Nikon has expanded its 1-series line-up with the AW1, a fully waterproof, interchangeable-lens camera. Michael Topham finds out just how tough it is. Read the Nikon 1 AW1 review...

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Nikon 1 AW1 review


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Nikon 1 AW1 review – Autofocus

Image: The AW1 was tested in brutal sea conditions with the RNLI. Its fast AF system locked on to members of the crew quickly despite the harsh conditions and droplets of water on the lens 

Nikon 1 AW1 review- Autofocus

The performance and lock on-speed of the AF system is responsive. In bright lighting conditions, there is barely any delay between half-depressing the shutter and the AF beep confirming focus. The AW1’s downfall in terms of AF is the speed at which the AF point can be repositioned in the frame. Moving the AF point using the D-pad takes time, and although it’s good that the AF point can be moved to the far edges, it’s no match for the speed of a CSC that has a touchscreen and touch AF functionality.

  1. 1. Nikon 1 AW1 at a glance:
  2. 2. Nikon 1 AW1 review - Build and handling
  3. 3. Nikon 1 AW1 review - Metering and dynamic range
  4. 4. Nikon 1 AW1 review - Autofocus
  5. 5. Nikon 1 AW1 review - Resolution, noise and sensitivity
  6. 6. Nikon 1 AW1 review - White balance and colour
  7. 7. Nikon 1 AW1 review - Viewfinder, live view, LCD and video
  8. 8. Nikon 1 AW1 review - Our verdict
  9. 9. Hands-on review
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