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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