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Nikon 1 AW1 review

Waterproof wonder

Nikon 1 AW1 review

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The AW1 has captured the rich autumnal colours in this scene well and has also avoided smudging background detail.

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Tricky lighting could have confused the exposure metering here, but the AW1 wasn't fazed and has produced a well-balanced image with good colour reproduction.

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A stop of negative exposure compensation helped preserve the highlights in the sky, though some shadow detail has inevitably been obscured.

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The matrix metering did well to avoid blowing the highlights in this shot and has helped retain decent midtone and shadow detail.

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The AW1's metering system again getting things bang on.

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This shot required the camera to be partially immersed underwater - no problem for the AW1.

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This shot required the camera to be partially immersed underwater - no problem for the AW1.

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Keeping this low light shot crisp required ISO3200. Grain is well controlled and colour speckling isn't distracting either, but some detail has been lost through noise reduction.

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Despite the dim lighting in this scene, the AW1's hybrid autofocus system had no trouble finding its mark.

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This is about as close as you can get to a subject with the AW1's kit lens. It's still enough to capture decent detail though.

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The 11-27.5mm kit lens produces images with good sharpness across the frame, though its focal length range isn't particularly impressive.

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Shot at the maximum f/4 aperture for the corresponding focal length. It's produced a little background blur, but a larger sensor would have given a more creamy effect.

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Nikon's Backlighting mode has coped very well to give a decent exposure here, especially since the camera was aimed directly at the sun.

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As with many current cameras, the AW1's Easy Panorama mode does a decent job of stitching the composite images, if only it didn't resize the final output to a mere 920 vertical pixels.

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The camera has kept a balanced exposure across the width of this panorama and has avoided any noticeable stitching artefacts or distortion.

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Keep the sensor sensitivity low and the AW1 is capable of resolving a reasonable amount of detail, even in tricky lighting conditions like this.

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Auto ISO chose ISO900 for this shot. Noise is well controlled, though it can be spotted if you zoom in past 50% image size.

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Evidently Banksy just can't get enough of his smartphone apps.

Tech Specs

Product TypeMirrorless Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
TouchscreenNo
Effective Camera Resolution14.2 Megapixel
GPSYes
USBYes
HDMIYes
Wide AngleYes
PictBridgeYes
Product Family1
HD Movie ModeYes
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC), Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card
Image StabilizationNo
ColourWhite
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 Addresshttp://www.nikon.co.uk
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