Nikon 1 AW1 Review

4.0
November 21, 2013 | Gavin Stoker |

Specifications

Product name Nikon 1 AW1
Type Digital camera with support for interchangeable lenses
Lens mount Nikon waterproof 1 mount
Effective angle of view Approx. 2.7x lens focal length (35 mm format equivalent)
Effective pixels 14.2 million
Image sensor 13.2 mm x 8.8 mm CMOS sensor (Nikon CX format)
Storage - Image size (pixels) Still images (auto, best moment capture, and all creative modes other than Easy panorama; aspect ratio 3 : 2): 4608 x 3072, 3456 x 2304, 2304 x 1536. Still images (Normal panorama, camera panned horizontally; aspect ratio 120 : 23): 4800 x 920. Still images (Normal panorama, camera panned vertically; aspect ratio 8 : 25): 1536 x 4800. Still images (Wide panorama, camera panned horizontally; aspect ratio 240 : 23): 9600 x 920. Still images (Wide panorama, camera panned vertically; aspect ratio 4 : 25): 1536 x 9600. Still images (taken during movie recording, aspect ratio 3 : 2): 4608 x 3072 (1080/60i, 1080/30p), 1280 x 856 (720/60p, 720/30p). Still images (Motion Snapshots; aspect ratio 16 : 9): 4608 x 2592
File format NEF (RAW): 12-bit, compressed. JPEG: JPEG-Baseline compliant with fine (approx. 1 : 4), normal (approx. 1 : 8), or basic (approx. 1 : 16) compression. NEF (RAW) + JPEG: Single photograph recorded in both NEF (RAW) and JPEG formats
Picture Control system Standard, Neutral, Vivid, Monochrome, Portrait, Landscape; selected Picture Control can be modified; storage for custom Picture Controls
Media SD (Secure Digital), SDHC, and SDXC memory cards
File system DCF (Design Rule for Camera File System) 2.0, DPOF (Digital Print Order Format), Exif (Exchangeable Image File Format for Digital Still Cameras) 2.3, PictBridge
Shooting modes Auto; creative, with a choice of the following options: P, S, A, M, underwater, night landscape, night portrait, backlighting, easy panorama, soft, miniature effect, and selective colour; best moment capture (slow view and Smart Photo Selector), advanced movie (HD -P, S, A, M only- and slow motion), Motion Snapshot
Shutter - Type Electronic shutter
Shutter - Speed 1/16,000-30 s in steps of 1/3 EV; Bulb. Note: Bulb ends automatically after approximately 2 minutes
Flash sync speed Synchronizes with shutter at X=1/60 s or slower
Release - Mode Single frame, continuous. Self-timer
Frame advance rate Approx. 5, 15, 30, or 60 fps
Self-timer 2 s, 5 s, 10 s
Exposure - Metering TTL metering using image sensor
Metering method Matrix. Center-weighted: Meters 4.5 mm circle in center of frame. Spot: Meters 2 mm circle centered on selected focus area
Mode P programmed auto with flexible program; S shutter-priority auto; A aperture-priority auto; M manual; scene auto selector
Exposure compensation -3 - +3 EV in increments of 1/3 EV
Exposure lock Luminosity locked at metered value when shutter-release button is pressed halfway
ISO sensitivity (Recommended Exposure Index) ISO 160-6400 in steps of 1 EV; auto ISO sensitivity control (ISO 160-6400, 160-3200, 160-800) available (user controlled when P, S, A, M, or underwater is selected in creative mode)
Active D-Lighting On, off
Focus - Autofocus Hybrid autofocus (phase-detection/contrast-detect AF); AF-assist illuminator
Lens servo Autofocus (AF): Single AF (AF-S); continuous AF (AF-C); auto AF-S/AF-C selection (AF-A); full-time AF (AF-F). Manual focus (MF)
AF-area mode Single-point, single-point (center), auto-area, subject tracking
Focus area Single-point AF: 135 focus areas; the center 73 areas support phase-detection AF. Auto-area AF: 41 focus areas
Focus lock Focus can be locked by pressing shutter-release button halfway (single AF)
Face priority On, off
Flash - Built-in flash Manual pop-up
Guide Number (GN) Approx. 5/16 (m/ft, ISO 100, 20 °C/68 °F; at ISO 160, Guide Number is approx. 6.3/20.7)
Control i-TTL flash control using image sensor
Mode Fill flash, red-eye reduction, fill flash + slow sync, red-eye reduction + slow sync, rear curtain + slow sync, rear-curtain sync, off
Flash compensation -3 - +1 EV in increments of 1/3 EV
Flash-ready indicator Lights when built-in flash unit is fully charged
White balance Auto, underwater, incandescent, fluorescent, direct sunlight, flash, cloudy, shade, preset manual, all except preset manual with fine tuning
Movie - Metering TTL metering using image sensor
Metering method Matrix. Center-weighted: Meters 4.5 mm circle in center of frame. Spot: Meters 2 mm circle centered on selected focus area
Frame size (pixels)/recording rate HD movies (aspect ratio 16 : 9) - 1920 x 1080/60i (59.94 fields/s*) - 1920 x 1080/30p (29.97 fps) - 1280 x 720/60p (59.94 fps) - 1280 x 720/30p (29.97 fps) - Slow-motion movies (aspect ratio 8 : 3) - 640 x 240/400 fps (plays at 30p/29.97 fps) - 320 x 120/1200 fps (plays at 30p/29.97 fps) - Motion Snapshot (aspect ratio 16 : 9) - 1920 x 1080/60p (59.94 fps) (plays at 24p/23.976 fps). * Sensor output is about 60 fps.
File format MOV
Video compression H.264/MPEG-4 Advanced Video Coding
Audio recording format AAC
Audio recording device Built-in stereo microphone; sensitivity adjustable
Monitor 7.5 cm (3-in.), approx. 921k-dot, TFT LCD with brightness adjustment
Playback Full-frame and thumbnail (4, 9, or 72 images or calendar) playback with playback zoom, movie and panorama playback, slide show, histogram display, auto image rotation, and rating option
Interface - USB Hi-Speed USB
HDMI output Type C mini-pin HDMI connector
Electronic compass 16 headings (with 3-axis accelerometer attitude correction and automatic offset adjustment)
Location data Receiving frequency: 1575.4200 MHz (GPS)/1598.0625-1605.3750 MHz (GLONASS). Geodesics: WGS84
Altimeter Operating range approximately -500 - +4500 m (-1640 - +14,764 ft)
Depth gauge Operating range approximately 0-20 m (0-65.6 ft)
Supported languages Arabic, Bengali, Bulgarian, Chinese (Simplified and Traditional), Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hindi, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Marathi, Norwegian, Persian, Polish, Portuguese (European and Brazilian), Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Spanish, Swedish, Tamil, Telugu, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian, Vietnamese
Power source - Battery One rechargeable Li-ion EN-EL20 battery
AC adapter EH-5b AC adapter; requires EP-5C power connector (available separately)
Tripod socket 1/4-in. (ISO 1222)
Dimensions (W x H x D) Approx. 113.3 x 71.5 x 37.5 mm (4.5 x 2.9 x 1.5 in.), excluding projections
Weight Approx. 356 g (12.6 oz) with battery and memory card but without body cap or O-ring protector; approx. 313 g (11.1 oz), camera body only
Operating environment - Temperature -10 °C - +40 °C (+14 °F - 104 °F) on land, 0 °C - +40 °C (+32 °F - 104 °F) in water
Humidity 85% or less (no condensation)
Shockproof performance * ** Has passed in-house tests *** to MIL-STD-810F Method 516.5: Shock standard
Waterproof performance ** In-house tests have demonstrated JIS/IEC Class 8 (IPX8) waterproofing; can be used at depths of up to 15 m (49 ft) for up to 60 minutes
Operating depth ** Maximum 15 m (49 ft)
Dustproof performance ** In-house tests have demonstrated JIS/IEC Class 6 (IP6X) dust-proofing
Supplied accessories BF-N2000 body cap, PA-N1000 O-ring protector, WP-O2000 O-ring, EN-EL20 rechargeable Li-ion battery (with terminal cover), MH-27 battery charger, AN-N1000 strap (intended exclusively for use on land), WP-G1000 Silicon grease, UC-E19 USB cable, ViewNX 2/Short Movie Creator CD, Reference manual CD

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