Looking for a camera that can climb the heights and dive the depths with you? The 16-megapixel COOLPIX AW120 is rugged enough for any outdoor lifestyle and is packed with tools to enhance your active lifestyle.
Waterproof to 18m, shockproof to 2m and freeze-proof to -10°C, it can also pinpoint your explorations with built-in GPS, GLONASS, world maps and compass – perfect for tracking your route. Built-in Wi-Fi¹ lets you share all the action as it happens via your smart device¹, and you can shoot Full HD movies too. The ultra-wide 24mm f/2.8 lens with 5x optical zoom gives optimal brightness even in the darkest of scenes on land or underwater.
The COOLPIX AW120 – your robust travel companion.
When you go to extremes, your camera does too – waterproof to 18m deep, shockproof to a 2m drop and freeze-proof to a temperature of -10°C.
The bright 24mm f/2.8 lens with 5x zoom (24-120mm) gives ultra-wide coverage and is ideal for night landscapes or underwater scenes.
Share your adventures instantly, with built-in Wi-Fi enabling transfer of images via your smart device¹ – which can also act as a remote control.
With a sensitive image sensor, you get great performance and clear images with low noise, even when shooting in low light conditions.
The large display has superior brightness and visibility for clear shooting and playback, even underwater or in direct sunlight.
Record an image’s exact location (longitude and latitude) as a ‘geotag’ with the Global Positioning System, supported by Global Navigation Satellite Systems.
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Full HD movies: some adventures need to be in recorded in motion – shoot video at 1080/60i with optical zoom and autofocus. Film in slow and fast motion at speeds from 15 to 240 fps.
5-axis Hybrid VR: when you’re active, stability in your camera is vital – especially for smooth movies. Lens-Shift and Electronic vibration reduction work together for highly effective countering of camera shake that gives you clear images every time.
10x Dynamic Fine Zoom: the 5x optical zoom lens can extend to 10x Dynamic Fine Zoom² with no loss of resolution, giving you exceptional detail – ideal for creative image crops.
World Map Display: built-in world maps are easily accessible, with enlarged views activated by shaking the camera. Trace your route or log up to 30 shooting locations.
Altimeter and Quick Display: altitude, depth, atmospheric pressure and water pressure readings can all be displayed on the monitor or included in your images. Quick Display gives fast confirmation of essential data like longitude/latitude, altitude/water depth, air pressure, compass or date/time.
Dedicated light modes: make sure you get superior results in any light – Night Landscape mode allows you to shoot sharp shots at low ISO, Night Portrait mode gives beautifully detailed night scenes and indoor portraits, and Backlight Scene mode offers impressive tonal detail, in combination with Auto HDR.
High speed continuous shooting: capture every moment of fast-moving action with continuous shooting of up to 6 shots at a speedy 8 fps.
Easy Panorama 360°/180°: give stunning scenery the special treatment it deserves, by tilting vertically or panning horizontally to create dynamic panoramas.
Action Control: makes features accessible with a dedicated button on the side of the camera, so you can operate easily even when underwater or wearing gloves. Scroll through maps easily, just by tilting the camera.
Quick USB charging: keep your camera ready for action at a moment’s notice with high-speed USB charging. You can even play back or shoot while your camera is charging.
Underwater mode: your camera makes it easy for you by automatically adjusting the white balance setting to capture underwater scenes just as you see them.
EXPEED C2: Nikon’s fast and powerful image processing system offers high-speed operation, high-sensitivity performance and optimum image quality.
Nikon Image Space: all Nikon users can enjoy 20 GB of free online cloud storage with our dedicated Nikon image storage and sharing site, Nikon Image Space. Find out more at NIKON IMAGE SPACE.
¹ Requires installation of the Nikon ‘Wireless Mobile Utility’ application (iOS™ and Android™ compatible) on your smart device.
Compact digital camera
1/2.3-in. type CMOS; approx. 16.76 million total pixels
NIKKOR lens with 5x optical zoom
12 elements in 10 groups (2 ED lens elements)
Up to 4x (angle of view equivalent to that of approx. 480 mm lens in 35mm  format)
Combination of lens shift and electronic VR
Motion blur reduction
Motion detection (still pictures)
[W]: Approx. 50 cm (1 ft 8 in.) to infinity, [T]: Approx. 50 cm (1 ft 8 in.) to infinity. Macro mode: Approx. 1 cm (0.4 in.) to infinity (wide-angle position). (All distances measured from center of front surface of lens)
Face priority, manual with 99 focus areas, center, subject tracking, target finding AF
7.5 cm (3-in.), approx. 921k-dot, OLED monitor with anti-reflection coating and 5-level brightness adjustment
Approx. 98% horizontal and 98% vertical (compared to actual picture)
Frame coverage (playback mode)
Approx. 100% horizontal and 100% vertical (compared to actual picture)
Internal memory (approx. 329 MB), SD/SDHC/SDXC memory card
DCF, Exif 2.3, and DPOF compliant
Storage file formats
Still pictures: JPEG. Sound files (voice memo): WAV. Movies: MOV (video: H.264/MPEG-4 AVC, Audio: LPCM stereo)
Image size (pixels)
16M (High) [4608 x 3456(fine)]. 16M [4608 x 3456]. 8M [3264 x 2448]. 4M [2272 x 1704]. 2M [1600 x 1200]. VGA [640 x 480]. 16:9 12M [4608 x 2592]. 1:1 [3456 x 3456]
Easy auto, Scene (Portrait, Landscape, Sports, Night portrait, Party/indoor, Beach, Snow, Sunset, Dusk/dawn, Night landscape, Close-up, Food, Museum, Fireworks show, Black and white copy, Backlighting, Easy panorama, Pet portrait, Underwater), Special effects, Smart portrait, Auto
Single (default setting), Continuous H (the frame rate for continuous shooting is about 6.9 fps and the maximum number of continuous shots is about 5), Continuous L (the frame rate for continuous shooting is about 2.2 fps and the maximum number of continuous shots is about 33), Pre-shooting cache (the frame rate for continuous shooting is about 20 fps and the maximum number of continuous shots is 25, including a maximum of 5 frames captured in the pre-shooting cache), Continuous H:120 fps (the frame rate for continuous shooting is about 120 fps and the maximum number of continuous shots is 50), Continuous H:60 fps (the frame rate for continuous shooting is about 60 fps and the maximum number of continuous shots is 25), BSS (Best Shot Selector), Multi-shot 16
Movie - file format
1080/30p (default setting): 1920 x 1080 (High)/16:9, 1080/25p (default setting): 1920 x 1080 (High)/16:9, 1080/60i: 1920 x 1080/16:9, 1080/50i: 1920 x 1080/16:9, 720/30p: 1280 x 720/16:9, 720/25p: 1280 x 720/16:9, iFrame 720/30p: 1280 x 720/16:9, iFrame 720/25p: 1280 x 720/16:9, 480/30p: 640 x 480/4:3, 480/25p: 640 x 480/4:3, HS 240/8x: 320 x 240/4:3, HS 480/4x: 640 x 480/4:3, HS 720/2x: 1280 x 720/16:9, HS 1080/0.5x: 1920 x 1080/16:9
ISO 125-1600. ISO 3200, 6400 (available when using Auto mode)
Matrix, center-weighted (digital zoom less than 2x), spot (digital zoom 2x or more)
Programmed auto exposure and exposure compensation (-2.0 - +2.0 EV in steps of 1/3 EV)
Mechanical and CMOS electronic shutter
1/1500-1 s. 1/4000 s (maximum speed during high-speed continuous shooting). 4 s (Fireworks show scene mode)
Electronically-controlled preset aperture (-1 AV) and ND filter (-2 AV) selections
3 steps (f/2.8, f/4.1, f/8.2 [W])
Can be selected from 10 s and 2 s
Flash range (approx.)
[W]: 0.5-5.2 m (1 ft 8 in.-17 ft). [T]: 0.5-4.5 m (1 ft 8 in.-14 ft)
TTL auto flash with monitor preflashes
Hi-Speed USB equivalent
Data Transfer Protocol
Can be selected from Auto, 480p, 720p, and 1080i
Micro-USB connector. HDMI micro connector (Type D) (HDMI output)
Wi-Fi (Wireless LAN) standards
IEEE 802.11b/g/n (standard wireless LAN protocol). ARIB STD-T66 (standard for low power data communications systems)
Wi-Fi (Wireless LAN) communications protocols
IEEE 802.11b: DBPSK/DQPSK/CCK. IEEE 802.11g: OFDM. IEEE 802.11n: OFDM
Wi-Fi (Wireless LAN) range (line of sight)
Approx. 30 m (32 yd)
Wi-Fi (Wireless LAN) operating frequency
2412-2462 MHz (1-11 channels)
Wi-Fi (Wireless LAN) data rates (actual measured values)
IEEE 802.11b: 5 Mbps. IEEE 802.11g: 17 Mbps. IEEE 802.11n: 17 Mbps
Wi-Fi (Wireless LAN) security
Wi-Fi (Wireless LAN) access protocols
16 cardinal points (position correction using 3-axis acceleration sensor, automatic correction for the deviated angle, and automatic offset adjustment)
GPS - location data
GPS / Receiving frequency: 1575.42 MHz, Geodetic system: WGS 84. GLONASS / Receiving frequency: 1598.0625-1605.3750 MHz, Geodetic system: WGS 84
Operating range: Approx. 500-1100 hPa
Operating range: Approx. -300 - +4500 m (-984 - +14,760 ft)
Operating range: Approx. 0-20 m (0-65 ft)
Arabic, Bengali, Bulgarian, Chinese (Simplified and Traditional), Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hindi, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Marathi, Norwegian, Persian, Polish, Portuguese (European and Brazilian), Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Spanish, Swedish, Tamil, Telugu, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian, Vietnamese
One Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL12 (included). AC Adapter EH-62F (available separately)
Approx. 2 h 20 min (when using Charging AC Adapter EH-71P and when no charge remains)
Approx. 350 shots when using EN-EL12
Actual battery life for movie recording2
Approx. 1 h 15 min (1080/30p) when using EN-EL12. Approx. 1 h 20 min (1080/25p) when using EN-EL12
1/4 in. (ISO 1222)
Dimensions (W x H x D)
Approx. 110.1 x 66.0 x 25.8 mm (4.4 x 2.6 x 1.1 in.) (excluding projections)
Approx. 213 g (7.5 oz) (including battery and SD memory card)
Operating environment - temperature
-10°C - +40°C (14°F-104°F) (land). 0°C-40°C (32°F-104°F) (underwater)
Operating environment - humidity
85% or less (no condensation)
JIS/IEC protection class 8 (IPX8) equivalent (under our testing conditions). Capacity to shoot images underwater up to a depth of 18 m (59 ft) and for 60 minutes
JIS/IEC protection class 6 (IP6X) equivalent (under our testing conditions)
Cleared our testing conditions 1compliant with MIL-STD 810F Method 516.5-Shock
Camera strap for land use, Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL12, Charging AC Adapter EH-71P, USB Cable UC-E21, Brush
1. Based on CIPA Standards for measuring life of batteries.
2. When recording a single movie.
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