Nikon’s New 1 AW1 Rugged Mirrorless Camera Wants to Go Snorkeling With You


Nikon 1 AW1 11-27.5mm kit black

Nikon just announced the world’s firts water-, shock-, and freeze-proof mirrorless camera, the 1 AW1. Together with the camera, the company also introduces two equally rugged 1-series lenses to go with it: the 1 Nikkor AW 10mm f2.8 and the 1 Nikkor AW 11-27.5mm f3.5-5.6. The camera and lenses are aimed at outdoor junkies such as snorklers and hikers, as they can sustain depths of up to 49 ft (15 m), drops from up to 6.6 ft (2 m) and temperatures as low as 14° F (-10° C). In addition to all that ruggedness, the 1 AW1 comes with a new 14.2 megapixel sensor, a dual-AF system as well as an altimeter and depth gauge for those taking it to new heights and depths both above and below sea-level. Details after the break.

Nikon 1 AW1 Specs

Nikon 1 AW1 black rear

  • 14.2 megapixel CX format (1″ type) CMOS sensor
  • EXPEED 3A image processor
  • ISO 160-6,400
  • Advanced Hybrid Autofocus (phase-AF + contrast AF)
  • 73 autofocus points
  • 15 fps continuous shooting with AF, 60 fps when AF is locked
  • 921k dot 3″ rear display
  • 1/16,000 sec. min. shutter speed (electronic shutter)
  • 1080/30p Full-HD video recording
  • 400 fps and 1,200 fps high-speed video recording modes

1 Nikkor AW 10mm f2.8 Specs

1 Nikkor AW 10mm f2.8

  • 28mm-equivalent focal length
  • Max. aperture: f2.8; min. aperture: f11
  • 6 lens elements in 5 groups, 2 aspherical elements
  • Min. focus distance: 20 cm (7.87 in)
  • Filter thread: 40.5 mm

1 Nikkor AW 11-27.5mm f3.5-5.6 Specs

1 Nikkor AW 11-27.5mm f3.5-5.6

  • 30-74mm-equivalent focal length
  • 2.5x zoom factor
  • Max. aperture: f3.5-5.6; min. aperture: f16
  • 8 lens elements in 6 groups, 1 aspherical and 1 ED element
  • Min. focus distance: 30 cm (11.8 in)
  • Filter thread: 40.5 mm

The Nikon 1 AW1 and the new 1 Nikkor AW lenses will be available in October 2013. The 1 AW1 kit with the 11-27.5mm lens will retail for US-$ 799.95, while the kit with both the 11-27.5mm and 10mm lenses will retail for US-$ 999.95. The 1 AW1 kits come in three color choices of black, silver, and white.

Both Nikon 1 AW1 kits can already be pre-ordered at

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