• 1 inch 116.2mm2
  • 14.2 megapixels
  • ISO 160 - 6400
  • 4/3 224.9mm2
  • 16.1 megapixels
  • ISO 200 - 12,800

Buy From

Differences

Nikon AW1 advantages over Olympus AIR

  • Rear display
    Yes vs No
    Review photos on the back of the camera
  • Waterproof
    Yes vs No
    Take photos underwater without destroying your camera!
  • In-camera panoramas
    Yes vs No
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Built-in GPS
    GPS vs None
    Geotag your photos
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Yes vs No
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Internal flash
    Internal flash vs None
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • HDMI out
    HDMI out vs None
    Use HDMI output to monitor or review video
  • Shoots 60p video
    Yes vs No
    A faster framerate can give you more editing options
  • Has anti-aliasing filter
    Filter vs No Filter
    Reduces unsightly moiré in photos
  • Longer exposure
    30 vs 4 sec
    Long exposures for night shots
  • Bulb shutter
    Bulb vs No bulb
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures
  • Slow-motion videos
    Yes vs No
    Shoot slow-motion videos

Olympus AIR advantages over Nikon AW1

  • Lens selection
    Excellent vs Limited
    Better lens selection gives you more options
  • Focus peaking
    Peaker vs Non-peaker
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Larger sensor
    4/3 vs 1 inch
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Less expensive
    $300* vs $529
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 3.75 vs 2.86 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Wi-Fi vs None
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Yes vs No
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 320 vs 220 shots
    Capture more photos
  • Newer
    4 years vs 6 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • Lacks anti-aliasing filter
    No Filter vs Filter
    Enjoy sharper photos
  • Higher extended ISO
    12800 vs 6400 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Similarities

Common Strengths

Common Weaknesses

  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Neither provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Neither provide
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Touchscreen
    Neither provide
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • Tiltable Screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • Top deck display
    Neither provide
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera
  • External Mic Jack
    Neither provide
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Hot shoe
    Neither provide
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Dual card slots
    Neither provide
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video

User reviews

Buy From

Your purchases support this site

Buy the Nikon AW1

Your purchases support this site

Buy the Olympus AIR

Review Excerpt

The Competition

Compared to Nikon V2

Nikon AW1
Nikon V2
  • $663
  • 1 inch
  • Waterproof
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $747
  • 1 inch
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • Longer stills battery life
Olympus AIR
Nikon V2
  • $300
  • 4/3
  • Lens selection
  • Focus peaking
  • $747
  • 1 inch
  • Rear display
  • Eye-level viewfinder

Compared to Nikon J3

Nikon AW1
Nikon J3
  • $663
  • 1 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Waterproof
  • $617
  • 1 inch
  • Wider angle kit lens
Olympus AIR
Nikon J3
  • $300
  • 4/3
  • Lens selection
  • Focus peaking
  • $617
  • 1 inch
  • Rear display
  • On-sensor phase detect

Compared to Panasonic GM1

Nikon AW1
Panasonic GM1
  • $663
  • 1 inch
  • Waterproof
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $479
  • 4/3
  • Lens selection
  • Focus peaking
Olympus AIR
Panasonic GM1
  • $300
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Built-in Bluetooth
  • $479
  • 4/3
  • Rear display
  • Touchscreen

Compared to Nikon V3

Nikon AW1
Nikon V3
  • $663
  • 1 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Waterproof
  • $1197
  • 1 inch
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • Touchscreen
Olympus AIR
Nikon V3
  • $300
  • 4/3
  • Lens selection
  • Focus peaking
  • $1197
  • 1 inch
  • Rear display
  • Eye-level viewfinder

Compared to YI M1

Nikon AW1
YI M1
  • $663
  • 1 inch
  • Waterproof
  • Slower slow-motion
  • $250
  • 4/3
  • Lens selection
  • Focus peaking
Olympus AIR
YI M1
  • $300
  • 4/3
  • Faster JPEG shooting
  • Faster shutter
  • $250
  • 4/3
  • Rear display
  • Less expensive
Compare Other Cameras?