The rugged, weatherproof Nikon AW120 has some pretty big boots to fill. It follows in the footsteps of 2013’s AW110, a strong contender in our 2013 Best Tough / Waterproof Camera Shootout, and recipient of a Dave’s Pick thanks to good underwater performance and a well-considered design.
So how do the two cameras differ? Both have the same 16-megapixel resolution, but the AW120’s Nikkor-branded, 5x optical zoom lens is both a little wider and brighter than that of its forebear. The newer model also offers a higher maximum sensitivity (albeit only under Auto control), and has a higher-resolution Organic LED monitor. And it offers significantly greater battery life, despite otherwise having largely the same features — including both Wi-Fi and GPS connectivity.
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