"Coolpix AW130 Nikkon" - The ideal outdoor camera!

"Coolpix AW130 Nikkon" - The ideal outdoor camera!

Nikon Coolpix AW130 Digital Camera (16 Megapixel, 5x opt. Zoom, 7.6 cm (3 inch) OLED display, USB 2.0, image stabilized) Blue (Electronics)

Customer Review

My disappointment, the end of the 80s, when I came across an Alpine peaks stand for a 2-day mountain tour wanted to document (the Similaun) and my "success" with a photo, was huge, because my camera - just in this decisive moment - did not work : Due to an unexpected cold snap the trigger of my "Nikkormat EL" has been frozen and an experience that you could not repeat, was detained on any photo !!!

This may give you the "Coolpix AW130 Nikkon" (hereinafter referred to for convenience only AW130 called) does not happen, because the manufacturer indicates that this camera also works at temperatures of up to 10 degrees below zero properly. And I've tried it! I have "kept" my AW130 overnight at minus 6 degrees in the freezer and it has done its job the next morning without any problems! (Here you need to worry about is that you can not directly passes from the cold in a well-tempered, or even over-heated room, as condensation may form.)

The robustness of the AW130 seems ever been the first priority on the requirements for the manufacturer; But more about that later!

When unpacking the camera the user first drops at once that the AW130 is heavier in the hand than other compact cameras with similar dimensions. When you turn one misses the extension of the objective and there are fewer control buttons (and wheels), than comparable compact. So the way of setting an aperture or aperture priority mode as well as for long-term exposure is completely absent; but even more on that later!

That lacks a memory card, is in this type cameras now normal; but in this regard we have a wide selection yes at Amazon!

The battery, which in my opinion - a bad habit with many camera manufacturers - can only be charged via the USB connector on the right side of the camera body, in my experience compared to other cameras very well and guaranteed a relatively long operation of the AW130 with a ( up) charge. Despite the dedicated photographer requires permanent a spare battery and should consider whether it procures these in combination with a battery charger, or prefer an external battery, which he can use for all battery-powered devices. I have - at least for now - decided to use the existing external battery!

The installation of the riser is relatively complicated and, considering that this (in my opinion is impractical and) under water (after notice of the manufacturer) necessarily has to be removed when using the camera, I personally find the Attaching a hand strap significantly meaningful. These cost - if you "has on reserve" is not a - Amazon just a few euros!

The supplied "Quick Start Guide" (in 5 languages) is very "spartan", but the new users is the most important initial steps to charge the battery and setup the camera (date, language, etc.) me is important to note how can download the manufacturer's Reference Manual, the great detail explains the individual functions of the AW130. Who, like me, still like manuals or instructions for use in paper form would have to add personal notes, underline or additions if necessary, the most important pages can (there are approx 10-12) to print - or not!

And now to the actual Part: To take a picture!

When AW130 I have my otherwise used "exposure series" (3 photos with different exposures) dispense and also on the time or auto iris. Here one controls his photos with selective white balance, continuous shooting and the various scene modes (Landscape, Sport, Indoors, Portrait ...), the "Effect Mode" (Sepia, Blur ...) we can even still pretend a "Exposure Compensation". Now the AW130 makes everything alone! The photographer can then following "its images" in the camera manually (hue, contrast, saturation).

In macro and landscape photography is achieved with the AW130 quite remarkable results when in bright sunshine no (glare) has trouble with the monitor ...

When shooting indoors (without flash), in which the object (like our little cat on the sample photo) is always in motion, has the 1: 2.8 to 4.9 NIKKOR lens but then his problems, how to blur the photos can be seen!
(Note: The brightness of the lens seems to Nikkon obviously not to have the highest priority so lacking in the product description of any indication Only if one enlarges the camera image on the Amazon page, you can see the exact value..!)

In addition to the robustness (continued Note: Actually, I did not want to try for yourself whether the AW130 actually the manufacturer's specified drop height of 210 cm above is: but, as when recording our dog pulled on the leash and I noticed the camera out of his hand, has there have been no problems), the AW130 its strengths in combination with the use of WiFi and the position data functions and the display of maps. In addition to the position data, the camera can also display elevation data and compass data and hold "movement information" on the memory card.

The water resistance is for me personally, since I'm no diver, only important insofar as I can use in rain and snow, the camera easily - and will!

Conclusion.
The AW130 is in my personal opinion the perfect outdoor camera for mountaineers, divers, hikers and a solid companion for trekking, rafting and (especially) Geocaching! For this reason I rate it with full five stars!

For "conscious photographing" is available in the price segment in question at Amazon alternatives with a stronger light lens or even a (additional) viewfinder!

Mag every one to decide for themselves which are important to the above priorities for him !!!

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