Following much speculation, Nikon has confirmed a Nikon AW1 price tag – £749.99 for the body + Nikon’s new 11-27.5mm lens – and a release date of 10 October 2013.
Nikon has unveiled the world’s first water-proof and shock-proof interchangeable lens camera, the Nikon 1 AW1.
The 14.2-megapixel Nikon 1 AW1 is water-proof up to 15 metres, shock-proof from heights of up to 2m, freeze-proof at temperatures down to -10C and fully dust-proof.
The Nikon 1 AW1 is also being launched with two water, shock and freeze-proof 1 NIKKOR AW lenses – an 11-27.5mm f/3.5-5.6 and a 10mm f/2.8.
The Nikon 1 AW1 also incorporates Nikon’s EXPEED 3A dual-processing engine, which allows photographers to shoot 15fps with continuous autofocus and up to 60fps with fixed-point AF.
Other features on the Nikon 1 AW1 spec sheet include an advanced hybrid AF system with phase detection AF for high-speed movement, and contrast-detect AF for smaller details.
The new Nikon camera, which is aimed at active people and those who love adventure, boasts rubber sealing at critical points on the camera, as well as an O-ring for the lens mount, to ensure water doesn’t enter the camera.
Also on board the Nikon 1 AW1 is an electric compass, which Nikon says is a world’s first, support for GPS and GLONASS to allow exact location information to be stored in image EXIF data, a virtual horizon and a dual altimeter / depth gauge that tracks altitude or depth underwater, with data recorded in 1m increments.
What’s more, the Nikon 1 AW1 pop-up flash can be used underwater.
The Nikon 1 AW1 Action Control function aims to make it easier for photographers to use the camera. Press the Action button, then tilt the camera to the left or the right to change shooting mode, adjust settings, review photos and movies, and enable or disable the Outdoor display mode.
Like other NIkon 1 cameras, the NIkon 1 AW1 also incorporates a Best Moment Capture mode and Smart Photo Selector, as well as Nikon’s Motion Snapshot function.
Nikon 1 AW1 Price
Nikon 1 AW1 + 11-27.5mm f/3.5–5.6: £749.99 / €899
Nikon 1 AW1 + 11-27.5mm f/3.5–5.6 + 10mm f/2.8: £949.99 / €1149
1 NIKKOR AW 10mm f/2.8: £299.99 / €359
Nikon 1 AW1 Release Date
Sales of the Nikon 1 AW1 are slated for 10 October 2013.
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