Nikon 1 AW1
It’s an adventurous camera that will appeal to extreme sports fans – and the inner James Bond in all of us
Nikon 1 AW1 + 11-27.5mm
ake your camera to the seaside, or even down to the waterfront, and you risk it getting splashed. You don’t have to worry with the AW1, which is not only splash-proof but fully waterproof to a depth of 15 metres. And while this opens up a whole new world of underwater travel photography, it’s literally only scratching the surface of the AW1’s goanywhere credentials.
Equally at home on winter holidays, the camera is freezeproof down to -10°C. And from river deep to mountain high, a built-in altimeter and depth gauge track your altitude or depth. You can also chart your progress with the built-in GPS and electronic compass, although if you want Wi-Fi connectivity as well you’ll
Thave to fork out for the WU-1b optional adaptor. Even so, the go-anywhere abilities of the AW1 are all neatly wrapped up in a shockproof design that enables the camera to survive being dropped from a height of two metres. It’s just a shame that, apart from the 11-27.5mm kit lens, there’s only one other ‘all-weather’ lens available for the camera, which is a 10mm f/2.8 wide-angle prime, equivalent to using a 27mm lens on a full-frame body.
Compared with the other Nikon 1 cameras on test, this one has an older-generation EXPEED 3A image processor and a lowerresolution 14.2-megapixel image sensor. The hybrid autofocus system also has a lower count of 135 contrast-detection areas and 73 phase-detection points, but is similarly quick and accurate. Maximum frame rate is slower at 15 frames per second rather than 20, but rises to the same 60 frames per second without continuous autofocus.