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Nikon 1 AW1 vs. J3 specifications comparison

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The Nikon 1 AW1 has the same technical specifications as the Nikon 1 J3 with the exception of the newly added GPS functionality (different size and weight as well). Basically for $300 more than the J3 you are getting a waterproof camera and lens (no VR) kit with GPS capabilities and I think this is a pretty good deal considering that the WP-N2 underwater housing for the J3 costs between $530-$730 (you can go down up to 130ft/40m with the housing compared to 49ft/15m with the AW1). Here is the detailed AW1/J3 comparison:

 Nikon-1-AW1-camera-small Nikon-1-J3
Model Nikon 1 AW1 Nikon 1 J3
Lens Mount Nikon 1/Nikon Waterproof 1 Mount Nikon 1 mount
Effective Pixels 14.2million 14.2million
Sensor Size 13.2mmx8.8mm 13.2mmx8.8mm
Image Sensor Format CX CX
File Format Compressed 12-bit NEF (RAW)
JPEG: JPEG-Baseline compliant with fine (approx 1:4), normal (approx 1:8), or basic (approx 1:16) compression
NEF (RAW) + JPEG: Single photograph recorded in both NEF (RAW) and JPEG formats
Compressed 12-bit NEF (RAW)
JPEG: JPEG-Baseline compliant with fine (approx 1:4), normal (approx 1:8), or basic (approx 1:16) compression
NEF (RAW) + JPEG: Single photograph recorded in both NEF (RAW) and JPEG formats
Picture Control Standard
Neutral
Vivid
Monochrome
Portrait
Landscape
Selected Picture Control can be modified
User-customizable Settings
Standard
Neutral
Vivid
Monochrome
Portrait
Landscape
Selected Picture Control can be modified
User-customizable Settings
Storage Media SD
SDHC
SDXC
SD
SDHC
SDXC
Card Slot 1 Secure Digital (SD) 1 Secure Digital (SD)
Top Continuous Shooting Speed at full resolution 15frames per second with AF; 30/60 fps with focus locked on first frame 15frames per second with AF; 30/60 fps with focus locked on first frame
ISO Sensitivity 160-6400 160-6400
Focus Modes Auto (AF)
Auto AF-S/AF-C selection (AF-A)
Single-Servo AF (AF-S)
Continuous-Servo (AF-C)
Full-time Servo (AF-F)
Manual Focus (MF)
Auto (AF)
Auto AF-S/AF-C selection (AF-A)
Single-Servo AF (AF-S)
Continuous-Servo (AF-C)
Full-time Servo (AF-F)
Manual Focus (MF)
Flash Compensation -3 to +1 EV in increments of 1/3 EV -3 to +1 EV in increments of 1/3 EV
White Balance Auto
Incandescent
Fluorescent
Direct Sunlight
Flash
Cloudy
Shade
Preset Manual
Underwater
All except preset manual with fine tuning
Auto
Incandescent
Fluorescent
Direct Sunlight
Flash
Cloudy
Shade
Preset Manual
Underwater
All except preset manual with fine tuning
Movie HD: 1920 x 1080/60i
HD: 1920 x 1080/30p
HD: 1280 x 720/60p
HD: 1280 x 720/30p
Slow-motion: 640 x 240/400fps
Slow-motion: 320 x 120/1200fps
Motion Snapshot: 1920 x 1080/60p (plays at 24p)
Audio file format: ACC
Movie file format: MOV
HD: 1920 x 1080/60i
HD: 1920 x 1080/30p
HD: 1280 x 720/60p
HD: 1280 x 720/30p
Slow-motion: 640 x 240/400fps
Slow-motion: 320 x 120/1200fps
Motion Snapshot: 1920 x 1080/60p (plays at 24p)
Audio file format: ACC
Movie file format: MOV
Monitor Size 3.0in. diagonal 3.0in. diagonal
Monitor Resolution 921,000Dots 921,000Dots
Monitor Type TFT-LCD with brightness adjustment TFT-LCD with brightness adjustment
GPS Yes (Built-in) --
Battery / Batteries EN-EL20 Lithium-ion Battery EN-EL20 Lithium-ion Battery
Battery Life (shots per charge) 220shots (CIPA) 220shots (CIPA)
AC Adapter EH-5b AC Adapter
Requires EP-5C Power Supply Connector
EH-5b AC Adapter
Requires EP-5C Power Supply Connector
Approx. Dimensions (Width x Height x Depth) 4.5in.(113.5mm)x2.9in.(71.5mm)x1.5in.(37mm)
Excluding projections.
4.0in.(101mm)x2.4in.(60.5mm)x1.1in.(28.8mm)
Excluding projections.
Approx. Weight 11.1oz.(313g)
camera body only
7.1oz.(201g)
camera body only
 Price $796.95 with 11-27.5mm lens (no VR) $496.95 with 10-30mm VR lens
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  • istreetshooter

    But for the price, how does it compare to the V line?

  • wurzfred

    Spelling error in tagline: comaprison sounds pretty scary ;)

    • http://nikonrumors.com/ Nikon Rumors

      fixed, refresh

  • ccwong

    will the GPS works underwater?

    • lorenzo

      on the Coolpix P330 doesn’t even work OUT of the water.

    • Spy Black

      No.

    • Jimpaa

      How far are you planning to swim???

  • Spy Black

    This camera’s calling will be above the water, not under it. Any weather, dust, smoke, and other conditions that can tax or damage standard cameras is where you’d want to use something like this.

    No PASM tho. You’d think if they went as far as they did with this design that they would have used the V2′s guts instead.

    • Mr_Miyagi

      From the Nikon US web page:

      Exposure Modes
      Programmed Auto with flexible Program (P)
      Shutter-Priority Auto (S)
      Aperture-Priority Auto (A)
      Manual (M)
      Scene Auto Selector

      • Spy Black

        Ha! According to DpReview, “PASM shooting via ‘Creative Mode’ menu”, which means you have to dig down to get to it. Why not just do the obvious and put it on the dial? At least there’s access to them.

  • neversink

    Although I am not a fan of the tiny sensor, this might be the camera for me to take on sea kayaking trips. the 15 fps is pretty amazing actually. Just wish it had a DX sensor… Is that asking too much???

    • groucher

      The 1′s sensor is many times the size of the Panasonic LX5/7′s sensor, a camera capable of excellent results. The 1 series gives great results to at least A3 which is sufficient for most people’s needs.
      The lousy battery life is a mystery as this camera uses the same battery as the D800. An evf would gobble less power than the TFTLCD – if it had one.

      • DaveR43

        AW1 uses EN-EL20, D800 uses the higher capacity EN-EL15.

      • Zograf

        My V2 gets quite warm @ the bottom when shooting for a while (say 10 shots or so). No wonder battery gives only 350 frames from a charge(LCD display and preview turned off, EVF to minimum brightness.) I would guess the electronics inside 1 series dissipates quite a bit of power.. :(

    • http://www.davidkasman.com/ David Kasman

      EVERY camera is a compromise.

  • Martin

    SW1 ??
    Chart displays truncated.
    Admin coiled use some caffeine, wink wink.

    • Eggbeater

      Admin: Martin is right, edit SW1 from text!

      • http://nikonrumors.com/ [NR] admin

        fixed

  • ace

    No divers will select a camera which is limited to 15m depth.

    • Zograf

      To go deeper you need complete casing as the pressure substantially increases. No camera with any sealing and removable parts(lenses, battery compartment in this case) will survive that. Or, if made possible price will be not nearly as cheap as AW1…

    • http://www.davidkasman.com/ David Kasman

      The AW1 system isn’t intended to be a hard core diver’s camera. It is a foul weather, harsh environment camera that one can use almost anywhere. Based on the number of aftermarket smart phone cases that I see, it seems that there is a perceived, and perhaps real, need for this kind of “ruggedized” camera, and I predict that the AW1 will sell relatively well, even in the US.

    • JorPet

      We go to Hawai’i almost every year. Five years ago it was rare to see people carrying small cameras into the surf or taking pictures in the pool. Last year nearly everyone had a camera in the pool taking pictures of their kids above and below the water. Lots of snorkeling opportunities to take pictures from the surface or 5-10 feet down. That is what this camera’s underwater capabilities are for.

      While I like our Olympus AW camera, this would be many times better in both handling and image. It is the first small camera I have even considered since going with the DSLRs many years ago. It could be a fantastic camera and is the first interesting thing I have seen in this space.

  • vwk

    Good start. I applaud Nikon for it. But this is, as David Kasman said, just a foul weather camera. Storm chasing, snowboarding, kayaking. For divers the old Nikonos cameras were rated to 50m (160ft). Another concern I have is the batteries. In the cold waters of the deep, they will be drained much faster than on a sunny beach. Will I still get 200 pictures with one charge? On the same line, I’ve shot photos in windy deserts where the fine sand gets into everything. It is no place to have a dead battery. Love to have a 600 – 1000 shot battery. At least with the lens, I can select the most “suitable” one ahead of time and keep it on all the time. But if you have a dead battery, you’re photo session is over. Lastly, I wouldn’t mind at all if they bring back the ergonomics of the old Nikonos IV or V. They’ve been field and battle tested. I’ll live with the small CX image sensor if the ergonomics works.

  • waterengineer

    I would have accepted a slightly larger body to have gotten a second SD card slot.

  • http://www.paddlinglight.com Bryan Hansel

    How do you adjust the aperture in Aperture-Priority? I haven’t seen anything on that anywhere, and it looks like the dial from the J3 is missing.

    • Dave Ingraham

      I believe you use the 2 buttons that are directly above the thumb rest.

  • http://www.paddlinglight.com Bryan Hansel

    How do you adjust the aperture in Aperture-Priority? I haven’t seen anything on that anywhere, and it looks like the dial from the J3 is missing.

  • Jon Deutsch

    I find it hard to believe it gets the same battery life with the GPS running….

  • Jon Deutsch

    I find it hard to believe it gets the same battery life with the GPS running….

  • muvovum

    an underwater camera with RAW format at last!!!!!

  • Roger

    I am sad that Nikon continues to leave out auto-bracket exposure on their Nikon 1 line of cameras. Given 60 frames per second, this would have made hand-held HDR a breeze.

  • Lih Huei Tan

    Dont have Ultra wide angle :( , fish eye as well …too bad

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