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Nikon 1 AW1

Nikon 1 AW1 14.2 MP HD Waterproof, Shockproof Digital Camera System


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Nikon 1 AW1
Nikon COOLPIX P7800
Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ40/ZS30
Nikon COOLPIX P330
Nikon D5200
Nikon 1 AW1 14.2 MP HD Waterproof, Shockproof Digital Camera System
Nikon COOLPIX P7800 12.2 MP Digital Camera
Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS30 Digital Camera
Nikon COOLPIX P330 Digital Camera
Nikon D5200 Digital Camera
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Release Date
Sep 2013
Sep 2013
Mar 2013
Mar 2013
Dec 2012
Exterior Color
Black, Silver, white
Black
Black, Silver, Gray
Black, White
Black
Camera Type
Digital camera - Mirrorless system, Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Compact
Compact
Compact
SLR/Professional
Resolution
14.0 Megapixel
12.0 Megapixel
18.0 Megapixel
12.0 Megapixel
24.1 Megapixel
Image Sensor Type
CMOS
BSI-CMOS
MOS, CMOS
BSI-CMOS
CMOS
LCD Screen Size
3.0 in.
3.0 in.
3.0 in.
3.0 in.
3.0 in.
Image Sensor Size
13.23 mm
1.97 mm
2.5 mm
1.97 mm
28.2 mm

  • With the ability to shoot Raw as well as JPEG, high quality video with stereo sound and do both in otherwise testing conditions, this is one compact styled CSC that just about does it all. Given this perhaps the asking price isn't as excessive as it might first seem in comparison with regular non-protected 'J' series Nikons.


  • The AW1 performs well, produces acceptable shots in most conditions and has unparalleled go-anywhere abilities. It's certainly a fine choice for those who'll value it's toughness over the lack of manual controls and current lens-based compromises.


  • The Nikon 1 AW1 is unique in offering a completely waterproof and shockproof interchangeable lens camera, making it ideal for travelling, swimming, snorkelling, scuba diving, or for giving to the kids to take photos with. Although with a limited number of lens options that are also waterproof, the choice of waterproof lenses is a little bit limiting at the moment, and it would benefit from a brighter prime lens or a wider zoom lens, as the standard zoom lens isn't very wide or very bright.


  • In summary the Nikon Coolpix P7800 is essentially the same camera as last year's P7700, with the welcome addition of an electronic viewfinder that's good enough for regular image composition. We'd have liked to see Nikon address the performance issues when shooting RAW files, though. Unless you exclusively shoot JPEGs or are prepared to pay for the fastest SD cards, you'll have to literally wait a while for the P7800, limiting its use to more sedate shooting, which is a shame given that the rest of the camera is so well though-out.


  • Nikon has produced a very good compact camera and anyone purchasing it as a backup to a DSLR should be happy with. Similarly, anybody wanting to step up from a more basic point and shoot should also find a lot to like here.


  • Although the Nikon P7800 impresses on paper it fails to deliver when put through its paces, with its shooting performance a particular lowlight. When you consider the current price tag of just short of £500, while there are some redeeming features with the P7800 it's difficult to recommend in the advanced compact market.


  • While last years' Lumix DMC-TZ30 / ZS25 model was more of a modest upgrade rather than a radical departure from what had gone before, 2013's DMC-TZ40 / ZS30 feels like a much more significant step forward for Panasonic's wildly popular travel-zoom range. The TZ40 is veritably stuffed to the gills with cutting-edge features, while the combination of a 20x zoom, effective stabilisation system and good image quality is hard to resist.


  • Impressive, but so far so similar to much of the competition. Where the TZ40 / ZS30 really differs from its rivals though is the implementations of various technologies. Amazingly it remains the only pocket super-zoom of its peer group to employ a touchscreen which genuinely enhances control and selective focusing. Of the models with GPS, the TZ40 / ZS30 is the only one with a built-in landmark database and mapping facilities.


  • Overall, this is an excellent camera, which should be one of the highest considerations for those looking for the ideal travel compact that offers more than some of the standard options on the market.


  • The Nikon Coolpix P330 pocket camera is capable of producing some truly outstanding images, but may be too slow for some shooters.


  • Still, there aren't too many other negative aspects to put you off the Nikon Coolpix P330. The price may have gone up slightly in comparison to last year's model, but the extra features and better image quality help to explain that away, and it's still quite a lot cheaper than most of its main rivals. It may have been overshadowed by the Coolpix A when it was launched, but the new Coolpix P330 is a great pocket camera in its own right for anyone looking to take control over the picture-making process.


  • This is a camera that's basically an "almost there" for Nikon. While image quality is fantastic, we can think of several ways that this camera could be improved to make it even better.

    The most notable problem we have is with the speed of the camera, and it would also be great to see other improvements to the usability of the camera, such as a touchscreen or a dial around the lens.


  • The Nikon D5200 makes a great choice for family and vacation photographers.


  • The under-$1,000 Nikon D5200 is a capable D-SLR that delivers impressive image quality and continuous shooting at 4 frames per second, earning it our Editors' Choice.


  • The ultimate irony of these cameras is this: when the D5100 first came to market we awarded it both Camera of the Year, and Budget DSLR of the Year. It was just such an amazing deal, with rare levels of performance at the price point. But after two years and little improvement for the D5200, this great camera didn't hit us with the same impact its predecessor did. Like we've said countless times in the review, the D5200 is a fine camera, but it's not $300 finer than the old one.


Top 5 black digital camera:

  1. Nikon 1 AW1 14.2 MP HD Waterproof, Shockproof Digital Camera System
  2. Nikon COOLPIX P7800 12.2 MP Digital Camera
  3. Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS30 Digital Camera
  4. Nikon COOLPIX P330 Digital Camera
  5. Nikon D5200 Digital Camera