I had a similar problem with the Menu system trying to change shooting modes. I had taken the Nikon AW100 on a two-hour hike up Twin Peaks when it first came in, before I had a chance to go through the manual. When I stopped in front of the bleached tree limbs I use for a monochrome gallery shot, I searched and searched for black and white mode. Just couldn't find it.
You have to press the Map button on the side to display a map before you hit the Menu button. I suppose they call that context-sensitive menuing. There's a lot of that going on in the Nikon AW100. Skin Softening, for example, only shows up in the menu system when you are in Smart Portrait mode.
Nikon Coolpix AW100 digital camera : Nikon announces the introduction of the Nikon Coolpix AW100, the first model in Nikon's new Coolpix AW digital cameras suited not only to regular shooting situations, but designed to make the Nikon Coolpix AW100 fun to use in a variety of outdoor situations. The Nikon Coolpix AW100 is Nikon's first compact digital camera with waterproof, shock-proof and cold-resistant specifications, is a high-performance camera with an effective pixel count of 16.0-million pixels. The Nikon AW100 offers not only basic camera features such as a backside illumination CMOS image sensor and functions for capturing still images with superior image quality and recording full-HD movies with the same superior picture quality, but is also equipped with a number of new features.|
SCENE. There are 19 Scene modes tucked into the Nikon AW100. You can probably guess a couple, including Beach and Underwater. But here's the menu: Back Light, Beach, Black and White Copy, Close Up, Dusk/Dawn, Fireworks Show, Food, Landscape, Museum, Night Landscape, Night Portrait, Panorama, Party/Indoor, Pet Portrait, Portrait, Snow, Sports, Sunset, and (of course) Underwater.
These are pretty serious breeches in usability. You shouldn't need to be told and you should be able to find these things without much trouble. Even if you do manage to remember quirks like these, good luck explaining them to anyone else who uses the Nikon AW100.