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Nikon 1 AW1 finally in stock

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The Nikon 1 AW1 is finally in stock at B&H (the camera has not been in stock for months).

Update: B&H is now sold out. Adorama and Amazon still have some in stock.

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  • Global

    Isn’t it out of date, now that we know how the V3 will function?

    I’m just hoping that Nikon puts some V3 goodness into an AW body.

    • Global

      Just saw the DXO article — sheesh. The Sony RX-100 II looks very attractive, though!

  • twoomy

    Boy, this release was pretty hacked. 7 months after announcement for it to be readily available? But the kit with the prime is still a month away? Is this thing being over-ordered/under-supplied or is there actually a water-leak issue that they secretly tried to address? I think I’ll wait for the AW2 and see if they make any other lenses (like a wide-angle) for the AW system. Can’t tell if this is a dead-end system or not.

    • Spy Black

      For underwater it certainly is dead-end, but for above water in any number of situations it has the potential to be a very viable camera. Completely overpriced as usual.

      • Joseph

        Can you explain why it is a dead-end for underwater usage?

        • Spy Black

          The camera can only go down to 50 ft (comically enough, the Coolpix AW120 goes down to 59 ft.). Fine for snorkeling, but a fair amount of diving happens (most typical first dives in two tank dives) are typically between 60-120 ft.

          If you’re going to invest in a camera to go underwater with, you want to invest in a camera that you can take to ALL your diving depths. As far as diving goes, for the price of the AW1, this is a much better underwater diving rig:
          http://tinyurl.com/pkmlrva

          • pegdrgr

            And how much light is typically available at 60-120 feet? How much marine life is hanging out at 100+ feet. Also, you have to have an advanced dive certification to go to 100+ feet for both PADI and NAUI.

            While I agree that this is not the end all be all underwater setup, it is a TON cheaper than a proper housing on a proper DSLR. I would love to take my D800 down and shoot some marine life, but the cost of the housing, and the remote possibility that I flood my body keeps me in air when shooting.

            • Spy Black

              I don’t know where you get your information from, but basic open water 1 certification goes down to 120 feet. I’ve never done a 2-tank dive where the first dive is under 50 feet.

              How much marine life is at 100+ feet? How much light is available at 60-120 feet? You don’t dive, do you?

              As for camera, if you hit that link I posted you’d see exactly the camera you should be getting as a diver instead of the AW1, for the same price no less.

            • Doone

              You clearly don’t photograph, do you? The camera you posted is a crappy point and shoot with a minuscule sensor- fine for divers, no good for photographers who dive.

            • Spy Black

              You may want to take a “walk” over to the Sealife website and have yourself a firsthand look at what that crappy point and shoot actually gives you for your money.
              http://tinyurl.com/72dla7a

            • pegdrgr

              You have me beat on how long it has been since I was certified, but only by 5 years. You might want to double check your facts. PADI OW1 gives you 60m, and NAUI Scuba diver gives you 18m. In fact as I look up the spec, http://www.scubatravel.co.uk/training/qualifications.html, I don’t see a single certification organization that supports 1st level certification going deeper than 10m.

              My intent wasn’t to get into a pissing match. I will simply state that in my opinion most entry level divers won’t be shooting the majority of their work beyond 60 feet. Personally if I were to be shooting deeper than that I would want a much more advanced rig including a significant light source to bring out the full spectrum of colors.

              In my case I am strongly drawn to the AW1. It would be the perfect tool to get more creative shots of my child swimming and playing in the ocean.

              It should be abundantly clear that everyone has different needs and desires for their camera gear. Clearly you feel than an underwater camera must be able to go to 120 feet, and is a dead end if it can’t. I happen to think that a sub $1000 solution is acceptable with a depth rating of 50 feet. Especially if it has the best AF out of any comparable model, and 60 fps with an acceptable buffer.

            • Spy Black

              Those are rather odd numbers, in all honesty I don’t know where they may have come from, except possibly lawyers. :-) I’d be surprise to find a dive shop, at least here in the ‘States, that would honor those limits. Nobody dives to those limits on dive boats here.

              “..most entry level divers won’t be shooting the majority of their work beyond 60 feet.”

              An entry lever diver will shoot wherever he/she goes, if the gear can handle it. I’ve never heard an entry level diver say “Oh, that’s a deep dive, I better not bring my perfectly capable camera”.

              “Personally if I were to be shooting deeper than that I would want a much more advanced rig including a significant light source to bring out the full spectrum of colors.”

              I guess you didn’t click on that link.

              “In my case I am strongly drawn to the AW1. It would be the perfect tool to get more creative shots of my child swimming and playing in the
              ocean.”

              I did say it was fine if you want to go snorkeling, albeit quite expensive overkill for that. The AW120 would be a more intelligent investment for snorkeling IMO.

              “It should be abundantly clear that everyone has different needs and desires for their camera gear. Clearly you feel than an underwater camera must be able to go to 120 feet, and is a dead end if it can’t. I happen to think that a sub $1000 solution is acceptable with a depth rating of 50 feet.”

              I’ll grant you that everyone has different needs and desires, but if you’re a diver, the AW1 simply doesn’t cut it, and for sharing it’s price with the AW1, the Sealife I pointed out is far better equipped in spite of it’s point and shoot guts to do underwater photography FOR DIVERS than the AW1. A quick stroll over to their site will show you exactly what it can do for you at any depth you can expect to dive.
              http://tinyurl.com/72dla7a

          • Mr_Miyagi

            “for the price of the AW1, this is a much better underwater diving rig”

            The more thorough reviews of the SeaLife DC1400 on Amazon are not so complimentary.

            For example, here’s one: “The photos, especially when viewed at 1:1, were horrible and pixelated.” And another: “The DC1400… has incredibly long shutter lag. At least a second. If your target is exactly where you want it to be when you press the shutter, well, it better be there for another second or so because that’s how long it’s going to take to image your target. AND, that’s in the “Quick Shot” setting, which does NO autofocus…it is locked on infinity.”

            • Spy Black

              I’m not sure I’d consider 5 bad out of 21 reviews “not so complimentary”.

              That particular person is the only person who said the image quality is pixelated. Either he had a defective unit, or he doesn’t know what he’s doing. Other than him everyone liked what they got from it. No one else complained of the image quality, and if you look at the shots at the website you can see what the camera can do.

              Several others mentioned the lag, that’s more of something to take into account. That would be more of a deal-breaker for some. Interestingly enough one owner of THREE different Sealife cameras, barefoot_tom, said they all did it, yet he never hesitated to get the next, and next, models up. His review is probably the best to read for anyone considering the Sealife.

              Unless you’re going to spend A LOT of money on an underwater rig, the Sealife cameras are the ONLY camera systems that are design not only to go down to all standard diving depths, but have complete diving setups with off-camera flash, which is an absolute necessity in underwater photography to minimize backscatter. Obviously not perfect, but they’re with you where the AW1 cannot be.

            • Mr_Miyagi

              I can see that the SeaLife has some good features and has its place, but I prefer a camera that lets me to shoot in raw, offers full HD video instead of HD720p, provides the full range of PASM shooting modes, and can take more than 200(+) shots per battery charge (according to one Amazon reviewer, video drains the battery charge very fast). For those capabilities, I’m willing to pay more, even a lot more. I snagged a black AW1 from B+H before they ran out of stock. If the AW1 proves unsatisfactory, I’ll bite the bullet and get an underwater case for my Panasonic GX1 camera. However, I prefer to travel as light as possible when it comes to camera equipment.

            • Spy Black

              Well I hope it works out for you. Just watch your depths. ;-)

    • http://www.rmjphotography.net/ RMJ

      it’s been widely available since the release. I haven’t seen any store without stock.

      • AM I Am

        I just came back from the 7-11 and didn’t see any.

  • bcdouglas

    $800…LLLLOOOOLLLL!

  • lord eels

    bought

    • lord eels

      the post above is not the real lord eels. look at the profiles.

      • lord eels

        you stole my account!

        • lord eels

          I have far more posts than you do. I will have you banned again.

          • http://nikonrumors.com/ Nikon Rumors

            I banned him.

            • lord eels

              im not the fake eels, the upper one is the fake!

            • lord eels

              thanks peter, looks like this idiot is at it again.

            • lord eels

              Thief!!!

  • doge

    Should have come back in stock at <$500. Then maybe people would consider it, regardless of it's weatherproofing.

  • aDe

    It’s been readily available here for months.
    Sorry, USA isn’t the only place in the world.

    • Jorge

      It isn’t? Damn…..

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

    I bought this camera back in November from a local dealer in the Minneapolis. They had several in stock. I’m working on a review for a magazine, but so far, I’m not really impressed. Today, while testing in 1-foot waves, the shutter release button jammed and stopped working. It froze the camera up until I could get it working again.

  • Mansgame

    Please, no more V1 stuff.

    • Global

      That’s ridiculous. Its a Nikon system, whether you want it or not. And it looks like its starting to improve. But Nikon is ridiculous and it’ll probably be another 2 or 3 years til they get it right. If it can survive the next 3 years, the way ISOs are going and with some nice primes, it’ll probably stick. Buts its very weird right now.

      • Mansgame

        But every other post about the mirrorless camera that nobody wants?

        • Chimphappyhour

          Speak for yourself. And only for yourself.

        • Ken Elliott

          Nobody? Well, I have a V1 and it is a delightful camera. I have a tiny bag with a V1, flash, three lenses and an adapter for my F-mount lenses. When I want really high IQ, I bring a D800. But there are lots of time I want to travel really light, and the V1 lets me carry a lot of stuff in a small space. Lenses are really tiny! It’s a fun camera to shoot.

          • groucher

            Same here. The V1 is unbeatable for wildlife, sports action and video.

  • Robin Böckman

    And OS X 10.9.2 finally got support for RAW files from Nikon 1 AW1 in the latest update

  • http://marsweekly.wordpress.com/ Mars Observer

    Unfortunately there doesn’t seem to be any increase in IQ with the new V3 sensor.

    I think that will keep the AW1 and V2 in the running for some people (ie. whether upgrading from the V1 or just buying into the 1 System many could be scratching their head about which to buy: AW1, V2, or V3 – each with pros and cons to be weighed)

  • MyrddinWilt

    Of course there is absolutely no demand for this camera. Which is why it is always out of stock and shipments sell out instantly.

    Judging by the stock in CostCo, the Nikon1 is a stonking success. The availability of old stock at greatly discounted prices through specialist dealers says nothing about how successful the camera is. One CostCo warehouse can go through a pallet load of cameras in a week.

    There is a fat channel and a thin one. The people who are buying the sharply discounted old stock are the few in the know. And those deals are often for a single model. In quite a few cases they are refurbished.

    Nikon knows what they are doing here. They are upselling the coolpix crowd.

  • fiziks

    While this camera is waterproof down to 49ft, Nikon is either marketing this towards the casual snorkeler or they have completely lost sight of the UW photography market. Every UW photographer I knew back in the heyday of Nikonos had either a 15mm or 20mm lens as their primary UW lens, including myself. And yet, Nikon gives us a 27mm equivalent as the W/A for the AW1 and a max depth of 49ft? Even an entry level Scuba diver can go down to 60ft (not that they can’t go deeper, but we recommend they stay 60ft or shallower until they have further training).

    And no flash? (although one is supposed to be available this spring) You really need flash to see reds and yellows underwater. They could at least have added a Nikonos bulkhead so we could use our old Nikonos speedlights in manual mode. Sadly, while you are limited to only 36 frames, a Nikonos V with a couple of SB-105s is still a much more versatile system.

    • fiziks

      I should add that this is probably a better camera for those folks who find themselves in other harsh conditions (cavers, climbers, etc), but just not a true UW system (but who knows, maybe Nikon will give us a decent strobe and a 6 or 7mm W/A and some extension tubes or a true UW macro lens, but until then, I won’t bother)

    • fiziks

      I should add that this is probably a better camera for those folks who find themselves in other harsh conditions (cavers, climbers, etc), but just not a true UW system (but who knows, maybe Nikon will give us a decent strobe and a 6 or 7mm W/A and some extension tubes or a true UW macro lens, but until then, I won’t bother)

  • rich

    This has been in stock at Best Buy for awhile. Saw some instore over the holiday season.

    • Mr_Miyagi

      I believe that’s true only of the white version, not the black or silver copies (neither one of which to-date has been available in-store where I live).

  • http://www.lundbergcreative.com Lundberg Creative

    Sorry Nikon, I’ve given up on your 1 series. Your AW1 was back in stock for like, a day. Now I see 1-2 listings on Amazon with 3rd-party sellers trying to fetch $900 for this thing USED and $1,100 new. Ridiculous. Hardly worth the $800 asking price as it is! Keeping my D800, happy with that, but moving on to probably the Sony a6000 for my compact/mirrorless camera.

  • Bruno

    Oh my God, stay away from this, i am currently owning the first version of this product and after the first use, water leaked into it. Guess what? Nikon customer service claims it is my fault and propose to charge me almost the price I paid it to get it fixed.
    Stay away from this product!

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