Still stumped about what to get Dad for Father's Day? Forget about neckties, after shave, or "world's greatest dad" coffee mugs. Give the old man something that will knock his socks off!
The COOLPIX AW100 is Nikon's first waterproof, shockproof, and freeze-resistant compact digital camera. The camera is designed to withstand the severe conditions presented by outdoor activities such as swimming, diving, hiking or snow skiing. Its waterproof to approximately 10 meters (33 feet), able to survive being dropped approximately 1.5 meters (5 feet), and can withstand cold air temperatures as low as −10°C (14°F).
The camera combines a 16-megapixel, backside illumination CMOS image sensor with a NIKKOR 5x optical zoom lens to capture still images and record full-HD movies. Also included are GPS support, an electronic compass, and built-in world map display.
Operating a digital camera while wearing skiing gloves or maneuvering underwater can be challenging. Action Control to the rescue. This ingenious feature lets you to apply a variety of camera settings by simply pressing a large action button on the side of the camera and then shaking the camera.
A hybrid electronic vibration reduction (VR) system ensures blur-free images, even in low-light situations, and when underwater scene mode is enabled, white balance is automatically adjusted to prevent unnatural green or blue cast images.
While you're shooting, the camera's GPS and electronic compass not only acquire and record positional information, they provide an electronic compass, displaying a world map and P. O. I. (point of interest) information.
Full-HD movies (920 x 1080 pixels) with stereo sound can be recorded with one-button ease, and the optical zoom can be used while recording video, although the auto-focus recovery is a bit slow.
The camera also has an HS Movie feature that allows you to playback video in slow motion (1/8, 1/4 or 1/2 normal playback speed) or fast motion (two times faster than normal playback speed) when desired.
The Nikon COOLPIX AW100 comes in black, blue, or orange and lists for $349.95. For more information, visit NikonUSA.com.
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