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Nikon 1 AW1 Interchangeable Lens Camera with 11-27.5mm Lens Kit - Black

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  • Adventure-proof: Waterproof (to 15 m), shockproof (from 2 m), freeze-proof (to -10C), and dustproof, this camera is protected against the elements and can take a bump or two.
  • Incredible speed: The super-charged EXPEED 3A image processor powers continuous shooting speeds of up to 60 fps, and 15 fps with autofocus
  • Environmental sensing functions: Track adventures with in-camera support for GPS and GLONASS plus a built-in dual altimeter/depth gauge, electronic compass, and virtual horizon.
  • Fast precision: The Nikon 1 advanced hybrid AF (autofocus) system ensures that every picture is spot-on, and every movie looks smooth and natural.
  • Waterproof pop-up flash: Waterproof to 15 m, the flash is perfect for close-up shots underwater and can illuminate subjects up to 6 m away on land.

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Product details

Style Name: 11-27.5mm Lens | Colour Name: Black
  • Product Dimensions: 25 x 15 x 15 cm ; 399 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 998 g
  • Batteries 1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
  • Item model number: Nikon 1 AW1 Black
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 22 Sept. 2013
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 86,723 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)


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Style Name:11-27.5mm Lens  |  Colour Name:Black

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Picture shows a view of a scuba diver taken from underneath and silhouetted against the bright light at the surface.
Waterproof, shockproof, freeze-proof, and dustproof, the Nikon 1 AW1 is ready for every stylish adventure.

From epic adventure to everyday action, the Nikon 1 AW1 delivers on every level. Small enough to carry, and fast enough to leap into action, this adventure-proof camera is protected from accidents and whatever Mother Nature might have in store. With an impressive array of sophisticated in-camera features and Nikon’s advanced hybrid autofocus system, the Nikon 1 AW1 ensures every picture is sharp and bright, and every movie smooth and natural. Compatible with the complete range of dedicated, interchangeable 1 NIKKOR lenses, including the two latest water and shockproof models, you’ll record still images and movies without compromise.

A fusion of style, portability and high performance, with the added benefit of all-weather protection, the Nikon 1 AW1 is ready to capture great shots in any situation.

Picture shows a man riding a jet-ski, passing the camera at high speed.
Super fast advanced Hybrid AF ensures that you capture precisely focused photos and movies, every time - even in low light.
Picture shows a close-up view of a fish guarding its eggs.
Waterproof to 15m, the built-in compact flash unit illuminates the details of underwater subjects you can get close to, or land based subjects up to 6m away.


Able to withstand knocks and shocks in any environment the Nikon 1 AW1 is waterproof to 15m, shockproof from heights up to 2m, freeze-proof to -10°C, and fully dustproof[1]. Rubber sealing at critical points, as well as an O-ring for the lens mount, ensure water doesn’t enter the camera, while double-locking battery and USB/HDMI compartment covers reduce the chances of accidental opening. If you’re planning a snorkelling trip, the pop-up flash is also waterproof to the same depth as the camera, so you can capture low-light scenes underwater.

Fast Action, Superior Image Quality

Action doesn’t wait, and with the Nikon 1 AW1 you don’t need to either. The quick, precise Nikon 1 advanced hybrid AF system boasts fast phase-detection AF for high-speed movement, and contrast-detect AF for capturing subtle detail. The 14.2-megapixel CX-format CMOS sensor offers an ISO range up to 6400 for superb low-light performance and astonishing clarity. Enabling carefree shooting at its best, Nikon’s EXPEED 3A dual-processing engine powers continuous shooting at 15fps with autofocus, and up to 60fps with fixed-point AF, giving you the ability to capture high-quality images of even super-fast action[2].

Effortless Outdoor Shooting

An irresistible combination of robust functionality and classic minimalist design, the Nikon 1 AW1 couldn’t be easier to handle and operate. The non-slip grip and extra space between control buttons facilitates easier operation, while the Outdoor display mode makes menus easier to read when shooting under bright sunlight or in murky underwater conditions. One-touch Action Control allows you to change shooting mode, adjust settings, and review photos or movies simply by pressing the button and tilting the camera to the left or right. This one-hand operation, manageable even with gloves on, adds a whole new dimension to shooting ease, and by releasing the Action Control button your settings are fixed ready to capture the moment.

Portrait of a woman standing on a balcony against a background cityscape.
Live Image Control lets you quickly enhance your photos before you take them. Adjust settings and see the effect in real time on the LCD monitor.
Image of a night time cityscape.
The 14.2-megapixel CX-format CMOS sensor offers an ISO range up to 6400 for beautiful low-light detail.

Pinpoint your Location

The Nikon 1 AW1 offers a variety of exciting in-camera environmental sensing functions that help keep track of your adventures as well as making composition easier. Support for both GPS and GLONASS means the camera can accurately and reliably determine your location. A dual altimeter/depth gauge lets you track altitude from –500m to 4,500m or capture how deep you are underwater. An electronic compass allows you to check your heading, and when shooting underwater or on an uneven surface the virtual horizon tool assists in keeping the camera level. Location information is both visible on screen and included with your photos in the EXIF image data, so the supplied ViewNX 2 software can later display all your pictures on a map.

Movie Magic

Shooting Full HD 1080p movies complete with stereo sound, the Nikon 1 AW1 makes it possible to capture footage underwater, in freezing temperatures, or in the middle of fast-moving action. In Advanced Movie Mode, creative control is enhanced with options to adjust aperture, shutter speed, ISO sensitivity, filters and effects. You can also film with a smaller frame size, achieve dramatic effects in extreme slow motion and while recording HD movies you can still take a full-resolution photo without skipping a frame. Once you have your movie in the can, the recording can be enjoyed directly on HD televisions thanks to integrated HDMI connectivity[3].

Creative freedom

The Nikon 1 AW1 knows how to have fun and with a wide range of filters and effects can turn ordinary shots into extraordinary masterpieces. Creative Mode lets you apply filters and effects to photos before you shoot, or access PSAM shooting modes for total control. Live Image Control lets you intuitively explore settings to freeze action, tweak lighting, or blur backgrounds. Simply adjust the on-screen control bars until the preview image looks the way you want it, then shoot to capture your perfectly composed photo.

Montage of four different images: Monochrome view of a river bridge; Landscape view of a tropical cove; Close-up view of a cool drink; and Macro view of coral fronds underwater.
Just too much to show. The Nikon 1 AW1 covers everything from moody monochrome views and tropical landscapes, through to close-ups of cool drinks and coral fronds.

Life Through a Lens

The best lenses lead to the best images, and NIKKOR lenses are nothing short of exceptional, with a wide range of compatible NIKKOR 1 lenses available for the Nikon 1 AW1. The latest 1 NIKKOR AW 11–27.5mm f/3.5–5.6 zoom lens and the 1 NIKKOR AW 10mm f/2.8 wide-angle lens are not only as stylish and robust as the camera but are also water, shock and freeze-proof. For still more possibilities, the optional FT1 mount adapter even lets the Nikon 1 AW1 use NIKKOR DSLR lenses.

Stay Connected

To take full advantage of the camera’s potential the Nikon 1 AW1 is compatible with a wide range of optional accessories including the WU-1b Wireless Mobile Adapter[4] that lets you share images in an instant, or remotely control the camera with a smartphone.

Impeccable in every way, don't just love life, live it, with Nikon 1 AW1.

[1] In-house tests with a waterproof 1 NIKKOR lens attached have demonstrated JIS/IEC Class 8 (IPX8) waterproof performance, JIS/IEC Class 6 (IP6X) dustproof performance, and have passed MIL-STD-810F Method 516.5: Shock standard. Shockproof performance not guaranteed when the built-in flash is raised.
[2] Based on Nikon performance tests, the Nikon 1 AW1 can shoot full-size images at approximately 60fps for up to 20 frames when focus mode is set to AF-S and focus and exposure for the first frame is fixed. With autofocus tracking on you can shoot at approximately 15 fps for up to 22 frames.
[3] An HDMI cable (not supplied) with a Type C connector is required.
[4] Compatible with smart devices using Android OS and iOS. A Wireless Mobile Adapter Utility that can be downloaded free from Google Play and iTunes must be installed on the smart device prior to use.

Box Contains

EN-EL20 Rechargeable Li-ion Battery
MH-27 Battery Charger
USB cable
Strap for on-land use
BF-N2000 Body Cap PA-N1000 O-ring Protector
ViewNX 2
Short Movie Creator
Silicon grease

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

Top Customer Reviews

Style Name: 11-27.5mm LensColour Name: Black Verified Purchase
I bought this camera to take on a trip to Borneo. On the whole I am very pleased with it, especially when used with the adaptor for Nikon F mount lenses. I used it in a number of extreme situations, including fast flowing rivers, and it lived up to its claim of being water proof. The only problem was that in some situations both the lens and the viewing screen became foggy with condensation, making the resulting shots/video almost unusable. I did make sure that the 'O' ring was kept greased, and putting camera and lens in a container of dry rice did mitigate the problem, but not cure it completely. It could be that under those conditions it is best not to swap the waterproof lens for a standard 'F' mount lens, but the ability to do that was one of the reasons for buying this camera. If anyone from Nikon reads this I would be grateful for advice. This is the only reason for the 3-star rating.

When not fogged, the camera produced great results, and is easy to use although it is too easy to press the video button instead of the photo button - this would have given it a 4-star rating. For its chip-size it was remarkably good in low light, although within obvious limits.
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Style Name: 11-27.5mm and 10mm Twin lens KitColour Name: Black Verified Purchase
I am a professional and bought this camera for my holidays. I was working great for a day or two, but after I used it under water twice (2 ft deep) the LCD and lens became foggy. From then on I was unable to take clear images or record good quality video. I recommend to wait for Nikon to fix the problem before buying this camera. Otherwise it is really a great. I would definitely give it 5 stars if it wouldn't leak.
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Style Name: 11-27.5mm LensColour Name: White Verified Purchase
I purchased this Nikon AW1 in October and used it twice in the water, not deeper than 1 meter. I followed the cleaning instructions carefully but still have water marks inside the lens which I can't get rid of. The camera still works but the pictures are blurred and hazy. Each time I used the ca,era I ensured all locks were sealed and no water could get inside. The rest of the body is fine with no water damage however the lens has water marks that won't go away. I've been in touch with Nikon who have just told me to go to my nearest dealer and get them to look at it- they have offered no support or willingness to help. I'm still under a years warranty but can't return to my Amazon seller as returns were only valid for a month after purchase. I'd not recommend buying the AW1.
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Style Name: 11-27.5mm LensColour Name: Black
Spent a month by the Atlantic ocean shooting water sports with this camera and 2 lenses.
Yes it is waterproof, but both lenses fog up if you stay in the sun.
Also they fog up if you go from hot air to cold water quickly, that makes it pretty much useless and that was the main reason I returned it.
Vignetting on both lenses is HUGE.
Slow motion video quality is ridiculously bad, not even close to what they show you in the ad.
RAW format does not work with bridge and requires third party software for converting to readable files.........
Amazing high FPS bursts and very quick focus.
Was expecting a much better product from Nikon
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Style Name: 11-27.5mm LensColour Name: Black Verified Purchase
The ability to capture RAW files with a tough/waterproof camera - and without the need for expensive and hugely bulky housings was really appealing. I've had the camera for 18 months now and got many printable pictures with it which I just wouldn't have otherwise. If you're going to use CameraRaw/Lightroom then this is without doubt the middle ground and a clear step up from the rugged compacts that I've tried. It's version one though and starting to feel like version 2 - along with necessary additions such as a fisheye lens, affordable flash, remote triggering ability etc etc are not going to come.
Watch out for the 2.8X crop factor on the sensor - the kit lens is not that wide! I bought the 10mm 2.8 later and now leave that attached - it's neater, a fraction wider (28mm equiv) and starts to offer some amount of selective focus/background blur on close subjects.
It misted up occasionally in extreme sun/cold water conditions - but in fairness not since I've had the 10mm attached.
Wish they would build on this system and if they do I will stay with it for sure..
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