Nikon 1 AW1 Mirrorless Waterproof Camera Kit

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Key Features

  • 14.2MP 1"-type CMOS sensor
  • 15 frames per second continuous shooting
  • Hybrid phase and contrast detect AF system
  • ISO 160-6400
  • 1080 HD video
  • 3.0 inch LCD with 921,000 dots
  • Raw and Raw + JPEG shooting
  • Pop-up flash
  • Built-in GPS
  • SD/SDHC/SDXC memory
  • Creative mode in-camera filter effects + PSAM and underwater mode
  • Waterproof to 15m/49'; shockproof from 2m/6.6'; freezeproof to +14F/-10C
  • Compatible with WU-1b wi-fi adapter (sold separately)
  • Compatible with all Nikon 1 series lenses (but only AW lenses are waterproof/shockproof)

Product Description

The Nikon 1 AW110 is the world's first rugged mirrorless camera. The camera body is able to dive 15 meters underwater, be dropped from 2 meters, or be exposed to temperatures as low as +14F/-10C. Do note that only certain 1 System lenses will be able to hold up to those conditions. At the time of the AW1's release, the choices include the 11.0-27.5mm and 10mm F2.8 'AW' lenses. The AW1 sports a GPS receiver, along with an e-compass and altimeter/depth meter, so you'll be able to share where you took your photos.

The AW1 features a 14.2 megapixel CX-format CMOS sensor and Nikon's latest Expeed 3A processor. Focusing is achieved via a hybrid contrast and phase detect system which, in combination with the AW1's processing power, allows for 15 fps continuous shooting with autofocus (with focus locked that number jumps to 60 fps).

Other notable features include a 3-inch LCD, manual controls, scene auto selection, 1080p video recording, and optional Wi-Fi.


Body type
Body type Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Max resolution 4608 x 3072
Image ratio w:h 3:2, 16:9
Effective pixels 14 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors 15 megapixels
Sensor size 1″ (13.2 x 8.8 mm)
Sensor type CMOS
Processor EXPEED 3A
ISO 160-6400
White balance presets 7
Custom white balance Yes (1)
Image stabilization No
Uncompressed format RAW
JPEG quality levels Fine, normal, basic
Optics & Focus
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Phase Detect
  • Multi-area
  • Selective single-point
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Face Detection
  • Live View
Digital zoom No
Manual focus Yes
Number of focus points 135
Lens mount Nikon 1
Focal length multiplier 2.7×
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCD No
Screen size 3
Screen dots 921,000
Touch screen No
Screen type TFT LCD
Live view Yes
Viewfinder type None
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed 30 sec
Maximum shutter speed 1/16000 sec
Aperture priority Yes
Shutter priority Yes
Manual exposure mode Yes
Subject / scene modes Yes
Built-in flash Yes (pop-up)
Flash range 5.00 m (at ISO 100)
External flash No
Flash modes Fill flash, fill w/slow sync, rear curtain sync, rear w/slow sync, redeye reduction, redeye w/slow sync, off
Continuous drive 60 fps
Self-timer Yes (2, 5, 10 secs)
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot
Exposure compensation ±3 (at 1/3 EV steps)
WB Bracketing No
Videography features
Resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60i, 30p), 1280 x 720 (60p, 30p), 640 x 240 (400 fps), 320 x 120 (1200 fps)
Format MPEG-4, H.264
Microphone Stereo
Speaker Mono
Storage types SD/SDHC/SDXC card
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMI Yes (mini-HDMI)
Wireless Optional
Wireless notes via WU-1b wireless adapter
Remote control Yes (Optional ML-L3)
Environmentally sealed Yes (waterproof to 15m, shockproof from 2m)
Battery Battery Pack
Battery description Lithium-Ion EN-EL20 rechargeable battery & charger
Battery Life (CIPA) 220
Weight (inc. batteries) 201 g (0.44 lb / 7.09 oz)
Dimensions 114 x 72 x 37 mm (4.47 x 2.81 x 1.46)
Other features
Orientation sensor Yes
GPS BuiltIn
GPS notes includes compass and altimeter/depth meter


User Reviews

4.125 out of 5 stars
  • dock, Oct 4, 2013 GMT:
    a safety warning!

    For divers the orange case protector would be a great thing I lost my Nikonos somewhere while diving when I came to the vessel I noticed I did not have it. We waited our surface interval made a second dive and at the end of our tank. I found it directly under the boat I must have let go while going aboard. The orange attracted me to it.

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  • Adrian Gopal, Nov 26, 2013 GMT:
    Nikon 1 AW1 - a personal encounter

    It has been a while since Nikon has excited me as a photographer.  Having been using Nikon bodies from the likes of the F2, FM2N, F90, F4, D70s, D100, D90, D3100 and various other Nikon's over the years including the Nikonos V. Boom! Out came the 1 AW1.  When Nikon announced the 1 series several years back, I was skeptical on how good Nikon's smaller sensors were, have had a few Coolpix cameras and the P310, but the AW1 drew me like no Nikon camera has in the last 10 years.  Loving to shoot ...

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  • Bobby Handal, Mar 18, 2014 GMT:
    Real Life review of AW1

    I was finally able to take a close look at the Nikon 1 AW1, just came back from Roatan from 4 full days snorkeling with the AW1 and kit lens. Background: I have been a photographer for over 35 years, and have used a variety of underwater cameras from film days: Nikonos and Housed 35mm and in the Digital age: Olympus m4/3, Panasonic GF3 w/housing, and waterproofed point and shoot from Canon, panasonic, etc. I own several brands, and emphasis in Nikon, including V1, V2 and the AW1. This camera ...

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  • JanMatthys, Sep 4, 2014 GMT:
    The most fun vacation camera ever.

    I purchased this camera before our labor day vacation and it was the best decision I could have made. We planned a 7-day Caribbean vacation I couldn't decide which camera to take. I own a J3 but I was afraid it may get water damage. I looked at the alternatives but the AW1 seemed the most appealing and I was familiar with it's AF system and FPS which I liked. We went on a cruise, on beaches, snorkeling, on excursions and the AW1 was totally worry free, very fast focusing, fast FPS, excellent ...

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Questions & Answers


AW1 with V2 or V3

I am considering getting an AW1 with either a V2 or a V3. If I am correct, each camera requires a different battery and in the case of an AW1 with a V3, different memory cards. I can live with that and I'm aware that the V3 EVF occupies the hot shoe; None of these issues are deal breakers for me. I intend to use the AW1 on vacations in the water and either the V2 or the V3 as a walk-about camera. I currently have a Fuji EX-1 with 35mm and 18mm lenses and several film cameras. I have a couple of questions if you don't mind. 1. What is the largest size print you have made that looks good on the wall (I'm not a pixel peeper)? 2. Can you use the lenses designed for the AW1 on the V2 or V3? 3. How easy is it to manual focus with any of these cameras. Thanks

bs1946 asked
3 months ago


I've printed 12x18" from a 400asa file from the V1 for exhibition with no problems. Couldn't tell them apart from my D300 prints beside it. I could easily have gone up another size. Cheers :-) Continue Reading

Nakiphoto answered
3 months ago

I can't speak for the V3, and of course it depends on the shooting conditions (ISO, lighting, etc.) but A4 is no problem for the V2 and I'm pretty sure I've read on this forum of people printing larger. I'm not a pixel peeper either. Not sure, but it seems like it wouldn't be a good idea (the o-ring would be exposed). Also, since there are only two lenses for the AW1 it would seem more likely that you would end up using normal CX lenses on the AW1 than the other way around. Most of the time it's pretty bad, especially in low light. The 32mm f/1.2 and the yet to be released 70-300mm both have manual focus rings that override the AF, but all the other lenses require you to use the rear control wheel on the camera and it doesn't feel very good. No focus peaking, but you can magnify the view. Continue Reading

iamthenewguy answered
3 months ago

If you got the AW1 with the V3, the memory cards are electrically the same, just different physical form factors.   So you could standardize on Micro-SD cards, and use them inside of SD to MicroSD adapters when using them in the AW1.   The adapters cost something like $1 each, and are usually included for free with any good MicroSD cards. Continue Reading

dougjgreen1 answered
3 months ago


What happened to the AW1 ?

Yesterday when I checked, Amazon showed only one AW1 for sale, and every color and kit was back-ordered or out of stock at B&H. Did Nikon have a short manufacturing run, quality control problems, or did they create a shortage to keep prices high? 'Tis the season for a waterproof camera (in the northern hemisphere).

CAcreeks asked
6 months ago


If we are all putting on our conspiracy hats: The only fact is that the AW1 is scare, really scarce, worldwide. Just checked the online retail situation here in Japan. It's 100% out of stock, scheduled end of March availability. Now on to the wild speculation, rumor, and hearsay: These must be fairly difficult/expensive cameras to make, sold at low margin, and I have this suspicion that the return / warranty repair claims must be pretty horrendous as any misuse or even improper maintenance can cause the seals to fail. You give ordinary people this complex ILC and tell them to do extreme sports with it... sounds like a recipe for disaster to me. So my pet theory is Nikon is deliberately limiting supply to a trickle to avoid a flood of red ink from the warranty claims. A related theory is that its not misuse, but there are flaws in the design which causes it to fail to fail more frequently than planned, so Nikon is keeping availability low while working on an improved model. Third and ... Continue Reading

Richard Murdey answered
6 months ago

Per Nikon Rumors, B&H has them in stock right now! Continue Reading

KnightPhoto2 answered
6 months ago

May just be indicative of the whole company - Nikon isn't have a good run. Lots of problems throughout the company. I've had a delay getting pretty much everything for the AW1 - covers, o-rings, etc. Continue Reading

Bailey151 answered
6 months ago


Thinking of more serious photography - which camera

I am thinking of getting into photography more seriously. Though used an SLR many years ago, since I went digital I have been using compacts (Olympus Tough u8000) and really just pointing and shooting. A lot of my photography is landscapes taken while hiking, so portability and weather resistance are important, though I want a good all-round camera too. I am undecided whether to go for a system, or a fixed lens versatile camera. On the one hand if I go for a system then I would probably only use the original lense for at least a year (buying the camera would empty my spending account). On the other hand would I start to feel limited by a fixed flexible camera. For a system camera the ones I have thought about are: (1) Olympus OMD em5 (2) Nikon 1 AW1 The former looks as though it has better quality pictures. The latter comes with a lot of bells and whistles and sounds really rugged. Now I don't think that the Olympus is fragile, but things I have done in the ...

Taan asked
4 months ago


Landscape are simple, they are not running anywhere. What limits you in your current camera? That would determine what can remove those limits the most. You are right, E-M5 with its kit 12-50 will give you better images than AW1 with its kit 11.5-27, and will give you wider range too. With 12-40 (another weather-sealed kit, the most recent one in some kind of special edition), it is much much better but also more expensive. Avoid 14-42 lens for the Olympus, it is not rain and dust resistant and has the same narrow range as Nikon 11-27. Now, although it is rain and dust resistant, E-M5 is not underwater and drop resistant like AW1. But AW1 simply does not give more quality than a good tough compact like Olympus TG-1/2/3 or Pentax WG-3/4 GPS (they all use the same bright lens). Here is the comparison. Pentax Q10 is used because it has the same sensor as Olympus TG-1 and TG-2. TG-3 and Pentax WG-3/4 use a newer 16 mpix sensor. As you can see the much smaller sensor in the compacts has ... Continue Reading

peevee1 answered
4 months ago

Thanks, That's useful information. I may hold on and see if a replacement comes along Continue Reading

Taan answered
4 months ago

Well for you fixed compact. Why not buy an superzoom lens for the EM-5. The Panasonic 14-140mm seems to be very good. Another option is an 2 lens kit. like the 45-150 panasonic or the 40-150 olympus. the 14-140mm panasonic is roughly the same size as the 45-150mm but a bit thicker. Continue Reading

BarnET answered
4 months ago


  • Nikon 1 AW1 Camera Body
  • 1 NIKKOR AW 11-27.5mm f/3.5-5.6 waterproof lens
  • (2-lens kits also includes 1 NIKKOR AW 10mm f/2.8 waterproof lens)
  • AN-N3000 Strap
  • UC-E15 USB Cable
  • EN-EL20 Rechargeable Li-ion Battery
  • MH-27 Battery Charger
  • BF-N2000 Body Cap
  • WP-O2000 O-Ring
  • PA-N1000 O-Ring Protector
  • ViewNX 2
  • Short Movie Creator CD
  • User's Manual
  • Reference Manual CD

Warranty Information

"No registration or "warranty" card is included or needed with a Nikon D-SLR or Coolpix camera. Keep your original, dated proof of purchase from the Authorized Nikon Inc. dealer in case warranty service is ever needed. These products do include either a mail-in form or a paper with a web link to our registration page:
It's advised to register your product with Nikon so that we can send you information about future updates or service issues that may arise.

Nikkor lenses come with a standard one year warranty and Nikon Inc. lenses sold by authorized Nikon Inc. dealers will have a Nikon Inc. Five Year Extension. To register for the five year extension, one copy of the included form must be mailed in as indicated. Keep the Customer copy of the form as well as the original proof of purchase (sales receipt)."

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