The world’s first interchangeable lens camera with both water and shock proofing, the Nikon AW1 is looking quite the capable bit of kit for adventurous photographers.
Waterproof to 49 feet deep, freezeproof to temperatures as low as -10c and good to withstand drops from heights of 2m, the 14.2MP shooter uses a 1-inch CMOS sensor, backed by the EXPEED 3A processor.
15fps continuous autofocussing and Full HD video capture join interesting features such as the inclusion of an electronic compass, GPS and GLONASS, a dual altimeter/depth gauge and a virtual horizon. Built-in Wi-Fi is also included.
Modes specifically designed for shooting while scuba diving are also included, as is one for capturing close-ups in the deepest depths. However, though the camera technically works with all Nikon 1 series lens, prospective buyers are warned that any NIKKOR 1 lens that is not all-weather should not be used under water. In other words, AW1 owners need to set aside some cash for the two new NIKKOR all weather (AW) lenses, the 1 NIKKOR AW 11-27.5mm f/3.5 – 5.6 and a 1 NIKKOR AW 10mm f/2.8 lens, if they’re looking to find Nemo.
Available in black, white and silver shades, the AW1 will cost £750 with its kit lens, while the waterproof lenses start at £300. All hit stores from October 10.