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Nikon 1 AW1 Digital Camera

$566.88
SLR 14.2MP CMOS SDXC Oct 2013
Camera Type Megapixel Sensor Type Compatible Memory Cards Release Date
Eleven industry awards
Good value for money
Solid construction
747 Reviews + 11 Awards
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Reviews

Eleven Industry Awards

This camera has received eleven awards from experts in cameras.

The editors of websites Ephotozine, PhotographyBlog.com, Digitaltrends.com and Camera Labs all endorse this medium megapixel camera and have given it their "Recommended" award.

Two other expert review sites both said that this digital camera was very good. Lydogbilde.no and Lydogbillede.dk both gave this Nikon digital camera an "Especially Recommended 6 Star" award.

Digital Versus and Les Numeriques.com both gave this digital camera a "5 Star" award and 01net.com gave it a "4 Star" award.

The writers at two other expert review sites both concluded that this medium megapixel camera was good. Pcforalla.idg.se gave this camera a "Good Choice" award and Ljudochbild.se gave it a "5 Star" award.

Good Expert Reviews

This digital camera has an average expert rating of 81 out of 100 based on thirty-two expert reviews from sites including PhotographyBlog.com, Ephotozine, Digital Versus and Camera Labs. This puts this Nikon digital camera in the top 16% of all the cameras of a similar age and spec when ranked by average expert review score.

Good Owner Reviews

Users have rated this camera on average 86 out of 100. 355 reviewers gave this digital camera either 4 or 5 stars and 89% of those asked said they would recommend buying it to others.

Nikon Cameras Have Good Reviews

Based on 25,534 expert and owner reviews (including 1,510 verified purchases), Nikon has good ratings for its digital cameras. Nikon also has good ratings specifically for its medium megapixel digital cameras compared to other manufacturers. 92% of those that bought a Nikon digital camera would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.

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Audio

Has a Built-In Microphone

The Nikon 1 AW1 has a built-in microphone. Most of the other cameras that have been available for more than two years also have a built-in microphone.

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Acceptable Noise Level

Four owners who reviewed it reckoned that it was noisy. Brisbanetimes.com.au said “Nikon has long been the champion of noise reduction in JPEG, without loss of detail” in their Nikon 1 AW1 review. Silicon Jacket wrote in their review of this digital camera “My only complaint might be that high ISO images are very noisy and I think the widest focal length could be a bit wider” and scored the product 6 stars.

One customer mentioned in their reviews that this digital camera was quiet.

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Nikon Has Long Been the Champion of Noise Reduction in JPEG, Without Loss of Detail

Four owners who reviewed it reckoned that it was noisy. Brisbanetimes.com.au said “Nikon has long been the champion of noise reduction in JPEG, without loss of detail” in their Nikon 1 AW1 review.

Silicon Jacket wrote in their review of this digital camera “My only complaint might be that high ISO images are very noisy and I think the widest focal length could be a bit wider” and scored the product 6 stars.

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Other

Released Over Three Years Ago

This camera has been on the market since April 2017.


Power

Good Battery Life

Twenty-four people considered that it had a good battery life. Two years ago Bestbuy.com mentioned “Battery life id good” in their review of the Nikon 1 AW1 but even so they only gave the product a rating of 1 stars. Ruthey said “Battery lasts a long time and easy to recharge” in their review of this digital camera and gave this digital camera a rating of 7 stars. Techie55 wrote on Bestbuy.com two years ago “Certainly easy enough to recharge thru USB cable”.

Three customers who reviewed it thought it was quick to charge. Birdman58 mentioned “The included cord makes it simple to charge or download pictures to your computer”. Lawman mentioned on Bestbuy.com “Easy to charge the battery as well” in their review of this digital camera. Jubal said in their review of this digital camera “The battery life is great, I only had to charge it once in the 3 months I have had it” and rated it 5 stars.

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Support

Good Support

Six owners wrote that this digital camera had good technical guidance. Salkid wrote “Easy enough to get started and simple instructions make it user friendly” in their review of this digital camera. Printqueen gave it a rating of 8 stars and wrote “Manual easy to follow” in their Nikon 1 AW1 review. Chuck wrote on Bestbuy.com “Would be very nice if they had staff to help make sure you leave with the proper battery” in his review of this digital camera.


Lens System

Quite Short Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

When compared to other digital cameras of a similar type and age to this digital camera, the Nikon 1 AW1's minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) of only 11 millimeters is one of the shortest. The minimum focal lengths (35mm film equiv) of digital cameras of a similar spec and age to this digital camera range from 4.5mm to 40mm.

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Quite Small Optical Zoom

When compared to other medium megapixel digital cameras that were launched around the same time as this camera that we have checked, the optical zoom of the Nikon 1 AW1 of only 2.5 times zoom factor is one of the smallest. Across all the digital cameras of this type and age the optical zooms range from 0.34x to 65x.

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Quite Short Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

The average maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) of comparable spec cameras that are a similar age to this digital camera is 350mm. With a maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) of only 27.5 millimeters, the Nikon 1 AW1's maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) is one of the shortest amongst medium megapixel digital cameras that have been available for a similar time to this camera.

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Quite Big Maximum Aperture Number

With a maximum aperture number of only 3.5, the Nikon 1 AW1 has one of the bigger maximum aperture numbers amongst medium megapixel digital cameras of this age. Across all the cameras that were released around the same time as this camera the maximum aperture numbers range from 2.5 to 38, and the average maximum aperture number is 7.4.

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Very Large Minimum Aperture Number

With a minimum aperture number of 16, the Nikon 1 AW1 has a very large minimum aperture number compared to most of the other medium megapixel digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as this camera. The minimum aperture numbers of similar spec digital cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to this camera range from 1.7 to 22, and the average minimum aperture number is 3.4.

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Video

1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

The highest video resolution supported by the Nikon 1 AW1 is 1920 x 1080 pixels. That's over six times the video resolution of the most frequently found video resolutions of 640 x 480 pixels. In addition, this camera support video resolutions of 320 x 120 pixels and 640 x 240 pixels and 1280 x 720 pixels. A video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels is equivalent to Full HD video. You will require a Full HD TV or better to appreciate this level of detail.

This camera's video resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels) is in fact the best supported video resolution amongst all digital cameras of this age and spec.

A 320 x 120 pixels video resolutions is the worst supported video resolution across similar types of camera.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

The Nikon 1 AW1 has a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. That's over two times the video resolution of the most frequently found maximum video resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels.

A 1920 x 1080 pixels maximum video resolution is actually the best video resolution amongst all cameras of this spec and age.

Amongst comparable types of digital camera the worst video resolution is 640 x 480 pixels.

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Light Exposure

Supports Seventeen ISO Sensitivities

The number of ISO speeds supported by the Nikon 1 AW1 is more than most medium megapixel digital cameras that were launched more than two years ago. This camera supports a 160 ISO sensitivity, which is the most commonly supported ISO sensitivity supported by comparable spec cameras that were launched more than two years ago. The ISO sensitivities "200", "250", "320", "400", "640", "800", "1000", "1250", "1600", "2000", "2250", "2500", "3200", "4000", "5000" and "6400" are also supported by this Nikon camera.

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Picture Quality

4608 X 3072 Still Image Resolution

The Nikon 1 AW1 has a 4608 x 3072 still image resolution(s) which is higher than most similar spec digital cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to it. Most digital cameras that came out around the same time as it have a 640 x 480 still image resolution(s). In addition, this camera have still image resolution(s) of 3456 x 2304, 2304 x 1536, 4800 x 920, 1536 x 4800, 9600 x 920, 1536 x 9600 and 1280 x 856 and 4608 x 2592. The still image resolution of all digital cameras that came out more than two years ago ranges from 640 x 360 (worst) to 4928 x 3264 (best).

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Design

Easy to Use

One hundred and sixty-four customers who reviewed the product agreed that it was easy to use. Bestbuy.com said in their review of the Nikon 1 AW1 “Easy to use and the pictures are great”. Bestbuy.com also said “Easy to use - not a a lot of bells” in their review. Bestbuy.com also wrote “Super easy to use for beginner” in their review.

Ten people who reviewed it agreed that it was easy to use the menus. Nikonnovicefl mentioned in their Nikon 1 AW1 review “I decided on the AW1 and convinced myself that i would learn the advanced settings”. Prgault mentioned in their review of this digital camera on Bhphotovideo.com “Have tried a few of the auto and other settings with good results” and gave it a score of 7 stars. Tolmister wrote on Bestbuy.com two years ago “He loves the simplicity of the menu and the great quality of the photos” in their review of the Nikon 1 AW1 and gave it a score of 6 stars.

Five customers who reviewed it said that it was easy to setup. Bestbuy.com said in their review of this digital camera two years ago “Easy to set up” . Sinnamunn gave it a rating of 4 stars and said on Bestbuy.com “If you need step by step instructions or a tutorial disk on what feature it has or how to set up and use this camera does not come with one”.

Two people who bought it reckoned that it was comfortable and easy to hold. Silicon Jacket said in their review of the Nikon 1 AW1 on Bhphotovideo.com “I also got the silicon skin, which makes it feel much better in my hands”. Tjbear mentioned on Bestbuy.com two years ago “Feels good in my hands, takes good pictures from all angles” in their review of this digital camera.

One owner who reviewed this digital camera considered that it was easy to handle. Camera Labs mentioned “Good water handling characteristics”.

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Nice Design

Twenty-five customers wrote in their reviews that it was good looking. In April last year Sanjeev said in their review of this digital camera “Value for money, very slick and trendy” and scored it 8 stars. Sassyvulcan said on Bestbuy.com “It was pretty good for the price at the time” in their review of the Nikon 1 AW1. Sportbear mentioned “Easy to use compact style and good picts along with a good movies” .

Nine customers considered that the product was well designed. Expert website Dpexpert.com.au said in their review of this digital camera “This camera was recently awarded the German iF Product Design Award 2014”. Newmotoe wrote in their review of this digital camera “Sleek design and picture quality is good”. Last year an anonymous author said on Walmart.com “This is a design flaw or manufacturing flaw that is unacceptable” in her review of this digital camera.

Two owners mentioned in their reviews that this digital camera was neat. Two years ago Shelly she mentioned “Very neat and compact”. Jervell2 gave the product a score of 7 stars and said “Easy to use and can fit neatly in a small purse” in their review of the Nikon 1 AW1.

One customer who purchased it wrote that it was rough. Mark Etter wrote in his review of the Nikon 1 AW1 “It began to fog quickly when used in the water and in rough surf conditions”.

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Impeccable Build Quality

One hundred and fifteen owners who reviewed it concluded that it was good quality. Digital Versus mentioned in their Nikon 1 AW1 review four years ago “Impeccable build quality”. Expert website Cnet.com.au mentioned in their review of the Nikon 1 AW1 also four years ago “The Nikon 1 AW1 offers interchangeable lenses and better image quality than your standard waterproof point-and-shoot” . Techradar.com/au/ rated the product 8 stars and said “Sure, other cameras will give you better image quality for the money.”.

Waterproof to 49 Feet

Thirty-three customers said in their reviews that it was good at resisting water ingress. Dpexpert.com.au said in their Nikon 1 AW1 review “Nikon's decision to go with a relatively small sensor means that noise is obvious at IS 800, well below the speed that will be needed underwater or in the fog”. Camera Labs mentioned in their review of this digital camera “Bigger sensor than other underwater cameras”. Camera Labs also mentioned “Waterproof interchangable lenses” in their review.

Twenty-nine people who bought this digital camera considered that it was strong and durable. Four years ago Digital Versus said “Waterproof to 15 metres, shockproof to 2 metres” but they scored the product 20 out of 100. Techradar.com/au/ mentioned “Waterproof and tough”. Three years ago Camera Labs said in their review of this digital camera “Waterproof, dustproof, shockproof, freezeproof” but they only scored it 18.98 out of 100.

Sixteen owners who bought the product reckoned that it was well made. Nothingwired.com said “Qualit de construction irrprochable” nonetheless they rated this digital camera 14 out of 100. Three years ago Mac World said in his review of the Nikon 1 AW1 “Rugged qualities ensure a builttolast construction”. Macworld.co.uk mentioned four years ago “Sharply focused results, rugged qualities have ensured a built-to-last construction” in their review of this digital camera.

Four people who purchased it reckoned that it was reliable. Techradar.com/au/ said “Reliable exposure metering” in their review of this digital camera. Phadar mentioned on Bestbuy.com three years ago “However, what I like about Sony is the reliability” in their review of this digital camera. Sandpounder scored it 5 stars and mentioned on Walmart.com “On a recent Hawaiian vacation, my trusty AW1 simply gave up on me” in their Nikon 1 AW1 review.

One owner who purchased it considered that it was easy to damage or scratch. Snorkel Photographer said two years ago “Nikon wants $370 to repair "water damage", even though I sent the camera to them in working order to repair the water LEAK”.

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Packaging Content

Has a Battery Charger Included

The Nikon 1 AW1 has a battery charger included. Most of the other similar spec cameras that have been around for a comparable time to this digital camera also have a battery charger included.

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Has a Batteries Included

The Nikon 1 AW1 has a batteries included. Most of the other digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as this camera also have a batteries included.

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Ports & Interfaces

Has an HDMI

The Nikon 1 AW1 has an HDMI, as do most of the other digital cameras of this age and spec.

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Supports PictBridge

The Nikon 1 AW1 supports PictBridge. Most of the other digital cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to this camera also support PictBridge.

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Other Features

Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

The Nikon 1 AW1 has a built-in flash, as do most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as this digital camera.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative cameras with a built-in flash currently available including the Canon G1 X, or the Olympus E-P5 + M.ZUIKO ED 14‑42mm which is cheaper; or the Fujifilm X-E2 ($696.17) which has better reviews.

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Camera

Has a GPS (satellite)

has a GPS (satellite)

The Nikon 1 AW1 has a GPS (satellite), which is unusual. Most of the other similar spec cameras that have been available for more than two years do not have a GPS (satellite).

It may also be worth considering one of the other cameras with a GPS (satellite) currently available including cheaper digital cameras such as the Olympus E-P5 + M.ZUIKO ED 14‑42mm.

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Has an Electronic Compass

The Nikon 1 AW1 has an electronic compass. Most of the other medium megapixel digital cameras that were launched more than two years ago also have an electronic compass.

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Features Multi Burst Mode

The Nikon 1 AW1 features multi burst mode, as do most of the other medium megapixel digital cameras that came out more than two years ago.

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Smart TV

GPS Intgr

Six customers considered that this digital camera had gps. Pc Mag mentioned “Integrated GPS” in their review of the Nikon 1 AW1. Nothingwired.com mentioned “All weather camera met verwisselbare objectieven, waterdicht, schokproof en vorstbestendig, gps, snelle hybride AF en burstmode”. Last year Big Al in Dallas wrote “Particularly like; GPS, Built in level, LCD info modes & options, image & video quality”.

One person considered that the product had email functionality.

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Good Flash

Five customers who purchased it reckoned that it had a good flash. Three years ago Sman2106 wrote on Bestbuy.com “Clear pictures, good flash”. Residentgerm rated it 8 stars and mentioned “It takes ok pictures at night with the flash, easy to use”. Three years ago Nikonnovicefl said “Having a built in flash is a bonus”.

1080 60 and Slow-Motion Video Support

Twenty-eight people said that it was good for video recording. Pc Mag said on PC Mag “1080 60 and slow-motion video support” in their review of this digital camera but in spite of that they only scored this digital camera 1 stars. Shay wrote three years ago “Takes really great pics and videos”. Nanalym wrote in their review of this digital camera “Great pics video is excellent” and gave it a score of 8 stars.

Good Screen

Nine owners said in their reviews that the product had a good screen. Three years ago Bestbuy.com wrote in their review of this digital camera “Nice large screen”. Raiderbart rated the product 6 stars and mentioned two years ago “Nice video and clear LCD display! The beeping the video makes is helpful, so I know when I'm videoing or not” in their review of this digital camera. Daveyj gave it a score of 8 stars and mentioned on Bhphotovideo.com “The LCD screen is awesome under water”.

Four customers who purchased it considered that it was mirrorless. Digitalversus.com said on expert review site Digital Versus “As if being the first underwater mirrorless lens-switcher wasn't innovative enough” in their review of this digital camera. Digitaltrends.com gave it a score of 4 stars and wrote in their Nikon 1 AW1 review “A few months ago we reviewed Nikon's solid Nikon 1 J3 mirrorless interchangeable lens camera”.

Two owners who purchased this digital camera wrote that it had a good viewfinder. Three years ago Bestbuy.com wrote in their review of the Nikon 1 AW1 “Good view finder”. Daveyj mentioned in their review of the Nikon 1 AW1 “I prefer a view finder above the surface” .

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Sharp Images

Three hundred and twenty-six people considered that it was able to produce good images. Nothingwired.com mentioned in their review of the Nikon 1 AW1 “Premier appareil photo objectif interchangeable tanche, finition trs solide pour rsister aux lments, vitesse de prise de vue” . Digitaltrends.com mentioned “Produces better images than rugged compacts” . Neocamera.com said “Realistic image colors” but despite that they only gave it a score of 1 stars.

Eighteen people wrote that it had a good picture resolution. Photographyblog.com wrote “Incredibly fast 60fps shooting speed” in their review of this digital camera. Dpexpert.com.au said “Shooting JPEG is better than RAW”. Pc Mag said on PC Mag “Unique shooting modes” but in spite of that they rated it 18.2 out of 100.

Six people who bought this digital camera mentioned that it was able to produce clear pictures. Sfreema mentioned on Bestbuy.com “So many photos are taken with our cell phones & we wanted to have a camera handy that would capture moments with more precision and clarity” in their review of the Nikon 1 AW1. Normb mentioned in their review of the Nikon 1 AW1 “Zoom gives good focus and clarity” . Rde118 gave it a rating of 7 stars and mentioned on Bestbuy.com “Awesome camera for the price, easy to use, excellent battery life, good quality and clarity” in their review of this digital camera.

Four people mentioned that this digital camera had a good image sensor.

Three customers who bought this digital camera agreed that it had a good ISO range. Photographyblog.com wrote on PhotographyBlog.com “Gute Bildqualitt bis ISO 1.600 bei guten Lichtbedingungen”. Neocamera.com wrote four years ago “Usable up to ISO 6400 for small prints” however they only rated this digital camera 1 stars. Pc Mag wrote in their Nikon 1 AW1 review “Good high ISO performance” .

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First Waterproof Interchangeable Lens Camera

Twenty-eight owners mentioned in their reviews that the Nikon 1 AW1 had a good zoom. Nellyc wrote on Bestbuy.com “Picture quality is excellent and so is the zoom”. Tallyho wrote in their review of this digital camera on Bestbuy.com “I also liked that the zoom button is on the back side operated buy your thumb”. Tallyho also mentioned “I was looking for the highest optical zoom, highest MP” in their review.

Nineteen people mentioned in their reviews that it had a good lens. Photographyblog.com mentioned on PhotographyBlog.com “First waterproof interchangeable lens camera” but even so they only gave it a score of 1 stars. Three years ago Reviewed.com said “A ruggedized interchangeable lens camera is certainly a novel take on the mirrorless compact.” in their Nikon 1 AW1 review. Dpexpert.com.au said “950 street price (with 11—27.5mm waterproof lens as tested) Award winnerThis variation on the Nikon 1 J3 is a 14 megapixel camera that is waterproof to 15m, freeze-proof to -10C”.

Thirteen owners thought this digital camera had a good autofocus. Digital Versus mentioned “Fast, precise autofocus”. Nothingwired.com said “Autofocus prcis et trs rapide” in their review of this digital camera but in spite of that they only gave it a score of 14 out of 100. Nothingwired.com also said “Impermeabile e a prova d'urto, tante funzioni, ottimo autofocus” in their review.

One customer who bought it thought it had a good image stabiliser. Melike said in their Nikon 1 AW1 review “Most of all I love the image stabilizer because my hands shake” and scored the product 8 stars.

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Features

Good Features

Fourty-two customers reckoned that it had good features. Bestbuy.com said in their review of the Nikon 1 AW1 “Great pictures and features”. Ephotozine.com said in their Nikon 1 AW1 review “Features built in Wi-Fi and GPS”. Expert website Techradar.com/au/ wrote “We have to hand it to Nikon for introducing a toughened, yet attractive, waterproof system camera with plenty of features and decent performance” and rated it 6 stars.


Weight & Dimensions

Solid Construction

Sixty-five people wrote in their reviews that the product was compact. Photographyblog.com mentioned in their Nikon 1 AW1 review on expert website PhotographyBlog.com “The Nikon 1 AW1 is a water-, freeze-, dust- and shockproof compact system camera featuring a 14.2-megapixel “CX” format sensor”. Three years ago expert website Cameralabs.com mentioned “While there are other 'splashproof' compact system cameras, the”. Macworld.com mentioned in their Nikon 1 AW1 review on expert review site Mac World “The Nikon 1 AW1 is the company's most fully realized compact system camera of the past three years”.

Seventeen customers who reviewed this digital camera concluded that it was easy to carry around. Ruthey wrote “It is easy to carry and use” . Pauleebar mentioned “The size makes it easy to carry and I like the photos it takes” in their review of this digital camera. Normb mentioned two years ago “Very small and easy to carry in your pocket”.

Eleven people thought the product was heavy and bulky. Mark Etter he said on Bhphotovideo.com “Don't expect it to last long with heavy usage” in his review of this digital camera. Mark Etter also wrote “After 5 days of heavy usage in Hawaii” in his review. Lj the Adventurer wrote “It's also heavy for it's size” in their review of this digital camera and gave it a rating of 6 stars.

Nine customers who reviewed it agreed that it was thin. Tedybear wrote “I love how slim yet how beautiful the pictures are”. Critidoc gave it a score of 5 stars and said on Walmart.com “They also need some wider angle of view lenses, 77 degrees is too narrow for underwater wide angle”. Camerageek wrote on Bestbuy.com “Very slim camera”.

Eight people said that this digital camera was lightweight. Sharaabispirits rated the product 7 stars and said in their review of this digital camera “It is lightweight and simple and does the trick”. Slick scored it 7 stars and wrote in their Nikon 1 AW1 review “Small lightweight and easy to carry in purse”. Nhien said in their Nikon 1 AW1 review on Bestbuy.com “This is an extremely light-weight camera”.

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Average Weight

The Nikon 1 AW1 has a relatively typical weight (313 grams) compared to most of the other cameras of this age and spec.

If you would consider a camera with a heavier weight then you might want to look at the Olympus OM-D E-M5 (373g).

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Display

Average Display Diagonal

The Nikon 1 AW1 has a fairly typical display diagonal (3 inches) compared to most of the other digital cameras of this age and type.

We compared this camera to all the other 3" screen cameras and we think because of it's better review score, the Pentax K-5 II ($709.95), and the Fujifilm X-E2 ($696.17) is also worth considering.

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Product Identifiers

Barcodes 00018208936120, 00018208936168, 00018208936205, 00018208936458, 00018208997176, 00018208997183, 00018208997190, 05054230450154, 08033737552988, 08033737552995, 08033737553008, 08033737553015

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