Updated 21 Nov 2016

Nikon

1 AW1

Snapshot: The Nikon 1 AW1 compact system camera has an Nikon CX CMOS sensor. But how’s the image quality?

1 AW1
Consumer score
SCORE
Avg price

$1090

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Test results

Overall score
64
Image quality
?/10
Ease of use
?/10
Screen
?/10
Video quality
?/10
Flash
?/10

Good points

  • OK image quality.
  • OK ease of use.
  • OK screen.
  • OK video quality.
  • OK flash.
  • Has a high-resolution monitor.
  • Can shoot Full-HD video and manually focus.
  • Is water resistant.

But

  • Has a small zoom.

How we test

Our test was a joint international consumer test, conducted by a laboratory in Europe.

Overall score includes:

Image quality (50%): Unless otherwise stated the cameras are set to full automatic function – including exposure, white balance and focus – with maximum resolution and image quality setting in JPEG.
Ease of use (30%): An evaluation of the manual, viewfinder, monitor, data transfer, shutter delay, inserting/removing memory, changing settings, controls and batteries.
Screen (10%): A rating of image quality of the screen, and the difference between the height and width displayed and what is recorded on the final image.
Video quality (10%): A rating of the quality of short video clips.
Flash (0%): A rating of the strength and evenness of the flash lighting at different distances. Does not add to overall score.

Price is based on a survey of online retailers.

Key data

Model

Avg price
$1090
Type
Compact system (CSC)

Specifications

Battery type
Lithium-ion
Megapixels (MP)
14
Sensor
Nikon CX CMOS
Memory card
SDHC, SDXC
ISO range
160 - 6400
Optical zoom
n/a
Aperture range
3.5 - 5.6
Zoom range
32 - 74
Shutter range
1/16000 - 30
Dimensions (cm)
124 x 38 x 72
Weight (g)
379
Depth (mm)
n/a

Features

Water resistant
n/a
Raw support
Yes
GPS tagging
Yes
PASM modes
Yes
Manual focus option
n/a

Monitor

Monitor size (inches)
3
Monitor pixels
921000
Touchscreen
×
Articulated monitor
×

Viewfinder

Viewfinder type
-
Viewfinder pixels
-

Video

Resolution
1920 x 1080
Microphone input
×

Flash

Flash type
Switch on by hand
Connection for external flash
×

More info

Notes
Tested with a 1 Mount AW 11-27.5 mm 1:3.5–5.6 lens. Optical zoom and closest focal distance varies, depending on the lens.