With 100 feet of water resistance, 7 feet of shock resistance and a price tag lower than the best that Canon and Olympus have to offer, the $275 Nikon Coolpix AW130 packs a lot of features in a well-designed rough-and-tumble body. Then you add built-in Wi-Fi, NFC, GPS and dedicated buttons to control all those features, and you get a 16-megapixel shooter that’s a perfect companion for outdoor adrenaline junkies. So even though it doesn’t snap the sharpest photos, it’s hard to ignore this Nikon’s package of performance and price.
One of the most comforting things about the AW130 is its reassuringly tough turn-dial latch, which unlike some other underwater cameras, never leaves you wondering if the flaps have been properly secured before going for a swim. There’s a small grippy bulge on the right to provide a purchase for your hands, and a small but sturdy lens hood to protect the most important part of the camera in the event of a fall.
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