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Nikon 1 AW1 Summary

14 Megapixels14 MegapixelsHigh ISO: ISO 6400 or more is available at full-resolution.High ISO: ISO 6400 or more is available at full-resolution.Continuous DriveContinuous DriveFull 1080p HD Video: 1920 x 1080 resolution or more but less than 4K.Full 1080p HD Video: 1920 x 1080 resolution or more but less than 4K.Manual Controls: Both fully-manual (M) and semi-automatic modes (T and V).Manual Controls: Both fully-manual (M) and semi-automatic modes (T and V).Custom White-Balance: Specifies exactly what should be white to the camera.Custom White-Balance: Specifies exactly what should be white to the camera.Action Photography: Shutter speeds of 1/1500 or more.Action Photography: Shutter speeds of 1/1500 or more.Night Photography: Reaches shutter-speeds longer than 4 seconds.Night Photography: Reaches shutter-speeds longer than 4 seconds.Spot MeteringSpot MeteringWeatherproof - Seals protect from dust, humidity and light splashing.Weatherproof - Seals protect from dust, humidity and light splashing.Waterproof - Submersible under water up to a certain depth.Waterproof - Submersible under water up to a certain depth.Built-In GPSBuilt-In GPSAccepts Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC), SDHC and SD memory.Accepts Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC), SDHC and SD memory.Neocamera detailed reviewNeocamera detailed reviewDiscontinued: No longer produced by the manufacturer. May still be in stock or found used.Discontinued: No longer produced by the manufacturer. May still be in stock or found used.

Nikon 1 AW1 Assessment

The Nikon 1 AW1 is absolutely unique. It is the only waterproof or shockproof interchangeable lens camera every made. Its relatively large 1" CMOS sensor provide it with image-quality superior to all other waterpoof cameras. This makes it an obvious choice for anyone serious about underwater photography but not able to spend on a DSLR submersible casing or willing to deal with the bulk and complexity of such a system.

Image quality of this mirrorless depends on what it is compared against. Its 2.7X crop-factor sensor puts it well ahead of most fixed-lens cameras, including all other waterproof camera, yet it reamains behind the majority of mirrorless ones.

Still, the AW1 produces clean images up to ISO 400 and reasonable results until ISO 6400 for small 4x6" prints. Metering, color and white-balance are all quite good. Even though it offers on-sensor Phase-Detect AF, the 1 AW1 is not as fast as we expected from a mirrorless camera.

Compared to other waterproof cameras, the AW1 is miles ahead. The quality of its images at high ISO becomes incredibly useful underwater where light levels are low and slow shutter-speeds are not an option. On land, users will miss stabilization among waterproof lenses and so may end up buying lenses with overlapping focal-lengths.

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PROS CONS
Waterproof and shockproof construction Above average image noise for a mirrorless
Excellent metering General image softness
Realistic image colors Limited dynamic range
Good white-balance Limited lens selection
Usable up to ISO 6400 for small prints Wrong framing of video in image mode
Fast Phase-Detect AF Unresponsive at times
Class-leading continuous drive Not Exposure-Priority LCD
Quick shutter-lag Very few direct controls
Ultra quiet Short battery-life
Sharp and crisp LCD with fast refresh rate
AverageAverage Average

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By Neocamera on 2013-11-06

Nikon AW1 Highlights


Mirrorless digital camera

Sensor-Size: 13 x 9mm

1" Sensor

Actual size when viewed at 100 DPI

14 Megapixels MirrorlessISO 160-6400
Nikon 1 Mount
2.7X FLM
Shutter 1/16000-30s
Waterproof to 15mFull manual controls, including Manual Focus
Weatherproof down to -10CCustom white-balance with 2 axis fine-tuning
60 FPS Drive, 60 ImagesSpot-Metering
1920x1080 @ 30 FPS Video RecordingLithium-Ion Battery
3" LCD 920K PixelsSecure Digital Extended Capacity
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