For those who want the numbers, the camera can be submerged up to 14.9 m, dropped up to 2 m, and frozen down to -10°C.
With built-in GPS technology, AW1 users can track their travels while identifying the exact longitude and latitude where an image or video was captured. The AW1 is also equipped with an altimeter, a depth gauge, an electronic compass, and a virtual horizon indicator.
What’s more, the camera’s pop-up flash is waterproof.
The AW1 features a 14.2-megapixel CX-format CMOS sensor and Nikon’s Exoeed 3A image processing engine, and will also deliver Full HD (1080p) videos.
The Nikon 1 AW1 sports an ISO range of 160 to 6400.
The AW1 includes Nikon’s fast and responsive Advanced Hybrid Autofocus (AF) system. The 73-point AF array can lock on to action in approximately 80 milliseconds.
The camera offers what is said to be the world’s fastest continuous shooting frame rate at 15 frames-per-second (fps) with continuous AF and continuous shooting at 60 fps when the focus is locked.
Similar to the Nikon Coolpix AW110, the AW1 includes Action Control, which allows users to control certain functions of the camera simply by swinging it in the air. This feature makes it easier to adjust the camera underwater or when wearing gloves.
When using the AW1, the Creative Mode menu provides an easy way to utilize full manual exposure controls (P,S,A,M) as well as Selective Colour, Miniature, Soft, Night Landscape, Backlighting and Night
Portrait modes. Additionally, Easy Panorama provides a simple way to capture vast landscapes.
The Nikon 1 AW1 includes Full HD (1080p) video capabilities as well as Advanced Movie Mode. In Advanced Movie Mode, users can shoot Full HD videos and high-resolution stills simultaneously.
Additionally, Slow Motion Movies can capture all the action at either 400 fps or 1200 fps.
The AW1 also features Enhanced Motion Snapshot Mode, which provides shooters with the option of capturing a quick passing moment with a short, slow-motion movie sequence in addition to a single defining still image.
When Best Moment Capture Mode is selected, camera users have access to Smart Photo Selector or Slow View modes. With Smart Photo Selector, the AW1 can capture up to 20 shots with a press of the shutter
button, and the camera will select the best shot. Slow View is ideal for extreme action sports; once focus is achieved and the shutter button is pressed halfway down, users capture live action (approx. 1.33 sec.)
while the subject is displayed in slow motion on the screen. A slowed-down view is then continuously looped over until the shutter is fully pressed.
Auto Mode helps users frame a shot with ease. It also comes equipped with Live Image Control, giving the user access to real-time adjustments of Active D-Lighting, Background Softening, Motion Control and Brightness Control, which are displayed on the camera’s screen prior to capture.
The camera offers several underwater controls. When in Underwater mode, users can choose from three options (standard, diving, close-up), which will automatically adjust the camera’s settings to deliver optimal results based on the type of activity in which they are participating. Additionally, the Underwater White Balance setting makes adjusting white balance simple, while the Underwater Distortion Control corrects the effects of distortion caused by water.
Similar to previous Nikon 1 system cameras, the AW1 is fully compatible with Nikon’s optional WU-1b Wireless Mobile Adapter (sold separately), allowing images to seamlessly be transferred to smart devices wirelessly. If using Nikon’s free Wireless Mobile Adapter Utility application for Android platform smart devices as well as iPhone and iPad mobile digital devices, AW1 users will have the ability to remotely take photos with the camera from a smartphone or tablet.
Two lenses have been specifically created for the camera, the waterproof, shockproof and freezeproof 1
Nikkor AW 11-27.5 mm f/3.5-5.6 and 1 Nikkor AW 10 mm f/2.8.
The Nikon 1 AW1 is fully compatible with the lineup of 1 Nikkor lenses, Nikon 1 accessories, as well as a wide range of F-Mount Nikkor lenses when connected to the FT-1 Mount Adapter.
Nikon also introduced new accessory skins for the camera and two lenses, providing more grip, comfort and control when shooting.
For those looking for the flexibility to swap lenses in environments with extreme temperature and humidity changes, Nikon has developed a new filter attachment, the AW 40.5 Filter NC, to effectively
combat the common occurrence of condensation.
Nikon has also announced the development of the SB-N10 Underwater Speedlight.
The Nikon 1 AW1 will be available as a one-lens kit with the 1 Nikkor AW 11-27.5 mm f/3.5-5.6 lens and as a two-lens kit.
The Nikon 1 AW1 kit with the 11-27.5 mm lens is scheduled to be available in October at a
manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) of $849.95. Camera with two lenses will have an MSRP of $1,049.95.
The 1 Nikkor AW 10 mm f/2.8 lens is scheduled to be available in October at an MSRP of $329.95.
Kits will come in three different colours: black, silver and white. The new accessory skins will come in a variety of colours including black, khaki and orange, each for the MSRP of $39.95.
The Filter AW 40.5 NC attachment is scheduled to be available in the spring but pricing has not been announced.