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Nikon 1 AW1 14.2 MP HD Waterproof, Shockproof Digital Camera System with AW 11-27.5mm f/3.5-5.6 1 NIKKOR Lens (White)
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- The world's first waterproof, shockproof, interchangeable lens camera.
- Features a 1-inch 14.2 megapixel CMOS image sensor for superior image quality even in low light situations
- High-speed continuous shooting at 15 fps with full autofocus and up to 60 fps fixed focus
- Full 1080p HD video with simultaneous image capture capability
- Compatible with all Nikon 1 lenses and two waterproof and shockproof lenses
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|Auto Focus Technology|
|Battery Average Life||220 Photos|
|Compatible Mountings||Nikon 1|
|Continuous Shooting Speed||60 fps|
|Display Fixture Type||No|
|Display Resolution Maximum||921000|
|Effective Still Resolution||14.2 MP|
|Expanded ISO Maximum||6,400|
|Expanded ISO Minimum||160|
|Exposure Control Type|
|External Memory Included||No|
|File Format||JPEG, Raw (NEF)|
|Flash Memory Type||SD/SDHC/SDXC card|
|Flash Sync Speed||1/60 sec|
|Flash Type||Built-In Flash|
|Focus Description||Hybrid autofocus (phase detection/contrast-detect AF)|
|Focus Type||Includes Manual Focus|
|Form Factor||Rangefinder-style mirrorless|
|Image Aspect Ratio||3:2, 16:9|
|Item Dimensions||2.81 x 1.46 x 4.47 inches|
|Item Weight||0.44 pounds|
|Maximum Shutter Speed||1/16000 of a second|
|Maximum horizontal resolution||4,608|
|Metering||Multi, Center-weighted, Spot|
|Minimum Shutter Speed||30 seconds|
|Photo Sensor Technology||CMOS|
|Processor Description||EXPEED 3A|
|Remote Control Description||Optional ML-L3|
|Sensor Cleaning Method||Dust Shield|
|Shipping Weight||2.4 pounds|
|Style Name||with 11-27.5mm lens|
|Supported Battery Types||Lithium-Ion EN-EL20 rechargeable battery & charger|
|Video Capture Format||h.264|
|Video Capture Resolution||1080p_hd|
|Weather Resistance||waterproof to 15m, shockproof from 2m|
At last, stunning images from a camera you don’t need to baby. From kayaking to mountain climbing, keep the rugged Nikon 1 AW1 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 11-27.5mm Lens by your side. Waterproof to 49 feet without a bulky protective housing—carry it rafting, swimming or snorkeling. Freezeproof to 14°F and shockproof to 6.6 feet, it’s ideal for snow sports and biking. Geotag images with the built-in GPS to share on GoogleEarth™ or other GPS-based social networking sites.Note: Only Nikon 1 AW1 lens are waterproof. Nikon 1 lenses are not!Capture Fleeting Moments in DetailNever miss a memory again. Whether it’s a monster snowboard trick or your daughter’s first dance recital, trust important moments to the world’s fastest continuous shooting frame rate (approx. 15 fps with AF)* camera. Shooting at 60 FPS fixed focus or 15 FPS full autofocus; the Nikon 1 AW1 also features a 1-inch 14.2 megapixel CMOS image sensor for superior image quality even in low light conditions.Perfectly Timed Shots and Real-time Creativity Life doesn’t have a replay button, but the Nikon 1 AW1 does. Have you ever missed a photo because you pressed the shutter a split-second too late? Never again! Slow View Mode allows you to slow a clip of action and then select a perfectly timed shot. Get creative with the easy-to-use Live Image Control by simply sliding the control bar to preview effects such as Background Softening or Motion Blur. Don’t Wait to Share Your ExcitementShare your adventures at the speed of life. The Nikon 1 AW1 isn’t just a rugged photo-taking companion; it’s ready to share your creations as well. Upload high-quality creative images and videos anytime, anywhere, to your smartphone, tablet or other Wi-Fi enabled device using the WU-1b Wireless Mobile Adapter (sold separately), then share to social media sites, email or text to friends and family.Life’s Exhilarating Moments Captured on VideoShoot Full HD
From the Manufacturer
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.
*Among digital cameras with interchangeable lenses available as of Sept. 9, 2013; based on Nikon research
Capture stunning images everywhere life takes you
Life doesn’t have a replay button. You need a camera that doesn’t make excuses. The Nikon 1 AW1 delivers high quality images anywhere with its tough, waterproof, shockproof, freezeproof construction. Don’t miss the perfect shot with the world’s fastest continuous shooting frame rate (approx. 15 fps with AF)*, and features like Slow View and Live Image Control. Shoot Full HD video and share your images wirelessly using the WU-1b Wireless Mobile Adapter. This is the only camera you’ll need for wherever life takes you.
*Among digital cameras with interchangeable lenses available as of Sept. 9, 2013; based on Nikon research
Durability and performance for adventure
The world’s first rugged interchangeable lens camera is here
At last, stunning images from a camera you don’t need to baby. From kayaking to mountain climbing, keep the rugged Nikon 1 AW1 by your side. Waterproof to 49 feet without a bulky protective housing—carry it rafting, swimming or snorkeling. Freezeproof to 14°F and shockproof to 6.6 feet, it’s ideal for snow sports and biking. Geotag images with the built-in GPS to share on GoogleEarth™ or other GPS-based social networking sites.
Capture fleeting moments in detail
Lightning-fast focus and superior image quality in a rugged body
Never miss a memory again. Whether it’s a monster snowboard trick or your daughter’s first dance recital, trust important moments to the world’s fastest continuous shooting frame rate (approx. 15 fps with AF)* camera. Shooting at 60 FPS fixed focus or 15 FPS full autofocus; the Nikon 1 AW1 also features a 1-inch 14.2 megapixel CMOS image sensor for superior image quality even in low light conditions.
*Among digital cameras with interchangeable lenses available as of Sept. 9, 2013; based on Nikon research
Perfectly timed shots and real-time creativity
Adventure won’t wait, capture important memories before they're gone
Life doesn’t have a replay button, but the Nikon 1 AW1 does. Have you ever missed a photo because you pressed the shutter a split-second too late? Never again! Slow View Mode allows you to slow a clip of action and then select a perfectly timed shot. Get creative with the easy-to-use Live Image Control by simply sliding the control bar to preview effects such as Background Softening or Motion Blur.
Don’t wait to share your excitement
Stay social with wireless sharing to your smartphone or Wi-Fi™ enabled devices
Share your adventures at the speed of life. The Nikon 1 AW1 isn’t just a rugged photo-taking companion; it’s ready to share your creations as well. Upload high-quality creative images and videos anytime, anywhere, to your smartphone, tablet or other Wi-Fi enabled device using the WU-1b Wireless Mobile Adapter (sold separately), then share to social media sites, email or text to friends and family.
Life’s exhilarating moments captured on video
Shoot dramatic Full HD Video from the middle of the action, not the sidelines
Shoot Full HD 1080p video where no interchangeable lens camera ever could before—underwater, in freezing temperatures, and in the middle of the action, so don’t hold back. The Nikon 1 AW1 is ready to multi task, shooting video while simultaneously capturing high-quality still images. Don’t worry about interrupting your video, just depress the shutter-release button at any time during HD Video recording.
Add creativity and detail with Creative Modes and Underwater Controls
Adventures take effort. Show off those rewarding moments using Selective color, Miniature Effect and Easy Panorama; that make creating artful images and sweeping landscapes easy. Underwater White Balance delivers rich beautiful colors in the ocean, lake or the family pool.
Focus on the shot, not your camera
Action doesn’t wait. Don’t lose time navigating menus, especially in extreme conditions. Simple Graphic User Interface menus and Action Control, make navigating menus easy using a tilt of a gloved hand. Even more exciting, an integrated altitude indicator, depth gauge and virtual horizon add exciting details to your images.
Extraordinary moments deserve extraordinary quality
Relive extraordinary moments in tack-sharp detail. The Nikon 1 AW1’s 1-inch CX-format CMOS image sensor delivers images superior to cell phones and compact digital cameras, even in low light.
Compatible with all Nikon 1 lenses
Looking for variety? Two dedicated underwater lenses provide protection for your wet sports, but for everyday use, the full line of regular 1 NIKKOR lenses are compatible, giving you even more ways to express yourself through inspired images.
- AN-N3000 Strap
- UC-E15 USB Cable
- EN-EL20 Rechargeable Li-ion Battery
- MH-27 Battery Charger
- BF-N2000 Body Cap
- WP-O2000 O-Ring
- PA-N1000 O-Ring Protector
- ViewNX 2
- Short Movie Creator CD
- User's Manual
- Reference Manual CD
Top customer reviews
I've been using the AW1 for a few days now and have found some very good things, and some not so good things about it. I should start by saying that I'm a professional photographer and use full frame and micro 4/3 cameras with high-end lenses. So, that's my point of reference. However, for family vacations that are often by a beach or lake, I have been using a Canon D10 which is now several years old and I've been searching for a higher-quality waterproof camera to replace it. The AW1 seemed like the ideal replacement - especially after reading the reviews of the new crop of rugged/waterproof cameras whose IQ is not any better than the old D10. So, I bought one as soon as they were introduced. I haven't tried it underwater, so my comments are based on landscape shots taken in bright light. Also, I use DXO or ACR to process RAW images and neither have announced a profile for the AW1, so my comments are based on out-of-the-camera JPGs.
First the Good (just the highlights):
* Build quality is superb. You could probably pound nails with this thing and not damage it. It feels solid as a brick (also weighs as much as a brick). Easily the most solid camera I've picked up in a long time. It's a pleasure to hold.
* Controls are smooth and positive in their action.
* Pretty good results on Auto mode. JPGs are fairly clean - certainly better than any of the much less expensive rugged cameras. I haven't tried RAW yet because I use ACR, or DXO, and neither have announced a profile for the AW1.
* Some nice features. For example, Auto HDR works very well.
* Amazing frame rate: 60fps
* Super fast at everything: start-up is instant. Focus is instant. For all practical purposes, everything is instantaneous. Just a pleasure to use.
* It actually comes with a paper Manual! Kudos to Nikon for not following the idiotic trend to have all the meaningful documentation on a CD. However, there's a more detailed reference manual that you can download.
* The tilting feature to change modes works very well. You could use it with ski mittens on. Not sure how you'd press the shutter release, or turn the camera on while wearing mittens, but you'd be able to change modes.
Now the Bad:
* For a camera in this price class, the lack of image stabilization and a live histogram display is simply inexcusable. This is a MAJOR omission. Especially, the lack of a histogram. Why have exposure compensation if you don't have a histogram display so that you can see the effect of the adjustment. I'd have given it 4, or maybe 5 stars if it weren't for this omission. My old D10 has both IS and a histogram display and that camera cost $250.
* No over/under exposure indication. What's with that Nikon? Even much less expensive cameras have things like flashing areas to indicate blown highlights.
* Image quality is good, but doesn't have the same level of detail as images shot with a micro 4/3 camera and a good lens. The AW1 is 14MP and m4/3 is 16, which will not account for the difference. So, I suspect that the kit zoom is of only fair quality. I don't think that the lens is capable of bring out the best in the sensor. That said, it's still better than the compact rugged/waterproof cameras. Maybe Nikon will offer a better zoom in the future.
* It's clearly designed for point & shoot users who will simply leave it on Auto. There are too many menus to scroll through to change settings for the Creative mode. However, Auto works very well and, I suspect that if I'm in a situation where I'm snorkeling, or something where a waterproof camera is required, I'm not going to want to be fiddling with menus - Auto will be used a lot for that.
* No programmable function button, or any other programmable features. Why not? Why can't I set the Movie record button to HDR, or some other function? This is just firmware.
Not necessarily a negative, but something to think about: It's very heavy and will sink like a brick. NO floatation strap from any manufacturer that's designed for a camera will keep it afloat and Nikon hasn't released one designed for the AW1. You need 2-3 ordinary floatation straps (depending on the strap) before it will be buoyant. Some divers prefer their equipment to have slightly negative buoyancy. My preference is for slightly positive buoyancy so that if I drop it in deep water, it doesn't sink to the bottom - which could be more than 49ft deep.
Another omission, which I suspect will be at least partially rectified in the future. The lens has threads for a filter, and a rubber gasket around the outside of the front of the lens. I believe that it is Nikon's intent to release a filter that screws in and with a flange that seals against that rubber gasket to prevent water from getting between the filter and the lens. But, that filter isn't available. So, you have to be very careful not to damage that rubber gasket so that when they do release the filter, it will seal properly. Of course, it's also possible that the thing I'm calling a gasket is really a bumper and part of the drop protection. Also, there's no way to attach a lens hood.
Overall, it's a good, but not great camera. I expected better. The firmware is v1.0, so maybe some of the issues, like the lack of a histogram will be addressed by future updates. And, hopefully, if the system proves popular, Nikon will introduce a better quality waterproof zoom lens. In the mean time, as it is, and short of a more expensive camera in a waterproof housing, it's the best you can get for your trip to the beach.
UPDATE: October,2014. I had been having problems with the front lens element fogging when I had used the camera in a humid environment (Hawaii) and then took it in the water. Recently, I purchased the NC filter and this completely eliminates this problem. I would highly recommend this filter to anyone who purchases the AW1.
It's well over a year since this camera was introduced and Nikon has not updated the firmware or made any new waterproof glass available. I have the feeling that the AW1 is capable of much better IQ than we get with the standard zoom lens. My guess is that it hasn't sold well and they aren't investing in improvements or additional lenses. There's a large selection of fairly inexpensive rugged cameras that will provide decent results for the casual/vacation photographer. With the addition of a higher quality lens and some features implemented via firmware (histogram, auto-bracketing, etc.), this camera would appeal to the more serious photographer who also wants to have something that can be used in the water. I really want to rate this camera higher than 3 stars, but Nikon seems to have lost interest in it. That's a shame because it's probably capable of better results than we can get now.
UPDATE: 3/16/15. Buyer beware! I'm updating my earlier, mostly positive, review to issue a warning to potential buyers. A friend's AW1 leaked while it was out of warranty. He sent it to Nikon to repair, and they sent it back telling him that it could not be repaired do to the extent of the damage. The damage was confined to the body - the lens is fine. However, Nikon WILL NOT SELL A REPLACEMENT BODY!! That's simply OUTRAGEOUS! He's forced to either buy an entirely new camera and lens, or go with a different camera. I'm downgrading my earlier review by 1 star because this is something that can happen to me, or anyone who owns this camera and Nikon's response is terrible.
UPDATE: 4/5/15. After much haggling and threats, Nikon ended up replacing my friend's AW1 (see Update 3/16/15, above). I would restore the 3-star rating, but there are simply far too many reports of these cameras leaking and the buyer having a trip ruined. Some of this may be due to carelessness, however, many reports come from professionals - including experienced divers who know how to prepare equipment for underwater use. Basically, the waterproofing design of the AW1 is weak. To make matters worse, Nikon's initial reaction when the camera is returned is to blame the user. Personally, I've not experienced any leaks, but I also have never taken it below about 15 ft - so, maybe I'm just lucky. But, I'm also scrupulous about how I prepare the camera before taking it in the water. Here's what I recommend:
1. When storing the camera in-between uses, leave the battery and connector doors OPEN. This prevents the seals from being compressed all the time which, I believe, causes them to deform slightly. (I keep a weak rubber band around the camera to keep the doors from sticking out and breaking off, but they're kept slightly open).
2. As Nikon recommends, very carefully inspect the battery and connector door seals and their mating surface for any signs of a spec of dirt, sand, hair - whatever. Keep a magnifying glass and blower in your kit for doing this. Then, grease the bottom of the seal, or the mating surface before closing the doors. Nikon doesn't recommend this, but I think that it's a good idea and can see no way it can do harm. I purchased a thicker grease, on Amazon, that is designed for silicon diving gear and use it for the door seals. Of course, make sure that the doors are securely closed and locked before taking it in the water.
3. If you leave the O-ring on the camera all the time it is going to stretch. Nikon recommends replacing it every year and you should absolutely do that. Some reviewers have written that they didn't grease the O-ring because they didn't intend to remove the lens. Then, they were upset when the camera leaked. The O-ring must be greased! When you attach the lens, you will twist it and if the O-ring isn't greased it may deform.
4. Even if you only have 1 lens, and never intend to remove it, take it off when the camera isn't being used. When in the water, pressure can force a spec of something into the O-ring and eventually cause a leak. So, remove the lens at the end of the day; carefully clean and inspect the O-ring and its mating surfaces, then re-grease it and put the lens back on.
5. If you haven't yet purchased the camera, consider getting the 10mm prime lens if your main/only use will be in the water. People have reported leaks within the zoom lens and you can't get at its internal seals. The prime has no external moving parts, so that won't happen.
6. The camera is very prone to fogging the front lens cover. Buy the Nikon NC anti-fog filter. I have it and it absolutely eliminates the fogging problem. I leave it on and haven't noticed any degradation in photos taken above the water.
7. This is the one item I shouldn't have to add. The waterproofing design of this camera is weak and it's all too easy for it to leak and then fail through no fault of the user. The steps, above, will help prevent that, but there are many other seals - around buttons and the lens zoom ring that can't be checked by the user. If this happens in your backyard pool, you lose the camera, but if it happens on a once-in-a-lifetime trip, you lose the opportunity to photograph that trip. So, have a backup waterproof camera with you. This can be a housing for a good compact camera like the RX100, or a rugged/waterproof P&S camera. If the AW1 leaks, you've got a backup and will still be able to capture your memories of the trip.
I'm taking the AW1 to Bermuda in June and will issue another update when I return.
UPDATE: September 2015
I have now taken the AW1 to Bermuda and a trip to Lake Tahoe. It was used under water on both trips and I've had no leaks. I followed the instructions that I wrote previously about leaving the hatch doors open when not in use and heavily greasing them (despite Nikon's advice against that) and also being very careful to inspect all surfaces for any particles before closing the doors and attaching the lens.
Another bit of advice. The Nikon anti-fog filter prevents fogging of the lens. However, I experienced fogging of the rear LCD after a few days of use. Then, I opened all the doors at night in the air-conditioned room and the problem went away. If you leave the connector & battery doors closed, and the lens on the camera, the slight amount of moisture that enters through the pressure port will condense on the LCD. Leaving everything open at night lets it dry out. I then clean and re-grease everything before using it again.
Based on my using it several times without any leaks, although this requires extreme care, I have added an additional star to my review.
> It works underwater, and is the best camera with that kind of killer feature as of this writing
> The build is great, it definitely feels rugged and like it can take a few bumps and bruises, but it's not heavy by any means. I wouldn't say you could fit it in your pocket, but it sure beats carrying around a full frame all the time.
>The LCD screen is big a bright and relatively accurately represented colors
> The pop up flash is hinged and allows you to aim it upwards for bouncing (awesome feature - although I don't know if Nikon purposely designed it mechanism like this or it's just how it ended up).
> It shoots raw
> Auto-focus is snappy (although it doesn't always seem to focus on the intended target)
> It has manual control (along with aperture and shutter priority modes)
The not so good:
<> The controls are sometimes difficult and far from intuitive. If you leave it in auto then you're probably good to go, but manual control is clunky. For most this probably isn't too much of an issue though
<> No image stabilization - for a camera in this price range, this should be a standard feature.
The reasons I returned it:
< It's expensive - these are pro level prices without the pro level performance. Even the lenses are extraordinarily overprice in my opinion
< The image quality just isn't that great. I expected more for the price, but the relatively slow lenses available (save one wide angle prime that works underwater) coupled with the small image sensor (and terrible high ISO performance) provide for grainy images unless you in prime lighting conditions.
I wanted to like this camera, but I just couldn't. If you are a pro or serious amateur you'll be disappointed in it's high price and not so great image quality. Having said that, if you are coming from a point and shoot and are looking for a killer underwater camera, then this is a great option (really, the best under water camera option out there right now). For the limited amount of underwater use it would get, I ended up returning it for a less expensive underwater camera and will always have my Canon DSLR at my side on land. Here's hoping Canon fires back with a waterproof EOS-M with it's APS-C sensor!
The photos were wonderful. Great quality excellent focus, I was really starting to get the hang of it.
I think if I rig up some sort of wedge that prevents those latches from opening, the camera will work just fine. I'll also try not to expose the camera to too much vibration. I'm pretty sure if nikon did a few tests of low impact shock (minimal) bumping, that over time the battery compartment would come undone all by itself. I will update review if I figure out something worth sharing.
So, waterproof, yes. Shockproof, not really. While the camera may survive a shock, the compartments wont stay shut. I've got an old sanyo waterproof camera that has a battery door compartment that is bulletproof compared to this one.
Update: Upgrading to 4 stars. Well, I did a pretty low tech solution that works wonders. I made some small plastic wedges that fit into the small depressions that appear when locked. I think use electricians tape to hold it in place. Now it's impossible for the compartments to work their way open. The replacement battery pack I got is also working well. I've now got the waterproof lens and I got the silicone protection sleeve. I'm also putting a screen protector on the back. I plan to ensure this guy lasts a long time!