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Nikon 1 AW1 14.2 MP HD Waterproof Shockproof Digital Camera System with AW 11-27.5mm f-3.5-5.6 1 NIKKOR Lens... by Review Summary ,  Jul 30, 2015

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Nikon 1 AW1 14.2 MP HD Waterproof, Shockproof Digital Camera System with AW 11-27.5mm f/3.5-5.6 1 NIKKOR Lens...
Report Date: 12/31/2015
Based on 70 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 3.2
Returned or considering to return: 20.0%

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Individual Feature Rating
Video4.6   above average
Photo4.4   average
Quality4.1   average
Lens4.0   above average
Image3.8   below average
Underwater3.5   below average
Battery2.8   below average


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Battery

Battery:
"Nikon replied that there is nothing wrong with the camera, so seems that the battery compartment was not closed properly."
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"Battery life - mediocre."
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"If you use the display at higher intensity such as for tropical snorkeling, battery life is pretty miserable."
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"But unfortunately the repaired unit's battery compartment leaks too."
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"I read some reviews that described issues with leaking, so I was crazy careful about applying the Nikon sealant to the seals, making sure I cleaned and checked every seal before use, and following the directions to the T. Unfortunately the battery compartment leaked on my very first use."
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"The last dive was at 32-feet and the battery compartment failed, water got into the compartment and corroded the battery and the contacts."
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"If you use the display at higher intensity such as for tropical snorkeling, battery life is pretty miserable."
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"But now I'm down a perfectly good battery."
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"The replacement battery pack I got is also working well."
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"Well I'm going to start with 3 stars.. Why 3... well on the first use of the camera the battery compartment opened (yes I did check it was closed multiple times) and the battery fell out into the water - sploosh."
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"I was hoping they would be able to repair the leaking battery door, even though it looked completely undamaged."
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Image

Image:
"So much better for color compromised images such as underwater."
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"I just have used it for a trip in the Yucatan peninsula in Nov Dec 2014.I was really happy with the photo quality, even if the LCD sometimes is hard to see in full sun."
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"Even the lenses are extraordinarily overprice in my opinion< The image quality just isn't that great."
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"I expected more for the price, but the relatively slow lenses available (save one wide angle prime that works underwater) coupled with the small image sensor (and terrible high ISO performance) provide for grainy images unless you in prime lighting conditions."
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"If you are a pro or serious amateur you'll be disappointed in it's high price and not so great image quality."
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"My experience has been that the images are good, in fact in most cases quite good, but the usability is just not what I had hoped."
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"This camera does take terrific snorkeling images, particularly with the 10mm lens."
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"I just have used it for a trip in the Yucatan peninsula in Nov Dec 2014.I was really happy with the photo quality, even if the LCD sometimes is hard to see in full sun."
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"It also focuses really fast, great for some images of kite surfers."
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"Overall a great camera regarding photo quality relative to size, but insufficient sealing."
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Lens

Lens:
"Unfortunately, I know nothing about how lenses work and the zoom on this was abysmal, but I'm guessing that's due to lingo about lense depth that I don't understand."
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"I had been having problems with the front lens element fogging when I had used the camera in a humid environment (Hawaii) and then took it in the water."
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"My guess is that it hasn't sold well and they aren't investing in improvements or additional lenses."
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"The damage was confined to the body - the lens is fine."
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"Construction - good o-ring seal on the lens to body interface."
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"The primary lens is a good focal length for general underwater scenics."
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"This camera does take terrific snorkeling images, particularly with the 10mm lens."
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"On general principles would recommend clear glass filter for front of lens just to protect it from abrasions and salt water etching."
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"Not only did the body fail, but so did the lens."
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Photo

Photo:
"However as a sportfishing captain and fly fishing guide in the Republic of Panama none of the other cameras are even usable on a boat in tropical weather unless you want to ruin them or to be so disappointed in you photos that you just take staged shots."
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"I have cameras that will take photos in bad weather and under water but they are a pain to use and the photos are not good."
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"Optics & Photos - very good."
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"The photos were wonderful."
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"I love the control the camera gives you and it takes photos in RAW."
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"I used to have a Panasonic TS3, which cannot come close to matching the AW1s photos, but did have the advantage of being much smaller."
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"Where other waterproof cameras will deliver noisy, low quality photos, the AW1 will give you beautiful, detailed shots."
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Quality

Quality:
"I just have used it for a trip in the Yucatan peninsula in Nov Dec 2014.I was really happy with the photo quality, even if the LCD sometimes is hard to see in full sun."
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"I am a professional and I have been terribly disappointed with the build quality of this camera."
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"Even the lenses are extraordinarily overprice in my opinion< The image quality just isn't that great."
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"If you are a pro or serious amateur you'll be disappointed in it's high price and not so great image quality."
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"Im not a pro so I cannot say much about the quality of the pictures, i like them but im not amazed, maybe if i knew how to use it better i could achieve better results."
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"I love Nikon for its high quality products, but this camera is a joke."
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"Great quality excellent focus, I was really starting to get the hang of it."
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"Where other waterproof cameras will deliver noisy, low quality photos, the AW1 will give you beautiful, detailed shots."
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"I just have used it for a trip in the Yucatan peninsula in Nov Dec 2014.I was really happy with the photo quality, even if the LCD sometimes is hard to see in full sun."
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"Overall a great camera regarding photo quality relative to size, but insufficient sealing."
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Underwater

Underwater:
"In spite of being advertised was a high-end water-proof camera --it failed as a underwater camera."
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"Oops - sand.....The flash is of mediocre value underwater - it's not really strong enough and despite the pop-up is still too close to the lens which creates reflections off any crud in the water."
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"So much better for color compromised images such as underwater."
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"I used my AW1 for a week underwater every day, being extremely fussy about preparing and testing for watertight-ness before entering the water - around day 7, the battery door leaked and fried the body."
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"The Nikon AW1 is not the best camera around, but it is, hands down, the best underwater camera."
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"I expected more for the price, but the relatively slow lenses available (save one wide angle prime that works underwater) coupled with the small image sensor (and terrible high ISO performance) provide for grainy images unless you in prime lighting conditions."
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"Pretty useless as an underwater camera."
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"The primary lens is a good focal length for general underwater scenics."
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"This camera takes great pictures especially in and underwater!"
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"Have used it in rainy weather without any problems, but have not taken it underwater so cannot speak to that very critical issue."
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"Very happy with this purchase, in fact my husband wants to trade his underwater camera in for the same thing."
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Video

Video:
"You do have to get used to where the video button is...pressed it by mistake a couple times."
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"Video is pretty darn good, too."
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"Fantastic photo and video quality."
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"From my experience so far the AW1 is a great all around camera and video recorder."
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"We have a lot of great pictures of our trip and some very good videos."
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"The videos and pictures were clear and well focused and all I had to do was press a button."
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Zoom

Zoom:
"It just didn't zoom well enough for me."
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"Unfortunately, I know nothing about how lenses work and the zoom on this was abysmal, but I'm guessing that's due to lingo about lense depth that I don't understand."
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"Zoomed in, they missed the subject or blurred out almost every time."
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"The zoom feels good and hasn't leaked after 5 snorkel trips, but the non-replaceable o-ring for the zoom mechanism worries me."
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"The zoom works well, although it isn't a particularly wide zoom range."
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"I really liked this camera but it has almost no zoom."
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"Zoom lens range is pretty effective for the distances normal to underwater photography.6."
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