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Nikon 1 AW1 vs Nikon 1 V2

Portability
86
Imaging
44
Features
62
Overall
51
Nikon 1 AW1 front
 
Nikon 1 V2 front
Portability
85
Imaging
44
Features
66
Overall
52

Nikon 1 AW1 vs Nikon 1 V2 Key Specs

Nikon 1 AW1
(Full Review)
  • 14MP - 1" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 160 - 6400
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Nikon 1 Mount
  • 356g - 114 x 72 x 37mm
  • Launched September 2013
Nikon 1 V2
(Full Review)
  • 14MP - 1" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 160 - 6400
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Nikon 1 Mount
  • 278g - 109 x 82 x 46mm
  • Introduced October 2012
  • Earlier Model is Nikon 1 V1
  • Updated by Nikon 1 V3
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Nikon 1 AW1 vs Nikon 1 V2 Overview

On this page, we are analyzing the Nikon 1 AW1 and Nikon 1 V2, both Entry-Level Mirrorless cameras and both of them are offered by Nikon. The sensor resolution of the 1 AW1 (14MP) and the 1 V2 (14MP) is fairly close and both cameras provide the same sensor measurements (1").

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The 1 AW1 was revealed 11 months later than the 1 V2 and they are both of a similar generation. Each of the cameras have different body design with the Nikon 1 AW1 being a Rangefinder-style mirrorless camera and the Nikon 1 V2 being a SLR-style mirrorless camera.

Before we go straight to a in depth comparison, here is a simple synopsis of how the 1 AW1 grades versus the 1 V2 in terms of portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Nikon 1 AW1 over the Nikon 1 V2

 1 AW1 1 V2 
IntroducedSeptember 2013October 2012More recent by 11 months

Reasons to pick Nikon 1 V2 over the Nikon 1 AW1

 1 V2 1 AW1 

Common features in the Nikon 1 AW1 and Nikon 1 V2

 1 AW1 1 V2 
Manual focus Very precise focus
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Display dimensions3"3"Equal display measurements
Display resolution921k921kIdentical display resolution
Selfie screen Lack of selfie screen
Touch display Lack of Touch display

Nikon 1 AW1 vs Nikon 1 V2 Physical Comparison

For anyone who is going to lug around your camera frequently, you will want to factor its weight and measurements. The Nikon 1 AW1 has physical measurements of 114mm x 72mm x 37mm (4.5" x 2.8" x 1.5") and a weight of 356 grams (0.78 lbs) whilst the Nikon 1 V2 has proportions of 109mm x 82mm x 46mm (4.3" x 3.2" x 1.8") accompanied by a weight of 278 grams (0.61 lbs).

Look at the Nikon 1 AW1 and Nikon 1 V2 in the latest Camera with Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Remember, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will vary depending on the lens you are employing during that time. Following is a front view over all size comparison of the 1 AW1 compared to the 1 V2.

Nikon 1 AW1 vs Nikon 1 V2 size comparison

Looking at dimensions and weight, the portability rating of the 1 AW1 and 1 V2 is 86 and 85 respectively.

Nikon 1 AW1 vs Nikon 1 V2 top view buttons comparison

Nikon 1 AW1 vs Nikon 1 V2 Sensor Comparison

Normally, it is difficult to visualize the contrast in sensor measurements simply by viewing specifications. The photograph here will offer you a stronger sense of the sensor measurements in the 1 AW1 and 1 V2.

Plainly, the two cameras have the same sensor dimensions and the same megapixels and you should expect comparable quality of images although you would want to factor the release date of the cameras into account. The more recent 1 AW1 should have a benefit when it comes to sensor innovation.

Nikon 1 AW1 vs Nikon 1 V2 sensor size comparison

Nikon 1 AW1 vs Nikon 1 V2 Screen and ViewFinder

Nikon 1 AW1 vs Nikon 1 V2 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Nikon 1 AW1 as a Portrait photography camera
Nikon 1 V2 as a Portrait photography camera
59
focusing manually
good resolution (14 megapixels)
good sensor size (1")
provides face detection focusing
saves RAW files
can't use external flash
66
focusing manually
MP count decent (14MP)
decent sensor size (1")
features face detection autofocus
exports RAW files
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Street Comparison

Nikon 1 AW1 as a Street photography camera
Nikon 1 V2 as a Street photography camera
67
good sensor size (1")
saves RAW files
environment proofing
screen is fixed
does not have image stabilization
63
decent sensor size (1")
exports RAW files
fixed screen
does not have image stabilization
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Sports Comparison

Nikon 1 AW1 as a Sports photography camera
Nikon 1 V2 as a Sports photography camera
59
max fps high (60.0 frames/s)
good resolution (14 megapixels)
good sensor size (1")
provides tracking autofocus
environment proofing
has phase detect AF
does not have image stabilization
low battery (220 shots)
63
silent mode (1/16,000 seconds)
MP count decent (14 megapixels)
decent sensor size (1")
features tracking autofocus
sensor has phase detect autofocus
does not have image stabilization
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Travel Comparison

Nikon 1 AW1 as a Travel photography camera
Nikon 1 V2 as a Travel photography camera
63
environment proofing
good resolution (14MP)
flash built-in
missing Timelapse function
low battery (220 CIPA)
display isn't selfie friendly
62
MP count decent (14MP)
built-in flash
does not have Time Lapse function
screen isn't selfie friendly
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Landscape Comparison

Nikon 1 AW1 as a Landscape photography camera
Nikon 1 V2 as a Landscape photography camera
61
focusing manually
switch lenses (Nikon 1 mount)
nice screen size (3 inch)
good resolution (14MP)
good sensor size (1")
saves RAW files
environment proofing
does not have image stabilization
low battery (220 shots)
missing Timelapse function
63
focusing manually
swap lenses (Nikon 1 mount)
pretty good screen size (3 inch)
MP count decent (14MP)
decent sensor size (1")
exports RAW files
does not have image stabilization
does not have Time Lapse function
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Vlogging Comparison

Vlogging with Nikon 1 AW1
Vlogging with Nikon 1 V2
29
provides face detection focusing
good video quality (1920 x 1080 pixels)
display isn't selfie friendly
does not have image stabilization
missing external microphone socket
29
features face detection autofocus
high res video (1920 x 1080 resolution)
screen isn't selfie friendly
does not have image stabilization
does not have external mic socket
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Nikon 1 AW1 vs Nikon 1 V2 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Nikon 1 AW1 and Nikon 1 V2
 Nikon 1 AW1Nikon 1 V2
General Information
Make Nikon Nikon
Model Nikon 1 AW1 Nikon 1 V2
Category Entry-Level Mirrorless Entry-Level Mirrorless
Launched 2013-09-19 2012-10-24
Physical type Rangefinder-style mirrorless SLR-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Chip EXPEED 3A 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 14MP
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 3:2 and 16:9 3:2 and 16:9
Maximum resolution 4608 x 3072 4608 x 3072
Maximum native ISO 6400 6400
Minimum native ISO 160 160
RAW data
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch to focus
AF continuous
AF single
AF tracking
AF selectice
Center weighted AF
Multi area AF
Live view AF
Face detection focusing
Contract detection focusing
Phase detection focusing
Number of focus points 135 73
Lens
Lens mount Nikon 1 Nikon 1
Amount of lenses 13 13
Focal length multiplier 2.7 2.7
Screen
Screen type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen sizing 3 inch 3 inch
Resolution of screen 921 thousand dots 921 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch functionality
Screen technology TFT LCD TFT LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type None Electronic
Viewfinder resolution - 1,440 thousand dots
Viewfinder coverage - 100%
Features
Lowest shutter speed 30 seconds 30 seconds
Highest shutter speed 1/4000 seconds 1/4000 seconds
Highest silent shutter speed - 1/16000 seconds
Continuous shooting rate 60.0 frames/s 15.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Set WB
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range 5.00 m (at ISO 100) -
Flash settings 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
AEB
WB bracketing
Highest flash synchronize 1/60 seconds 1/250 seconds
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
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)
Maximum video resolution 1920x1080 1920x1080
Video file format MPEG-4, H.264 MPEG-4, H.264
Mic port
Headphone port
Connectivity
Wireless Optional Optional
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS BuiltIn Optional
Physical
Environmental sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 356 gr (0.78 pounds) 278 gr (0.61 pounds)
Physical dimensions 114 x 72 x 37mm (4.5" x 2.8" x 1.5") 109 x 82 x 46mm (4.3" x 3.2" x 1.8")
DXO scores
DXO All around score 51 50
DXO Color Depth score 20.2 20.2
DXO Dynamic range score 10.9 10.8
DXO Low light score 428 403
Other
Battery life 220 photos 310 photos
Type of battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery model EN-EL20 EN-EL21
Self timer Yes (2, 5, 10 secs) Yes
Time lapse recording
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC card SD/SDHC/SDXC card
Card slots One One
Launch cost $0 $599