Excerpt: Waterproof, shockproof, mirrorless and with a 14mp sensor larger than most point-and-shoot sensors, the Nikon 1 AW1 (MSRP $799.95) is the only camera in its class. It seemed an ideal choice for a photographer with a bad case of pixelitis who was going to ride an overgrown innertube down the raging...
Excerpt: Ten years ago you wouldn’t have dreamt of taking your digital camera into the swimming pool, but thanks to today’s tech advancements, everything from your phone to your tablet is now waterproof.
Excerpt: Sometimes a lot of things can happen real fast: a car that pulls out in front of you, dinner that burns, a child that falls, all in the blink of an eye. But when do you actually get to have something amazing happen real fast? How about 60 frames in a second? That’s fast; that’s exciting.
Excerpt: The Nikon 1 AW1 is the first digital compact system camera that can be used for diving or other active sports without an additional protective case. Protected by a stainless steel front cover, all function elements, card slots, and interfaces are protected by sealed covers.
Conclusion: The Nikon 1 J3 is a solid ILC, but it didn’t overwhelm us. However, take that same camera and make it waterproof and shockproof, name it the AW1, and it’s hard to not make an overwhelming recommendation. Also, there’s nothing else in the world like it.
Nikon 1 AW1 review: Waterproof, shockproof interchangeable lens camera
30 December 2013
Conclusion: The Nikon 1 AW1 is the company’s most fully realized compact system camera of the past three years. It’s a rugged model that, unusually, takes really good photographs, and with consistency. Perhaps that’s something worth paying a premium. Gavin is a Macworld U.K.
Pros: Rugged qualities ensure a built-to-last construction, Sharp images
Cons: Occasional problem with inner glass of lens misting up, No eye level viewfinder