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Nikon1 AW1 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 11-27.5mm Lens (Black)
 
4.0

(based on 12 reviews)

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82%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (9)
  • Large clear LCD (9)
  • Compact (8)
  • Great resolution (7)
  • Good in low light (4)

Cons

  • Short battery life (6)
  • No viewfinder (3)

Best Uses

  • Travel (8)
  • Sports/action (6)
  • Video (3)
  • Wildlife (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Semi-pro photographer (5), Pro photographer (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (8)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great for my intended purposes

I bought this strictly for in-water use--mainly surfing photos.
The first time out, it performed great.
Handled well, very fast and accurate focus and good color and...Read complete review

I bought this strictly for in-water use--mainly surfing photos.
The first time out, it performed great.
Handled well, very fast and accurate focus and good color and contrast.
I just wish that Lightroom had the RAW codec for this model. It does not handle backlit jpegs very well. I was unable to do a good job of recovering shadow detail. The codec should be in the next Adobe update.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

The controls stopped with the first rain

The quality of the pictures and video are very good for this price range of camera. Having raw files is a great benefit. Unfortunately the first time the camera was out in a light...Read complete review

The quality of the pictures and video are very good for this price range of camera. Having raw files is a great benefit. Unfortunately the first time the camera was out in a light rain the controls stopped working. Nikon has repaired it for no charge. Sure hope that it can stand up to the weather now.

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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Bad/Worse

By JJ Jet Setter

from Miami Beach

About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Great Resolution
  • Large Clear LCD

Cons

  • Poor in Low Light
  • Short Battery Life

Best Uses

  • Travel

Comments about 1 AW1 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 11-27.5mm Lens (Black):

I had the camera for all of 3 days in the Maldives. it sucked up water in the battery compartment. When I brought back to my dealer they said its under warranty and sent it to Nikon. it took 3 months of back and fourth as Nikon said I opend the camera under water. it cost me 400.00usd to fix.my mistake. I took it to the Galapogoes it did the same. went to Cannon G16 and bought from B&H as better buying power.

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(6 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Don't take it underwater

By Snorkel Photographer

from NY, NY

About Me Casual Photographer

Verified Reviewer

Pros

    Cons

    • Leaks
    • Poor Customer Service

    Best Uses

      Comments about 1 AW1 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 11-27.5mm Lens (Black):

      Leaked underwater with first use, found condensation in display after, although camera still works. I am always careful with my cameras underwater and always inspect the seals prior to swimming. I cleaned it an submersed it in a pot of water, and when I dried and opened it, found that the battery compartment was leaking. Nikon wants $370 to repair "water damage", even though I sent the camera to them in working order to repair the water LEAK. Nikon customer service is very poor and unresponsive, and the people I spoke to on the phone seemed completely unable to understand the problem despite multiple attempts at explanation. Stay away if you plan to use this underwater.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      4.0

      Great "do everything" camera.

      By Silicon Jacket

      from Austin, TX

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy to Use
      • Fast Shutter Speed
      • Large Clear LCD
      • Small / Compact

      Cons

      • Poor in Low Light
      • Short Battery Life

      Best Uses

      • Family Photos
      • Sports/Action
      • Travel

      Comments about 1 AW1 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 11-27.5mm Lens (Black):

      I purchased the AW1 for two purposes:

      1) To have an easy-to-use camera that I can leave lying around the house without worrying about getting dropped by the kids.

      2) To take along on backpacking and kayak trips without worrying about getting knocked around or exposed to the elements.

      I'm really happy with the ruggedness and so far no water problems. I really like that it has a bit of heft to it — it does not feel like a point-and-shoot. I also got the silicon skin, which makes it feel much better in my hands.

      My only complaint might be that high ISO images are very noisy and I think the widest focal length could be a bit wider.

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      • No

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      4.0

      still needs to prove itself

      By Yonni the Peaceful Edge Man

      from Santa Paula, CA

      About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy to Use
      • Fast Shutter Speed
      • Good in Low Light
      • Great Resolution
      • Large Clear LCD

      Cons

      • Short Battery Life

      Best Uses

      • Sports/Action
      • Travel

      Comments about 1 AW1 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 11-27.5mm Lens (Black):

      I used this camera to photo surfing action which came OK. Still need to use it scuba diving and see how it preforms deep under water. It is easy to use but this is my second one after the first one had a defect. The con I see for now is that while shooting in the water, surfing water is coming in between the lens and the filter.

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      • No

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      5.0

      Great camera for Kayaking

      By Don

      from Perrysburg OH

      About Me Casual Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy to Use
      • Good in Low Light
      • Great Resolution
      • Small / Compact

      Cons

      • Only 2 Lens At This Time

      Best Uses

      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Kayaking
      • Macro Photography
      • Sports/Action
      • Travel
      • Video
      • Wildlife photos

      Comments about 1 AW1 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 11-27.5mm Lens (Black):

      I have an AW-100, but wanted to take better photos out on the water. The Nikon 1 AW1 is just what I have been waiting for... A waterproof camera with high quality features and interchangeable lens.I know have more options to shoot in wider range of light conditions and really work on better photographs. We have been up to Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore and I took some great photos of Lake Superior, the rocks on the beach and even a sunken wood boat 30' under the water!

      • Was this a gift?:
      • Yes

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      (4 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Bad (in agood way) little camera

      By prgault

      from Florida

      About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Small / Compact
      • Toughness

      Cons

      • No Viewfinder

      Best Uses

      • Hiking Kayaking
      • Travel

      Comments about 1 AW1 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 11-27.5mm Lens (Black):

      I carry this camera (with a khaki silicon cover) everywhere and am very pleased so far with the performance and toughness. It feels really solid and well built.
      I shoot mainly aperture priority, but have tried a few of the auto and other settings with good results. While I have washed it a few times with no problems, it has not been underwater yet. From my experience with other underwater cameras the seals seem as good or better so I don't anticipate any problems...

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      • No

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      (2 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great!

      By Logs the runner

      from Kalamazoo

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy to Use
      • Great Resolution
      • Large Clear LCD
      • Small / Compact

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about 1 AW1 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 11-27.5mm Lens (White):

          Great product, can't wait to test it in the elements.

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          • Yes

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          (11 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Easy-to-use camera for underwater use!

          By Tony

          from Glen Ellyn, IL

          About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Easy to Use
          • Great Resolution
          • Large Clear LCD
          • Small / Compact

          Cons

          • Short Battery Life

          Best Uses

          • Sports/Action
          • Travel
          • Video

          Comments about 1 AW1 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 11-27.5mm Lens (Black):

          I took the AW1 on a cruise and used it for three snorkel dives. The camera takes great photos and videos in and out of the water.

          My only problem was the flash stopped working after the first water use and as of today, it's been with Nikon longer than I had it in my possession. I hope I get it back before my next trip.

          I still stand behind Nikon and the camera, as this is my first Nikon product failure in over 40 years of using their equipment (film cameras, DSLRs, CoolPix cameras, manual and AF lenses and binoculars).

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          • No

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          (5 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Awesome Nikon Camera!!!!

          By Photoman

          from Stockton,CA

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy to Use
          • Fast Shutter Speed
          • Good Battery Life
          • Good in Low Light
          • Great Resolution
          • Great Zoom
          • Large Clear LCD
          • Small / Compact

          Cons

          • No Viewfinder

          Best Uses

          • Family Photos
          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Travel
          • Video
          • Wildlife photos

          Comments about 1 AW1 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 11-27.5mm Lens (Black):

          It very very cool, it does everything you ever need in a Pro camera without the Pro price. I love it it great.

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          • No

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          (21 of 22 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Nikon AW 1 in white a great UW camera!

          By DaveyJ

          from Adirondacks, NY

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Pros

          • Easy to Use
          • Good in Low Light
          • Large Clear LCD
          • Small / Compact

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Sports/Action
            • Travel
            • Wildlife photos

            Comments about 1 AW1 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 11-27.5mm Lens (White):

            We have used our Nikon AW 1 from Key West with the sharks to the Adirondacks in the cold winter! A beautiful little camera. Our videos with it are on UTube! This is one amazing camera. Hopefully it will come to have a 6-15mm UW zoom lens in a while that has the O Rings etc. Buy it with B&H's Smart Buy as this is a underwater camera! We developed some gadgets for holding while free diving. Also Nocturnal Lighting from B&H helps in night snorkeling. A step above Go Pro due to the bigger sensor. The LCD screen is awesome under water. I have owned 33 underwater cameras and THIS is the single best buy for that use. On land it is small, friendly, convenient. Maybe the image is close to but not quite up the say a Nikon D3300. The video performance of the AW 1 is VERY good!

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            3.0

            The controls stopped with the first rain

            By Pumaphile

            from Everglades

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy to Use
            • Large Clear LCD
            • Small / Compact

            Cons

            • Limited Zoom
            • No Viewfinder
            • Short Battery Life

            Best Uses

            • Wet Locations I Hope

            Comments about 1 AW1 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 11-27.5mm Lens (White):

            The quality of the pictures and video are very good for this price range of camera. Having raw files is a great benefit. Unfortunately the first time the camera was out in a light rain the controls stopped working. Nikon has repaired it for no charge. Sure hope that it can stand up to the weather now.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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            (48 of 49 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Great for my intended purposes

            By kevinnovakphoto

            from Panama City Beach, FL

            About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Easy to Use
            • Great Resolution
            • Large Clear LCD

            Cons

            • Short Battery Life

            Best Uses

            • Sports/Action

            Comments about 1 AW1 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 11-27.5mm Lens (Silver):

            I bought this strictly for in-water use--mainly surfing photos.
            The first time out, it performed great.
            Handled well, very fast and accurate focus and good color and contrast.
            I just wish that Lightroom had the RAW codec for this model. It does not handle backlit jpegs very well. I was unable to do a good job of recovering shadow detail. The codec should be in the next Adobe update.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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