The Nikon COOLPIX W150 is a reasonable rugged waterproof compact designed to be easy and enjoyable to make use of. It’s waterproof to a depth of 10 metres, dustproof, could be dropped from a top of 1.eight metres and is freezeproof right down to -10C.
The COOLPIX W150 has a 3x zoom with an equal vary of 30-90mm and a most aperture of f3.3-5.9. Behind it’s a 13 Megapixel sensor that’s smaller in bodily measurement than most compact sensors and nearer in measurement to the sensor in your smartphone. It has a 2.7 inch display screen, which is once more smaller than the three inch screens discovered on most compacts nowadays together with the slighlty costlier Fujifilm FinePix XP140 and the way more costly Olympus TOUGH TG-6 with which I’ve in contrast it in my overview.
Ease of use is the W150’s foremost promoting level, so that you received’t discover any guide publicity controls, superior film recording modes or fancy sensors, however it does have a quite simple interface and many enjoyable taking pictures modes. It additionally makes it very straightforward to share pictures and video through WiFi and a Bluetooth connection that transfers images to your cellphone within the background when you shoot. And whereas it doesn’t have a built-in GPS you possibly can add location knowledge to your photos out of your cellphone.
The COOLPIX W150 is an replace to the 2016 COOLPIX W100 and a reasonably minor one at that; certainly in North America, the older W100 stays the present mannequin, so in case you’re searching for a funds rugged digital camera in that area, take a look at my Nikon W100 overview. As for the brand new W150, the bodily specs of the digital camera are unchanged from the W100, and in reality the one new characteristic is Underwater Face Framing mode, which robotically takes a shot each time the digital camera spots a face underwater. It’s undeniably an awesome concept, however I need to admit to being just a little disillusioned that Nikon didn’t make extra of an effort to improve a few of the W150’s weaker features, just like the small display screen, the dearth of stabilisation, or the truth that you possibly can’t use the optical zoom throughout video recording.
That stated, there are many issues that the W150 does a minimum of as properly, if not higher than its extra subtle – and costlier – rivals. Learn on to see the way it compares with the Fujifilm FinePix XP140 and the Olympus TOUGH TG-6 and to seek out out if it’s the most effective rugged waterproof compact to take with you to the seaside, piste or pool.
The COOLPIX W150 could also be bodily equivalent to its predecessor, however Nikon has a minimum of supplied it with a brand new paint job. This one is named resort. If it’s a bit too wild for you, the W150 can also be obtainable in additional typical colors together with white, orange and blue. If you happen to’re on a funds, keep in mind that in some locations you’ll pay just a little extra for the graphics fashions than the plain colored ones.
The COOLPIX W150 is a perfectly properly designed digital camera, with ease of use the prime focus behind each design determination. Press the massive button on the fitting to take an image, press the massive button with the pink dot on the opposite facet to shoot a film. That’s one thing any 5 yr previous can perceive. Word additionally which you could match the hand strap to both facet. And in case you scroll again as much as the image of the entrance of the W150 and take a look at the place of the built-in flash, you’ll see that it’s just about not possible to dangle your fingers in entrance of it. It’s not all excellent news although, the W150 is without doubt one of the few waterproof compacts that doesn’t double-latch the battery and card compartment door, and there’s an actual danger this might by accident open within the water.
The COOLPIX W150 retains the sooner mannequin’s 2.7inch LCD display screen and for me this is without doubt one of the new mannequin’s disappointments. A much bigger display screen would have made an enormous distinction to the W150, making it a lot simpler to compose and overview photographs, with out taking something away from the digital camera’s simplicity. That is one space the place it compares poorly with the Fujifilm FinePix XP140 and Olympus TOUGH TG-6, each of which have bigger and extra detailed Three inch screens. However although it’s small, the W150’s display screen is good and brilliant, so in sunny situations like that is really simpler to see than the larger display screen on the FinePix XP140.
Right here’s the angle of view with the COOLPIX W150 set to its most huge angle setting which is the equal of 30mm on a 35mm digital camera. That is huge sufficient for a head and shoulders selfie at arms size with a few mates in case you squeeze in tight. It’s not as huge because the FinePix XP140 (28mm) or the TOUGH TG-6 (25mm) and also you’ll discover it extra of an issue to shoot giant teams and small interiors (boats, caves, cable vehicles, ski lifts) than with these fashions.
With the COOLPIX W150 totally zoomed in to its 90mm equal focal size that is what you see. When you’re not going to fill the body with distant birds, and even match the 100mm of the TOUGH TG5 or the 140mm attain of the FinePix XP140, I don’t assume that’s actually an issue on these sorts of cameras. The zoom will assist you to take good portraits and to get just a little bit nearer to motion within the water – scroll right down to the following shot and also you’ll see what I imply.
For the browsing sequences from which this body is taken I didn’t get a excessive proportion of keepers, The W150 chooses between centre and face auto focus relying on the topic however both means it didn’t do very properly. Like most waterproof compacts, together with the TOUGH TG-6 and FinePix XP140 it fixes the concentrate on the primary body within the sequence. It’s fairly troublesome to see the display screen in sunny situations however, although the W150’s display screen is smaller than the Fujifilm XP140’s it’s brighter, so you possibly can see sufficient of what’s happening to border the shot.
If you happen to’re taking pictures small sea creatures underwater with the COOLPIX W150, you would possibly ponder whether to decide on underwater mode or macro mode. For this shot I selected the previous; you possibly can really get nearer than this, however my nearer photographs have been poorly framed as a result of I couldn’t see the display screen (this can be a drawback with each waterproof mannequin I’ve examined if you’re above the floor and the digital camera is blow it). Macro mode really makes no distinction to the W150’s 5cm shut focussing distance, however it does solely use centre AF mode, which makes focussing on shut topics in the midst of the body simpler. With just a little endurance, nevertheless, you possibly can obtain the minimal 5cm distance in underwater mode.
The thought of Underwater Face Framing Mode is which you could take photos of individuals under the floor with out having to dive underneath your self and compose the picture on the W150’s display screen. Simply choose underwater Face Framing Mode, press the shutter and the W150 will hearth off a shot (as much as a most of 4) each time it spots a face within the body. I attempted it out by trying to shoot some selfies after I went for my morning swim. The outcomes would have been higher if the W150 had picked the next ISO, as it’s the 1/25 shutter velocity isn’t quick sufficient. Disappointing, given that is the one characteristic that units the W150 aside from the erlier W100.
Don’t anticipate to have the ability to get good blurry backgrounds with the COOLPIX W150 both when taking pictures shut up or for portraits when zoomed in just a little. Right here I used to be about as shut as I might get to the automobile badge and the COOLPIX W150 very obligingly chosen the widest f3.Three aperture (in any case the 2 aperture settings are produced by a impartial density filter relatively than a bodily diaphragm so it wouldn’t make any distinction). Even so, the individuals and background surroundings are solely very barely blurred.
For motion photographs the COOLPIX can shoot at just below 5 frames per second for round eleven frames (a few occasions I bought twelve). Which means you possibly can seize simply over two seconds of motion and right here you possibly can see a sequence of 12 photographs. The autofocus is way more profitable on land than within the water and offering it manages to lock concentrate on the primary body the appreciable depth of subject means all of your photographs are more likely to be in focus even when the topic is transferring in the direction of you. On the draw back, the COOLPIX W150 takes an age to jot down the sequence to the cardboard, so you might miss out on an awesome motion sequence when you’re ready.
The Coolpix W150 inherits the WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity options of the sooner W100. The WiFi means that you can obtain images to your cellphone and shoot remotely, however the spotlight is Bluetooth which, with Nikon’s Snapbridge app maintains an at all times on connection to your cellphone and downloads 2 Megapixel images within the background when you shoot. It’s quite simple to arrange and also you don’t actually have to consider it after that (apart from to be sure to have your cellphone with you and the Snapbridge app is operating). Though the W150 lacks a built-in GPS, Snapbridge makes use of your telephones GPS so as to add location knowledge to the downloaded pics. It additionally data that information to the metadata on the pictures within the digital camera.
The COOLPIX W150 solely has one video mode so all three clips listed below are 1080/30p. This clip shot handheld outside seems to be just a little bit over uncovered, which is one thing the w150 appeared to be vulnerable to. One other factor you’ll discover is it’s just a little shakey – the COOLPIX W150 lacks the optical stabilisation you’ll discover on the FinePix XP140 and TOUGH TG-6. One other economic system is that the optical zoom doesn’t work when recording video, as an alternative you get a clunky ‘digital’ zoom which reduces the decision and appears awaful – much better to make use of the optical zoom to border your shot earlier than urgent the document button.
Right here’s an indoor panning clip from the COOLPIX W150. Just like the earlier clip it’s just a little bit over uncovered, however the high quality doesn’t take a look at all unhealthy.
Lastly right here’s a film shot in underwater mode. If this seems to be just a little shakey I ought to level out that it was taken in shallow water and I used to be being pounded by waves, so no quantity of stabilisation would have helped. Of all three clips, I’d say that is the one the place the COOLPIX W150 has carried out the most effective job.