You know what’s cool? Cameras that don’t fear water. I have a soft-spot for them. It’s annoying that in the age of electronics one of the most abundant substances on earth becomes a real concern for the continued working of my toys, and I like to see things take a stand against that.
Enter Nikon’s new Nikon 1 AW1.
This handsome fella has some pretty familiar looks borrowed from the Nikon 1 J-series, except this one can be submerged down to 49 feet underwater, dropped from 6.6 feet up, and left in the weather down to 14 degrees Fahrenheit. You know, a lot like some other camera they make with AW in the name. Except in a 1 camera, which means you get the not-quite-1″ CX sensor with its weird 2.7x crop factor, no mirror, and all images are captured via direct sensor feed piped through the rear LCD. This particular build has 14 megapixels on offer with an EXPEED 3A processor offering ISO 160-6400 from it. The impressive 15 frames-per-second drive mode continues on, and you can hit 60fps if you lock the exposure point. Now that’s pretty darn fast. Which is good, because fish are too.
There’s no built-in WiFi, you’ll have to use Nikon’s beloved WU-1b if you want to share pictures wirelessly to your phone via their app, and that’s not going to be a watertight solution. However, we’ve heard wifi doesn’t work too well underwater anyway, so, maybe not a big deal. But, in the age of built-in wifi a separate dongle is still a drag.
Now, speak of waterproofing, the quicker of you are probably going “Hey, none of the 1 lenses are waterproof either!” Good point, and that’s why Nikon has also announced two new 1 lenses with sealing specifically for use on the AW1 (in fact, the gist seems to be they won’t actually work on other 1 bodies due to their big ol’ o-rings.) On offer here at launch will be an 11-27.5mm f3.5-5.6 zoom (about 30-74mm equiv), and a 10mm f2.8 prime (27mm equiv). The AW1 can also use any other 1 lenses you have, they just won’t be safe to take into the weather like these two will be.
The AW1 will come in silver, black, and white, and there’ll be a few accessories like silicon skins for them available too. It’ll come as a one-lens kit with the zoom for $799.95, or a two lens kit with both lenses for $999.95 next month. The skins will also be out next month and run you $36.95 in your choice of a few colors as well. Pictures of everything and a press release after the jump, or head to the link below to learn more on our site: