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Nikon 1 AW1 vs Nikon 1 V1

Portability
86
Imaging
44
Features
62
Overall
51
Nikon 1 AW1 front
 
Nikon 1 V1 front
Portability
84
Imaging
40
Features
68
Overall
51

Nikon 1 AW1 vs Nikon 1 V1 Key Specs

Nikon 1 AW1
(Full Review)
  • 14MP - 1" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 160 - 6400
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Nikon 1 Mount
  • 356g - 114 x 72 x 37mm
  • Released September 2013
Nikon 1 V1
(Full Review)
  • 10MP - 1" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Nikon 1 Mount
  • 383g - 113 x 76 x 44mm
  • Launched January 2012
  • Renewed by Nikon 1 V2
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Nikon 1 AW1 vs Nikon 1 V1 Overview

In this article, we are looking at the Nikon 1 AW1 versus Nikon 1 V1, both Entry-Level Mirrorless cameras and both are offered by Nikon. There is a sizeable difference among the image resolutions of the 1 AW1 (14MP) and 1 V1 (10MP) but they use the same exact sensor size (1").

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The 1 AW1 was brought out 21 months after the 1 V1 making the cameras a generation away from each other. Each of these cameras offer the identical body type (Rangefinder-style mirrorless).

Before going through a complete comparison, below is a concise view of how the 1 AW1 grades vs the 1 V1 in terms of portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

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Reasons to pick Nikon 1 AW1 over the Nikon 1 V1

 1 AW1 1 V1 
LaunchedSeptember 2013January 2012More modern by 21 months

Reasons to pick Nikon 1 V1 over the Nikon 1 AW1

 1 V1 1 AW1 

Common features in the Nikon 1 AW1 and Nikon 1 V1

 1 AW1 1 V1 
Manually focus Dial precise focusing
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Display sizing3"3"Equivalent display size
Display resolution921k921kSame display resolution
Selfie screen Lack of selfie screen
Touch display Lack of Touch display

Nikon 1 AW1 vs Nikon 1 V1 Physical Comparison

For those who are planning to carry around your camera, you need to factor in its weight and measurements. The Nikon 1 AW1 provides exterior dimensions of 114mm x 72mm x 37mm (4.5" x 2.8" x 1.5") accompanied by a weight of 356 grams (0.78 lbs) and the Nikon 1 V1 has proportions of 113mm x 76mm x 44mm (4.4" x 3.0" x 1.7") having a weight of 383 grams (0.84 lbs).

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Take into consideration, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will differ dependant on the lens you are working with at that time. The following is the front view measurement comparison of the 1 AW1 and the 1 V1.

Nikon 1 AW1 vs Nikon 1 V1 size comparison

Using size and weight, the portability grade of the 1 AW1 and 1 V1 is 86 and 84 respectively.

Nikon 1 AW1 vs Nikon 1 V1 top view buttons comparison

Nikon 1 AW1 vs Nikon 1 V1 Sensor Comparison

Generally, it is difficult to envision the gap in sensor sizes just by viewing specifications. The pic here will help provide you a more clear sense of the sensor sizes in the 1 AW1 and 1 V1.

Plainly, both of the cameras enjoy the same exact sensor sizing but not the same megapixels. You should anticipate the Nikon 1 AW1 to provide you with greater detail having its extra 4MP. Greater resolution can also help you crop photos far more aggressively. The newer 1 AW1 is going to have an advantage in sensor tech.

Nikon 1 AW1 vs Nikon 1 V1 sensor size comparison

Nikon 1 AW1 vs Nikon 1 V1 Screen and ViewFinder

Nikon 1 AW1 vs Nikon 1 V1 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
Photography Glossary

Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Nikon 1 AW1 Portrait photography features
Nikon 1 V1 Portrait photography features
59
focusing manually
decent megapixels (14 megapixels)
good sensor size (1")
supports face detect focusing
delivers RAW files
can't use external flash
54
focusing manually
nice sensor size (1")
delivers RAW files
low MP (10MP)
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Street Comparison

Nikon 1 AW1 Street photography information
Nikon 1 V1 Street photography information
67
good sensor size (1")
delivers RAW files
environment proof
screen does not articulate
no image stabilization
62
nice sensor size (1")
delivers RAW files
fixed screen
no image stabilization
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Sports Comparison

Nikon 1 AW1 Sports photography factors
Nikon 1 V1 Sports photography factors
59
fast shooting (60.0 frames per second)
decent megapixels (14MP)
good sensor size (1")
supports tracking focus
environment proof
comes with phase detect AF
no image stabilization
bad battery life (220 CIPA)
53
quiet mode (1/16,000s)
nice sensor size (1")
supports tracking autofocus
comes with phase detect AF
no image stabilization
low MP (10MP)
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Nikon 1 AW1
Travel photography with Nikon 1 V1
63
environment proof
decent megapixels (14MP)
has built in flash
missing Time Lapse mode
bad battery life (220 shots)
does not offer selfie friendly screen
41
low MP (10MP)
does not offer selfie friendly display
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Landscape Comparison

Nikon 1 AW1 Landscape photography information
Nikon 1 V1 Landscape photography information
61
focusing manually
change lenses (Nikon 1 mount)
screen size is decent (3 inch)
decent megapixels (14 megapixels)
good sensor size (1")
delivers RAW files
environment proof
no image stabilization
bad battery life (220 shots)
missing Time Lapse mode
60
focusing manually
switch lenses (Nikon 1 mount)
pretty good screen size (3 inch)
nice sensor size (1")
delivers RAW files
no image stabilization
low MP (10 megapixels)
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Vlogging Comparison

Vlogging with Nikon 1 AW1
Vlogging with Nikon 1 V1
29
supports face detect focusing
high res video (1920 x 1080 pxls)
does not offer selfie friendly screen
no image stabilization
missing mic socket
30
high res video (1920 x 1080 pixels)
does have external mic socket
does not offer selfie friendly display
no image stabilization
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Nikon 1 AW1 vs Nikon 1 V1 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Nikon 1 AW1 and Nikon 1 V1
 Nikon 1 AW1Nikon 1 V1
General Information
Company Nikon Nikon
Model Nikon 1 AW1 Nikon 1 V1
Type Entry-Level Mirrorless Entry-Level Mirrorless
Released 2013-09-19 2012-01-20
Physical type Rangefinder-style mirrorless Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Chip EXPEED 3A -
Sensor type CMOS CMOS
Sensor size 1" 1"
Sensor dimensions 13.2 x 8.8mm 13.2 x 8.8mm
Sensor surface area 116.2mm² 116.2mm²
Sensor resolution 14MP 10MP
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 3:2 and 16:9 3:2 and 16:9
Max resolution 4608 x 3072 3872 x 2592
Max native ISO 6400 6400
Minimum native ISO 160 100
RAW photos
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch focus
Continuous autofocus
Single autofocus
Tracking autofocus
Selective autofocus
Autofocus center weighted
Autofocus multi area
Autofocus live view
Face detect autofocus
Contract detect autofocus
Phase detect autofocus
Number of focus points 135 135
Lens
Lens mounting type Nikon 1 Nikon 1
Amount of lenses 13 13
Crop factor 2.7 2.7
Screen
Type of display Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display sizing 3 inches 3 inches
Display resolution 921k dots 921k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch screen
Display technology TFT LCD TFT LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None Electronic
Viewfinder resolution - 1,440k dots
Viewfinder coverage - 100 percent
Features
Minimum shutter speed 30 secs 30 secs
Fastest shutter speed 1/4000 secs 1/4000 secs
Fastest quiet shutter speed - 1/16000 secs
Continuous shutter rate 60.0 frames per second 10.0 frames per second
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range 5.00 m (at ISO 100) no built-in flash
Flash options Fill flash, fill w/slow sync, rear curtain sync, rear w/slow sync, redeye reduction, redeye w/slow sync, off Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow sync, Rear curtain
External flash
AE bracketing
White balance bracketing
Fastest flash synchronize 1/60 secs 1/250 secs
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60i, 30p), 1280 x 720 (60p, 30p), 640 x 240 (400 fps), 320 x 120 (1200 fps) 1920 x 1080 (60, 30 fps), 1280 x 720 (60 fps), 1072 x 720 (60 fps) 640 x 240 (400), 320 x 120 (1200)
Max video resolution 1920x1080 1920x1080
Video file format MPEG-4, H.264 MPEG-4, H.264
Mic port
Headphone port
Connectivity
Wireless Optional None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS BuiltIn Optional
Physical
Environment sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 356 gr (0.78 lbs) 383 gr (0.84 lbs)
Dimensions 114 x 72 x 37mm (4.5" x 2.8" x 1.5") 113 x 76 x 44mm (4.4" x 3.0" x 1.7")
DXO scores
DXO Overall score 51 54
DXO Color Depth score 20.2 21.3
DXO Dynamic range score 10.9 11.0
DXO Low light score 428 346
Other
Battery life 220 images 350 images
Battery type Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery model EN-EL20 EN-EL15
Self timer Yes (2, 5, 10 secs) Yes
Time lapse shooting
Storage type SD/SDHC/SDXC card SD/SDHC/SDXC card
Card slots One One
Price at release $0 $670