Best Adventureproof Cameras: Nikon 1 AW1

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Nikon-1-AW1-reviewBilled the first waterproof, freezeproof, and shockproof interchangeable-lens camera, the Nikon 1 AW1 compact system camera is built tough to deliver high-quality images anywhere. Leveraging its remarkably fast, 15-frames-per-second continuous shooting with autofocus (or 60 fps with fixed focus), you won’t miss a shot.

From snorkeling to mountain climbing, this camera will perform: it’s waterproof to 49 feet without a protective housing, freezeproof to 14ºF, and shockproof enough to withstand a fall of 6.6 feet. Plus, while you’re on your adventures, the AW1’s built-in GPS will geotag your images to share on GoogleEarth or GPS-based social networking sites.

Its large, 14.2-megapixel CMOS sensor is engineered to produce superior images even in low-light environments, while its creative features will let you enhance your adventure shots. Slow view mode lets you slow a clip of action and then select a perfectly timed shot. You can get creative with the easy-to-use live image control by sliding a control bar to preview effects such as background softening or motion blur. In addition, an integrated altitude indicator, depth gauge, and virtual horizon can add exciting details to your images.

And you won’t lose time navigating through camera menus when you want to get that action shot, because you can scroll through the AW1’s simple user interface menus and action control function just by tilting your hand—even a gloved hand.

Of course, the AW1 records Full HD 1080p video underwater and in freezing temperatures. The camera is also a multitasker, shooting uninterrupted video while simultaneously capturing photos; just depress the shutter-release button at any time during video recording to capture stills.

Additional creative features include: selective color; miniature effect; easy panorama mode that creates sweeping landscapes; an underwater white balance function that delivers rich colors in the ocean or the pool; and creative mode, which includes PSAM manual controls, night landscape, underwater, night portrait, backlighting, and soft effect; vivid and monochrome settings; and motion snapshot (16:9) that integrates a still image into a short motion clip.

When you want to share your exploits, you can upload the AW1’s images and videos anytime, anywhere, to your smartphone, tablet, or other Wi-Fi device using Nikon’s optional WU-1b wireless mobile adapter, and then share them via social media sites, e-mail, or texts.

Nikon offers two dedicated underwater lenses for the AW1 that provide protection during wet sports, but for everyday flexibility you can choose from the entire line of regular 1 Nikkor lenses to express your photographic vision.

The compact Nikon 1 AW1 adventureproof interchangeable-lens camera comes in white, silver, and black versions in the following bundles: $799.95 with the 1 Nikkor AW 11–27mm f/3.5–5.5 waterproof zoom lens; and $999.95 with both the 1 Nikkor AW 11–27mm f/3.5–5.5 and the 1 Nikkor AW 10mm f/2.8 waterproof lenses.

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