A trip to Cornwall (Polperro to be exact) gave me the chance to try out the Nikon AW110 I had purchased for exactly the reason I purchased it… namely in water and sandy areas. These are areas where, if I am honest, my SLRs fear to tread… Well ok they don’t, but I fear to take them into such alien and corrosive environments! From experience and a knackered lens…sand and expensive equipment do NOT mix in my book!
The AW110 put my mind at rest and produced some very nice images, a sample of which you can see here. All of the images are direct from the camera (bar a re-size and crop where necessary), so what you see, is quite simply what you get.
In my opinion, some of the images especially those containing contrasty colours do appear a little over-saturated, but nothing a quick bit of “fettling” in Photoshop (or some such app) would not overcome, and to be honest that is a very subjective opinion, what I like may not necessarily match another’s opinion.
The resultant images are crisp and show some very fine detail, if you look at the 100% crop taken from the image of the lobster you will see this. I do find using a compact, with no viewfinder, a little strange but that is simply as a result of my being used to a larger, heavier SLR, The rear screen gives a very good, clear view in almost all lighting situations and even in very bright sunlight, I encountered no problems.
The protection from the elements was put firmly to the test when the camera came with me into the sea… everyone around me wearing wetsuits… and I soon realised why… it was COLD!!!! The number of looks given to the “idiot with his camera” increased the first time I let the camera dangle in the waves… some people obviously assumed that I was depriving some village of it’s idiot! The auto functions within the camera made taking the images quick and effortless and as can be seen with the Knee boarding images, the shutter exposure was quick enough to freeze movement without using the flash.
The shot of Polperro harbour was taken at the widest angle of view for the camera and then edited using the inbuilt miniature (Tilt/Shift) filter to get the effect seen here.
All in all, a useful addition to the bag… I am much happier taking this camera into this sort of environment than I am an SLR and without it I would have missed taking shots of my kids having fun in the surf, although I have to admit that I would have stayed a LOT warmer 🙂
|Dimensions (WHD)||4.4 inches by 2.6 inches by 0.9 inch|
|Weight (with battery and media)||6.9 ounces|
|Megapixels, image sensor size, type||16 megapixels, 1/2.3-inch CMOS|
|Display size, resolution/viewfinder||3-inch OLED, 614K dots/None|
|Lens (zoom, aperture, focal length)||5x, f3.9-4.8, 28-140mm (35mm equivalent)|
|File format (still/video)||JPEG/H.264 AAC (.MOV)|
|Highest resolution size (still/video)||4,608×3,456 pixels/1,920×1,080 at 30fps|
|Image stabilization type||Optical and digital|
|Battery type, CIPA rated life||Lithium ion rechargeable, 250 shots|
|Battery charged in camera||No; external wall charger included|
You can get further information on this camera from Nikon here : http://imaging.nikon.com/lineup/coolpix/aw/aw110/