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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 – Our verdict

In the AW1, Nikon has delivered the most rugged system camera on the market. Despite being built like a tank and able to survive demanding drops and harsh environments, it is not entirely faultless. The lack of manual controls makes it incredibly slow to set up, and in that respect it’s no different from other Nikon 1-system CSCs. It is good for the point-and-shoot user who wants minimal fuss, but it leaves advanced photographers wanting.

The design of the body could be improved with a larger handgrip that preferably consists of a rubberised material, and a fully waterproof fisheye lens is lacking from the Nikkor 1 range – an obvious omission for underwater photographers. All things considered, the AW1 is perhaps best suited to those who want a camera that operates like a compact, but is capable of producing better image quality and offering more versatility than an underwater compact in any conditions.

  • 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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