Nikon 1 AW1 Review

November 21, 2013 | Gavin Stoker |


It would be easy to classify the 14.2 megapixel Nikon 1 AW1 as a specialist or niche product and perhaps even dismiss it as such given the at first slightly high seeming £750 asking price on launch, and whilst it is certainly currently in a class of its own when it comes to offering more adventurous photographers the ability to take more adventurous images than they otherwise would, it also works well as an everyday or even occasional camera for use on dry land and with more familiar subjects. If you're not fussed about the lack of a built in eye level viewfinder as previously found on Nikon's 1 series V1 and V2 flagship models, then arguably the AW1 is Nikon's most comprehensive and very probably best compact system camera yet.

With the ability to shoot Raw as well as JPEG, high quality video with stereo sound and do both in otherwise testing conditions, this is one compact styled CSC that just about does it all. Given this perhaps the asking price isn't as excessive as it might first seem in comparison with regular non-protected ‘J' series Nikons. Add in the fact that the AW1's performance is consistent and you have a very tempting proposition for your next purchase that, if you are going to be using the camera mostly on dry land, will allow you access to an increasing number of regular Nikon 1 Nikkor lenses. In short, there is little about the Nikon 1 AW1 that feels compromised in order to achieve the level of protection it offers.

4 stars

Ratings (out of 5)
Design 4
Features 4
Ease-of-use 3.5
Image quality 4
Value for money 4