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 – Viewfinder, live view, LCD and video

For its price, we would expect the AW1 to have some form of viewfinder, but in keeping with the Nikon 1-series – with the exception of the V1 and V2 – the AW1 lacks both an optical and an electronic unit, so there’s no choice but to compose via the screen. The 3in, 921,000-dot LCD resolves reasonable detail, but in bright sunlight and underwater conditions reflections did cause some visibility issues.

The camera shoots full HD video at a maximum frame rate of 60i, with 30p also available. Autofocus is impressively smooth and quiet when set to AF-C. Moving subjects are recorded well and there are four microphone sensitivity settings, with auto sensitivity delivering reasonable results.

  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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