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Nikon 1 gets a waterproof and shockproof makeover to become the AW1

The Nikon 1 has been given an outdoorsy makeover, with new rugged features marking it out as the world’s first waterproof interchangeable lens camera.

Dubbed the Nikon 1 AW1, the remodelled camera is capable of standing up to being submerged under 15 metres as well as featuring shockproof and freeze-proof capabilities which mean it can withstand drops from 2 metres and temperatures down as far as minus 10 Celsius.

“We’re pleased to expand the Nikon 1 range to include the AW 1 – a new model that combines the style, portability and high performance features synonymous with the Nikon 1 range, with the added benefit of all-weather protection,” Thuan Bui, Product Manager for Nikon 1 products at Nikon UK said.

Stating that “the Nikon 1 AW1 performs regardless of what Mother Nature might have in store,” he added: “Whether you enjoy taking pictures of an active hobby or on your holidays, the water/shock/freeze-proof build means that photographers can concentrate on taking high-quality photos and movies, rather than worrying about the safety of their camera.”

Nikon 1 AW1 Features

Aside from its waterproof party piece, the Nikon 1 AW1 features a range of premium components, with the interchangeable lens camera benefitting from a 14.2-megapixel CX-format CMOS sensor.

Capable of tackling low-light shooting conditions with an integrated ISO range up to 6400, the Nikon 1 AW1 features list sees the camera powered by Nikon’s EXPEED 3A dual-processing engine. With a burst mode of 60fps shooting with a fixed-point autofocus, the Nikon 1 AW1 adds 1080p Full HD video recording capabilities.

With both stills and videos able to be captured underwater, the Nikon 1 AW1 sports rubber sealing on all ports and connections, while a double-locking battery compartment further aids the camera’s waterproof capabiltiies. A rear-mounted LCD display offers instant image playback.

Nikon 1 AW1 Release Date and Price

The Nikon 1 AW1 release date has been confirmed as October 10, with the camera specialist revealing the waterproof snapper will set you back a penny shy of £299.99.

Pair the Nikon 1 AW1 with an 11-27.5mm lens and the fee jumps to £749.99 while adding an additional 10mm lens bumps the Nikon 1 AW1 price up to £949.99.

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