We shoot a specially designed chart in carefully controlled conditions and the resulting images are analysed using DXO Analyzer software to generate the data to produce the graphs below.

A high signal to noise ratio (SNR) indicates a cleaner and better quality image.

For more more details on how to interpret our test data, check out our full explanation of our noise and dynamic range tests.

JPEG signal to noise ratio

Nikon 1 AW1 review

The Nikon 1 AW1 produces images with a similar level of noise to the Olympus OM-D E-M1, at least at the lower sensitivity settings, but it's beaten by the Sony NEX-6 and and Panasonic G6.

Raw signal to noise ratio

Nikon 1 AW1 review

Nikon's smaller sensor reveals its shortcomings for signal to noise ratio here as the raw files (after conversion to TIFF) are the noisiest of the group.

JPEG dynamic range

Nikon 1 aw1

The Dynamic range of the JPEG files is respectable, indicating that images have a good range of tones and pleasant contrast.

Raw dynamic range

Nikon 1 aw1 review

Dynamic range is quite limited in comparison with the cameras with a larger sensor, but it is still respectable in comparison with the average rugged compact camera.