Nikon 1 AW1 Review

Overall 44
Imaging 12
Features 47
Size 82
Price 0

Main Features

  • 14.0 MP 1" CMOS sensor
  • ISO 160 - 6400
  • Image Stabilization: No
  • 3″ Fixed Type Screen
  • ViewFinder: No
  • 60.0 fps Continuous Shooting
  • Video: 1920 x 1080 (60i, 30p), 1280 x 720 (60p, 30p), 640 x 240 (400 fps), 320 x 120 (1200 fps)
  • Built-in Wireless: Yes
  • Dimensions: 114 x 72 x 37 mm
  • Weight: 356 g
  • Environmental Sealing: Yes
  • Built-in GPS: Yes

Nikon 1 AW1 Summary

This review is devoted to 1 AW1 that Nikon has first introduced to the public in Sep 19, 2013. This model is a Entry-Level Mirrorless camera with a resolution of 14.0 MP and a 1" (13.2 x 8.8 mm) sized CMOS sensor.

In Entry-Level Mirrorless cameras (Top 10 MirrorLess Cameras) this model has taken rank #147 out of 180. Its Overall Score has reached 44/100 and it takes a rank of #465 out of 1174 in all Cameras.

Nikon 1 AW1 Compared to other MirrorLess Cameras

Now let's delve into more details of our Nikon 1 AW1 review by assessing its features and specs, as well as checking what pros and cons it has compared to other average products in this category.

PROs

  • AutoFocus Face Detection: Yes
  • Af Phase Detection: Yes
  • Number Of Focus Points: 135
  • Viewfinder: No
  • Max Shutter Speed: 1/16000
  • Continuous Shooting: 60.0 fps
  • Built-In Flash: Yes
  • Environmental Sealing: Yes

CONs

  • Screen Type: Fixed Type
  • Touch Screen: No
  • Viewfinder Coverage: No
  • Viewfinder Magnification: No
  • Image Stabilization: No
  • External Flash: No
  • Dxo Low Light Iso: 428
  • Sensor Resolution: 14.0 MP
  • Microphone Port: No

Complete Comparison of Nikon 1 AW1 With Other Cameras in Entry-Level Mirrorless Category

In this part of our review, we are going to take a closer look at the technical specs and features presented in Nikon 1 AW1. In addition, we are going to define the main pros and cons of this model and, based on this info, compare it to other average Entry-Level Mirrorless cameras.

Physical Characteristics Of Nikon 1 AW1

Nikon 1 AW1 has the following external dimensions 114 x 114 x 37 mm (44.88 x 28.35 x 14.57″) with the weight of 356 g.

The typical weight for average Entry-Level Mirrorless type cameras is 319g. If we compare the average indicator to the weight of Nikon 1 AW1, we can conclude that this model is heavier than many other similar products.

Talking about the camera’s thickness, it is worth saying that Nikon 1 AW1 is thinner than other average cameras from this class. Its thickness is 37mm.

Look at the pictures below to see the front and top view of Nikon 1 AW1 with the indication of this model’s dimensions:

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If you want to have a better idea of how big the Nikon 1 AW1 is, look at the pictures below to see how big it is compared to a credit card and a AA type battery.

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Finally, let's check how different are the weight and thickness of the Nikon 1 AW1 compared to other models from this class of cameras presented by the brand’s competitors:

Battery

Nikon 1 AW1 — 220 shots
Min: 210 shots
Average: 338 shots
Max: 650 shots

Thickness

Nikon 1 AW1 — 37 mm
Min: 23 mm
Average: 40 mm
Max: 85 mm

Weight

Nikon 1 AW1 — 356 g
Min: 180 g
Average: 319 g
Max: 561 g

Nikon 1 AW1’s body is protected from water with its high-quality waterproof feature.

Unfortunately, Nikon 1 AW1 comes without a dustproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and protect your camera from external threats such as dust.

Nikon 1 AW1 Photo and Sensor Features

Nikon 1 AW1 boasts of a resolution of 14.0 MP and is equipped with a 1" (13.2 x 8.8 mm) sized CMOS sensor.

The base of Nikon 1 AW1 has the following ISO range 160 - 6400 .

Also, this model comes with the support of the RAW file. This gives you more opportunities in terms of further processing of your files as you can pick to save them in a RAW format.

Nikon 1 AW1 features a 14.0 MP 1" sensor, which is not a good pick for high-quality and detailed pictures. However, we have an alternative option for you if you were looking for higher resolution.

DxOMark Sensor Scores

DxOMark gives us a possibility to make a clear and scientific assessment of the quality of camera sensors’ image. Nikon 1 AW1, in its turn, features a sensor that was already studied and assessed by DxO Mark. After a complete evaluation, this type of sensor has received a score of 51 for the image quality. If you are looking to see how DxO Mark has tested and evaluated the Nikon 1 AW1’s sensor.

Anti-Aliasing Filter

Nikon 1 AW1 is known for the lack of anti-alias (Low-pass) filter. It is one of its essential features of the sensor built in this model. The absence of this filter contributes to a higher level of details and sharpness in the pictures you take. Yet, the lack of an anti-alias filter also enhances the possibility of more occurring in certain conditions.

Now let’s check how we can compare the size of 1" sensor featured in Nikon 1 AW1 with other standard sensor sizes.

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Other Characteristics And Features of Nikon 1 AW1

LCD and ViewFinder

Nikon 1 AW1 is equipped with a Fixed Type 3" LCD screen. The resolution of this model’s screen reaches 921k dots.

In addition, this model comes with a built-in ViewFinder.

Max Shutter speed

Some of the other highlights of Nikon 1 AW1 are its 60.0 fps max speed and 1/16000 sec max shutter speed, which allow you to shoot continuously.

Flash

Unlike some other cameras from this category, 1 AW1 unfortunately, is not equipped with a built-in flash.

Focusing

One more highlight that makes Nikon 1 AW1 stand out is the fact that it features two smart AutoFocusing systems. One of these systems is called Phase Detection and the other one is Contrast Detection. Both features stand for higher accuracy and focus speed in different situations. With the smart AutoFocus system presented in this model, photographers can choose from 135 points.

In addition, 1 AW1 has a Face detection AF feature that quickly finds the faces that appear within the frame range and locks the focus on them automatically.

Video Features

As for the video quality characteristics of Nikon 1 AW1, it gives you a possibility to shoot videos at the highest resolution of 1920 x 1080 You also have enough flexibility in terms of how you can save your files. Namely, Nikon 1 AW1 allows you to save files in MPEG-4 and H.264 formats.

Nikon 1 AW1 provides full HD resolution, which means that this model shows decent performance in most situations.

Nikon 1 AW1 is not equipped with any ports that would allow you to connect external headphones and microphones to it.

Connectivity and Storage

You can connect 1 AW1 to compatible devices via its USB 2.0 or HDMI ports.

Battery Life

In concordance with generally accepted CIPA standards, the battery featured in Nikon 1 AW1 provides a shooting life of 220, while the average battery life of cameras in this class is 338 shots.

With the commonly accepted standards in mind, we can conclude that Nikon 1 AW1 is above the average indicator of battery life. However, we believe it is still a great idea to grab a few extra batteries if you are planning long photo trips.

How Good is Nikon 1 AW1 for Different Types of Photography?

In this part of our review, we are going to focus on Nikon 1 AW1’s performance in various fields of photography. Each sub-section stands for a specific photography area. In every part, we will review Nikon 1 AW1’s name performance and give it an overall score. This first spider web graph indicates how we can compare the 1 AW1 to the average MirrorLess camera.

Hover your mouse over the points to see the score details for each photography type.

Nikon 1 AW1 for Portrait Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Nikon 1 AW1 performs Portrait Photography, we gave it a score of 38. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Nikon 1 AW1 can be called a Intermediate model for this type of photography.

If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Portrait Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Portrait Photography.

Advantages:

  • Fast Max Shutter Speed (1/16000s)
  • Face Detection Focusing

Disadvantages:

  • Small 1" (13.2 x 8.8 mm) sensor
  • You might not like Nikon skintone
  • No Image Stabilization

Nikon 1 AW1 for Street Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Nikon 1 AW1 performs Street Photography, we gave it a score of 7. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Nikon 1 AW1 can be called a Underclass model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Live View

Disadvantages:

  • Big size (114 x 72 x 37 mm)
  • No Built-in View Finder
  • No Image Stabilization
  • Small 1"(13.2 x 8.8 mm) sensor

Nikon 1 AW1 for Sports Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Nikon 1 AW1 performs Sports Photography, we gave it a score of 99. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Nikon 1 AW1 can be called a 99 model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Fast Continuous Shooting (60.0 fps)
  • Environmental Sealing
  • Fast Max Shutter Speed (1/16000s)
  • Big Number of autofocus Points (135)
  • No View Finder

Disadvantages:

  • Bad Low Light ISO (428)
  • Small battery life (220 shots)

Nikon 1 AW1 for Daily Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Nikon 1 AW1 performs Daily Photography, we gave it a score of 65. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Nikon 1 AW1 can be called a Strong model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Built-in Flash
  • Live View
  • Wireless Connectivity
  • Video is available

Disadvantages:

  • Small 1" (13.2 x 8.8 mm) sensor
  • No Built-in View Finder

Nikon 1 AW1 for Landscape Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Nikon 1 AW1 performs Landscape Photography, we gave it a score of 74. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Nikon 1 AW1 can be called a 74 model for this type of photography.

If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Landscape Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Landscape Photography.

Advantages:

  • Environmental Sealing
  • Live View
  • RAW Support

Disadvantages:

  • Small 1" (13.2 x 8.8 mm) sensor
  • Low resolution sensor (14 MP)
  • Bad Dynamic Range (10.9)
  • Bad Low Light ISO (428)

Nikon 1 AW1 Detailed Specs

General
Brand Nikon
Model 1 AW1
Announced Sep 19, 2013
Body Type Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Lens
Manual Focus Yes
Lens Mount Nikon 1
Number of Lenses 13
Focal Length Multiplier 2.7x
Macro Focus Range
Screen
Screen Type Fixed Type
Screen Size 3″
Screen Resolution 921k dots
Live View Yes
Touch Screen No
ViewFinder
ViewFinder
ViewFinder Resolution 0k dots
ViewFinder Coverage %
ViewFinder Magnification
Photography Features
Min Shutter Speed 30 s
Max Shutter Speed 1/16000 s
Continuous Shooting 60.0 fps
Shutter Priority Yes
Aperture Priority Yes
Manual Exposure Mode Yes
Exposure Compensation Yes
Custom White Balance Yes
Image Stabilization No
Built-in Flash Yes
Flash Range 5
Flash Modes Fill flash, fill w/slow sync, rear curtain sync, rear w/slow sync, redeye reduction, redeye w/slow sync
External Flash No
AE Bracketing No
WB Bracketing Yes
Exposure Modes
Multi-Segment Yes
Average No
Spot Yes
Partial No
AF-Area No
Center Weighted Yes
DxO Sensor Scores
DxO Sensor Scores 51
DxO Color Depth 20.2
DxO Dynamic Range 10.9
DxO Low Light ISO 428
Sensor
Sensor Type CMOS
Sensor Size 1"
Sensor Dimensions 13.2 x 8.8 mm
Sensor Area 116.16 mm2
Sensor Resolution 14.0 MP
Max Image Resolution 4608 x 3072
Max Native ISO 6,400
Max Boosted ISO n/a
Min Native ISO 160
RAW Support Yes
AutoFocus
AF Touch No
AF Continuous Yes
AF Single Yes
AF Tracking Yes
AF Selective Yes
AF Center No
AF Multi Area Yes
AF Live View Yes
AF Face Detection Yes
AF Contrast Detection Yes
AF Phase Detection Yes
Number of Focus Points 135
Number of Cross Focus Points n/a
Video Features
Video Resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60i, 30p), 1280 x 720 (60p, 30p), 640 x 240 (400 fps), 320 x 120 (1200 fps)
Max Video Resolution 1920 x 1080
Video Formats MPEG-4, H.264
Microphone Port No
Headphone Port No
Connectivity
Wireless Connectivity Yes
HDMI Yes
USB USB 2.0
Physical
Environmental Sealing Yes
Water Proof Yes
Dust Proof No
Shock Proof Yes
Crush Proof No
Freeze Proof No
Weight 356 g
Physical Dimensions 114 x 72 x 37 mm
Battery Life 220 shots
Battery Type 220 shots
Battery Model EN-EL20
Other Features
Self Timer Yes
Timelapse Recording No
GPS Built-in
Storage Type SD/SDHC/SDXC card
Storage Slots 1

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