LCD and Viewfinder
Nikon 1 AW1 has a Fixed Type 3″ LCD screen with a resolution of 921k dots. Both the screen size and the screen resolution is up to the standards of this class.
1 AW1 doesn't have a viewfinder and no option for external viewfinder. Lack of a viewfinder can be problematic especially under strong light where visibility of LCD screens goes down dramatically. If you need a Mirrorless camera with a built-in viewfinder in a similar price range, consider Panasonic Lumix DMC-G85 (Lumix DMC-G80) (Compare) or Sony Alpha A7 (Compare). If the price is not an issue, take a look at our Top Rated Cameras with Viewfinders.
Max Shutter speed
Nikon 1 AW1 can shoot continuously at max speed of 60 fps and has max shutter speed of 1/16000 sec.
Unfortunately 1 AW1 doesn't have an external flash shoe so you are limited with the built-in flash.
Nikon 1 AW1 features both Contrast Detection and Phase Detection autofocus (AF) systems which ensures speed and accuracy of focusing in most situations. The AF system has 135 points to choose from.
Nikon 1 AW1 also features Face detection AF
where it intelligently detects the faces in the frame and locks the focus automatically.
With Nikon 1 AW1, you can record your videos at a highest resolution of 1920 x 1080 at 60i,30p fps and save in MPEG-4 and H.264 formats. Full HD resolution of Nikon 1 AW1 will be adequate in most of the situations. But if you are after the highest resolution videos available, see our list of Top Cameras with 4K (Ultra-HD) Video.
1 AW1 also a high speed mode where it captures videos at 1,200 fps for ultra slow motion videos. 1 AW1 has a built-in Stereo microphone and a Mono speaker.
Nikon 1 AW1 doesn't have any connections for external microphones and headphones. If you need a Mirrorless camera with external microphone connectivity, consider Panasonic Lumix DMC-G85 (Lumix DMC-G80) or Sony Alpha A7 in a similar price range.
Connectivity and Storage
You can connect 1 AW1 to compatible devices via its HDMI port or USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) port.
Battery Nikon 1 AW1 is powered by EN-EL20 battery which provides a shooting life of 220 according to CIPA standards.
Considering that the average battery life of Mirrorless type cameras is 352 shots, Nikon 1 AW1 has a short battery life for its class so we strongly recommend 1 AW1 owners to buy some extra batteries.
Battery Life Comparison in Entry-Level Mirrorless Cameras
Samsung NX mini with its 650shots is the model with longest battery life among Entry-Level Mirrorless cameras. Check the comparison of Nikon 1 AW1 vs Samsung NX mini or take a look at Longest Battery Life Mirrorless cameras list.
Nikon 1 AW1 Features Compared to Main Competitors
Current Lowest price for Nikon 1 AW1 is $796.95