Product Reviews
Take Action

Save Net Neutrality

Preserve an open internet where you can access websites without barriers. Make your voice heard by standing up for net neutrality.
Take Action
Why Do We Have Campaigns?
We're fighting to ensure you and your family can get a fair deal in the marketplace, especially on the choices that matter most: health care, privacy, automobiles, food, finances and more. Join our campaigns and together, we'll hold corporations and lawmakers accountable.

Nikon 1 AW1 is a camera made for adventurers

It's the first rugged, waterproof camera to accept interchangeable lenses

Published: September 19, 2013 12:01 AM

Find Ratings

Nikon 1 AW1
Photo: Nikon

Rugged, waterproof cameras can go where smart phones and tablets dare not tread: underwater, down ski slopes, and into the hands of klutzy people who tend to drop their electronic devices. The new 14-megapixel Nikon 1 AW1 SLR-like is the first rugged, waterproof camera that accepts interchangeable lenses and has a larger sensor for superior photos and video. That can be crucial, particularly when shooting underwater, where lighting can be very dim.

Nikon claims the 1 AW1 is waterproof to a depth of 49 feet and can withstand a drop of 6.6 feet. It can capture full HD-resolution video (1080/60i), has an ISO range of ISO160 to ISO640, and even includes an underwater white-balance mode that makes adjusting the white balance simple.

Two new compatible lenses—1 Nikkor AW 11-27.5mm f/3.5-5.6 and 1 Nikkor AW 10mm f/3.5-5.6—have waterproof seals, to prevent leaks into the camera body. The 1 AW1 camera body is also compatible with lenses that work with other Nikon 1 cameras, but those will not keep the AW1 waterproof.

The Nikon 1 AW1, available in black, silver, or white, comes in two configurations: with one lens (11-27.5mm), for $800, and with both lenses for $1,000. It's due out next month.

—Terry Sullivan

Find Ratings

Digital Cameras Ratings

View and compare all Digital Cameras ratings.

E-mail Newsletters

FREE e-mail Newsletters! Choose from cars, safety, health, and more!
Already signed-up?
Manage your newsletters here too.

Electronics News


Cars Build & Buy Car Buying Service
Save thousands off MSRP with upfront dealer pricing information and a transparent car buying experience.

See your savings


Mobile Get Ratings on the go and compare
while you shop

Learn more