Nikon 1 AW1 Review – The Nikon 1 AW1 is a rugged compact that merits a rugged test. With a storm approaching, what better way to test Nikon’s latest 1-series camera than heading out into the North Sea with the RNLI?

Product Overview

Overall rating:


Nikon 1 AW1

Overall score:85%
Image Quality:85%


  • Incredibly strong; Fast burst rate; Superb image quality for a waterproof camera


  • Slippery body; No PASM mode dial; Limited waterproof lens range; Lack of hotshoe


Nikon 1 AW1 Review


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Nikon 1 AW1 Review – Design

Nikon 1 AW1 Review –  angled

Available in black, white or silver, the Nikon 1 AW1 shares many similarities with its 1-series cousin, the Nikon 1 J3. Using the same 14.2MP CX-format sensor, the AW1 has an identical 160-6400 ISO range as well as other features that include 15fps continuous focusing with autofocus, an advanced Hybrid AF system, Best Moment capture, Motion Snapshot and a 3in, 921k-dot LCD screen.

Nikon 1 AW1 Review – rear angled

As one would expect, the build is far more robust than the Nikon 1 J3 and survived our drop test onto a solid floor from waist height with barely a scratch. It does lack a rubberised grip – something that’s improved with the CF-N6000 silicone jacket (£25) and AH-N6000 hand strap (£15).

Nikon 1 AW1 Review – hand held

While both of these accessories can transform the handling of the camera for the better, we’d rather see them built into the AW1’s design than being available as optional extras.

  1. 1. Nikon 1 AW1 Review
  2. 2. Nikon 1 AW1 Review - Design
  3. 3. Nikon 1 AW1 Review – Image Quality
  4. 4. Nikon 1 AW1 Review - Verdict
  5. 5. Nikon 1 AW1 Review – First Look
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