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Nikon 1 AW1 review

Waterproof wonder

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.

Tech Specs

Product TypeMirrorless Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
Effective Camera Resolution14.2 Megapixel
Wide AngleYes
Product Family1
HD Movie ModeYes
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC), Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card
Image StabilizationNo
Optical Zoom2.5x
Digital ZoomNo
Brand NameNikon
DurabilityWater Proof, Shock Proof, Freeze Proof
FeaturesContinuous Shooting Mode, Live View, Orientation Sensor, Face Detection
Screen Size7.6 cm (3")
Video FormatsMOV, MPEG-4 AVC, H.264
Weight (Approximate)313 g
Minimum Focus Distance300 mm
Maximum Image Resolution4608 x 3072
Maximum Frame Rate1200 fps
Number of Batteries Supported1
Battery Built-inNo
Battery RechargeableYes
Battery IncludedYes
Display Screen TypeLCD
Image Sensor TypeCMOS
Total Camera Resolution15.1 Megapixel
Camera AssemblyBody with Lens Kit
Battery Model SupportedEN-EL20
Height71.5 mm
Width113.5 mm
Depth37 mm
Autofocus Points135
Focal Length11 mm to 27.50 mm (Lens 1)
Image FormatsJPEG, RAW
Audio FormatsAAC
Focus ModesAuto, Manual
ManufacturerNikon Corporation
Product ModelAW1
Product Name1 AW1 Mirrorless Camera
Product Line1
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part Number27669
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

Built For Life

Stay in the action. From outdoor adventures to family events, don't miss a moment with the world's first waterproof, shockproof, interchangeable lens camera. The Nikon 1 AW1 is built for life with astonishingly fast autofocus, rugged construction and an intuitive interface. From the epic to the everyday, it delivers high-quality images.

Battery Life220 Shot
Display Resolution921000 Pixel
Built-in DevicesSpeaker, Microphone