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Nikon 1 AW1 review

January 14, 2014

Overall Rating:

3

Nikon 1 AW1


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Price as Reviewed:

£749.00

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.

  • External mic: No
  • Video: 1080 60i/30p HD MOV H.264
  • White Balance: Auto, 7 presets (with fine-tuning), manual
  • Built-in Flash: Yes (GN 5m @ ISO 100, GN 6.3m @ ISO 160)
  • Shutter Type: Electronic shutter
  • Memory Card: SD, SDHC, SDXC
  • Viewfinder Type: N/A
  • Output Size: 4608 x 3072 pixels
  • LCD: 3in, 921,000-dot LCD
  • White Balance Bracket: No
  • AF Points: 135 areas, 73 areas with phase support
  • Sensor: 14.2-million-effective-pixel, CX-format (13.2 x 8.8mm) CMOS sensor
  • Max Flash Sync: 1/60sec
  • Exposure Modes: PASM, automatic scene selection, auto, scene modes, smart photo selector, motion snapshot, movie
  • Weight: 356g (with battery and card)
  • Power: Rechargeable Li-Ion EN-EL20
  • File Format: JPEG, 12-bit NEF (raw)
  • Shutter Speeds: 30-1/16,000sec + bulb up to 2mins
  • Drive Mode: Single, 5fps and 15fps with continuous AF, 30fps, 60fps, self-timer 2secs, 5secs or 10secs
  • Colour Space: Adobe RGB, sRGB
  • Dimensions: 113.3 x 71.5 x 37.5mm
  • Metering System: TTL: matrix, centreweighted, spot
  • Connectivity / Interface: USB, HDMI (type C)
  • Compression: 3-stage JPEG
  • RRP: £749.99 with 11-27.5mm kit lens
  • Exposure Comp: ±3EV
  • Lens Mount: Nikon 1
  • Focusing Modes: Single, auto, subject tracking, manual
  • ISO: 160-6400
  • DoF Preview: No
  • Tested as: Waterproof CSC

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