Nikon launches the world’s first waterproof /shockproof digital interchangeable lens camera

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Waterproof (to 15 m), shockproof (from heights of up to 2 m), freeze-proof (to -10°C), and fully dustproof, the Nikon 1 AW1 performs regardless of what Mother Nature might have in store. Launching together with two equally stylish water/shock/freeze-proof 1 NIKKOR AW lenses, this system camera captures the best of the action in any environment, and it won’t look out of place at a chic city event either. Its durable, small, stylish design and fast operation means that high-quality photos and movies can be captured literally anywhere.

The quick, precise Nikon 1 advanced hybrid AF (autofocus) system ensures that every picture is spot-on, and every movie looks smooth and natural. The 14.2-megapixel CX-format CMOS sensor offers an ISO range up to 6400 for beautiful low-light detail. The Nikon 1 AW1 enables carefree shooting at its best: With an adventure-proof build and continuous shooting speeds of up to 60 fps, and 15 fps with autofocus5, you can capture every step of the action without worrying about the camera getting dusty, wet, or knocked out of your hands.

An irresistible combination of robust functionality, classic minimalist design, and incredibly fast performance, the Nikon 1 AW1 camera and 1 NIKKOR AW lenses ensure you don’t have to compromise on still image or movie quality, let alone style, because you have an active lifestyle.

Thuan Bui, Product Manager for Nikon 1 products at Nikon UK says: “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.”

He adds: “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. Plus, the two new all weather lenses mean you have the flexibility to get creative and take control of your images.”

Strong and irresistible: A stunning combination of robust functionality with minimalist design. The solid stainless steel front panel lends a touch of class to the clean, minimalist lines of the camera body, which is available in back, white, and silver.

1 NIKKOR AW lenses: Launching alongside the camera, the dedicated 1 NIKKOR AW 11–27.5mm f/3.5–5.6 zoom lens and 1 NIKKOR AW 10mm f/2.8 wide-angle lens are as stylish and robust as the camera. Water/shock/freeze-proof, these lenses ensure versatility, precision, and style are yours wherever you go. For more information about the new 1 NIKKOR AW lenses can be found here.

Incredible speed: Nikon’s EXPEED 3A dual-processing engine powers continuous shooting at 15 fps with autofocus, and up to 60 fps with fixed-point AF,giving you the ability to capture high-quality images of even super-fast action.

Spot-on shooting: Thanks to the Nikon 1 advanced hybrid AF (autofocus) system, subjects snap into focus without delay. The system boasts fast phase-detection AF for high-speed movement, and contrast-detect AF for capturing subtle details even in low light.

Step-up on image quality: The CX-format CMOS sensor offers a 14.2-megapixel resolution, and the ISO range goes up to 6400 for beautiful low-light detail even when shooting at speeds of up to 60 fps.

Fully protected: Rubber sealing at critical points on the camera—as well as an O-ring for the lens mount—ensure water doesn’t enter the camera’s inner workings. Double-locking compartment covers reduce the chances of accidental opening. The anti-slip grip ensures a firm hold.

Instant sharing: The optional WU-1b Wireless Mobile Adapter sends high-quality images directly to any smartphone or tablet.

Environmental sensing functions: Track adventures with in-camera support for GPS and GLONASS plus a built-in dual altimeter/depth gauge, electronic compass, and virtual horizon.

Effortless shooting: Action Control makes for simple ‘tilt-and-shoot’ operation and lets you activate Outdoor display mode so that camera menus are easier to read when shooting underwater.

Waterproof pop-up flash: Waterproof to 15 m, the flash is perfect for close-up shots underwater, and can illuminate subjects up to 6 m away on land.

Nikon 1 innovations: Best Moment Capture always gets the best shot. Motion Snapshot creates easily shareable photos that move.

Movie magic: Enjoy the freedom to capture full-resolution photos while filming a Full HD movie. Select Advanced Movie Mode to change manual exposure settings, or to film in extreme slow motion.

Creative freedom: Instinctively adjust settings to freeze action, tweak lighting, or blur backgrounds with Live Image Control. Select Creative Mode to access PSAM shooting modes or apply filters and effects—including underwater options— to still images before you shoot.

Expandable system: For even more possibilities, the complete range of 1 NIKKOR lenses is compatible with the Nikon 1 AW1, and you can use a NIKKOR lens in combination with the FT1 mount adapter.

Waterproof accessories: Tough, waterproof straps keep your Nikon 1 AW1 safe and within reach. A removable camera grip allows a firm grasp even when you’re shooting in extreme environments. A silicone jacket protects the edges of the camera from scratches.

Expected in Spring 2014, the SB-N10 underwater Speedlight is a powerful optional flash unit that can be used together with the Nikon 1 AW1.  Designed to shed light on murky underwater environments, it will help capture more of the colours you see beneath the water. The SB-N10 will also be compatible with Nikon 1 underwater cases, enabling it to be used together with other Nikon 1 cameras too.

NIKON underwater adventures

As the world’s first water/shock/freeze-proof camera system, the strong and irresistible Nikon 1 AW1 is the latest addition to Nikon’s range of waterproof products. The WP-N2 is a compact diving case for Nikon 1 cameras that lets you capture the wonders you see as far down as 40 m beneath the ocean’s surface. The COOLPIX S31 is a fun family camera packed with easy-to-use features. The COOLPIX AW110 is a tough compact digital camera designed to let you capture and share extreme adventures.

Included accessories / software

  • EN-EL20 Rechargeable Li-ion Battery
  • MH-27 Battery Charger
  • USB cable
  • Strap for on-land use
  • BF-N2000 Body Cap
  • PA-N1000 O-Ring Protector
  • WP-G1000 Silicon grease
  • ViewNX 2 software
  • Short Movie Creator software

 

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