Nikon - Waterproof Interchangeable Lens Camera - Nikon 1 AW1
by Stephen Karnas September 19, 2013 - 18:20
Today, Nikon has announced the release of the first waterproof Interchangeable Lens camera, the Nikon 1 AW1.
With waterproofing including rubber seals between the front and rear body covers and an O-ring on the mount, the Nikon 1 AW1 is waterproof to 15 meters (JIS/IEC Class 8 (IPX8) equivalent) and it can also withstand the shock of a fall from up to 2 meters (MIL-STD-810F).
Nikon has also adopted non-slip materials on the grip to achieve a secure hold as well as well-spaced buttons on the top to ensure easy use. In addition they have used stainless steel on the front surface which increases strength and prevents rust. These points, in conjunction with its waterproof and shockproof qualities make the AW-1 a reliable camera for outdoor use.
It supports a number of 1 NIKKOR lenses as well as F-mount NIKKOR lenses (Mount Adapter FT1 required), making this waterproof camera truly unique.
Other specs include a super high-speed CX-format image AF CMOS sensor developed by Nikon that offers 73-point phase-detection AF and 135-point contrast-detect AF, as well as the world's shortest shooting time lag. It has an effective pixel count of 14.25-million pixels, and offers high performance at high sensitivities with support for ISO 160-6400. It supports high-speed continuous shooting at approximately 15 fps with AF tracking.