Nikon 1 AW1

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    Highlights

    • 14.2 MP 1-inch CMOS Sensor
    • 160 - 6,400 Native ISO
    • 135 Focus Points (135 Cross-type)
    • 3.0" 921k dot Fixed Screen
    • 60.0 fps Continuous Shooting
    • 1920 x 1080 Video Shooting
    • 30 min Video Recording Limit
    • Built-in Flash
    • Built-in GPS
    • Wheather Sealed Body
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    Overview

    Nikon 1 AW1 was announced in 2013 and is a 1-inch (13.2 x 8.8 mm) Mirrorless camera with 14.2 Megapixel CMOS sensor. Its native ISO ranges from 160 to 6,400. The camera has a Fixed 3.0" screen with 921k dot resolution.

    Nikon 1 AW1 can capture video up to 1920 x 1080 resolution.

    Pros and Cons

    In this section we present pros and cons of Nikon 1 AW1.

    PROS

    •   Cheap
    •   Video Capture
    •   135 Focus Points
    •   Face Detection
    •   Live View Autofocus
    •   High Max Continuous Shooting - 60.0 fps
    •   Built-in Flash
    •   HDMI Output
    •   Built-in GPS
    •   Environmental Sealing
    •   Light - 201 g (0.44 lb / 7.09 oz)
    •   Orientation Sensor

    CONS

    •   Small Sensor
    •   Low Resolution Sensor - 14.2 Megapixel
    •   160 Lowest Native ISO
    •   Timelapse Recording
    •   0 Cross-type Focus Points
    •   No Image Stabilization
    •   Fixed Screen
    •   No Viewfinder
    •   Low Flash Sync Speed - 1/60 sec
    •   No External Flash Connectivity
    •   Low DxO Overall Score - 51
    •   Low Video Resolution - 1920 x 1080
    •   Low Video Recording Limit
    •   No Microphone Input
    •   No Headphone Output
    •   No Built-In Wi-Fi
    •   No Built-In Bluetooth
    •   Short Battery Life - 220 shots

    And here are some specifications which fall into average criteria and are neither in PROs nor in CONs category:

    AVERAGE

    •   6,400 Highest Native ISO
    •   Screen Size - 3.0"
    •   Screen Resolution - 921k dot
    •   Max Shutter Speed (Mechanical or 1st Curtain) - 1/4000 sec
    •   Max Shutter Speed (Electronic) - 1/16000 sec

    Screen

    Fixed screen

    Nikon 1 AW1 has a 3.0" Fixed screen with 921k dot resolution.

    Sensor

    Nikon 1 AW1 features a 14.2 megapixel 1-inch CMOS sensor with dimensions of 13.2 x 8.8 mm and a total area of 116.2 mm2. Its native ISO range is 160 - 6,400.


    Here is a sensor size comparison chart where you can see how Nikon 1 AW1's 1-inch sensor compares with other types of sensors:

    Sensor size chart
    Sensor Dimensions Area Aspect Ratio Crop Factor
    Image cannot be displayedMedium Format44 x 33 mm1452 mm24:30.79x
    Image cannot be displayedFull Frame36 x 24 mm864 mm23:21x
    Image cannot be displayedAPS-H27 x 18 mm486 mm23:21.3x
    Image cannot be displayedAPS-C23.6 x 15.6 mm368.2 mm23:21.5x
    Image cannot be displayedAPS-C (Canon)22.3 x 14.9 mm332.3 mm23:21.6x
    Image cannot be displayedMicro Four Thirds17.4 x 13 mm226.2 mm24:32x
    Image cannot be displayed1-inch13.2 x 8.8 mm116.2 mm23:22.7x
    Image cannot be displayed1/1.7-inch7.44 x 5.58 mm41.5 mm24:34.7x
    Image cannot be displayed1/2.3-inch6.17 x 4.55 mm28.1 mm24:35.6x

    Photography Features

    Camera is equipped with EXPEED 3A processor and can take pictures up to 4608 x 3072 resolution.


    Lens Mount

    Nikon 1 AW1 has Nikon 1 lens mount. Due to 1-inch sensor its crop factor (also called lens multiplier) is 2.7x. This means that a 35mm equivalent focal length of the mounted lens will be equal to its actual focal length times 2.7.


    No In-Body Image Stabilization

    The camera does not have in-body image stabilization (IBIS) so it needs lenses with optical image stabilization for vibration reduction.

    Check out the cameras which are frequently compared to Nikon 1 AW1.

    Connectivity, Battery and Storage

    Built-in GPS

    Nikon 1 AW1 has a built-in GPS (Global Positioning System) technology which allows you to automatically tag the location where you took your photos. You can later categorize, organize, and search for photos based on location. This is very useful for travel and outdoor photographers for documenting the locations where images were captured.
      Check out the cameras in our database that have built-in GPS.


    USB Input and HDMI Output

    Nikon 1 AW1 has a USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) input for data transfer. There is a Mini HDMI connector for video signal output.


    Battery

    Nikon 1 AW1 comes with EN-EL20 battery pack with battery life of 220 shots.


    External Storage Slots

    The camera has a single SD/SDHC/SDXC card slot.

    Other Features

    Shutter

    Nikon 1 AW1 has Electronic shutter. Shutter speed can go up to 1/16000 sec with electronic shutter and up to 1/4000 sec with mechanical shutter. Camera can shoot continuously up to 60.0 fps.


    Focusing

    Nikon 1 AW1 has Hybrid autofocus (phase detection/contrast-detect AF)
    AF-assist illuminator system with 135 focusing points There is also face detection feature which automatically finds and focuses on faces.


    Flash

    Nikon 1 AW1 has a built-in flash with maximum range of 5.00 m at ISO 100. The fastest flash synchronization speed is 1/60 sec. Flash compensation can be set from -3 to +1 EV with 1/3 EV steps).

    Physical Parameters

    Nikon 1 AW1 has dimensions of 114 x 72 x 37 mm (4.47 x 2.81 x 1.46"). It weighs 201 g (0.44 lb / 7.09 oz), so it is a lightweight camera.

    114 mm (4.47")

    72 mm (2.81")

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    37 mm (1.46")

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    Nikon 1 AW1 dimensions

    Nikon 1 AW1 for Different Types of Photography

    We give scores to the camera for different type of photography based on its features and specifications. Let us see how Nikon 1 AW1 is suitable for six different types of photography.


    Landscape Photography

    GOOD
    82

    Nikon 1 AW1 gets a score of 82 and is GOOD choice for Landscape photography.

    •   Small Sensor
    •   Screen Resolution - 921k dot
    •   Built-in GPS
    •   Environmental Sealing

    Sports Photography

    GOOD
    71

    Nikon 1 AW1 gets a score of 71 and is GOOD choice for Sports photography.

    •   6,400 Highest Native ISO
    •   135 Focus Points
    •   0 Cross-type Focus Points
    •   Face Detection
    •   No Image Stabilization
    •   Screen Resolution - 921k dot
    •   No Viewfinder
    •   High Max Continuous Shooting - 60.0 fps
    •   Short Battery Life - 220 shots
    •   Orientation Sensor

    Wildlife Photography

    AVERAGE
    67

    Nikon 1 AW1 gets a score of 67 and is AVERAGE choice for Wildlife photography.

    •   6,400 Highest Native ISO
    •   135 Focus Points
    •   0 Cross-type Focus Points
    •   No Image Stabilization
    •   Screen Resolution - 921k dot
    •   No Viewfinder
    •   High Max Continuous Shooting - 60.0 fps
    •   Environmental Sealing
    •   Short Battery Life - 220 shots
    •   Orientation Sensor

    Portrait Photography

    GOOD
    70

    Nikon 1 AW1 gets a score of 70 and is GOOD choice for Portrait photography.

    •   Small Sensor
    •   135 Focus Points
    •   0 Cross-type Focus Points
    •   Face Detection
    •   No Image Stabilization
    •   Screen Size - 3.0"
    •   Screen Resolution - 921k dot
    •   Low Flash Sync Speed - 1/60 sec
    •   No External Flash Connectivity
    •   Orientation Sensor

    Street Photography

    EXCELLENT
    85

    Nikon 1 AW1 gets a score of 85 and is EXCELLENT choice for Street photography.

    •   Small Sensor
    •   135 Focus Points
    •   0 Cross-type Focus Points
    •   No Image Stabilization
    •   Fixed Screen
    •   Screen Resolution - 921k dot
    •   No Viewfinder
    •   Built-in GPS
    •   Environmental Sealing
    •   Light - 201 g (0.44 lb / 7.09 oz)

    Travel Photography

    EXCELLENT
    90

    Nikon 1 AW1 gets a score of 90 and is EXCELLENT choice for Travel photography.

    •   No Image Stabilization
    •   Fixed Screen
    •   Screen Resolution - 921k dot
    •   Low Video Resolution - 1920 x 1080
    •   Low Video Recording Limit
    •   Built-in GPS
    •   Environmental Sealing
    •   Light - 201 g (0.44 lb / 7.09 oz)
    •   Short Battery Life - 220 shots

    Nikon 1 AW1 Evaluation

    We evaluate Nikon 1 AW1 and give score of 63 out of 100. We also give separate scores for 7 different categories according to the available features and specifications some of which are listed below. These evaluations are relative and may change each time a new camera is added to the database.


    OVERALL
    63

    Sensor

    AVERAGE
    63

    We give Nikon 1 AW1 a score of 63 for Sensor parameters.

    •   Small Sensor
    •   Low Resolution Sensor - 14.2 Megapixel
    •   160 Lowest Native ISO
    •   6,400 Highest Native ISO
    •   Low DxO Overall Score - 51

    Photo

    AVERAGE
    64

    We give Nikon 1 AW1 a score of 64 for Photo parameters.

    •   Timelapse Recording
    •   No Image Stabilization
    •   Max Shutter Speed (Mechanical or 1st Curtain) - 1/4000 sec
    •   Max Shutter Speed (Electronic) - 1/16000 sec
    •   High Max Continuous Shooting - 60.0 fps
    •   Low Flash Sync Speed - 1/60 sec
    •   No External Flash Connectivity

    Video

    BAD
    16

    We give Nikon 1 AW1 a score of 16 for Video parameters.

    •   No Image Stabilization
    •   Low Video Resolution - 1920 x 1080
    •   Low Video Recording Limit

    Focusing

    GOOD
    79

    We give Nikon 1 AW1 a score of 79 for Focusing parameters.

    •   135 Focus Points
    •   0 Cross-type Focus Points
    •   Face Detection
    •   Live View Autofocus

    Screen and Viewfinder

    AVERAGE
    57

    We give Nikon 1 AW1 a score of 57 for Screen and Viewfinder parameters.

    •   Fixed Screen
    •   Screen Size - 3.0"
    •   Screen Resolution - 921k dot
    •   No Viewfinder

    Connectivity

    GOOD
    70

    We give Nikon 1 AW1 a score of 70 for Connectivity parameters.

    •   HDMI Output
    •   No Microphone Input
    •   No Headphone Output
    •   Built-in GPS
    •   No Built-In Wi-Fi
    •   No Built-In Bluetooth

    Battery, Storage and Physical

    AVERAGE
    69

    We give Nikon 1 AW1 a score of 69 for Battery, Storage and Physical parameters.

    •   Environmental Sealing
    •   Light - 201 g (0.44 lb / 7.09 oz)
    •   Short Battery Life - 220 shots


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