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Nikon COOLPIX AW100 Rugged Digital Camera

Nikon today announced the COOLPIX AW100, a waterproof, freeze proof and shockproof 16-megapixel digital camera with Full HD movie recording.

The COOLPIX AW100's newly designed rugged chassis is built to withstand harsh environments, yet is compact and lightweight enough to pack for a weekend on the trail. Ready to conquer the rocks, the ice and the waves, the AW100 hosts a myriad of Nikon core technologies aimed at providing stunning images and Full HD 1080p movie recording as well as new GPS technologies for outdoor enthusiasts.

Adventures Captured with Stunning Detail
The fast and compact AW100 can be used underwater to a depth of 33 feet, is shock resistant from a drop of five feet and weather resistant down to a frigid 14 degrees Fahrenheit. Whether staring in the face of a raging monsoon or kayaking down the rapids, the battery-chamber, SD card slot, HDMI mini connector and USB/audio video connector are securely covered to prevent intrusion from the elements. Because every extra ounce matters when packing for a trek, the COOLPIX AW100 is one of the thinnest and lightest among true water-proof cameras at approximately 0.9-inches thin and 6.3 ounces light.

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Image quality is what sets the COOLPIX AW100 apart from the pack, and the camera features a 16.0-megapixel backside illuminated (BSI) CMOS sensor for improved picture quality even in challenging low-light conditions. Whether scrambling a cliff face in scorching sunlight or carefully treading underneath a dense jungle canopy, users can confidently capture images in a variety of light. The camera uses a high sensitivity mode to capture the action in low-light and also features a maximum ISO of 3200 for the ability to capture images where lesser cameras do not make the cut. For added versatility, the COOLPIX AW100 also features a 5x Wide Angle Zoom-NIKKOR ED glass lens (35mm equivalent of 28-140mm) to let users shoot wild POV angles and zoom in on the action. When the action starts moving fast, the AW100 helps to create blur free images with the use of Nikon's Vibration Reduction (VR) to minimize camera shake to capture sharp images and HD movies.

Engineered with Adventure in Mind
The COOLPIX AW100 is born to be extreme and includes features created for the adventurer. The new GPS function and internal map display allow photos to be displayed via location information and saves latitude and longitude information in the image data. Consumers can now shoot and track their route with the included Nikon ViewNX2 software, Nikon's picture sharing site mypicturetown.com or Google Earth to pinpoint the exact orientation at the top of a ski slope or display thumbnails together with a map of the terrain. The camera will also track location while not in use so the user can show an accurate map of their travels up the mountain or kayaking down a river. The AW100 also includes an E-compass, allowing the user to orientate via the LCD screen.

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The COOLPIX AW100 also features a new Action Control operation, which allows photographers to assign a function to a swinging motion to swiftly select specific settings such as scene mode by simply shaking the camera, avoiding the need to remove gloves in situations like skiing, diving or hiking. The camera has a large 3.0-inch, bright LCD screen with Clear Color Display and anti-reflective coating, providing the ability to see in difficult lighting conditions. Users are also able to mount the camera securely to various mounting systems via the built-in standard tripod mount.

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Full HD Movie Recording
Adventure happens fast, and the AW100 is ready to capture Full HD video to document the day's climb, hike, bike or dive. The COOLPIX AW100 can capture stereo audio and has the ability to optically zoom during video recording. In addition to Full HD, the camera features a dedicated movie-record button enabling fast, one-touch recording on the fly. Creative movie making can happen with slow and fast action recording options; shoot slow-motion movies at 60, 120 and 240 frames-per-second (fps) or capture fast motion movies at 15 fps.

COOLPIX Technology
The new COOLPIX AW100 also includes Nikon's EXPEED C2 image processing engine resulting in enhanced image quality and processing speed. With the high-speed continuous shooting performance of the camera's CMOS sensor, combined pictures are used for challenging lighting conditions. When HDR controls are accessed in Backlighting Scene Mode, the camera combines consecutive images of different exposure so that a wide tonality is achieved.

Additionally, the COOLPIX AW100 includes Easy Auto Mode, which automatically recognizes the shooting situation and adjusts camera settings accordingly for great pictures. The Smart Portrait System incorporates a series of automatic functions including In-Camera Red-Eye Fix, Face-Priority AF, Face Priority AE, Smile Mode, Blink Warning, Skin Softening and Pet Portrait mode. Additionally, the COOLPIX AW100 comes with the UE-E23, an attachable 40.5mm thread filter mount adapter.

Price and Availability
The new COOLPIX AW100 is scheduled to be available in early September 2011 for $379.95. It will be available in black, blue and a distinctive, highly visible orange.

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Specifications

Effective pixels 16.0 million
Image sensor 1/2.3-in. type CMOS; approx. 16.79 million total pixels
Lens 5x optical zoom, NIKKOR lens; 5.0-25.0mm (angle of view equivalent to that of approx. 28-140 mm lens in 35mm format);
f/3.9-4.8, Digital Zoom: up to 4x (angle of view equivalent to that of approx. 560 mm lens in 35mm format)
Focus range (from lens) [W]: Approx. 1 ft. 8 in. (50 cm) to infinity
[T]: Approx. 3 ft 4 in. (1m) to infinity
Macro close-up mode: Approx. 0.4 in. (1 cm) to infinity (wide-angle position)
Monitor 3.0-inch (7.5 cm), approx. 460k-dot, wide viewing angle TFT LCD monitor with anti-reflection coating and 5-level brightness adjustment
Storage media Internal memory (approx. 83 MB), SD/SDHC/SDXC memory card
ISO sensitivity ISO 125, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200
Auto (auto gain from ISO 125 to 800)
Fixed range auto (ISO 125 to 400)
Interface Hi-Speed USB
Power sources One Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL12 (included)
AC Adapter EH-62F (available separately)
Battery life (EN-EL12) Still pictures: Approx. 250 shots
Movies: 1 hour 35 min (HD 1080p (1920×1080))
Dimensions (WxHxD) Approx. 110.1 x 64.9 x 22.8 mm (4.4 x 2.6 x 0.9 in.) (excluding projections)
Weight 178 g (6.3 oz) (including battery and SD memory card)
Supplied accessories Camera Strap AN-CP23, Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL12, Battery Charger MH-65, USB Cable UC-E6, Audio Video Cable EG-CP16, Filter Attachment UR-E23, ViewNX 2 CD-ROM

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