The Nikon 1 AW1 underwater mirrorless camera is now $100 off

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New price drop: the Nikon 1 AW1 underwater mirrorless camera is now $100 off at B&H, Adorama and Amazon. Most listings offer free expedited shipping and 2% back in rewards.

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  • outkasted

    AW2 right around the bends (pun-intended) 🙂

    • Spy Black

      Maybe the new model will go all the way down to 51 feet…

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    • spicynujac

      I would be extremely surprised to see an AW2, at least for another couple of years. The only improvements I could see would be things they could have added to the AW1, but chose not to. That being said, I do wish the sensor, battery life and screen protection were improved, along with a faster underwater lens.

  • Ineedmy Bobo

    Oh Nikon, I would have bought the AW1 if you ever made an interesting AW lens for this system! How about a wide-angle prime or zoom with VR?

    Is a replacement around the corner or is this a dead AW system?

    • Fountainhead

      I’m betting dead.

      A couple of the review sites had the bad luck (for Nikon) of getting copies that weren’t water-sealed. Game over.

      • neversink

        A couple does not equal game over. Please name the review sites? Although not a fan of the Nikon 1 system, I purchased one for water sports activities like kayaking and have had absolutely no problem with water getting inside.

        • Fountainhead

          Well, Photography Life for sure. Let’s see if I can post a link:

          https://photographylife.com/reviews/nikon-1-aw1

          If I think of the second one I saw I’ll get back to you. But I was looking at buying the camera and I read multiple reviews of leaking/fogging.

          I figured “typical garbage initial-batch Nikon QC” and forgot about it, but if they drop in price like Coolpix A, maybe I’ll reconsider.

        • Fountainhead

          My reply is awaiting review because it holds a link to Photography Life. If you google that site with ‘AW1 review’, you’ll get it. The rest of my note read:

          “If I think of the second one I saw I’ll get back to you. But I was looking at buying the camera and I read multiple reviews of leaking/fogging.

          I figured “typical garbage initial-batch Nikon QC” and forgot about it, but if they drop in price like Coolpix A, maybe I’ll reconsider.”

          Admin, if you approve my other post, please delete this one.

          • neversink

            Thanks – I’ll read the review from photography life.

        • DaveyJ

          I own about a dozen kayaks and use the Nikon 1 AW 1 and Go Pros and often use a D3200 with some protection when kayaking. I am talking Sea Touring Kayaks NOT whitewater! I have never rolled a kayak. Some of my kayaks though like the Necky Locksha 4 are pretty tippy though, but if you flipped you’d want some pretty UW type camera on board! I have though been out in seven foot waves and admit I was having a rough time…..Another guy with me is a great paddler and he and I got blown several miles off course in white knuckle paddling. We did get to see some awesome stuff on that trip though……

          • neversink

            I just use the Nikon 1 AW1 when I go kayaking. I only own four sea kayaks (not whitewater,) but I do roll, although my rolls are not some of the more elegant and entertaining rolls. I prefer a Greenland paddle to the Euro paddles but use and carry both…. Seven foot waves are fun, but you need to stay close to someone who is an expert kayaker. They will get you out of trouble – hopefully!!!! I love kayak surfing, particularly here in Kenya on the Indian Ocean coast, although exploring the calm lakes of the Adirondacks is just so much more relaxing….

            • DaveyJ

              Hi Neversink,
              I know how to roll but have even had to work very hard in a pool to get that to happen. I have never had that happen when actually paddling but my Looksha 4 Necky feels very tipsy and is a FAST Ocean Kayak and half of my boats come with a rudder and I do not use a rudderless boat unless nothing else is available. Since we have these Kayaks in everyplace from the Adirondacks to the Florida Keys we get to see a lot of variable conditions. I was an aquatic scientist for the USA and a number of states (W Va., Vermont, NY, Idaho, and paddled a lot in California). The Nikon 1 AW 1 is a better camera with a quite usable 11-27mm waterproof lens. On a big lake in the Adirondacks, like Lake Champlain we can get a pretty big wave depending on the wind and the fetch. I was disappointed in the very negative Photography Life review of this camera. We do use it evry day on construction job sites. SOme of our videos with the Nikon 1 AW 1 are on our personal Black Sky Entertainment which are on U Tube. Like you though we use other cameras a lot.

            • neversink

              Necky Looksha is a great kayak. I’ve never tried to roll one of those.
              Yes, rolling is not natural. The Inuits and Greenlanders learned to roll when they were young, as self- or assisted-rescues in the chilly waters of the Arctic Ocean were not an option. One needs to get back up and out of those cold waters quickly, otherwise the inevitable occurs.
              I kayaked in the Adirondacks for many years. Bog River Flow is one of my favorites, the Saranacs as well as Blue Mtn Lake, Round Lake, Little Tupper — but hey – I like them all!!!!! Actually, I love them all.
              As far as the Nikon1AW1 – I find that although I shoot raw out of habit, that there is little difference between the raw and the jpeg, but still enough for me to prefer the raw.

        • Ineedmy Bobo

          Well, the big one: dpreview (dot com). They did a first impressions review and their camera died on the first day, I believe. If a user does the slightest thing wrong in maintaining the o-ring, the seal doesn’t work properly.

          • Fountainhead

            thanks.

          • neversink

            Water is a killer. Maintaining the seals in any water gear, whether it be electronic or mechanical, is highly important. Again, I have had no problems.

        • Nimloth

          I find it sad that such a nice camera system get so much bad rep and thus lost sales, because some camera reviewers don’t care to RTFM. 🙁

    • spicynujac

      VR is not needed underwater. You simply can’t shake the camera.

      • Ineedmy Bobo

        I wouldn’t be using it for scuba diving. I use my AW gear close to the water; river hiking, canyons, etc. VR would be most useful in many situations!

        • neversink

          I don’t find VR necessary at all on this little camera, in or out of the water. It is an easy camera to shoot given its small size, even at a slow shutter. It has no mirror thus eliminating mirror vibrations. Shooting anything at a slow shutter speed could cause blurriness if the camera is not stable enough. The key to using this camera is to shoot it in day light as noise rapidly increases due to the tiny sensor as light diminishes.

          • Ineedmy Bobo

            I think we’ll agree to disagree here. You and I obviously shoot different subject matter with different requirements and that’s fine. “The key to using this camera is to shoot in day light.” That works for you, but my subjects are much darker (wet canyons, low light, etc.) and a tripod is not always an option. The key for *me* is to use gear that can actually do what I want it to; I’m not just going to shoot sunny subjects at noon (ugly light). I value VR on some of my FF lenses for my D800, I value VR on some of the lenses for my Fuji X, I value VR/IS on my Canon P&S camera, and I would value VR on an AW Nikon 1 lens. But for me the discussion is moot because there isn’t even an UWA wide-angle lens for this system, so I’m not even interested.

  • doge

    So now the underwater flash is $50 more than the camera.

  • DaveyJ

    I may have to add yet another Nikon 1 AW 1 to our fleet. I have owned almost 50 underwater cameras including almost every Nikonos film camera. The Nikon 1 has outperformed almost everyone except for the most expensive. Check out Black Sky Entertainment under U Tube films to see these cameras used in COLD underwater settings. We have not had a single leak.

    We use the Nikon 1 AW 1 EVERYDAY on a construction work site where we are building boathouse and the underwater work on bridges. If you don’t think these cameras are tough then you have been influenced bu the reviews on Photography Life, which I think has been a GREAT site but that review was absolute off the chart questionable. However no two cameras coming off a production line are exactly equal and make no mistake a novice could stumble into operator malfunction (the polite term here).

    Fogging cameras and lens? Happens all the time! Cameras used in these challenging settings have to be handled to allow these situations to solve those details. Leaking cameras though might have been either a bad one or mistakes in handling. Buy the smart buy protection plan for an UW camera as leaks happen. We though have not had that happen with ours. Nasim’s Photography Life has had VERY GOOD postings. That one though I thought was very poor.

    • David Weinehall

      Maybe they didn’t follow the instructions properly?

    • neversink

      Good comments on the 1AW1 —– I am not a GoPro fan. I don’t like the image quality or the distortion. I think GoPro is a gimmick, but a very successful one… And their market cap is actually higher than Nikon’s on the stock market.

      • DaveyJ

        Go Pros probably control the underwater action photography business right now. We own at least a dozen of them. They can shoot an honest 4K video. We also use much higher level Sony video cameras where the edge of the earth effect is unwanted. Go Pros in our estimate should NOT BE USED on ultrawide mode!

  • DaveyJ

    A video on Black Sky Entertainment has undewater video done by the AW 1 on U Tube it is titled Key West 2014……That video was done by my grandson is less than super clear water….

    • Neopulse

      Mind linking it 🙂

  • MonkeySpanner

    I’ll wait for the $300 fire sale.

    • Fountainhead

      At $300-$400, I’m likely in too.

  • It’s a fun little camera, but you have to be OCD about keeping the seals clean, dust-free and lubed.

    I have the white one. It’s been through hell.

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/78596861@N06/14549051540/in/dateposted/

    • spicynujac

      I agree. Mine has worked great taking it snorkeling and scuba with no problems, but the last time I went kayaking, barely getting it more than a foot underwater, the battery compartment had a lot of moisture–I think it was due to me not cleaning the seals. Technically I think you’re supposed to send it off to be serviced once a year or so. I may do that in a couple of years.

      • neversink

        Seals do dry out so you have to lubricate them and check them.

  • RodneyKilo

    These were readily available with kit zoom + another hundred bucks worth of goodies for $499 refurb last Fall. That was a bargain.

  • DaveyJ

    problem is with the low rating/review by Photography Life it has negatively influenced the camera’s value. It is a fun little camera and we have the white one too….Still the best underwater value I have ever had with exception of Go Pros…yet the Nikon 1 AW 1 is slightly more “reach” than the Go Pros. Also I find the Nikon 1 AW 1 MUCH easier to shoot with underwater. On land during the winter I was VERY impressed with the video and also thought the panoramic mode was pretty nice for mountain skiing where the panoramic in camera sweep was a nice thing to have. In fact I feel that feature on higher level Nikon DSLRs would be nice. The D3300 does have it and most owners of that camera tell me they have never used the feature…..

    • neversink

      Davey – The panoramic is great but wish it would give a slightly longer panorama. I don’t use panorama much, but it is fun at times, and makes for an interesting perspective.
      And yes, it is a great camera on land also, if you respect its limitations. Of course, that can be said of using it on water as well.

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