Nikon 1 AW1 review: 1 system reborn

By Kevin Carter - Wednesday December 18 2013

Camera Review
Introduction | Nikon 1 AW1 sensor performance: Good for CX format | Nikon 1 AW1 vs Nikon 1 J3 vs Nikon 1 V2: Same sensor | Nikon 1 AW1 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC GF6 vs Olympus PEN E-PM2: Inspiring but not a match for the best MFT | Conclusion

The Nikon 1 AW1 attains a DxOMark a score of 51 points and a global ranking of 197 overall. That’s behind the 1-inch format 20-Mpix Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 at 66 points, Nikon 1 J3 at 52 points and the 1/1.7-inch type 12-Mpix Nikon Coolpix P7700 with 53 points, and in front of the Nikon 1 V2 and old APS-C Nikon D70s DSLR, both with 50 points. The overall score is good for a Nikon 1 system camera, as are the individual metrics with a color depth of 20.2 bits, a 10.9 EV dynamic range and a 428 ISO low light score. But, predictably, the performance is on the low side when compared to other mirrorless formats.