The AW series of Nikon is quite hit in the market and is very liked by the customers. The secret of its success in the market is its quite small sized sensor which can capture snaps of any type of scene. Recently the successor in the AW series Nikon AW1 has been released. This compact camera has got a one inch CX format sensor on it which is of 14.2MP. The camera also has got an EXPEED 3A image processor inside it along with the features like the Motion Snapshot, Slow View. Moreover, the Nikon AW1 also has got an electronic compass, horizon level, altimeter/depth gauge and most importantly GPS inside it.

Unique features of Nikon AW1


The camera has got two unique features of Underwater Mode and Action Mode in it. The waterproofing capability range of the Nikon AW1 is 15 meters. It is also dustproof and shockproof up to two meters. Amazingly, the Nikon AW1 is also freezproof down to as low as -10 degrees Celsius. All these features enable the user to capture photographs with this camera in any type of situation and at any time.

Design and body


The AW1 is quite larger than the J and S range of Nikon but still has got the same flat rectangular type of design. The kit lens of the AW1 is quite large and bulky which further increases the size of the camera. The buttons on the back side of the camera are nicely arranged. All of them are accessible with your thumb. The buttons have been designed in such a way that you would not mix up the buttons or your hands would not slip when you are handling it with gloved hands. The Action Mode can be turned on by just holding down the button which is placed on the right side of the thumb. You can then switch between different modes like automatic, creative etc by simply tipping your camera from side to side quickly.

Following are the specs of the sensor of AW1

  • Maximum resolution is 4608 x 3072
  • The maximum image ratio is 16:9
  • The minimum image ratio is 3:2
  • Effective pixels are 14MP
  • Sensor size is 1″
  • Sensor type is CMOS
  • EXPEED 3A sensor in the camera
  • The colour space is sRGB

The Nikon AW1 is the most innovative camera in the Nikon 1 range. There is hardly any other camera in the market which is water, shock, dust and freezeproof and this is the main selling point of the AW1