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.

  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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