LCD and Viewfinder
Nikon AW130 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.
AW130 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 Fujifilm X30 (Compare) or Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS70 (Lumix DC-TZ90) (Compare). If the price is not an issue, take a look at our Top Rated Cameras with Viewfinders.
Max Shutter speed
Nikon AW130 can shoot continuously at max speed of 7.0 fps and has max shutter speed of 1/4000 sec.
Unfortunately AW130 doesn't have an external flash shoe so you are limited with the built-in flash.
Nikon AW130 features a Contrast Detection autofocusing system.
Nikon AW130 also features Face detection AF
where it intelligently detects the faces in the frame and locks the focus automatically.
With Nikon AW130, you can record your videos at a highest resolution of 1920 x 1080 at 60i,50i,30p,25p fps and save in MPEG-4 and H.264 formats. Full HD resolution of Nikon AW130 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.
AW130 has a built-in Stereo microphone and a Mono speaker.
Nikon AW130 doesn't have any connections for external microphones and headphones. If you need a Compact camera with external microphone connectivity, consider Fujifilm X30 or Olympus XZ-2 iHS in a similar price range.
Connectivity and Storage
Thanks to the built-in wireless (Wi-Fi) connectivity feature, Nikon AW130 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 AW130. You can change camera settings, release shutter, view LCD screen and tranfer files using remote control app.
You can connect AW130 to compatible devices via its HDMI port or USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) port.
Battery Nikon AW130 is powered by EN-EL12 battery which provides a shooting life of 370 according to CIPA standards.
Considering that the average battery life of Compact type cameras is 253 shots, Nikon AW130 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 AW130 vs Olympus TG-4 or take a look at Longest Battery Life Compact cameras list.
Nikon AW130 Features Compared to Main Competitors
Current Lowest price for Nikon AW130 is $349.95