Nikon 1 AW1

Nikon 1 AW1 front

Nikon 1 AW1 overview

Nikon 1 AW1 is Nikon's Entry-Level Mirrorless digital camera first announced on September of 2013. It houses a 14 MegaPixel, CMOS 1" size sensor with a maximum resolution of 4608 x 3072.

The 1 AW1 ranks at #95 out of 117 in Entry-Level Mirrorless cameras & all-around #420 out of 1465 for cameras in our collection. Remember to check our Smart camera filter to find camera rankings based on your personalized factors.

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Here is a chart of different criteria used in the scoring system.

Nikon 1 AW1 history

The Nikon 1 AW1 has a history of related cameras. Listed below, you can identify all older and latest models as well as key specs.

ModelVisualizeResolutionSensor SizeMax fpsReleased
Nikon-1-J5 front thumbnailNikon 1 J5
1 AW1 vs 1 J5
21MP1"20.0 fps2015
Nikon-1-S2 front thumbnailNikon 1 S2
1 AW1 vs 1 S2
14.2MP1"60.0 fps2014
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Nikon-1-J4 front thumbnailNikon 1 J4
1 AW1 vs 1 J4
18MP1"60.0 fps2014
Nikon-1-V3 front thumbnailNikon 1 V3
1 AW1 vs 1 V3
18MP1"60.0 fps2014
Nikon-1-J3 front thumbnailNikon 1 J3
1 AW1 vs 1 J3
14MP1"15.0 fps2013
Nikon-1-AW1 front thumbnailNikon 1 AW114MP1"60.0 fps2013
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Nikon-1-S1 front thumbnailNikon 1 S1
1 AW1 vs 1 S1
10MP1"15.0 fps2013

Nikon 1 AW1 Pros and Cons

Here is a checklist of pros and cons of the Nikon 1 AW1 based on features that are typically viewed as useful in a digital camera.

comes with phase detect autofocus
decent sensor size (1")
does have HDMI support
flash built-in
focusing manually
good video quality (1920 x 1080 pxls)
high fps (60.0 frames/s)
megapixel count decent (14 megapixels)
provides face detect autofocus
provides tracking focus
saves RAW formats
screen size is decent (3 inches)
swap lenses (Nikon 1 mount)
very good screen resolution (921 thousand dot)
weather proof
bad battery (220 shots)
external flash not possible
lack of image stabilization
no articulating screen
no headphone jack
no microphone jack
no Timelapse mode
screen is not selfie friendly
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Nikon 1 AW1 Sensor information

The Nikon 1 AW1 features the EXPEED 3A processor chip. The sensor spec on the Nikon 1 AW1 is 13.2mm x 8.8mm (1"). The 116 mm² sensor has the ability to resolve 4608 x 3072 pixels with aspect ratios of 3:2 and 16:9.

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The CMOS sensor has 14 megapixels and delivers a standard ISO range of 160 to 6400. RAW files are saved therefore you have more room to maneuver in post.

The graphic below displays the 1 AW1's sensor size when compared to other popular sizes. The 1 AW1 sensor has a crop factor of 2.7 and is presented in green.

Nikon 1 AW1 sensor size Body cameras now worn by bakery staff to deter stealing

To get a sense of different aspect ratios, you can refer to the graphic below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Nikon 1 AW1 dimensions

Nikon 1 AW1 has a weight of 0.78 lb (356 gr / 12.56 ounces) & has exterior size of 114mm x 72mm x 37mm (4.5" x 2.8" x 1.5"). The weight of normal Entry-Level Mirrorless camera is 329 gr and the Nikon 1 AW1 is on par as compared to other rivals.

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Listed below is a pic of the Nikon 1 AW1 next to a soda to help you get a feel for its size.

Nikon 1 AW1 dimensions scale

The top view below will provide the button layout on the 1 AW1.

Nikon 1 AW1 topview buttons dials

Nikon 1 AW1 Lens information

The 1 AW1 uses the Nikon 1 mount and has 13 lenses that you can buy. Here is a few of the lenses we have in our database that will fit the 1 AW1.

ModelVisualizeFocal LengthApertureStabilizedWeight
Nikon-1-Nikkor-VR-6.7-13mm-f3.5-5.6 lensNikon 1 Nikkor VR 6.7-13mm f3.5-5.66.7-13mmf/3.5-5.6 125g
Nikon-1-Nikkor-AW-11-27.5mm-f3.5-5.6 lensNikon 1 Nikkor AW 11-27.5mm f3.5-5.611-27.5mmf/3.5-5.6 182g
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Nikon-1-Nikkor-VR-10-100mm-f4.5-5.6-PD-Zoom lensNikon 1 Nikkor VR 10-100mm f4.5-5.6 PD-Zoom10-100mmf/4.5-5.6 515g
Nikon-1-Nikkor-VR-10-30mm-f3.5-5.6 lensNikon 1 Nikkor VR 10-30mm f3.5-5.610-30mmf/3.5-5.6 115g
Nikon-1-Nikkor-11-27.5mm-f3.5-5.6 lensNikon 1 Nikkor 11-27.5mm f3.5-5.611-27.5mmf/3.5-5.6 83g
Nikon-1-Nikkor-VR-30-110mm-f3.8-5.6 lensNikon 1 Nikkor VR 30-110mm f3.8-5.630-110mmf/3.8-5.6 180g
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Nikon-1-Nikkor-32mm-f1.2 lensNikon 1 Nikkor 32mm f1.232mmf/1.2 235g
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Nikon 1 AW1 Connectivity

The 1 AW1 has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes
  • Wireless Yes
  • HDMI Yes
  • GPS Yes

Cameras that incorporate NFC and / or Bluetooth support are able to be used wirelessly through smartphones. You will be able to copy files and in some cases alter settings without the hassle of connecting straight with the camera.

Several apps also give a Liveview and click the shutter if you aren't close to the camera. If the camera comes with a HDMI port, it can easily be hooked up to an external screen. A lot of cameras will allow you to charge the battery through the USB port.

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Nikon 1 AW1 Video information

The maximum video resolution on the Nikon 1 AW1 is 1920 x 1080 and you can save in MPEG-4 and H.264 file format. 1080p resolution provides a good balance in video quality vs file size but FULL HD will not give you any room to downsample. The body doesn't feature a microphone and / or headphone jack which means that you get zero control over the sound. It is probably best to have a look at an alternative camera should you need good sound for your videos.

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Nikon 1 AW1 Weather Sealing

Nikon 1 AW1 comes with weather sealing making it a very good candidate for use in challenging places. This can be particularly handy whenever you are uncertain about the elements you may face in outdoor photography.

Nikon 1 AW1 Screen and Viewfinder

The Nikon 1 AW1 is equipped with a 3 inch fixed screen with a resolution of 921 thousand dots.

Please note that the screen has no touch support.

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The View Finder specs for Nikon 1 AW1 are below:

  • ViewFinder None

Viewfinders can be very helpful in bright outdoor situations which might make the camera screen washed out and difficult to see.

Nikon 1 AW1 Shutter information

Nikon 1 AW1 has the ability to shoot continuously at 60.0 frames/s. The maximum shutter speed is 1/4000s.

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Nikon 1 AW1 Flash and Hot shoe information

Nikon 1 AW1 has just in-built flash without external flash ability. The highest flash sync speed is 1/60s.

Nikon 1 AW1 Autofocus information

Nikon 1 AW1 has both Phase Detect Auto Focus plus Contrast Based Auto Focus. Phase Detection autofocusing is more quicker & precise compared to Contrast Based autofocusing. The camera supports Face detection which makes it valuable for portraits.

The Sensor supports 135 focus points to choose from. It also features Tracking Auto Focus for things that move. Nikon 1 AW1 has manual focusing in case it is needed in low light conditions or you require more accurate focusing control.

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Nikon 1 AW1 Battery life

The battery (EN-EL20) for the Nikon 1 AW1 is designed to last for 220 images as per the CIPA standards which is less as compared to it's competitors. The general Entry-Level Mirrorless camera battery life is 343. Fujifilm X-S20 offers the highest possible (750) battery life in this class of cameras.

Listed below is a collection of Entry-Level Mirrorless cameras that have the strongest battery life:

Nikon 1 AW1 for different forms of photography

The following chart provides a summation of the Nikon 1 AW1 for different forms of photography. To find out more, have a look at the specific section below.

Nikon 1 AW1 Portrait photography features

The Nikon 1 AW1 gets a score of 59 which is modest, meaning that it is reasonably acceptable to use for portraits. Photographing portrait images favors heavily to sensor size, RAW support along with the potential to utilize off-camera flash.

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focusing manually
decent MP (14 megapixels)
sensor size is decent (1")
offers face detection focus
exports RAW files
can't use external flash

Nikon 1 AW1 Street photography advice

Coming in at a above average rating of 67, the Nikon 1 AW1 is a respectable pick to use in street photography. A very good street photography camera has a fine balance of picture quality plus portability.

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decent sensor size (1")
saves RAW formats
environment proof
screen does not articulate
no image stabilization

Nikon 1 AW1 Sports photography information

A reasonable sports photography points total of 59 means the Nikon 1 AW1 is fairly adequate for photographing sports. A camera needs to have good focusing plus fast shutter speeds for sports photography.

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fast shooting (60.0 frames/s)
resolution is good (14 megapixels)
sensor size is decent (1")
has tracking autofocus
weather proofing
comes with phase detect autofocus
no image stabilization
terrible battery power (220 per charge)

Nikon 1 AW1 Travel photography features

Size is super critical in getting a camera for travel. On the whole, the Nikon 1 AW1 gets a nice 63 for a travelling camera which makes it a very decent fit to take on your travels.

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weather sealing
good resolution (14 megapixels)
built-in flash
lack of Timelapse mode
low battery power (220 per charge)
display is not selfie friendly

Nikon 1 AW1 Landscape photography factors

When you're looking to buy a digital camera for landscape photography, the most important factor will be image quality. The Nikon 1 AW1 at it's very good grade of 61 for a landscape camera is a respectable choice within the current marketplace.

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you can focus manually
swap lenses (Nikon 1 mount)
screen size is decent (3 inch)
MP count decent (14MP)
good sensor size (1")
delivers RAW files
environment proofing
does not have image stabilization
not so great battery life (220 shots)
does not have Time Lapse mode

Nikon 1 AW1 Vlogging highlights

A vlogging camera really should offer a articulating display, microphone input and ideally IBIS. Considering everything, the Nikon 1 AW1 is simply not appropriate as a vlog camera as it gets a low score of 29.

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provides face detection focusing
high res video (1920 x 1080 resolution)
does not have a selfie friendly display
lack of image stabilization
does not have external mic socket

Nikon 1 AW1 Alternatives

If you are looking for replacements to the 1 AW1, below is a number of the top placed cameras that fall in to the class of Entry-Level Mirrorless.

The graph followed below gives you an overview of the 1 AW1 versus it's top ranked rivals suggested earlier.

These are various other cameras you may check out as alternative options. To look at a complete comparison, visit the "compare" link.

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General Information
Model type
Nikon 1 AW1
Entry-Level Mirrorless
Body design
Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Sensor size
Sensor measurements
13.2 x 8.8mm
Sensor area
Sensor resolution
14 megapixel
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio
3:2 and 16:9
Highest resolution
4608 x 3072
RAW images
Highest native ISO
Min native ISO
Focus manually
Touch focus
Continuous AF
Single AF
Tracking AF
Selective AF
Center weighted AF
AF multi area
AF live view
Face detection focusing
Contract detection focusing
Phase detection focusing
Total focus points
Lens support
Nikon 1
Available lenses
Crop factor
Screen type
Fixed Type
Screen diagonal
3 inches
Resolution of screen
921 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Touch functionality
Screen tech
Viewfinder Information
DXO scores
DXO All around rating
DXO Color Depth rating
DXO Dynamic range rating
DXO Low light rating
Slowest shutter speed
30 secs
Maximum shutter speed
1/4000 secs
Continuous shooting speed
60.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual exposure
Exposure compensation
Custom WB
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash distance
5.00 m (at ISO 100)
Flash options
Fill flash, fill w/slow sync, rear curtain sync, rear w/slow sync, redeye reduction, redeye w/slow sync, off
External flash
White balance bracketing
Maximum flash sync
1/60 secs
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)
Highest video resolution
Video format
MPEG-4, H.264
Microphone input
Headphone input
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Environment seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
356 grams (0.78 lbs)
Physical dimensions
114 x 72 x 37mm (4.5" x 2.8" x 1.5")
Battery life
220 images
Battery format
Battery Pack
Battery ID
Self timer
Yes (2, 5, 10 secs)
Time lapse shooting
Type of storage
Storage slots
Cost at launch