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...
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.