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  • #75366
    Gerard S
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    Nikon 1 AW1 Digital Camera – the world’s first waterproof compact system camera that enables you to enjoy the outdoors with peace of mind. The rugged Nikon 1 AW1 is waterproof down to 15m, can withstand drops from up to 2m and operates in sub-freezing temperatures.

    Nikon AW1
    Underwater

    Might just be the answer for better quality images in saltwater environments. I have an Nikonos V which is great but film based. The P&S cameras I have bought always leave me disappointed because I expect the same image quality I get from my M4/3rds or my Nikon D2XS. I never been happy about taking these cameras out on to the flats or boats….so maybe the AW-1 will fulfill my wishes. Not really sure or understood the Nikon 1 system having bought a Lumix GF1 when they came out. Smaller sensor I think the M4/3rds, bit larger than P&S.

    #75368

    I like how you are thinking Gerard. There are a few of us who will be following this closely and checking more reviews of the camera as they are made available. I am very interested but will not drop the coin on it until I see the IQ.

    On a side note I have a D4 in the shopping cart 🙂 This camera would look pretty good right next to it.

    #75369
    Brett Colvin
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    I will also be watching this product line with interest Gerard. The lack of an “ideal” solution to UW photography has really steamed my olives for years. Back when I was teaching SCUBA diving, I played around with SLR housings a fair amount. In terms of a piece of gear to haul around fishing they are a huge hassle and expense.

    There are some capable P&S bodies out there with inexpensive housings. I’ve shot with a few large aperture models like the Canon S90 and S95 in a housing. You can get some fun results:

    Drifting Stonefly

    That fly is drifting by on the surface of the river and shot while I was submerged.

    Most of the rugged/waterproof P&S have small, variable apertures and aren’t outstanding either.

    I’ve seen 3 primary challenges from the non-SLR camp:

    1) Autofocus systems that leave a lot to be desired
    2) Insufficient frame rate
    3) Very slow flash cycle times and inability to use off-camera strobes

    I’ll be watching the AW1 with interest because:

    1) The hybrid AF system in the Nikon 1 bodies I’ve played with is pretty good
    2) 5 frames per second
    3) One of the available lenses is a 10mm f/2.8 pancake
    4) A waterproof, off-camera strobe specifically for the AW1 is launching this Spring

    #75371
    Gerard S
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    Brett….Great photo! and some great information and thanks for the heads up on the flash.
    I really hope this AW-1 works. I love the old Nikonos and really couldn’t believe that it was beyond the whit of man to make a dedicated interchangeable lens, digital UW camera. Ideally I would love an APS-C or FF sensor
    I too looked at housings, but given the bulk, unwieldiness and cost discounted them. Particularly on my fishing trips, with the boys, you just want a straight forward camera anyone can snap a pic with if required, but also use to take money shots yourself.

    Jaymor….D4…well I’m jealous!!! Just wish I could justify one!

    #75544

    Fingers crossed, I have one coming from Nikon to review on my New Zealand trip at the end of the month.

    It’s a very interesting new camera IMHO and should be a ripper thing for fisherman no wanting to lug a DSLR or as a groovy addition to a DSLR .

    I’ll post some shots as soon as I can, though I wont be back till mid November.

    Brett, that’s a very cool photo – took me a minute to realise It’s shot bottom up.

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    #75575
    Brett Colvin
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    Brett, that’s a very cool photo – took me a minute to realize It’s shot bottom up.

    Thanks David – that was an interesting shot to get in the current.

    #75594

    Bummer, leaving for NZ tomorrow morning and no sign of loaner AW…

    Oh well, probably saved myself a bit of money..lol

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    A picture is thousand words that takes less than a second while a thousand words is a picture that takes a month.

    #75700
    Matt Tucker
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    I am picking up my Nikon AW1 kit tonight on my way home from work. I will post up some pics and a review after I have messed with it for a bit. None of the stores stock the 2 lens kit, so they have to bring in my 10mm lens after the fact, but at least i will get to play with the 11-27. I am really curious to play with it, as I have been eyeing it up for a month now.

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    #75701

    Love to know what you think of it Matt.
    My review one is finally on it’s way (apparently) and I’m hanging to drown it a bit.
    I feel it will be pretty handy for the pool and as a camera to stuff in my vest when everything seems to heavy.
    Nikon are doing some amazing things lately.

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    A picture is thousand words that takes less than a second while a thousand words is a picture that takes a month.

    #75706

    Wow, very cool little camera.
    Not really pocket sized because the lens is bigger then most P&S cameras, but an excellent, solid build quality.
    The menus are pretty well laid out as are the controls and there’s virtually no shutter lag.

    Will take it to the mountains on the weekend and let you all know how it goes.

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    A picture is thousand words that takes less than a second while a thousand words is a picture that takes a month.

    #75709
    Matt Tucker
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    I agree David. The camera is has a much more substantial build quality than I thought it would. It is also smaller, overall, than i thought it would be. Unfortunately, they still are not shipping the 10mm lens which is what I really wanted for this camera, but I did play with the 11-27 all weekend. The camera is definitely waterproof, but here is my take on underwater shots. At this point, until someone makes a swivel / tilt LCD screen for an underwater camera you are mainly going to have a point and pray method for underwater shots (if someone has a better method, please let me know). The ability to fire the flash underwater is awesome though, and can’t wait for the additional strobe they are going to be releasing early next year. The controls and functions all seem well laid out and most everything I wanted to do, I was able to do with ease from the moment i picked up the camera. My only issue is that currently Lightroom doesn’t support the AW1 and I have to use a release candidate version (do any of you guys use release candidate versions of lightroom?). More info and sample images to follow.

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    #75714

    (do any of you guys use release candidate versions of lightroom?).

    Not me.
    I don’t like the way Lightroom is set-up around the importing and have stuck with Bridge.
    That said, I just got the latest version on the cheap new Photoshop/Lightroom CC deal and will be giving it another try to see if it fits.

    Back to the camera, an accessory flash that works underwater will put it on a whole different page than the competition.

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    A picture is thousand words that takes less than a second while a thousand words is a picture that takes a month.

    #75715
    Roy Conley
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    David, have you taken a look at the free Nikon View/NX2 which has built into it Nikon Transfer. These are great tools for moving files from your camera/memory card to the C: drive and they will propagate all of your shoot/location data per image at the same time. I even have a _and 5 digit sequential number added to each file name to prevent duplicates from multiple cameras. Once I do a preliminary culling, I just move the images to which subdirectory I will leave them in and then do an import into LR catalog later with the images staying put.

    #75716
    Matt Tucker
    Matt Tucker
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    Roy:

    I use ViewNX2 much into the same way you are referring. I will “cull” my shots and transfer from the card into my initial file location at the same time renaming and updating the tag info using ViewNX, and then just ADD the photos from their current location into LR. It is the process that works best for me (I have tried using LR to import photos directly from the card and it works, but I like to give the images a quick run through before doing anything else and to me LR is a little bulky to be able to quickly do that).

    –Matt Tucker

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    #75718

    Is NX2 the soft wear that came with my Nikons, or an extra ?

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    #75719
    Matt Tucker
    Matt Tucker
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    The ViewNX2 should have come with your camera or you can download it for free here on Nikon’s site:
    https://support.nikonusa.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/18710/session/L2F2LzEvdGltZS8xMzg1NTU3NDI3L3NpZC9mX1FKS29HbA%3D%3D

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    #75728

    Thanks for the link Matt !

    www.dsaphoto.com

    A picture is thousand words that takes less than a second while a thousand words is a picture that takes a month.

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