Thursday, 19 September 2013

Hands-on: Nikon 1 AW1 review

Rugged cameras are all a fury now. The likes of a GoPro Hero 3

Black Edition
have done sharpened video an inauspicious conditions easier and

better than ever, yet arguably there isn’t a identical camera for still

photography where compacts browbeat and professionals rest on massive DSLR

enclosures. The Nikon 1 AW1 could change all that as it’s a first

ever waterproof transmutable lens camera. It’s and considerable feat

and one we got to spend a small time with this week.

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principal is Nikon has taken a Nikon 1 operation camera tech and put it

in a stronger and waterproof body. This isn’t usually ‘slightly’

waterproof, either, as a Nikon AW1 is waterproof to an impressively

deep 15 metres, that is deeper than all a waterproof compacts we’ve

tested. It’s shockproof from a tallness of dual metres, too, as well

dustproof and freezeproof down to -10 degrees C. 

Inside, it uses a

14.2-megapixel CX-format CMOS sensor that tops out during 6,400 ISO. Like

all a Nikon 1 cameras, it has Nikon’s hybrid-AF system. It’s a system

that’s valid really effective in a past, quite for movement shots

where a continual AF tracking creates it easier to keep relocating subjects

in focus. Indeed, with sharpened speeds of adult to 60fps (15fps with

autofocus), a AW1′s speed ought to be ideal for movement photography.


a Nikon 1 AW1 supports customary NIKKOR 1 lenses, it has dual specific

lenses that are as imperishable as a body. The customary pack (£749) comes

with a 11-27.5mm f/3.5 to 5.6 lens, and there’s an discretionary 10mm f/2.8

prime lens accessible for £299 or for £949 as partial of pack with a body

and wizz lens. That creates this an costly camera, yet that’s no great

surprise deliberation how imperishable a camera is.

I was seriously

impressed with a build peculiarity of a Nikon 1 AW1, as we competence expect

deliberation a imperishable credentials. This ruggedness does have some

interesting, and potentially discouraging implications, though. For

example, a lens have O-rings to emanate a watertight sign opposite water

ingress, yet it means removing lenses off a camera takes some serious

elbow grease. It’s tough not to contemplate how good a seals will last

through enlarged use, too, something we’ll be certain to exam when it’s in

for review.


simple design, meanwhile, is really suggestive of other Nikon 1 cameras,

albeit somewhat heavier and bulkier. And we meant somewhat as this is

still an impressively compress camera, that creates Nikon’s achievement

all a some-more impressive. Handling is mostly a problem with cameras this

size and a AW1 isn’t perfect, yet a rubber ride reason during a back and a

‘lip’ during a front give we something to squeeze reason of. They should be

enough, and it’s a reasonable trade-off for a size.


we’ve come to design with complicated cameras, a Nikon 1 AW1 has copiousness of

‘extra’ non-camera features. This includes GPS, yet also an electronic

compass and a abyss sensor. When underwater we get a abyss reading and

compass directions, both good facilities to assistance we keep your bearings

and safeguard we don’t go too low with your camera.

While a Nikon

1 AW1 is improved matched to stills photography than a likes of the

GoPro, that’s not to contend Nikon doesn’t have half an eye on video, too.

The Nikon 1 AW1 shoots a 1080p with phase-detection AF and we can take

full fortitude photos when recording, that is a illusory underline to

have when sharpened underwater.

First Impressions


a Nikon 1 AW1 looks like a really earnest camera. We routinely hurl my

eyes when a association claims a ‘world first’ yet for once it’s something

actually value cheering about. The usually premonition during this point, or at

least one of two, is either a Nikon 1 sensor is adult to a charge in the

kind of low light conditions it’s expected to face in ghastly seas. The

other is a price, yet afterwards we don’t it’s too irrational given how

rugged a Nikon 1 AW1 is.

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Hands-on: Nikon 1 AW1 review

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