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Nikon 1 AW1 Digital Camera

£549.00
SLR 14.2MP CMOS 15m Oct 2013
Camera Type Megapixel Sensor Type Waterproof Up to Release Date
Eleven industry awards
Good value for money
Good size
746 Reviews + 11 Awards
Digital Versus 5 Star Camera Labs Recommended Ephotozine Recommended PhotographyBlog.com Recommended
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Reviews

Eleven Industry Awards

Amongst medium megapixel cameras that have been on the market for more than two years, this medium megapixel digital camera is one of the most awarded.

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

The experts at two more expert review sites both concluded that this medium megapixel digital camera was great. Lydogbilde.no and Lydogbillede.dk both gave this camera an "Especially Recommended 6 Star" award.

This digital camera received a "5 Star" award from both Digital Versus and Les Numeriques.com and it received a "4 Star" award from 01net.com.

The editors of two more expert review sites both decided that this medium megapixel digital camera was good. Pcforalla.idg.se gave this camera a "Good Choice" award and it received a "5 Star" award from Ljudochbild.se.

Good Expert Reviews

Based on thirty-two expert reviews from sites including PhotographyBlog.com, Ephotozine, Digital Versus and Camera Labs the average expert rating of this medium megapixel digital camera is 81 out of 100. If all the medium megapixel cameras that were released more than two years ago are ranked by average expert review score then this camera is in the top 14%.

User Reviews Are Good

Based on 743 user reviews this camera has an average user rating of 86 out of 100. Over 86% of reviewers gave this 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 25,424 expert and user reviews (including 1,649 verified purchases), Nikon has good reviews for its digital cameras. Nikon also has good reviews specifically for its medium megapixel cameras compared to other manufacturers. 92% of those that bought a Nikon camera would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.

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Features

Good Features

Fourty-two customers who purchased it mentioned that it had good features. Website Bestbuy.com wrote “Great pictures and features” . They also said “The compact size with so many features” in their review. Expert review site Techradar.com mentioned in their review of this digital camera “We have to hand it to Nikon for introducing a toughened, yet attractive, waterproof system camera with plenty of features and decent performance”.


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Good Value for Money

One hundred and one customers wrote in their reviews that this digital camera was good value for money. Website Bestbuy.com wrote in their Nikon 1 AW1 review “Price and easy to use”. They also mentioned “Picture Quality better than most camera in the same price range” in their review. And also wrote “Good price”.

Twelve owners who purchased this digital camera mentioned that it was expensive. Cameralabs.com wrote on expert website Camera Labs “It produces better quality images than typical fixed-lens waterproof compacts, is less expensive and fiddly than conventional cameras with underwater housings”. Expert review site Amateurphotographer.co.uk said “Either spend your money on a waterproof compact that features a 1/2.3in sensor and compromise on image quality; or consider an expensive underwater housing for a camera you al” and scored it 79 out of 100. Rustyb wrote two years ago “This camera almost performs as good as my much more expensive Sony”.

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Pricey

We think this medium megapixel digital camera looks expensive compared to other cameras of a similar type and age. The cheapeast digital camera of a similar age and type that we found costs £39 and the most expensive costs £4,225.


Smart TV

Good Connectivity

Two people who reviewed it reckoned that it had gps. Last year Big Al in Dallas said “Particularly like; GPS, Built in level, LCD info modes & options, image & video quality” and rated the product 80 out of 100.


Weight & Dimensions

Good Size

Sixty-five customers who reviewed it concluded that it was compact. Expert website Cameralabs.com wrote “While there are other 'splashproof' compact system cameras, the” in their Nikon 1 AW1 review. Macworld.com said in their review of this digital camera 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” and gave the product a score of 4 stars out of 5. Expert website Reviewed.com mentioned in their review of this digital camera “A ruggedized interchangeable lens camera is certainly a novel take on the mirrorless compact.” and scored the product 77 out of 100.

Seventeen customers wrote that the product was easy to carry around. Ruthey mentioned on expert website Bestbuy.com “It is easy to carry and use”. Normb said in their review of this digital camera on expert review site Bestbuy.com two years ago “Very small and easy to carry in your pocket”. Pauleebar wrote on expert website Bestbuy.com “The size makes it easy to carry and I like the photos it takes” and gave it a score of 80 out of 100.

Eleven people reckoned that it was heavy and bulky. Mark Etter said on expert website Bhphotovideo.com two years ago “Don't expect it to last long with heavy usage”. He also wrote “After 5 days of heavy usage in Hawaii” in his review. In April last year Lj the Adventurer mentioned “It's also heavy for it's size”.

Nine owners said that it was thin. Mom247 wrote two years ago “It is slim, easy to fit inside her purse” . Also two years ago Monkey mentioned on expert website Bestbuy.com “Great camera with a slim and sleek body for easy storage on my motorcycle”. Critidoc rated the product 5 stars out of 5 and said “They also need some wider angle of view lenses, 77 degrees is too narrow for underwater wide angle” in their review of this digital camera.

Eight people thought the product was lightweight. Sharaabispirits scored it the highest possible rating of 5 stars and said on expert review site Bestbuy.com “It is lightweight and simple and does the trick” in their review of this digital camera. Slick rated the product 4 stars out of 5 and wrote in their review of this digital camera “Small lightweight and easy to carry in purse”. Nhien mentioned on expert website Bestbuy.com “This is an extremely light-weight camera” in their review of this digital camera.

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Average Weight

The Nikon 1 AW1 has a relatively average weight (313 grams) compared to most of the other medium megapixel cameras that have been around for a similar time to this digital camera.

Other cameras with a heavier weight that you might want to look at include the X-E1 (£436.10) (300g and higher rated), or the X-E2 (£479) (300g and higher rated) both from Fujifilm.

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Other

Released Over Three Years Ago

This camera has been on the market since October 2013.


Display

Average Display Diagonal

At 3 inches, the Nikon 1 AW1 has a relatively average display diagonal compared to most of the other digital cameras of this age and type.

We compared all the other 3" screen cameras to this digital camera and we think because of its better review score, the Fujifilm X-E2 (£479) is also worth considering.

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Support

Good Technical Guidance

Three owners mentioned in their reviews that it had good technical guidance. Salkid wrote on expert website Bestbuy.com “Easy enough to get started and simple instructions make it user friendly” and gave it a score of 4 stars out of 5. Dick said “She was using it with no difficulty after a few minutes instruction” in his review of the Nikon 1 AW1 and scored it 5 stars out of 5. Cam wrote two years ago “I followed the cleaning instructions carefully” in their review of this digital camera.


Other Features

Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

The Nikon 1 AW1 has a built-in flash. Most of the other digital cameras of a comparable age and type to this camera also have a built-in flash.

We compared all the other cameras with a built-in flash to this camera and we think a cheaper digital camera such as the Canon G1 X (£479.99) or you might consider a better rated digital camera such as the Fujifilm X-E2 (£479) are also worth considering.

It is worth considering alternative cameras which also have a built-in flash including the Olympus OM-D E-M5 (£549).

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Has a GPS (satellite)

has a GPS (satellite)

The Nikon 1 AW1 has a GPS (satellite). Most of the other medium megapixel cameras that came out more than two years ago do not have a GPS (satellite).

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Has an Electronic Compass

The Nikon 1 AW1 has an electronic compass, as do most of the other medium megapixel cameras that were released around the same time as this camera.

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Features Multi Burst Mode

The Nikon 1 AW1 features multi burst mode, as do most of the other medium megapixel cameras that have been around for a similar time to this camera.

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Lens System

Quite Small Optical Zoom

The optical zooms of medium megapixel cameras that came out more than two years ago range from 0.34x to 65x. When compared to other medium megapixel cameras that were released around the same time as this camera that we have checked the optical zoom of, the Nikon 1 AW1's optical zoom of only 2.5 times zoom factor is one of the smallest.

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Quite Short Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

When compared to other cameras that were launched more than two years ago, the Nikon 1 AW1's maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) of only 27.5 millimeters is one of the shortest. Similar spec cameras that were released more than two years ago have maximum focal lengths (35mm film equiv) of between 18mm and 1,500mm.

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Quite Big Maximum Aperture Number

At only 3.5, the Nikon 1 AW1 has a fairly big maximum aperture number compared to most of the other similar spec digital cameras that were released around the same time as this camera. Medium megapixel cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to this camera have maximum aperture numbers of between 2.5 and 38.

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Quite Short Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

When compared to other digital cameras of a similar age and spec to this digital camera that we have checked, the minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) of the Nikon 1 AW1 of only 11 millimeters is one of the shortest. The minimum focal lengths (35mm film equiv) of cameras that were released more than two years ago range from 4.5mm to 40mm, and the average minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) is 26mm.

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Very Large Minimum Aperture Number

Across all the cameras of this age and spec the minimum aperture numbers range from 1.7 to 22, and the average minimum aperture number is 3.4. With a minimum aperture number of 16, the Nikon 1 AW1's minimum aperture number is one of the largest amongst digital cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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Ports & Interfaces

Has an HDMI

The Nikon 1 AW1 has an HDMI. Most of the other cameras of this spec and age also have an HDMI.

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Supports PictBridge

The Nikon 1 AW1 supports PictBridge, as do most of the other digital cameras of this age and type.

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Packaging Content

Has a Battery Charger Included

The Nikon 1 AW1 has a battery charger included. Most of the other medium megapixel cameras that have been available for a similar time to this camera also have a battery charger included.

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Has a Batteries Included

The Nikon 1 AW1 has a batteries included, as do most of the other digital cameras of this age and spec.

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Audio

Has a Built-In Microphone

The Nikon 1 AW1 has a built-in microphone. Most of the other digital cameras of a comparable spec and age to this camera also have a built-in microphone.

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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 comparable spec digital cameras that came out around the same time as it. This camera supports a 160 ISO sensitivity, which is the most frequently supported ISO sensitivity supported by medium megapixel cameras that are a similar age to this camera. 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 digital camera.

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Video

1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

The Nikon 1 AW1 supports a maximum video resolution of 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 Nikon 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 type and age.

Amongst similar types of camera the worst supported video resolution is 320 x 120 pixels.

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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 a 1280 x 720 pixels digital camera, which is the most common video resolution.

A 1920 x 1080 pixels maximum video resolution is in fact the best video resolution across all digital cameras of this age and spec.

A 640 x 480 pixels maximum video resolution is the worst video resolution amongst similar types of digital camera.

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Picture Quality

4608 X 3072 Still Image Resolution

The Nikon 1 AW1 has a higher still image resolution than most medium megapixel cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as it. This camera has a 4608 x 3072 still image resolution(s), whereas most medium megapixel cameras that were released around the same time as it have a 640 x 480 still image resolution(s). In addition, this Nikon 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. Across all cameras that have been on the market for more than two years the best still image resolution is 4928 x 3264 and the worst is 640 x 360.

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14.2 Megapixels Megapixel

This is a 14.2 megapixels camera.

Digital cameras with a higher megapixel that might be worth looking at include the Sony NEX-5 (£489.99) (16.1MP) which also has a higher rating.

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Design

Easy to Use

One hundred and sixty-five people who reviewed the Nikon 1 AW1 reckoned that it was easy to use. Website Bestbuy.com gave this digital camera the highest possible rating of 5 stars out of 5 and wrote “Super easy to use for beginner”. They also said “Easy to use and the pictures are great” in their review. And also mentioned “Easy to use - not a a lot of bells”.

Ten owners who purchased it wrote that it was easy to use the menus. Nikonnovicefl said on expert website Walmart.com “I decided on the AW1 and convinced myself that i would learn the advanced settings” in their review of this digital camera. Prgault mentioned in their review of this digital camera on expert review site Bhphotovideo.com three years ago “Have tried a few of the auto and other settings with good results”. Tolmister wrote “He loves the simplicity of the menu and the great quality of the photos”.

Five owners mentioned in their reviews that it was easy to setup. Website Bestbuy.com mentioned “Easy to set up”. Sinnamunn said three years ago “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” in their review of this digital camera.

Two people agreed that this digital camera was comfortable and easy to hold. Silicon Jacket said on expert website Bhphotovideo.com “I also got the silicon skin, which makes it feel much better in my hands” and gave this digital camera a rating of 80 out of 100. Tjbear wrote “Feels good in my hands, takes good pictures from all angles”.

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Nice Design

Twenty-five customers said in their reviews that it was good looking. Sanjeev said “Value for money, very slick and trendy”. Sportbear scored it the highest possible rating of 5 stars and mentioned on expert review site Bestbuy.com “Easy to use compact style and good picts along with a good movies”. Sassyvulcan said “It was pretty good for the price at the time” in their review of this digital camera.

Nine people considered that it was well designed. Three years ago expert review site Dpexpert.com.au wrote in their review of this digital camera “This camera was recently awarded the German iF Product Design Award 2014”. Last year Newmotoe scored it 4 stars out of 5 and said “Sleek design and picture quality is good”. An anonymous reviewer wrote in her review of this digital camera on expert review site Walmart.com “This is a design flaw or manufacturing flaw that is unacceptable”.

Two customers who bought it agreed that it was neat. Shelly mentioned “Very neat and compact”. Jervell2 wrote on expert review site Bestbuy.com “Easy to use and can fit neatly in a small purse” in their review of this digital camera.

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Impeccable Build Quality

One hundred and sixteen customers who bought the product thought it was good quality. Digital Versus mentioned four years ago “Impeccable build quality” in their review of the Nikon 1 AW1. Expert review site Cnet.com.au wrote “The Nikon 1 AW1 offers interchangeable lenses and better image quality than your standard waterproof point-and-shoot” in their review of this digital camera. Four years ago expert review site Techradar.com gave this digital camera a score of 4 stars out of 5 and mentioned in their review of this digital camera “Sure, other cameras will give you better image quality for the money.”.

Waterproof to 49 Feet

Thirty owners who purchased it mentioned that it was good at resisting water ingress. Camera Labs mentioned three years ago “Bigger sensor than other underwater cameras”. Pc Mag wrote in their review of this digital camera “Waterproof to 49 feet”. Website Photographyblog.com mentioned in their review of this digital camera “First waterproof interchangeable lens camera” and gave it a score of 80 out of 100.

Twenty-four owners said in their reviews that it was strong and durable. Website Digitaltrends.com wrote “Produces better images than rugged compacts” in their Nikon 1 AW1 review. Expert website Photographyblog.com said four years ago “The Nikon 1 AW1 is a water-, freeze-, dust- and shockproof compact system camera featuring a 14.2-megapixel “CX” format sensor” and gave it a rating of 4 stars out of 5. Also four years ago expert website Whatdigitalcamera.com mentioned “Nikon has entered new territory by announcing the world's first fully waterproof and shockproof interchangeable lens camera - the Nikon 1 AW1”.

Thirteen people who reviewed it concluded that it was well made. Website Neocamera.com mentioned in their review of this digital camera four years ago “Waterproof and shockproof construction” but even so they only gave it a score of 2 stars out of 5. Website Digitaltrends.com said “Solid construction” however they only scored the product 65 out of 100. Ephotozine.com wrote on expert website Ephotozine “Features built in Wi-Fi and GPS”.

Four owners who reviewed it thought it was reliable. Website Techradar.com mentioned four years ago “Reliable exposure metering” . Phadar said “However, what I like about Sony is the reliability” in their review of this digital camera and gave this digital camera a rating of 4 stars out of 5. Sandpounder mentioned on expert review site Walmart.com “On a recent Hawaiian vacation, my trusty AW1 simply gave up on me”.

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Good Flash

Five people who purchased it thought it had a good flash. Residentgerm mentioned in their review of this digital camera on expert review site Bestbuy.com “It takes ok pictures at night with the flash, easy to use”. Sman2106 said on expert review site Bestbuy.com “Clear pictures, good flash” in their review of this digital camera. Nikonnovicefl wrote in their review of this digital camera on expert review site Walmart.com “Having a built in flash is a bonus” and scored the product the highest possible rating of 5 stars.

Good Video Capture

Twenty-eight people concluded that this digital camera was good for video recording. Sori said on expert website Bestbuy.com two years ago “Video recording is also good, can't ask for more at this price”. Stp31 mentioned three years ago “Easy to use and takes great photos and videos” in their review of this digital camera. Mnviewer wrote two years ago “Was looking to upgrade my older Sony camera for better video clips”.

Sharp Images

Three hundred and twenty-six people who purchased it reckoned that it was able to produce good images. Website Neocamera.com wrote “Realistic image colors” in their review of this digital camera but despite that they only rated it 2 stars out of 5. Cameralabs.com scored it 4 stars out of 5 and said on expert review site Camera Labs three years ago “The Nikon 1 AW is an excellent choice for picture taking either in or out of the water”. Also three years ago Macworld.com mentioned on expert review site Mac World “It's a rugged model that, unusually, takes really good photographs” and rated the product 80 out of 100.

Sixteen owners who reviewed it considered that it had a good picture resolution. Three years ago Pc Mag wrote in their review of this digital camera “Unique shooting modes”. Also three years ago website Bestbuy.com rated it 5 stars out of 5 and mentioned “Over 20 megapixels” in their review of the Nikon 1 AW1. They also wrote “Great Resolution” in their review.

Six customers who bought the product agreed that it was able to produce clear pictures. Sfreema wrote on expert website Bestbuy.com three years ago “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 this digital camera. Raone gave it a rating of 80 out of 100 and said “Pixle clarity is also good”. Last year Gabriel mentioned “What surprised us is the clarity of low light pics” in his review of this digital camera.

Five owners who reviewed it concluded that it was good in low light. Thom said “I used it for a wedding that night worked good in low light” and scored the product 80 out of 100. Barrie Potter mentioned on expert website Amazon three years ago “For its chip-size it was remarkably good in low light, although within obvious limits” but despite that she gave the product a rating of 3 stars out of 5. Mr. D. I. Le Quesne wrote on expert website Amazon “The autofocus always seems to get it right and it performs well even in low light conditions”.

Two people agreed that it had a good image sensor.

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Good Screen

Nine owners who reviewed it agreed that it had a good screen. Website Bestbuy.com mentioned in their review of this digital camera “Nice large screen” and scored it 5 stars out of 5. Raiderbart rated it 80 out of 100 and said “Nice video and clear LCD display! The beeping the video makes is helpful, so I know when I'm videoing or not”. Daveyj mentioned “The LCD screen is awesome under water”.

Four people mentioned in their reviews that this digital camera was mirrorless. Expert website Digitaltrends.com said “A few months ago we reviewed Nikon's solid Nikon 1 J3 mirrorless interchangeable lens camera” in their review of this digital camera but in spite of that they gave the Nikon 1 AW1 a rating of 3 stars out of 5. Expert review site Digitalversus.com wrote four years ago “As if being the first underwater mirrorless lens-switcher wasn't innovative enough” and scored it a maximum of 5 stars.

Two people mentioned in their reviews that it had a good viewfinder. Four years ago Daveyj wrote “I prefer a view finder above the surface”.

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Very Fast Burst Shooting and Focus

Twenty-eight customers thought the Nikon 1 AW1 had a good zoom. Rbissada wrote on expert review site Bestbuy.com “Super great buy Small compact size with just enough zoom” and gave it a score of 4 stars out of 5. Normb mentioned in their review of this digital camera two years ago “Zoom gives good focus and clarity”. Nellyc wrote in their review of this digital camera on expert website Bestbuy.com three years ago “Picture quality is excellent and so is the zoom”.

Nineteen customers considered that the product had a good lens. Expert review site Dpexpert.com.au mentioned in their review of this digital camera “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”. Sandpounder wrote in April last year “After going thru my normal on-land check list of making sure the lens was secure”. Daveyj gave it a score of 5 stars out of 5 and said in their review of this digital camera “I love my F5, Nikkor lens, my D7100s”.

Ten people thought it had a good autofocus. Pc Mag wrote “Very fast burst shooting and focus”. Four years ago expert review site Photographyblog.com said “Boasting continuous shooting speeds of 15fps with continuous autofocus and 60fps with fixed-point au” and gave this digital camera a rating of 4 stars out of 5. Stea mentioned in their review of this digital camera on expert website Bestbuy.com “When I tried to take the picture it didn't focus fast enough to take a steady picture”.

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Power

Good Battery Life

Twenty-four people who bought the Nikon 1 AW1 agreed that it had a good battery life. Website Bestbuy.com mentioned “Battery life id good” in their review of this digital camera. Two years ago Remi said in their review of this digital camera “It has a long battery life and small enough to fit in your pocket” and scored the product a maximum of 5 stars. Rde118 mentioned on expert review site Bestbuy.com also two years ago “Awesome camera for the price, easy to use, excellent battery life, good quality” in their review of this digital camera.

Three people said in their reviews that this digital camera was quick to charge. Three years ago Birdman58 wrote “The included cord makes it simple to charge or download pictures to your computer” and gave it the highest possible rating of 5 stars out of 5. Lawman mentioned in their review of this digital camera on expert review site Bestbuy.com two years ago “Easy to charge the battery as well”. Jubal said on expert review site Bestbuy.com three years ago “The battery life is great, I only had to charge it once in the 3 months I have had it”.

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Product Identifiers

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

Nikon 1 AW1 Review Sources

To prepare this Nikon 1 AW1 review we compared this digital camera to 1,217 other models. For each digital camera that we compared, we collated thousands of pieces of information including technical specs, reviews, and prices. In total we analysed 311,698 product attributes, 177,254 digital camera reviews and 3,980,200 historical digital camera prices from 0 digital camera retailers. We then picked out the standout features of this digital camera compared to the other models as well as any areas where this digital camera is lacking.

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