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Old 12-11-2014, 10:09 AM   #1
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Nikon AW1, anybody been using one?

Sorry for the duplicate post from 'shiny things', but no responses there...


Just curious who's been shooting one and what your experiences have been. Seems like it would be a popular option with the adv crowd but I haven't had much luck searching and finding any info.

*** Wondering specifically about the AW1. ***

Already have a Lumix p&s 'rugged' camera so I don't want to open a discussion on the AW100, Oly Tough, Pentax Optio, or similar cameras. ;-)

Thanks!
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Old 12-11-2014, 04:30 PM   #2
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A mate of mine (non motorcyclist but great photographer) has one and loves it for beach and inclement weather type shots. He uses it for taking movies of off road remote controlled cars and well as stills in the surf and at the beach and gets great footage and images.
If you are looking for a mirrorless camera with interchangeable lenses that is also rugged and dependable you would have trouble finding anything better especially at the discounted prices that are available for the AW1.
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Old 12-11-2014, 06:38 PM   #3
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I looked at a lot of cameras very recently. The Aw1 was on the list and really looked at the reviews at the reviews of a lot of them. In the end I went a different direction with the weather sealed but bigger Pentax K50....great camera for the type of photos I am looking to take.


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Old 12-12-2014, 07:31 AM   #4
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I have the more pedestrian non waterproof version and I really like it. I always had point and shoots before and really find the quality of the Nikon1 is a big step up. I would never call myself a photographer but I think the pictures are pretty good.
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Old 12-12-2014, 09:26 AM   #5
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Thanks, guys.

That Pentax is interesting, I did not know about it.

The Nikon is appealing to me due to it's larger sensor compared to a P&S, should be pretty dust proof in the summer, and it looks like with the 10mm lens it would still be flat enough to fit under a shell when hiking in cold/wet weather.

I don't need a scuba camera, but I sure like having a weatherproof camera that can take a few bumps.

I may just take snapshots, but I do like cameras... ;-)



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Old 12-12-2014, 12:15 PM   #6
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I am interested in AW1 also. How does it work with MC gloves? I understand they did some monkeying with the controls to enable glove use underwater...maybe that helps MC use?

I like the weather and rugged build. One thing wrong with my higher end P&S (1/1.7 sensor) is focus time/operation. I know the Nikon 1 has a reputation for very fast focus which appeals to me when I pull over to get that fleeting shot.
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Old 12-12-2014, 01:58 PM   #7
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I am interested in AW1 also. How does it work with MC gloves? I understand they did some monkeying with the controls to enable glove use underwater...maybe that helps MC use?

I like the weather and rugged build. One thing wrong with my higher end P&S (1/1.7 sensor) is focus time/operation. I know the Nikon 1 has a reputation for very fast focus which appeals to me when I pull over to get that fleeting shot.

i need to get down to mike's camera in boulder to check these out in person, i guess the 'action' mode allows you to control the camera by tilting the camera from side to side. although i don't know how many functions are accessed that way. crazy.
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Old 12-12-2014, 02:08 PM   #8
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Thanks, guys.
That Pentax is interesting, I did not know about it.
That Pentax is no more weather sealed than most other mid-high end DSLRs these days. Nothing special there, my 6 year old Nikon D300 has the same sort of weather sealing.
Don't forget with a DSLR if you have a weather sealed body you ruin the whole premise for the set up if you don't have weather sealed lenses as well.
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Old 12-12-2014, 03:46 PM   #9
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That Pentax is no more weather sealed than most other mid-high end DSLRs these days. Nothing special there, my 6 year old Nikon D300 has the same sort of weather sealing.
Don't forget with a DSLR if you have a weather sealed body you ruin the whole premise for the set up if you don't have weather sealed lenses as well.
The novelty of Pentax is they also have a line of weather sealed lenses. My understanding is that the weatherproof Canon's and Nikon's are much more expensive cameras than the K-50. For example the Nikon 3000 and 5000 series is not sealed, but the 7000 series is. I think the Canon line is similar.
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Old 12-12-2014, 06:41 PM   #10
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I've been considering on for a while. Have an rx100 II that I currently use an underwater case for while kayaking, but this could potentially have better zoom and not need a case, saving the rx for pocket around town and riding. I love the rx but I want a second something with good zoom capabilities.
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Old 12-12-2014, 07:18 PM   #11
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That Pentax is no more weather sealed than most other mid-high end DSLRs these days. Nothing special there, my 6 year old Nikon D300 has the same sort of weather sealing.
Don't forget with a DSLR if you have a weather sealed body you ruin the whole premise for the set up if you don't have weather sealed lenses as well.
My lens are sealed

http://snapsort.com/compare/Nikon-1-AW1-vs-Pentax-K-50


Of course the D300 is an older design.

http://snapsort.com/compare/Nikon_D300S-vs-Pentax-K-50


My point is as you look at cameras, really think about what you want to do. So many amazing places cross our paths that the DSLR's or at least the Pentax K50 is pretty good buy for really good results. With most of the other makers you really have to step up the cash to get what it offers. Buy what you want and post up the pics.
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Old 12-13-2014, 11:22 AM   #12
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Nikon Waterproof Housing $99

This seems like a remarkably good deal if it fits your AW1:

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc...using_for.html

I just bought Nikon's AW120 p&s so I have the underwater function already handled (if not too deep).
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Old 12-13-2014, 11:39 AM   #13
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This seems like a remarkably good deal if it fits your AW1:

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc...using_for.html

I just bought Nikon's AW120 p&s so I have the underwater function already handled (if not too deep).
The aw1 is waterproof to 50' without a housing which is what makes it desirable. It's basically an interchangeable lense rugged camera like the aw100.

Serious Question for the Pentax fella: is the Pentax sealed like the aw1, as in totally waterproof down to 50'? Can it be taken on a kayak in the ocean and used with salty wet hands? Can it be stuck in my pfd kayaking rapids and be submerged by when I have to roll? If so it would be a good option. If not than it needn't be compared to the aw1.
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Old 12-13-2014, 04:31 PM   #14
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Nope I would not consider submerging the Pentax. I think they show something like that in some ads, but it is not really built for submersion. People have reported them leaking in less severe use than submersion. I think the Nikon is probably the camera with the best photo quality that is really rated for diving.
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Old 12-15-2014, 10:46 AM   #15
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The Nikon AW1 and Pentax are two completely different types of cameras.

That being said, the weather sealing on the Pentax is nothing to be sniffed at. It's the same as the K5 and there's plenty of videos showing that being run under taps, and showers etc..
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