First underwater camera with interchangeable lens hits PH shores

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Tao Corporation, a local distributor of Nikon digital cameras, recently announced the release of the Nikon 1 AW1, which is said to be the world’s first digital camera with interchangeable lenses.


The Nikon 1 AW1 is waterproof to 15 m (JIS/IEC Class 8 (IPX8) equivalent) and can withstand the shock of a fall from up to 2 meters (MIL-STD-810F Method 516.5: Shock standard compliant).

The rugged camera also supports the world’s fastest high-speed continuous shooting rate of approximately 15 fps2 with AF tracking and high-speed continuous shooting of full-resolution images at approximately 60 fps3 when focus is locked.

It supports a variety of 1 Nikkor lenses as well as F-mount Nikkor lenses (Mount Adapter FT1 required). When used with the dedicated 1 Nikkor AW 10mm f/2.8 and 1 Nikkor AW 11-27.5mm f/3.5-5.6 lenses, the places and situations in which photography is possible are expanded to include more outdoor scenes, such as in the mountains and at the beach.

The Nikon 1 AW1 is equipped with an action control function that enables quick operation such as switching between menu screens, and a Control lock function that prevents accidental operation when wearing gloves, as well as built-in electronic compass, altimeter, depth gauge, virtual horizon display, and location data functions that can be used to create logs tracking depth or position.

It also offers a number of unique functions that make outdoor shooting easier, including an Outdoor display option that makes the display easier to read outdoors or wherever ambient lighting is bright.


A new Underwater creative mode that makes it easy for anyone to enjoy underwater photography has been added. Users can choose from three underwater options: Standard, Scuba, and Close up.

Colors can be viewed and adjusted using the live view display to achieve desired colors. A number of functions convenient for underwater photography have also been added, including Underwater options for white balance and auto distortion control.

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