos right? Is the Nikon AW100 right for me? In today’s world you can upload them to Facebook, Flickr, or your blog and they can be view by friends, family, and total strangers in a matter of minutes. If you follow my travels, you’ll know that I normally shoot with my Nikon D7000 but it can be a bit cumbersome and isn’t exactly inconspicuous.

Enter the Nikon AW100! This little guy is great! I’ve been shooting with it for a few days and I haven’t been disappointed. Does this camera have the photo quality of my DSLR? No, but is does a great job for a point and shoot. On top of being a simple pocket camera it also has awesome features like GPS for geotagging and it’s tough. Waterproof up to ~30ft, dust proof, and drop proof from about 5ft. This is a perfect camera for the traveler. It’s light and fits into your cargo pocket.

Main Features of the Nikon AW100

  • 16mp Sensor
  • 5x Optical Zoom
  • Waterproof & Shockproof
  • GPS for Geotagging
  • Takes 1080p Video
  • Small & light
  • Plus tons of other functions & settings

Below you’ll find a few images I took on this last Saturday at the Old Mill in Bend, Oregon. I feel they came out a bit soft but I was shooting at 16mp. I’ve found that if you bump that down to 12mp images are much sharper.

I’m excited to take the Nikon Aw100 with me on my next trip. I’ll be heading to Portland, Oregon at the end of the week and next month to San Diego and possibly San Francisco, California. Those will be the real test. I’m also curious to see how the battery life holds up with and without the GPS turned on.

Be sure to check back as I’ll be updating this post when I have more info.

Have any input on the Nikon AW100? Leave me a comment!

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