The Nikon Coolpix W150 is a model new robust waterproof digicam which is focused squarely at households.
Compared to the earlier W100 mannequin, the brand new Nikon W150 solely provides a number of minor new options. There’s an Underwater Face Framing mode which robotically takes as much as 4 photographs every time it sees a face within the pool or on a dive, a brand new Image-in-picture scene mode, some new enhancing features embrace including a “little planet” impact and curve photos, the flexibility to decide on a picture because the welcome display, and a few new frames and patterns.
in addition to being out there in some new colourways, together with the colourful orange model that we had been despatched for assessment. Compatibility with NFC has been quietly dropped from this mannequin (as with most up-to-date digicam releases).
As with its predecessor, the Coolpix W150 is easy to function and doesn’t have too many controls to vary. It is dustproof, waterproof right down to 10 metres, shockproof from heights of 1.8m and freeze proof right down to -10 Celsius. It has a 13.2 megapixel sensor and a 3x optical zoom, in addition to a 6x digital “high quality” zoom.
Like most present Nikon cameras, it’s appropriate with the Snapbridge app. Which means the digicam maintains a low energy Bluetooth hyperlink along with your telephone, robotically importing any photographs that you just take to your telephone able to be shared on social networking websites. The digicam additionally provides Wi-Fi connectivity.
The Nikon Coolpix W150 is accessible in 5 completely different colors – Blue, White, Orange, Flower and Resort – and is priced at £149 / $159 within the UK and USA respectively.
Ease of Use
|Entrance of the Nikon Coolpix W150|
The Nikon Coolpix W150 is basically the identical digicam because the mannequin that preceded it, the W100, so all the feedback that we made concerning the usability of that digicam apply equally to this new 2019 mannequin.
The Nikon W150, like different cameras on this vary from Nikon which have come earlier than it, has a really blocky and moderately child-like design. That’s not a unfavorable criticism, because it’s clearly been designed to enchantment to the entire household and be a digicam you could tackle holidays, journeys and so forth, which all people can use no matter their age.
To that finish, it has been designed to be as easy to make use of as attainable, with massive, straightforward to press buttons. Having such huge and well-defined buttons additionally makes the digicam simpler to make use of when underwater, or when utilizing gloves or something which might make smaller buttons extra fiddly to entry.
On the highest of the Nikon Coolpix W150 is a clearly marked on/off button which you want to carry down for a few seconds to modify on. Then you definately’ll see that there are two massive buttons, one on the left which information video, and the opposite on the proper which is the shutter launch for nonetheless photographs. These buttons are on reverse ends of the highest of the digicam and could be simply reached when holding the digicam with each arms. In case you’re utilizing the digicam with only one hand, the stills button is simpler to achieve, which is smart. We did discover that it was all too straightforward to by accident press the video button along with your left forefinger while holding the digicam in panorama mode, inflicting various random video clips of the ground to be recorded.
If you swap the Nikon Coolpix W150 on for the very first time, you’ll be greeted with some “waterproofing precautions”. This guides you thru the best way to ensure that water doesn’t get into the digicam if you’re utilizing it underwater or in unhealthy climate. The battery compartment requires a two-step unlocking course of to assist be sure you don’t by accident open it underwater, or when international matter might get contained in the battery compartment.
|Entrance of the Nikon Coolpix W150|
There aren’t a number of completely different taking pictures modes to make use of with this digicam, once more as a result of it has been designed to be as easy to make use of as attainable. There are 4 buttons organized vertically alongside the rear left hand aspect of the W150 which you should utilize to make your whole adjustments.
The buttons correspond with icons on the display, which then change relying on which space of the digicam you’re working in. So, if you’re coming from the principle taking pictures display, the underside button will entry settings, the second from backside button will help you change scene mode, the second from high button will swap on the flash or the timer, whereas the highest button takes you again to ‘customary’ taking pictures mode, if, for instance you’ve switched to a unique scene mode.
In case you press the scene mode button, you’ll now see that each one of the buttons have completely different controls. For instance, the underside button offers you the chance to ‘change colors’ (which suggests alter brightness, saturation or create a selective color impact). The second to backside button is ‘adorn’, which suggests you may add a body, whereas the the second from high button offers you completely different scene choices.
Once more, there’s not an enormous quantity of scenes to work with on the Nikon W150, however one you would possibly discover you employ moderately usually is ‘shoot close-ups’, which is basically switching on macro focusing, and you might also use the ‘shoot underwater’ scene mode should you plan on taking the digicam underwater too. Usually the highest button acts as a ‘again’ button permitting you to get again to the principle display.
|Rear of the Nikon Coolpix W150|
Within the settings menu, once more you gained’t discover something too intensive – for instance it’s not attainable to vary superior settings akin to shutter velocity, aperture, ISO and so forth. As an alternative, you are able to do some enjoyable issues akin to change the digicam’s sounds (you possibly can, for instance, select a fowl sound moderately than a standard ‘click on’ for the shutter launch). You may also select completely different appears to be like for the way the menu seems, making it enchantment extra maybe to youthful customers.
Underneath digicam settings you’ll discover ‘community settings’, which is the place you may arrange the Nikon W150 to work with Snapbridge. It’s quite simple to arrange the preliminary connection along with your telephone upon getting the Snapbridge app. You may have it arrange in order that the digicam robotically resizes and sends photographs throughout simply after you’re taking them in order that it’s able to go, moderately than having to undergo the effort of connecting the digicam through Wi-Fi each time you need to switch a picture throughout. It’s a really great tool that’s nice for these household and vacation photographs that you just need to share rapidly and with out problem.
To the proper hand aspect of the display is a 4 approach navigational pad. The up and down keys act to activate the zoom when in taking pictures mode. It’s not the quickest zoom mechanism in the marketplace, however contemplating it’s solely a 3x optical zoom, that’s not an excessive amount of of an issue. If you push the up arrow additional when it reaches the total optical restrict (which you’ll see when the bar on display turns blue) then it’s also possible to use the 6x digital zoom. The precise and left arrows solely have a use if you’re in playback mode and also you need to flick between the photographs that you’ve taken. The playback button is discovered on the rear of the digicam in the direction of the underside.
|The Nikon Coolpix W150 In-hand|
If you’re within the playback mode, you’ve a number of choices. You may add results, frames, and create picture albums out of your photographs. You may even report sounds to go together with a picture. You may also charge photographs by giving it a crown or a rosette.
The LCD display is simply 2.7 inches in dimension, which is fairly small by most trendy digicam’s requirements. It additionally solely has a 230k-dot decision, which can be fairly low and doesn’t reveal one of the best element attainable. It may possibly typically be fairly troublesome to see the scene in entrance of you should you place the display in a clumsy place, which is a disgrace notably when it’s underwater.
The Nikon Coolpix W150 proved to be moderately sluggish to make use of, taking a while to course of photographs earlier than permitting you to shoot one other one, or view them in playback. In good gentle, focusing in all fairness fast and correct, but when your topic is sort of shut the digicam would possibly battle. Switching on the close-up mode makes issues a bit simpler, however there can nonetheless be occasions when a false optimistic is displayed, leading to unintentionally out-of-focus photographs.