Nikon 1 AW1

It’s an ad­ven­tur­ous cam­era that will ap­peal to ex­treme sports fans – and the in­ner James Bond in all of us

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Nikon 1 AW1 + 11-27.5mm

£560, $747

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.

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