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Nikon 1 AW1 review roundup

Nikon 1 AW1

Nikon 1 AW1

The Nikon 1 AW1 is the world’s first shockproof, waterproof, interchangeable-lens digital camera. In addtion to that, it is also freezeproof. Imagine taking the AW1 straight under water with no housing. Amazing right? This camera does indeed need no case or housing. The camera is waterproof up to 15m, not very deep when it comes to diving, but for a camera which needs no housing, I think this is more than acceptable and makes it an excellent holiday camera.

The Nikon 1 AW1 is a 14.2 megapixel CX format camera and from most specs, a rehash of the Nikon 1 J3, with an uprated ruggedised body. Of course, being an interchangeable system means that lenses you use need to have the same level of sealing for this whole system to work. As such, Nikon has also introduced 2 new all-weather lenses.

The two lenses are the 1 NIKKOR AW 11-27.5mm f/3.5-5.6 and 1 NIKKOR AW 10mm f/2.8. Like the AW1,  the lenses are essentially, ruggedised and waterproofed versions of two existing 1-mount lenses. The lens mount on the AW1 has an o-ring which mates with the new AW lenses to keep water out.

I personally think this is quite a game changer in terms of how enthusiast photographers approach their photography and will definitely keep a close watch on developments related to this new addition to the Nikon 1 line.

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