LCD and Viewfinder
Nikon AW120 has a Fixed Type 3″ LCD screen with a resolution of 921k dots. Both the screen size and the screen resolution is up to the standards of this class.
AW120 doesn't have a viewfinder and no option for external viewfinder. Lack of a viewfinder can be problematic especially under strong light where visibility of LCD screens goes down dramatically. If you need a Compact camera with a built-in viewfinder in a similar price range, consider Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS70 (Lumix DC-TZ90) (Compare) or Nikon Coolpix P7000 (Compare). If the price is not an issue, take a look at our Top Rated Cameras with Viewfinders.
Max Shutter speed
Nikon AW120 can shoot continuously at max speed of 7 fps and has max shutter speed of 1/4000 sec.
Unfortunately AW120 doesn't have an external flash shoe so you are limited with the built-in flash.
Nikon AW120 features a Contrast Detection autofocusing system.
Nikon AW120 also features Face detection AF
where it intelligently detects the faces in the frame and locks the focus automatically.
With Nikon AW120, you can record your videos at a highest resolution of 1920 x 1080 and save in MPEG-4 and H.264 formats. Full HD resolution of Nikon AW120 will be adequate in most of the situations. But if you are after the highest resolution videos available, see our list of Top Cameras with 4K (Ultra-HD) Video.
AW120 also a high speed mode where it captures videos at 240 fps for ultra slow motion videos. AW120 has a built-in Stereo microphone and a Mono speaker.
Nikon AW120 doesn't have any connections for external microphones and headphones. If you need a Compact camera with external microphone connectivity, consider Olympus XZ-2 iHS or Nikon Coolpix P7000 in a similar price range.
Connectivity and Storage
Thanks to the built-in wireless (Wi-Fi) connectivity feature, Nikon AW120 lets you transfer your photos directly to compatible devices without any physical connection. One other feature that we like is the ability to use our smartphone as a remote to control our AW120. You can change camera settings, release shutter, view LCD screen and tranfer files using remote control app.
You can connect AW120 to compatible devices via its HDMI port or USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) port.
Battery Nikon AW120 is powered by EN-EL12 battery which provides a shooting life of 350 according to CIPA standards.
Considering that the average battery life of Compact type cameras is 254 shots, Nikon AW120 has a good battery life for its class.
Battery Life Comparison in Waterproof Cameras
Olympus TG-4 with its 380shots is the model with longest battery life among Waterproof cameras. Check the comparison of Nikon AW120 vs Olympus TG-4 or take a look at Longest Battery Life Compact cameras list.
Nikon AW120 Features Compared to Main Competitors
Current Lowest price for Nikon AW120 is $297.92