Its official name is Nikon 1 AW1, but many may just call it the digital Nikonos. The AW1 is the first digital camera with interchangeable lenses capable of working underwater without extra accessories, making it the spiritual successor of those great reflex underwater cameras.
It’s designed to work up to 15 meters deep, features Nikon 1 bayonet and can survive a fall of up to 2 meters and temperatures of -10 degrees.
This new Nikon camera features a 1-inch, 14-megapixel CX CMOS sensor, hybrid focus system, burst modes of up to 60 FPS –normal for Series 1 models-, manual controls, and presets for underwater shots.
The new Nikon housed inside a CMOS CX-sized (1 inch) and with 14 megapixel resolution. The hybrid approach system and gusts of up to 60 frames per second already known from other models in the series 1 also listed in the specification sheet of this underwater camera. In addition to manual controls, according to official data published by the firm also has preset settings for different scenes and situations underwater.
It also has integrated flash, GPS and compass, and it can measure altitude and depth. There’s also a non-slip grip, and something called “movement control system”, capable of taking pictures simply by moving the camera.
Along with the camera’s body, the Japanese company has announced two new water-resistant lenses with Nikon 1 mount, as sturdy as the AW1.
We’re talking about the zoom 11-27.5 mm f3.5-5.6 AW (equivalent to 30-75 millimeters, approximately) and the 10 mm f2.8 (27 millimeters with universal films). They’re pretty much identical to already existing models, with the exception, of course, of its water-resistant properties. The camera is also compatible with every Nikon 1 lens.
Nothing has been officially said about the price, but some accessories have been announced like a grip (GR-N6000), a submersible strap (AN-N3000) or a silicon-made case (CF-N6000) to protect the camera.