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on Dec 6, 2013 in Gear Just Introed!

Nikon AW-1 Loves Water!


The Nikon 1 AW1 is just really cool! Being a former owner of Nikonos, it’s great to see an instruction book again that states, “Don’t change lenses underwater!” Duh! The Nikon 1 AW1 is the world’s first waterproof interchangeable lens digital camera. The AW-1 (not just a waterproof J2 on the inside) is a wonderful camera. Two brand new water/shock/freeze proof lenses have been introduced with the Nikon 1 AW1, the 11-27.5mm f/3.5-5.6 zoom lens and 10mm f/2.8. It features built in Wi-Fi and GPS (not functional underwater). The AW1 is fully compatible with existing Nikon 1 system optics, although these are not waterproof and shockproof (it can be dropped from 6′). It can go down to 49′ and is rated to work down to 14degrees (though it was -10 when I shot with it yesterday morning no problem). After taking the product shot you see above, I shot with the camera. The snow that stuck to the body melted and than froze onto the body and it just kept on clicking. The lens has this great metal gnarled surface that sticks to any surface no matter how wet it might be. Amazing!

The AW-1 though offers some new handling that I think is really cool. Nikon describes it like this: Shooting in less than ideal environments requires usability that extends to every facet of camera operation. Nikon 1 AW1 delivers on all fronts with new Action control — a revolutionary new interface that makes adjusting as easy as tilting the camera. Even when wearing gloves or otherwise bundled up against the elements, you can quickly change shooting modes and play back settings. You’ll also appreciate the wealth of sensing functions, including depth, GPS/GLONASS, altitude and more.

With the love affair we have with Sharon’s V2, we don’t hesitate working with Nikon mirrorless. The AW-1 is really sweet! All metal construction, small, light, waterproof and pretty amazing image quality. This can easily be the outdoor photographers best friend!