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Nikon 1 AW1 is world's first rugged, waterproof digital mirrorless

By dpreview staff on Sep 19, 2013 at 04:00 GMT
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Nikon has announced the 1 AW1, the world's first rugged, waterproof mirrorless interchangeable lens camera. It has also made AW versions of its 11-27.5mm f/3.5-5.6 and 10mm f/2.8 lenses that are both shock and waterproof. The Nikon 1 AW1 features similar underlying specifications to the J3, featuring a 14MP sensor capable of shooting at up to 15 frames per second with continuous AF (60 fps with focus fixed), but is waterproof to a depth of 15m (49ft) and shockproof from a height of 2m (6.6 ft).

The 1 AW1 includes built-in GPS, altimeter and depth gauge, and its pop-up flash is also waterproof. The camera includes three modes that attempt to optimize underwater photographs. It will cost around $800/£750/€799 with 11-27.5mm lens and $1,000/£950/€1019 with the 10mm f/2.8 added to make a two-lens kit.

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CAPTURE THE ACTION AT THE SPEED OF LIFE: THE NIKON 1 AW1 IS THE WORLD’S FIRST WATERPROOF AND SHOCKPROOF INTERCHANGEABLE LENS CAMERA

From Tropical Tides to a Whitewater Adventure, the New Nikon 1 AW1 and Two New 1 NIKKOR AW Lenses Help Capture Family Adventures, Even When Traveling Off the Beaten Path

MELVILLE, NY (September 19, 2013) – Today, Nikon Inc. announced the world’s first waterproof, shockproof interchangeable lens camera1, the Nikon 1 AW1. Also designed to be freezeproof, the durable and versatile AW1thrives in harsh environments while delivering the high-performance features and incredible image quality that thrill-seeking families need to capture every moment and memory. By land or by sea, from the tropics to snowy peaks, this newest addition to the Nikon 1 Advanced Camera with Interchangeable Lens System (ACIL) is equipped with outdoor friendly features to capture amazing photos and stunning Full HD video.

To complement the AW1, Nikon also introduced two new waterproof, shockproof and freezeproof lenses, the 1 NIKKOR AW 11-27.5mm f/3.5-5.6 and 1 NIKKOR AW 10mm f/2.8. Striking the ideal balance between portability and performance, the robust 11-27.5mm lens offers a versatile lens option with a 2.5x zoom range. Additionally, the portable wide-angle 10mm lens offers a fast f/2.8 aperture to help deliver a shallow depth of field and excellent low-light performance.

“As the world’s first waterproof and shockproof Advanced Camera with Interchangeable Lens System, the Nikon 1 AW1 offers an exciting new option for the family who seeks both exhilaration and a durable yet versatile camera to complement their active lifestyle,” said Masahiro Horie, Director of Marketing and Planning, Nikon Inc. “The Nikon 1 AW1 and the new 1 NIKKOR lenses are always ready to capture the action with high speed performance and incredible image quality that users have come to expect from the Nikon 1 System.”

The Nikon 1 AW1: The World’s First Waterproof and Shockproof Interchangeable Lens Camera

Whether the destination is to the beach, the slopes or a mountain pass, the Nikon 1 AW1 is a must-pack accessory for any adventure. Waterproof (down to 49 feet), shockproof (up to 6.6 feet) and freezeproof (down to 14° F), the AW1 can handle the toughest conditions while capturing fast action. Though built to be durable and robust, the camera retains a compact and lightweight body, making it easy to carry on any expedition, above or below sea level.

Additionally, the versatile Nikon 1 AW1 offers the unique feature set that adventurers of all levels can take full advantage of, whether tackling a black diamond slope or an unfamiliar trail. 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 cameras pop-up flash is waterproof as well, allowing the user to add light to a scene automatically or on command.

Capturing the Perfect Shot: The Performance and Speed of the Nikon 1 AW1

Featuring both a14.2-megapixel CX-format CMOS sensor and Nikon’s EXPEED 3A image processing engine, the AW1 produces sharp, high-quality images and HD video with great detail and color, even in challenging lighting situations. The Nikon 1 AW1 also sports a wide ISO range (160 to 6400), allowing users to capture sharp photos in a variety of lighting, even while handheld.

Swift performance and rapid response are hallmarks of the Nikon 1 System, and in similar fashion the   the AW1 includes Nikon’s superfast and extremely responsive Advanced Hybrid Autofocus (AF) system that affords users the ability to capture incredibly fast moving action. To capture even the fastest moving subjects with clarity, the 73-point AF array can lock on to the action in approximately 80 milliseconds2. To help ensure that no moment is missed, the AW1 offers the world’s fastest continuous shooting frame rate (approx. 15 frames-per-second [fps] with AF)3 and continuous shooting at 60 fps when the focus is locked.

Ready for the Next Adventure: The Feature Set of the Nikon 1 AW1

The compact Nikon 1 AW1 strikes the perfect balance between creative and user-friendly features and controls. Similar to the Nikon COOLPIX AW110, the AW1 also 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 Nikon 1 AW1, the Creative Mode menu provides an easy way to utilize full manual exposure controls (P,S,A,M) as well as Selective Color, Miniature, Soft, Night Landscape, Backlighting and Night Portrait modes. Additionally, Easy Panorama provides a simple way to capture vast landscapes from a wide perspective of awe-inspiring landscapes.

The Nikon 1 AW1 incorporates Full HD 1080p video capabilities as well as Advanced Movie Mode. In Advanced Movie Mode, users can shoot Full HD video 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 simple 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 seconds) 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, resulting in an amazing moment that would have been otherwise been missed.

Furthermore, the Nikon 1 AW1 features an intuitive Auto Mode to help users frame the perfect shot with ease. The AW1 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 AW1’s LCD screen prior to capture.

When it’s time for some aquatic action, the Nikon 1 AW1 offers several underwater controls. When in Underwater mode, users can choose from either three options (standard, scuba, close-up), which will automatically adjust the camera’s settings to deliver optimal results based on the type of activity that a user is participating in. Additionally, the Underwater White Balance setting makes adjusting white balance simple, while the Underwater Distortion Control corrects the effects of distortion caused by water.

Share the Adventure: Wirelessly Send Images from the Nikon 1 AW1

For those who want to share their images from their latest expeditions instantly, users will be able to take advantage of the AW1’s Wi-Fi capabilities. Similar to previous Nikon 1 System cameras like the Nikon 1 J3, the Nikon 1 AW1 is fully compatible with Nikon’s optional WU-1b Wireless Mobile Adapter4, allowing high-quality images to seamlessly be transferred to compatible smart devices wirelessly.  If using the free Wireless Mobile Adapter Utility application for Android™5 platform smart devices as well as iPhone® and iPad®6 mobile digital devices, AW1 users will have the ability to remotely take photos with the camera from a smartphone or tablet as well.

The 1 NIKKOR AW 11-27.5mm f/3.5-5.6 and AW 10mm f/2.8: New Lenses for the Nikon 1 AW1

Alongside the new Nikon 1 AW1, the waterproof, shockproof and freezeproof 1 NIKKOR AW 11-27.5mm f/3.5-5.6 and 1 NIKKOR AW 10mm f/2.8 provide two versatile lens options for the individual looking for a compact camera system that can keep up with their active lifestyle. When attached to the AW1, these lenses can handle tough conditions while being waterproof (up to 49 feet), shockproof (up to 6.6 feet) and freezeproof(down to 14° F). The compact 11-27.5mm is a lightweight yet durable lens that packs a 2.5x zoom (30-74mm equivalent) and is ideal for capturing landscapes and portraiture during a family’s latest expedition. Portable and ultra-compact, the 10mm provides AW1 shooters with a wide angle of view, useful when capturing everything from sweeping landscapes to close-up action that fills the frame. Not to be outdone, the 10mm has a fast aperture of f/2.8, to capture special moments with incredible clarity and a soft natural background, even in challenging light such as dusk or when underwater.

For further versatility when out of the water, the Nikon 1 AW1 is also fully compatible with the expanding lineup of incredibly sharp 1 NIKKOR lenses, Nikon 1 accessories, as well as a wide range F-Mount NIKKOR lenses when connected to the FT-1 Mount Adapter.

New Nikon 1 Accessories: New Skins Provide More Control and Personal Flair

Demonstrating Nikon’s commitment to the newly introduced waterproof, shockproof and freezeproof products, Nikon also introduced new accessory skins for the Nikon 1 AW1 and the 1 NIKKOR AW 11-27.5mm f/3.5-5.6 lens. To provide more grip, comfort and control when shooting, the new accessory skins provide extra protection while also adding visibility and personal flair to their Nikon 1 Camera System setup.

For those adventurers looking for the flexibility to swap lenses in environments with extreme temperature and humidity changes, Nikon has developed a new filter attachment, the Filter AW 40.5 NC, to effectively combat the common occurrence of condensation. Nikon has also announced the development of the SB-N10 Underwater Speedlight. The SB-N10 will offer extra illumination when capturing still images underwater or in extreme low-light conditions.

Price and Availability:

The Nikon 1 AW1 will be available as a one-lens kit, with the 1 NIKKOR AW 11-27.5mm f/3.5-5.6 lens, and a two-lens kit with the 1 NIKKOR AW 11-27.5mm f/3.5-5.6  and 1 NIKKOR AW 10mm f/2.8 lenses. The Nikon 1 AW1 kit with the 11-27.5mm will be available in October 2013 for the suggested retail price (SRP) of $799.957. The Nikon 1 AW1 two lens kit with the 11-27.5mm and 10mm lenses will be available in October 2013 for the suggested retail price (SRP) of $999.957. To complement consumers' preferences, the Nikon 1 AW1 kits will come in three different colors including black, silver and white. Additionally, the new accessory skins for the AW1, 11-27.5mm lens and 10mm lens will come in a variety of colors including black, khaki and orange. These skins will be available in October 2013 for the suggested retail price (SRP) of $36.967. Lastly, the new Filter AW 40.5 NC attachment will be available in Spring 2014, though the suggested retail price (SRP) has not yet been announced.

For more information on these new Nikon 1 Advanced Camera with Interchangeable Lens System products as well as other Nikon products, please visit www.nikonusa.com.

1 Among digital cameras with interchangeable lenses available as of September 9, 2013 (according to research conducted by Nikon Corporation).
2 Among digital cameras with interchangeable lenses available as of September 9, 2013 as determined by Nikon performance tests; measured when using the single-point AF mode and the shortest focal length of 1 NIKKOR VR 10-30mm f/3.5-5.6 (according to research conducted by Nikon Corporation).
3 Among digital cameras with interchangeable lenses available as of September 9, 2013 (according to research conducted by Nikon Corporation).
4 The Wireless Mobile Adapter Utility Application must be installed on the smart device before it can be used with the WU-1b Wireless Mobile Adapter connected to the Nikon 1 AW1. The application can be downloaded free of charge from Google Play™ or the Apple App Store. For use with Android or iOS mobile devices, please refer to mobile device compatibility and available features at https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.nikon.wu.wmau&hl=en (Android) or https://itunes.apple.com/en/app/wireless-mobile-adapter-utility/id554157010 (iOS).
5 Android and Google Play are trademarks of Google, Inc. 
6 iPhone, iPad and iTunes are trademarks of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries.
7 SRP (Suggested Retail Price) listed only as a suggestion. Actual prices are set by dealers and are subject to change at any time.

Nikon 1 AW 1 specifications

Price
MSRP$799/£749/€799 (w/11-27.5mm lens), $999/£949/€1019 (w/11-27.5mm and 10mm lenses)
Body type
Body typeRangefinder-style mirrorless
Sensor
Max resolution4608 x 3072
Image ratio w:h3:2, 16:9
Effective pixels14 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors15 megapixels
Sensor size1″ (13.2 x 8.8 mm)
Sensor typeCMOS
ProcessorEXPEED 3A
Color spacesRGB
Image
ISO160-6400
White balance presets7
Custom white balanceYes (1)
Image stabilizationNo
Uncompressed formatRAW
JPEG quality levelsFine, normal, basic
File format
  • JPEG
  • Raw (NEF)
Optics & Focus
Autofocus
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Phase Detect
  • Multi-area
  • Selective single-point
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Face Detection
  • Live View
Autofocus assist lampYes
Digital zoomNo
Manual focusYes
Number of focus points135
Lens mountNikon 1
Focal length multiplier2.7×
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCDNo
Screen size3
Screen dots921,000
Touch screenNo
Screen typeTFT LCD
Live viewYes
Viewfinder typeNone
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed30 sec
Maximum shutter speed1/16000 sec
Exposure modes
  • Program (P)
  • Shutter-priority (S)
  • Aperture priority (A)
  • Manual (M)
  • Scene Auto Selector
Scene modes
  • Portrait
  • Underwater
  • Night landscape
  • Landscape
  • Night portrait
  • Close-up
  • Auto
Built-in flashYes (pop-up)
Flash range5.00 m (at ISO 100)
External flashNo
Flash modesFill flash, fill w/slow sync, rear curtain sync, rear w/slow sync, redeye reduction, redeye w/slow sync, off
Flash X sync speed1/60 sec
Drive modes
  • Single, continuous, self-timer
Continuous drive60 fps
Self-timerYes (2, 5, 10 secs)
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot
Exposure compensation±3 (at 1/3 EV steps)
WB BracketingNo
Videography features
Resolutions1920 x 1080 (60i, 30p), 1280 x 720 (60p, 30p), 640 x 240 (400 fps), 320 x 120 (1200 fps)
FormatMPEG-4, H.264
MicrophoneStereo
SpeakerMono
Storage
Storage typesSD/SDHC/SDXC card
Connectivity
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMIYes (mini-HDMI)
WirelessOptional
Wireless notesvia WU-1b wireless adapter
Remote controlYes (Optional ML-L3)
Physical
Environmentally sealedYes (waterproof to 15m, shockproof from 2m)
BatteryBattery Pack
Battery descriptionLithium-Ion EN-EL20 rechargeable battery & charger
Battery Life (CIPA)220
Weight (inc. batteries)201 g (0.44 lb / 7.09 oz)
Dimensions114 x 72 x 37 mm (4.47 x 2.81 x 1.46)
Other features
Orientation sensorYes
GPSBuiltIn
GPS notesincludes compass and altimeter/depth meter

Additional images

 Nikon 1 AW1 showing waterproof pop-up flash  
   Nikon 1 AW1 with (optional) protective skin
Nikkor 1 AW 10mm f/2.8  Nikkor 1 AW 11-27.5mm f/3.5-5.6
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Comments

Total comments: 150
HowaboutRAW
By HowaboutRAW (7 months ago)

Okay, that's something else for Nikon to sell the public. I'd be more interested in more waterproof lenses.

The first version of the Sony RX100 had no option for an EVF.

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Adrian Van
By Adrian Van (7 months ago)

Nikon is claiming this as the FIRST mirrorless waterproof ILC camera. Maybe so, but where does that put the OMD EM5 which is somewhat waterproof and out first, or it that EM5 is just weatherproof with 12-50mm. Was it not first?

Can you submerge a Nikon 1 AW1 into water without damage but not a OMD EM5 as the EM5 is not totally waterproof, just weatherproof. Who can clear up who was first and if EM5 is waterproof or not totally?

The EM5 ads say it has splash proof construction/protection.

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HowaboutRAW
By HowaboutRAW (7 months ago)

This Nikon is waterproof, which means, assuming all the seals are correctly seated, you can use it snorkeling underwater.

The Olympus on the other hand is weather-sealed a completely different characteristic. It would be a really bad idea to try using the new Olympus mirrorless camera while snorkeling, but buy one and try.

Weather sealing is a not a new feature for cameras that are going to be used primarily on land.

Right you can submerge the Nikon, with the waterproof lenses of course, and no you dare not ever submerge the Olympus..

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black pearl
By black pearl (7 months ago)

I can't see a control dial, how does one go about changing shutter speeds/apertures etc?

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One_Oldman_4U
By One_Oldman_4U (7 months ago)

It would have been better if the AW1 is a "rebadge" V1 with a viewfinder.

I long for a waterproof rugged camera with a bigger sensor, that doesn’t use housing. P&S waterproof camera are ok (I had TS1, AW100 and used some of the other brands) but they are far from good.

A V1 rebadged as the AW1 would have been better IMHO. It will be like the “Jack of All Trades” of 1” sensor cameras. Just imagine the capabilities of the V1 as it is. A small, lightweight camera, with very fast and accurate focusing, rugged, waterproof, dustproof, freeze proof, shockproof camera will be a joy for outdoorsmen and women alike.

The AW1 with the 10/2.8 and 11-27.5/3.5-5.6 is a good start for Nikon’s new addition to the Series 1 System. I would like to see a higher end version of this, the likes of the V1/V2 and maybe V3? underwater camera with viewfinder will be almost perfect. Add the underwater equivalent of the 10-100VR and we have a winner in a whole new category of rugged weatherproof cameras.

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HowaboutRAW
By HowaboutRAW (7 months ago)

Just to be clear, underwater you’d be trying to use the smallish EVF on this hypothetical tough V1 with a mask and that would cause all sorts of difficulties.

At some expense of course this could all be engineered around, but seems silly with the decent back screen.

Same problem applies to hypothetical futures models, sans a huge specialized EVF.

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One_Oldman_4U
By One_Oldman_4U (7 months ago)

I understand that viewfinder is pretty much useless under, that's what the LCD is for. BUT, how much time is spent above water? That's when the viewfinder comes into play. Like on the beach, on deck of a boat, around the pool, in the desert, snow and other other out door places where the sun is bright and renders LCD pretty much unviewable. Just because it says
underwater" that doesn't mean it can't be use above water. That's what make camera like this very appealing to outdoors people..divers, snorklers, hikers, kayakers, swimmers and many others. MOst that but buy the "P&S Weatherproof" cameras is because they want they want a camera that can handle the bumps, drops, water splash, mud, etc. and not worry about damaging the camera. With the AW1, now were getting to bigger sensor, better IQ. Only the price will keep people from upgrading.

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HowaboutRAW
By HowaboutRAW (7 months ago)

Okay, that's something else for Nikon to sell the public. I'd be more interested in more waterproof lenses.

The first version of the Sony RX100 had no option for an EVF.

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One_Oldman_4U
By One_Oldman_4U (7 months ago)

Yes. I hope Nikon Marketing will do a descent job marketing this NEW product. I own a couple of V1 and waiting for the V3. But this RUGGED, UNDERWATER, SHOCKPROOF Series 1 is very appealing to me. I will wait for the reviews and user experience before I will jump into the bandwagon. I just hope that when they update or upgrade this next year that the new model will have a EVF. Nikon can "re-badge" the V1 and I will get it. A newer V3 AW Version will be even better. I would also like an underwater version or at least weather sealed version of the 10-100VR The AW kit lens are good enough at the monent.

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Kawika Nui
By Kawika Nui (6 months ago)

1 Oldman:
You are so right about the VF and the 10-100 lens. The former was available on the Nikonos; the latter exists in non-waterproof form. Shouldn't be too hard to implement. I had actually pre-ordered the AW1 but cancelled due to lack of VF and decent zoom. Hard to understand why Nikon would launch a product with such major built-in limitations. And yet it has a popup flash.

Since it won't go deep enough for serious divers, it will be used in the shallows and above the surface (in or out of the water) and on shore. A VF in bright beach/sea environments is a must. Maybe next year...

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zincsulfate
By zincsulfate (7 months ago)

sounds good.

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backayonder
By backayonder (7 months ago)

No waterproof viewfinder then.

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88SAL
By 88SAL (7 months ago)

Good work Nikon! You have a market for this product which I suspect is bigger than the cynics quack about. Re the numerous "Buy another camera with a housing instead ( for more cost and less convenience)", can we PLEASE hear feedback from those who actually practice UW photography as the ignorant are the ignorant and therefore are tp be taken with BOULDER or salt.

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peevee1
By peevee1 (7 months ago)

" You have a market for this product"

Sure, there are many stupid people out there.
For those smarter, there is $300 Olympus TG-1/2, where smaller sensor loses 1.2 stops in noise but lens wins 1.7 stops vs $800 AW-1 +11-27 kit, the lens is both usefully wider and longer, the camera is actually pocketable with non-extending lens and has longer battery life and stabilization and provides correct underwater balance (see DPR review) unlike a competing Nikon.

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HowaboutRAW
By HowaboutRAW (7 months ago)

peevee1,

Repeating myself from elsewhere in these comments: The Olympus TG2 does not shoot raw. And is not useable at ISO 6400. The Nikon does both of these things.

Nor, I believe, does the Olympus shoot 60p video and of course it doesn't take interchangeable lenses.

The Olympus is a good jpeg only tough camera with a fast lens, but it can't be used above ISO800.

As for "correct underwater balances", that's only really important in a camera limited to jpegs, like the Olympus.

Raw, even on a camera like the Fuji XE1 which does very good jpegs, is much more capable of colour, WB, noise, and exposure adjustment than jpeg.

So skip jpeg only cameras in your claims and find a pocket tough camera that shoots raw and has a 1" sensor.

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Kawika Nui
By Kawika Nui (6 months ago)

HowaboutRAW:
You are too kind to the TG2. The image quality is very poor and the AF is erratic. Also almost no manual control. Various Lumix cameras have proven that good imaging is possible with a small sensor. For some reason, Oly decided not to go there. I had one and liked everything except the aforementioned points, which were bad enough to cause me to send it back. So now we have "tough" cams with lousy IQ and (almost) no manual control, vs. an expensive cam with no VF and inadequate zoom. Sigh...

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HowaboutRAW
By HowaboutRAW (6 months ago)

Kawika Nui:

Um just to be clear there's no view finder on the Olympus TG2. And VFs are going to be difficult to use with a mask underwater anyhow on a future variation of this Nikon system. (I get it, a VF helps standing in the surf on a bright day at the beach--so something for Nikon to include in future versions once this system starts selling.)

Then: "inadeguate", zoom not really. This more zoom thing gets cameras into trouble, see the Sony RX100.

I don't know why Olympus didn't push for higher image quality with the TG2--the IQ of the XZ10 is excellent through ISO 2000.

It's like some stupid marketing survey has convinced Olympus et at that these tough cameras will only ever be used by those people who'd only ever take pictures with a cell phone. Well, at least Nikon has decided to try a reasonable approach to tough cameras.

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hc44
By hc44 (7 months ago)

Was a bit worried about the less than rugged look - underwater equipment tends to get knocked around - then saw the protective rubber skin. I suppose not so bad.

But still, would you feel confident having the front glass exposed under water?

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RichRMA
By RichRMA (7 months ago)

Do these cameras feature some kind of extended range WB feature to compensate for colour shifts below the surface of the water?

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Deleted pending purge
By Deleted pending purge (7 months ago)

The "color correction" is just some added reds, which can be had in "underwater modes". There is no practical use for it.
Human eye depends upon the sunllight, and it filters through the water losing the warm part of the spectrum in accordance with the depth (thickness of the water layer).
So after just 1 meter, the red is gone. The orange will be lost at 8 meters, the whole warm end of the spectrum goes around 15, and your only colors are blue-green. This will change in favor of blue to -50 meters, and after that you will see only various shades of blue. In -80 meters, there is only dark blue and black to discern from.
So in order to bring back color, one has to use the additional light, (a strobe or reflector), and to very humble distances.
The so-called "blue barrier" limits the strobe usability, whatever the strobe strength. If the light has to travel (to the object and back) further than 5 meters through the water layer, it will be ineffective.
Better to correct that later in PP.

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Kawika Nui
By Kawika Nui (6 months ago)

hc44:
Regarding the exposed glass: Nikon will offer a filter but it won't be available at launch. The filter is designed to address an even more serious issue: condensation. They claim that it should stop condensation inside the lens, which of course would be ruinous. But the timing of this essential accessory is beyond bad--they said January. So buy the cam in October, wreck the lens by November, or wait until January for the part you should have had available in the first place.

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Jefftan
By Jefftan (7 months ago)

no image-stabilized AW lenses, Battery Life (CIPA) 220 ,2 significant negative

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HowaboutRAW
By HowaboutRAW (7 months ago)

Raise the ISO shoot as a higher shutter speed and solve the blur problem without auto stabilization. This sensor is excellent at high ISOs, beats many APSC sensors.

Then have you used this battery in the Nikon 1 system or are you just quoting specs?

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peevee1
By peevee1 (7 months ago)

"This sensor is excellent at high ISOs, beats many APSC sensors."

This is total BS. It is at least 1 stop behind even the worst APS-C sensors, such as Samsungs and Canons.

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HowaboutRAW
By HowaboutRAW (7 months ago)

peevee1:

And I have sample raws and you don't and are clearly making claims based on specifications and dumb things like the DXO scores.

No, I don't think this sensor beats all APSC sensors for high ISO work.

So I stand by exactly what I wrote.

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Studor13
By Studor13 (7 months ago)

This camera is not about battery life and image stabilization.

Would I prefer it if it were? Sure.

But do you know anyone else who has a 1" sensor, super fast and accurate auto focus (15 continuous, 60 fixed), more than decent IQ, plenty decent ISO, completely quiet shutter, focus tracking, an adapter that can use just about every F-mount lens ever made, can be dropped from 2m, go down to 15mm under water, built in GPS and compass, and possibly a whole bunch more?

Oh yes, and shoot RAW!

There's just no pleasing some people.

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HowaboutRAW
By HowaboutRAW (7 months ago)

peevee1:

I note another mistake you made. Samsung APSC sensors are excellent. That's low noise and good DR. And yes that includes the old 14MP one in the NX100.

Really not a good idea to just go by scores from DXO, they're next to useless for sensors.

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RedFox88
By RedFox88 (7 months ago)

Wasn't Nikon just reporting they had to seriously rethink their Nikon 1 line? Is this "rethinking"? People are in the water and wanting to take photos... rarely. Not a smart move IMHO.

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HowaboutRAW
By HowaboutRAW (7 months ago)

Gee no other manufacturer is shipping a waterproof tough camera that shoots raw, let alone takes different lenses and has a significantly bigger sensor than all compact cameras, with the exception of the sensor in the not waterproof Sony RX100.

And DSLR cases frequently start selling at about $1000.

Many times people are in the rain and want to take photos or on a say a small sail boat being tossed about by the wind and waves. This isn't exclusively for underwater use.

It's a very smart move by Nikon, and Olympus, Panasonic, Canon, Fuji, and Samsung are dumb for not trying it first, especially Panasonic and Olympus. And Pentax could have tried out something too.

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88SAL
By 88SAL (7 months ago)

This IS rethinking. Gearheads: This is obviously NOT for you. Like the above comment, it is an excellent response to a market gap. There are SHIZTLOADS of rich, or even just well off yuppie families who buy DSLR as toys who have extreme sports as a weekly or monthly past time; Skiing, Diving, Kiyak/Boating/Rafting. This camera is a win and will sell to that demographic, ESPECIALLY if the competition continues to simply offer compacts as a sole offering. Who wants to bet a nikonos adapter will be along soon - official or otherwise.

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owenleve
By owenleve (7 months ago)

Cool camera for sure. However... 5.6 for underwater? Can't imagine those shots will turn out well. The 10mm lens however sounds promising. Could be a great camera... I'd certainly buy one if the images look clean.

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HowaboutRAW
By HowaboutRAW (7 months ago)

You can already find samples from this sensor and whatever 1 series lens you'd like to test, those are known quantities.
And the sensor is excellent in lowlight.

That's F5.6 when fully zoomed and 3.5 wide.

There's a good 32mm F1.2 lens. Not waterproofed yet.

Then of course shooting underwater adds a bit of length to a lens' focal length. I think the standard 35mm lens on the Nikonos was turned into something like a 50mm when underwater, or was it 24 became 35?

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Andy Crowe
By Andy Crowe (7 months ago)

> Then of course shooting underwater adds a bit of length to a lens' focal length

These lenses look like they have a flat glass front so their focal length shouldn't change underwater.

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Francis Carver
By Francis Carver (7 months ago)

Must be one of those quite rare silver colored UW cameras and lenses. Once this gets dropped to a sandy bottom -- good luck finding it down there. But the orange colored rubberized skin looks great.

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RedFox88
By RedFox88 (7 months ago)

Why should a "rugged" shockproof (drop proof to 2m), waterproof camera NEED a "protective" skin? Please answer me that Nikon!

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thx1138
By thx1138 (7 months ago)

I think Francis is saying if you drop a silver camera on the sand, good luck finding it as it will blend in very quickly, not that the drop will hurt it. I'd get black or put an orange skin on it.

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hydrospanner
By hydrospanner (7 months ago)

"The Nikon 1 AW1 two lens kit with the 11-27.5mm and 10mm lenses will be available in October 2013 for the suggested retail price (SRP) of $999.957."

It's that last seven tenths of a cent that'll get you.

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DPReview Staff
By DPReview Staff (7 months ago)

Yes, especially when they're footnotes we forgot to include in the rush to post. We've added all the footnotes, and made the notations, in this case 7, green.

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MGJA
By MGJA (7 months ago)

Well, well. I was convinced Nikon 1 was nothing for me. And suddenly, if reviews confirm it's half as good as it looks on paper, I probably have my next camera purchase for the vacations.

Pretty clever, Nikon. Better not be any of that QC messing around you allowed yourselves with the FF cams, tho.

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hydrospanner
By hydrospanner (7 months ago)

Thinking the same thing. This (or, more hopefully, a rugged V-series, to this camera's J3) might just get me to rethink my intentions of going m43.

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vapentaxuser
By vapentaxuser (7 months ago)

I personally won't be buying one right now but this is a great way for Nikon to breathe new life into the 1 series. Hopefully we will see more ruggedized lenses in the near future.

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yabokkie
By yabokkie (7 months ago)

this is very useful for land use, too, for in a hurricane/typhoon the rain hit the camera/lens very hard in high speed which will fail normal weather sealed equipment. should also be good for sandstorms and may find its way to helmet of some GIs.

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audijam
By audijam (7 months ago)

this is GREAT!!!!!!!!!!! i can use this for my clients and they will be willing to pay a premium for underwater engagement photos! NICE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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HowaboutRAW
By HowaboutRAW (7 months ago)

what's to stop you from shooting underwater engagement photos with a DSLR and a case today?

if you're really found a market for such silliness, why wait for this Nikon1?

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audijam
By audijam (7 months ago)

aparently you never used those waterproof cases before....

good luck to you

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HowaboutRAW
By HowaboutRAW (7 months ago)

audijam--

Well no, I used to own a Nikonos, used it snorkeling in Hawaii maybe twice. Never shot underwater engagement pics though.

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audijam
By audijam (7 months ago)

Nikonos is small and light. Underwater housings are bulky and heavy and I'd rather complete an assignment as light as possible. In water they are featherlight but no when you are carrying it on the ground...oh well.

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JohnEwing
By JohnEwing (7 months ago)

I don't know how it's going to stand from the marketing point of view and I don't give a monkey's about diving, but I could certainly use one of these for cycling. Light, decent IQ, waterproof, reasonably crash-proof, interchangeable lenses - what's not to like? I already use my J1 + lenses for cycling but once it rains it's into the plastic bags and that's that. With this new offering I could take 50% more pictures (yes, I'm in Europe).

Same probably goes for mountaineering & other extreme sports.

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cgarrard
By cgarrard (7 months ago)

I don't know about the post below me but I think this is an overdue and excellent idea for mirrorless cameras- heck, for any type of camera. Nobody has made a real waterproof enthusiast camera to date.

I didn't see a button that could be programmed for AEL lock though. I'll read up on it before making a final initial opinion on it. Have to have an AEL lock button.

Either way, excellent idea Nikon, good for you to bring something like this to the market and actually put the first body out for the 1 system that garners any of my interest what so ever.

C

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supeyugin1
By supeyugin1 (7 months ago)

Olympus has a line of waterproof cases for their mirrorless bodies. You can probably get both a case and a camera for less money than this Nikon, which is not usable for SCUBA diving.
Olympus cases are rated at least 40m.

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HowaboutRAW
By HowaboutRAW (7 months ago)

supeygin1--

And how much cost do these Olympus cases add to the system? And how do you change a lens without removing the camera from the case.

In not other news, there's a great case for the Nikon D4 and it can be used a lot deeper than almost any scuba diver will ever venture.

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cgarrard
By cgarrard (7 months ago)

Again, a case is not a camera. I'd never dive below 49' personally but I'd be happy to use something like this while surfing or swimming in the pool with my daughter, .... many more ideas. I don't want to put a camera in a case to shoot with it personally. I'm sure Nikon knows that there's a market for this.

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thx1138
By thx1138 (7 months ago)

So I can buy a housing for my E-M5 and 12-35 f/2.8 and go diving for less than a thousand dollars (camera and lens not included of course).

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HowaboutRAW
By HowaboutRAW (7 months ago)

thx1138:

"So I can buy a housing", gee no one else has made that comment here, NOT.

The case adds weight, considerable expense, complication, and bulk.

Sure if a case works for your purposes, by all means use one, but a case is nothing like a perfect substitute for this Nikon 1 system.

Also this Nikon system shoots well at higher ISOs than any M4/3s cameras that have yet shipped. (The GX7 and new Oly may challenge the Nikon 1 system for high ISO shooting--but they have not shipped.)

Does your Olympus shoot 60p video?

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Erick L
By Erick L (7 months ago)

You can get an E-pm1 with lens and case for 500$.

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HowaboutRAW
By HowaboutRAW (7 months ago)

Erick L+thx1138--

And some how that case arrangement is not going to add bulk, NOT.

I can get a case (cheaper, and likely better, a bag with optical window) and use my extra Samsung NX100 underwater today, but I'm not jumping at the possibility. That's even though most Samsung NX lenses are optically better than these Nikon 1 lenses. And the Samsung sensor beats the Nikon's for things like DR--can come close to the high ISO performance of the Nikon too.

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wootpile
By wootpile (7 months ago)

This is too funny. Nikon 1 is a dead end so how can we squeeze the last bit from it? Let's ruggedize it.. any try to compete on the established action cam market. Oh, by the way .. the other 1-lenses won't fit. LOL

What's good about all this? It givesw Nikon a way to retire the 1 series on land without loosing face, and finally give us a 1 inch product.

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Mato34
By Mato34 (7 months ago)

That's incorrect: The other lenses will fit in the AW, although the AW lenses won't fit on the existing bodies.

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HowaboutRAW
By HowaboutRAW (7 months ago)

wootpile,

Which "action-cams" shoot raw? Which ones take interchangeable lenses, which have a "1inch" sensor?

Except that Nikon was too slow to release fast lenses for the regular Nikon1 cameras, it's a plenty good system. And specifically Nikon/Aptina didn't get into the stupid megapixel race to noise.

Your comment reads about like those who claimed in say 1998 that Apple didn't make serious computers.

Should Nikon have done a mirrorless APSC system instead like Canon, Fuji, Samsung and Sony, perhaps but this is a good system. Quiet, small cameras with good (not excellent) lenses that focus quickly and sensors that really can be used through the top ISO--that's shooting raw.

And neither Fuji nor Samsung do particularly good video with their APSC mirrorless cameras--don't know about Canon. Yes Sony does, as will this Nikon 1WP.

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Francis Carver
By Francis Carver (7 months ago)

The hefty $1,000 sticker price will kill this one, too. I can get an APS-C sensor camera and a far more versatile zoom lens for that much though, then just use an UW case.

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HowaboutRAW
By HowaboutRAW (7 months ago)

FC--

And yet again, for an APSC DSLR, cases can easily cost $1500.

It's a boring and inaccurate claim: "Just use a case".

Right now this is the only small waterproof tough camera that shoots raw and is really good in lowlight.

In a couple of years an iPhone in a waterproof case will readily match the performance of say an Olympus TG3.

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PrebenR
By PrebenR (7 months ago)

Sea water or fresh water?

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88SAL
By 88SAL (7 months ago)

Derpwater.

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Britzzzilla
By Britzzzilla (7 months ago)

Underwater...like Nikon

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JohnEwing
By JohnEwing (7 months ago)

I wanna change lenses under water.

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HowaboutRAW
By HowaboutRAW (7 months ago)

That could be engineered with a spinning lens holder--would kind or add weight and bulk though. Throw the balance off too.

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peevee1
By peevee1 (7 months ago)

The $800 kit with 11-27.5 can be easily replaced by $300 Oly TG-2 or Pentax WG-3 GPS (f/2 at the short end compensates for smaller sensor in low light). But the cameras also have image stabilization and significantly more compact (can be actually put into a pocket of your swimming trunks) and their zoom ranges are wider. With add-on lenses for TG-2 and its close-focusing capability, it is so much more capable than this Nikon it is not even funny.

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iudex
By iudex (7 months ago)

TG-2 has a 28 mm2 sensor, Nikon 1 has 116 mm2, i.e. 4x larger. This alone makes up for the slower kit zoom (1,6 EV).
Plus there is the prime with f2,8.
And it has an advantage every ILC has: you can switch lenses and when not in water, you can put on a 32mm f1,2 lens and compete with APS-C.

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Mato34
By Mato34 (7 months ago)

I don't think 1+1/2 stop is enough to compensate better sensor.

This and the other things of being more compact, with more zoom range, better macro capability... could be said of Canon G16, Oly's XZ, Pana's LX, Nikon P7x00... against a lot of mirrorless. Only the price is similar.

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zorgon
By zorgon (7 months ago)

It may have similar low light ability, but If you've read any of the reviews of the TG-2, you'll know that the image quality is just awful and won't even be remotely comparable to this.

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peevee1
By peevee1 (7 months ago)

"TG-2 has a 28 mm2 sensor, Nikon 1 has 116 mm2, i.e. 4x larger. This alone makes up for the slower kit zoom (1,6 EV)."

Yes it does. But at 3x the price.

"I don't think 1+1/2 stop is enough to compensate better sensor."

It is more than enough.
http://www.dxomark.com/index.php/Cameras/Compare-Camera-Sensors/Compare-cameras-side-by-side/%28appareil1%29/852|0/%28brand%29/Nikon/%28appareil2%29/828|0/%28brand2%29/Pentax

Nikon J3 ISO score 420, Pentax Q10 (the same sensor as TG-2) 183, LOG2(420/183)=1.2 EV.

DR: 10.9EV vs 11EV - not discernible in practice.

Color depth: 21.1 bits in the Sony sensor vs 20.4 in the Aptina.

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peevee1
By peevee1 (7 months ago)

"It may have similar low light ability, but If you've read any of the reviews of the TG-2, you'll know that the image quality is just awful and won't even be remotely comparable to this."

Roll back ISO 2 stops as the lens allows you and you will see differently. Some tests were done at the long end of the zoom with small aperture where diffraction plays too much, nobody would use it underwater, but 25mm-equal is very useful (which AW1 does not get even with 10mm/2.8).
See also the numbers above.

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peevee1
By peevee1 (7 months ago)

"And it has an advantage every ILC has: you can switch lenses and when not in water, you can put on a 32mm f1,2 lens and compete with APS-C."

You would be an idiot to buy the $900 lens which can be replaced by smaller and lighter $350 lens for m43 (45/1.8) or $300 for NEX (50/1.8 OSS) on similarly priced and sized bodies and have stabilization.
Transmissive losses on f/1.2 (on this non-BSI sensor) are not going to be fun either.

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Mato34
By Mato34 (7 months ago)

I know DxO but also I have that 12 MP BSI sensor on my Canon SX220 shooting RAW using CHDK, and a pair of V1, and if the 14 MP 1" performs as the 10 MP one I can tell that 1+1/2 EV isn't enough. Even with DxO results it's easy to see, for example: DR is about 1+1/2 EV better since ISO 400 upwards.

A link to actual images, not numbers: http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/studio-compare?utm_campaign=internal-link&utm_source=mainmenu&utm_medium=text&ref=mainmenu#baseDir=%2Freviews_data&cameraDataSubdir=boxshot&indexFileName=boxshotindex.xml&presetsFileName=boxshotpresets.xml&showDescriptions=false&headerTitle=Studio%20scene&headerSubTitle=Standard%20studio%20scene%20comparison&masterCamera=oly_tg2&masterSample=p6270028&slotsCount=4&slot0Camera=oly_tg2&slot0Sample=p6270028&slot0DisableCameraSelection=true&slot0DisableSampleSelection=true&slot0LinkWithMaster=true&slot1Camera=nikon_v1&slot1Sample=dsc_0314&x=-0.2443349753694581&y=-0.3487786824574389

And also the AW1 has manual modes and RAW

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Mato34
By Mato34 (7 months ago)

Obviously price is another thing. Every one could take his choice, but I can see some arguments on the Nikon's side.

Saludos!

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HowaboutRAW
By HowaboutRAW (7 months ago)

Mato34:

How many of the cameras that you posit as alternatives are waterproof sans case and can easily shoot at ISO3200?

Answer: None have either feature. All need cases and struggle over ISO1600, and some struggle at ISO1250.

The problem with quoting DXO sensor scores is, yet again, DXO takes no account of the lens used or the camera's computer processing the raw data.

DXO sensor scores are nearly useless.

Since when did DPReview start sharing Canon raws from jpeg only Canons that had been modified with CHDK? I ask because the link to "actual" images is a DPReview link. And when comparing raw capable cameras raw samples are all that matters.

The fact remains that this Nikon/Aptina sensor can shoot at ISO6400, while none of the cameras you cite can do so with anything like decent IQ.

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Mato34
By Mato34 (7 months ago)

HowaboutRAW, I think you misundertood one of my comments or perhaps I wasn't clear when writing (english isn't my native language). Basically I appreciate this AW1 and see some real bonus against other alternatives.

If it is because of the "Canon G16, Oly's XZ, Pana's LX, Nikon P7x00... against a lot of mirrorless." text, I was arguing that some attributes of compacts are valid against A LOT of mirrorless, and not only this AW1, so this Nikons is not worse than them regarding those areas.

Saludos.

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HowaboutRAW
By HowaboutRAW (7 months ago)

Mato34:

Okay.

I'll add that when I look at my Panasonic LX5, with the filter tube in place, I see a box with an internal zoom lens that could be built as waterproof.

I'm saying that it would be nice if some of the camera companies dropped the idea that waterproof tough cameras need to be built into small, thin, boxes. But clearly this is all a different story than this Nikon 1 tough system.

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zorgon
By zorgon (7 months ago)

"Roll back ISO 2 stops as the lens allows you and you will see differently."

No you won't. If you look through sample images of the TG-2 at different apertures and focal lengths, nothing even comes close to nikon 1 quality.

" but 25mm-equal is very useful (which AW1 does not get even with 10mm/2.8)."

I couldn't care less if it goes a bit wider if the image quality is that poor.

"See also the numbers above."
These numbers have very little to do with lens sharpness or resolving power. Something which is non-existent on the TG-2

You're deluding yourself if you think that a mediocre performing 1/2.3" sensor camera can come close to a decent performing 1" sensor camera. You might as well be comparing a canon 1dx to an iphone.

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Artistico
By Artistico (7 months ago)

Looks like Nikon is trying to find a niche in the market that hasn't been filled by anyone else. Extra rugged large-sensor interchangeable lens cameras would definitely be better than the rugged compacts already available.

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cgarrard
By cgarrard (7 months ago)

They did find it. :)

And I totally agree with you.

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lensberg
By lensberg (7 months ago)

Why can't Nikon introduce a new 1 series camera utilizing Sony's 20 MP 1" Exmor R sensor...?! Or could it possibly be that Sony simply won't license the rights to that sensor to Nikon at the present time...?!

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Andy Crowe
By Andy Crowe (7 months ago)

Maybe they can't integrate the PDAF sensors into that chip?

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peevee1
By peevee1 (7 months ago)

Aptina's sensor is much faster (1/80s full-sensor readout, allowing them not to have mechanical shutters in this and other 1 cameras except V-series), having integrated PDAF and about the same in image quality. Why would they give money to their competitor for inferior product?

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HowaboutRAW
By HowaboutRAW (7 months ago)

lensberg:

Is that new Sony sensor easily useable at ISO 6400? The Aptina in the Nikon1 is.

The sensor in the old Sony RX100 topped out at ISO 3200--which is good yes.

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Richard Murdey
By Richard Murdey (7 months ago)

I find it amazing (unbelievable?) that the lens & lens mount would survive a 2m fall onto a hard surface.

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groucher
By groucher (7 months ago)

My D700/24-85 f2.8-4 survived a 2m fall onto tarmac with me on top of it when I slipped on ice. I don't see why this should be any less rugged.

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Andy Westlake
By Andy Westlake (7 months ago)

The lenses are in a ruggedised housing and feature a revised, much more solid mount (which is why they won't fit on existing 1 system cameras). I went to a UK press event yesterday where journalists were merrily throwing the camera around, dropping it onto a hard floor, and throwing it into a water tank. The various camera on display all survived this abuse apparently unscathed.

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cgarrard
By cgarrard (7 months ago)

Is that enough for you Richard? Thanks for the report Andy.

C

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yabokkie
By yabokkie (7 months ago)

sounds like very good lenses that won't need service for long time (life time).

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Vobluda
By Vobluda (7 months ago)

They should buried Nikon 1 system 2m bellow the ground, not throw it into the water.

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groucher
By groucher (7 months ago)

Yes the AW1 will be very good for caving as well as diving thanks to its excellent low light capabilities. Good to see a someone posting who has some idea of the Nikon 1's great features for action sports.

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Studor13
By Studor13 (7 months ago)

If all you ever do is to "baby" your gear then this is not for you.

But there are a lot of us who want to take compact, rugged cameras to places that you've probably never even dreamed of. For example, paragliding at 3000m.

I have a V1 (as well as a D800 and D300) and would much prefer the AW1. And it would be great to travel with in rough places.

Some people think that if something is useless to them then it's gotta be useless to everyone.

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cgarrard
By cgarrard (7 months ago)

I disagree at least on this body. The other bodies for the 1 system ...I'll be nice an just say don't give me any interest at all. But this one does.

C

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zigi_S
By zigi_S (7 months ago)

Looks like nikon found their niche. Interesting camera.

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Eleson
By Eleson (7 months ago)

"They should buried Nikon 1 system 2m bellow the ground, not throw it into the water."
Yeah, now the problem is worse, now it will survive it!

I think this is a great addition to an open territory.

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neocool
By neocool (7 months ago)

Very nice! Why cannot Sony make Waterproof RX Series?

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HowaboutRAW
By HowaboutRAW (7 months ago)

Which RX series:

RX100? The moving zoom lens is next to impossible to waterproof. So the moving lens would have to be within a tube.

Or the RX1: Well, sure, but it's a fixed lens camera, and already retails for $3000.

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CollBaxter
By CollBaxter (7 months ago)

This has some real appeal especially to us outdoor types.

Well done Nikon.

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Rod McD
By Rod McD (7 months ago)

Interesting camera. I'm down on record (in the comments pages of the rugged camera reviews) as saying that someone needed to make one with a larger sensor. And here it is.....

I was hoping for APSC, but this is still a major improvement. I like it - it'll be a great camera for my beachy and adventurous kids. Good for sailing and kayaking too. A real test will be the performance of the zoom - it needs to be good to attract serious users who like outdoor photography and don't want crappy compact IQ.

I think Nikon really need to release a couple of extra lenses, but perhaps that will come if the camera is successful. It's disappointing that the wide prime isn't wider. In fact I can't see the point of offering a 28mm (35mm equiv) and a 30mm-74mm zoom (35mm equiv). And it's only half a stop faster. The system needs a decent wide, maybe a 20mm or 24mm (35mm equiv) especially for underwater use, and a tele-photo zoom.

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GIALLO63
By GIALLO63 (7 months ago)

Art of recycling the 1 wrong system

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cgarrard
By cgarrard (7 months ago)

Disagree.

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Martin.au
By Martin.au (7 months ago)

Nifty

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Mirrorless Crusader
By Mirrorless Crusader (7 months ago)

This is bound to be a niche product. A good niche product, for sure, but this isn't going to be a "regular camera" for many people when they could get the same thing for $300-400 less without the waterproofing.

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groucher
By groucher (7 months ago)

"bond to be a niche product" Are you serious? Cavers, climbers, hill walkers, mountain bikers, sailors, surfers, wind surfers, companies that work in difficult conditions, divers, beach-goers, hang glider pilots and orienteers to mention a few examples, are going to love this. A waterproof camera that does 60fps is going to sell faster than Nikon can make them, especially at this reasonable price.

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peevee1
By peevee1 (7 months ago)

All of them would be better with Oly TG-2.

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cgarrard
By cgarrard (7 months ago)

Groucher, I like this camera, we'll see though if it sells faster than nikon can make them. Remember that small size is very important for many on your list (compacts, and they have many WP ones out there).

C

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CollBaxter
By CollBaxter (7 months ago)

Ok why would you but a waterproof camera without water proofing.

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stanislaff
By stanislaff (7 months ago)

Maybe first rugged, but definitely second waterproof. The first was OM-D E-M1.

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AndreaV
By AndreaV (7 months ago)

OM-D E-M1 is "splash-proof"... I would not try to shot with it 49 feet under the water. With this you can!

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kreislauf
By kreislauf (7 months ago)

E-M5 was there already my friend...

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CollBaxter
By CollBaxter (7 months ago)

OK put the 12-50 or 60mm on and jump in the pool and swim a few meters under water. If you don't have a pool put it in the bath tub for a few minutes. I am an Olympus user and they have great weather and splash sealing but waterproof as in full immersion I think not.

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cgarrard
By cgarrard (7 months ago)

The EM1 is not waterproof. Splashproof and waterproof are two entirely different categories- and many mirrorless cameras and DSLRS are splashproof.

Sigh.

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Aleo Veuliah
By Aleo Veuliah (7 months ago)

Well done Nikon.

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GodSpeaks
By GodSpeaks (7 months ago)

Finally, not only a digital Nikonos, but now we have a rugged camera that does RAW.

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maxola67
By maxola67 (7 months ago)

And what about lens changing under water?
Without that this device wouldn't be considered waterproof)))

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abortabort
By abortabort (7 months ago)

I hope that is sarcasm?

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cgarrard
By cgarrard (7 months ago)

I wish you could see my face right now.

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Eleson
By Eleson (7 months ago)

To handle that, it has to be idiot-proof. :)
Not many cameras are that yet!

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beavertown
By beavertown (7 months ago)

The next move should be Nikon 1 Super Zoom. Like 800mm focal length.

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Chaitanya S
By Chaitanya S (7 months ago)

Great idea. Lets wait and watch how it sells.

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Rambalac
By Rambalac (7 months ago)

Only 1080 60i and 720 only 60p? :(
Not action camera replacement

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EssexAsh
By EssexAsh (7 months ago)

yeah youre right, i wont touch one now if its not 4k

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cabgeo
By cabgeo (7 months ago)

Outstanding development and direction, because there is absolutely no buzz regarding the concept of an APS-C mirrorless camera with interchangeable lenses, particularly one that might take.....existing DX lenses. Just saying.

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Shamael
By Shamael (7 months ago)

Maybe we will see some day a real Nikonos in digital, and that has old Nikonos mount and uses same lenses, and, FF sensor.

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HowaboutRAW
By HowaboutRAW (7 months ago)

Shamael:

Okay, but you will most likely have to focus that digital Nikonos manually or get the really really expensive version.

Full framed sensors would likely have serious vignetting problems in a Nikonos body.

Also the lenses of the Nikonos system would have to have better optical quality.

Look it's not the worst idea, but manual focus is going to be a problem for many.

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Franka T.L.
By Franka T.L. (7 months ago)

Actually Nikon need to made versions of both the 18.5 and 32mm as well, underwater, when light is naturally less intense, the cam need the speed. And it need a lens that's wider than 10mm. Underwater, with a different transmission media ( water instead of air ) the coverage of all lens narrows.

This is interesting development for the 1 system. And the outdoor tough cam market is actually a pretty big one. But all we have is either action cam like Go PRO or petite sensor like Nikon's own Coolpix AW series. Or else it would be full blown system type DSLR / Mirrorless with underwater housing. This 1 AW certainly made a very viable alternative.

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Mato34
By Mato34 (7 months ago)

I'd better like an underwater version of the 6.7-13, even if it was a fixed 6.7/3.5. At least compacts cover normal zoom range, but for UWA this AW could be an easy and (relatively) inexpensive solution.

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HowaboutRAW
By HowaboutRAW (7 months ago)

Franka-

Um this camera does have an excellent lowlight sensor, that kind of helps.

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Stealthy Ninja
By Stealthy Ninja (7 months ago)

I can't wait for someone to try to change lenses underwater...

2 upvotes
thx1138
By thx1138 (7 months ago)

Advice will flood in!

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new boyz
By new boyz (7 months ago)

Then they'll complain about watercolor effect on their photos.

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new boyz
By new boyz (7 months ago)

I like the orange version.

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alatchin
By alatchin (7 months ago)

Wow, interesting concept... maybe great for divers at the pricepoint... But a big lens like that, and good light... Well the current rugged point and shoots may have it trumped... I mean in the harshest conditions who wants to change lenses... Just saying.

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GodSpeaks
By GodSpeaks (7 months ago)

49 ft depth limit, not good for divers.

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kreislauf
By kreislauf (7 months ago)

OMG WE CAN'T USE IT 49ft UNDER WATER AND IT HAS THIS TINY TOY SENSOR OMG !

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Rettu
By Rettu (7 months ago)

They should have built it around the 100ft Nitrox 32 depth limit which applies to very many divers anyway. 49ft is useless when your buddies want to be free to exploit the standard nitrox limit.

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AustinB
By AustinB (7 months ago)

If this is Nikon's plan for developing the system, I'll take it they're throwing in the towel in the ML market. It's a soft landing if you will, for us V1 owners-- technically they're not discontinuing the system, but then again they're going so niche that they may as well.

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InTheMist
By InTheMist (7 months ago)

Underwater Speedlight too! Sold.

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Couscousdelight
By Couscousdelight (7 months ago)

Flash sync, 1/60...
It's too slow to be used underwater in good conditions, too bad.

1 upvote
domina
By domina (7 months ago)

why is the x-sync at 1/60?

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straylightrun
By straylightrun (7 months ago)

This should of been the V3.

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mgblack74
By mgblack74 (7 months ago)

Oh Nikon. You mention "auto mode" as a feature and then say $999.00 with lens. Contour just folded shop cause they couldn't compete with GoPro. If the fire sale on 1's recently is any indication on what people are willing to pay.......

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thx1138
By thx1138 (7 months ago)

Find me an UW camera that shoots RAW with IL under several thousand dollars. UW housings are often more expensive than the cameras they hold. I'm pretty impressed that you can get this kit for $1000 and then are ready to take in UW as is. Also street price might drop a bit. Those current junk P&S UW cameras cost $300-400 and can't even produce good IQ out of water.

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kreislauf
By kreislauf (7 months ago)

nikon case for V1 is currently around 500 dollars. when really waterproof, you could simply throw your new AW1 inside the pool/lake and that's just awesome for me. definitely better handling!

i love to see more models in the Nikon 1 lineup.

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howardroark
By howardroark (7 months ago)

The G1 X has a 1.5" sensor and the underwater housing is under $300. Certainly not impact resistant, though.

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HowaboutRAW
By HowaboutRAW (7 months ago)

howardroark--

Does the Canon GX1 take interchangeable lenses? How's the AF on that Canon?

No.

And bad, not even good for a contrast detect system?

And I really don't know: Does the Canon shoot 60p?

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HowaboutRAW
By HowaboutRAW (7 months ago)

howardroark--

Does the Canon GX1 take interchangeable lenses? How's the AF on that Canon?

No.

And bad, not even good for a contrast detect system?

And I really don't know: Does the Canon shoot 60p?

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howardroark
By howardroark (7 months ago)

OHHHHHHHHHHHHH, that's what "IL" means. I was trying to figure out what IL was. Never seen that in acronym form other than with a C on the end, as in ILC. Thought the guy couldn't get a camera in Illinois. :)
Nope, no interchangeable lenses, but I'd bet money the lens it has along with the sensor will beat this AW lens and 1" sensor. thx didn't mention anything about needing certain AF performance nor anything about 1080p60. I'm not sure what the fascination with 60p is with everybody. I'm sure there are uses for it, but it's only necessary if it is actually necessary. Some people don't really like the look of such a high frame rate. Different strokes and all that. Other than the IL thing, the G1 X and housing together are well under several thousand dollars. Thought maybe having a better sensor than the Nikon 1" along with having a very good lens might matter. No? I don't care either way.

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HowaboutRAW
By HowaboutRAW (7 months ago)

howardroark:

"IL" what?

Then 30p with a CMOS sensor can be jumpy, not so much with a regular CCD though, that's why people are interested in 60p.

This Nikon/Aptina sensor is excellent in lowlight, they didn't go for pixel cramming. Sans extensive raw samples, I won't say the Nikon's sensor outdoes the Canon's but it's possible.

The fact remains that the Canon has a notoriously bad AF. And this Nikon system has excellent AF.

I've never seen any claims that the Canon GX1 has an excellent lens, not saying the claims don't exist. But Canon generally doesn't have a great optical reputation. If you were making claims about the lenses on Olympus, Samsung or Fuji cameras I'd believe the claims.

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