• 1 inch 116.2mm2
  • 14.2 megapixels
  • ISO 160 - 6400
  • APS-C 364.3mm2
  • 19.6 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 6400

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Differences

Nikon AW1 advantages over Sigma sd Quattro

  • 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
  • Internal flash
    Internal flash vs None
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Thinner
    37 mm vs 90 mm
    Thinner
  • Lighter weight
    313g vs 625g
    Lighter weight
  • Shoots 1080p video
    Yes vs No
    You'll want this if you shoot video
  • Shoots 60p video
    Yes vs No
    A faster framerate can give you more editing options
  • Slow-motion videos
    Yes vs No
    Shoot slow-motion videos
  • Faster shutter
    1/16000 vs 1/4000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light

Sigma sd Quattro advantages over Nikon AW1

  • Focus peaking
    Peaker vs Non-peaker
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Larger sensor
    APS-C vs 1 inch
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Eye-level vs Rear display only
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 4.33 vs 2.86 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Higher max flash sync
    1/180 vs 1/60 sec
    Reduce the effect of ambient light in flash shots
  • Newer
    3 years vs 6 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • More dots on screen
    1620k vs 921k dots
    Can mean greater resolution or a brighter screen
  • Hot shoe
    Hot shoe vs None
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • More pixels
    19.6 vs 14.2 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Doesn't require an AA filter
    Yes vs No
    A unique sensor design provides sharp photos without moiré

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • On-sensor phase detect
    Both provide
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use HDMI output to monitor or review video
  • Bulb shutter
    Both provide
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures

Common Weaknesses

  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • 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
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Neither provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Neither provide
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • 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
  • Dual card slots
    Neither provide
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video

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The Competition

Compared to Nikon J2

Nikon AW1
Nikon J2
  • $797
  • 1 inch
  • Waterproof
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $550
  • 1 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Bigger pixels
Sigma sd Quattro
Nikon J2
  • $699
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $550
  • 1 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Internal flash

Compared to Nikon J3

Nikon AW1
Nikon J3
  • $797
  • 1 inch
  • Waterproof
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $617
  • 1 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Wider angle kit lens
Sigma sd Quattro
Nikon J3
  • $699
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $617
  • 1 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Internal flash

Compared to Sony A3000

Nikon AW1
Sony A3000
  • $797
  • 1 inch
  • Waterproof
  • Built-in GPS
  • $424
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Focus peaking
Sigma sd Quattro
Sony A3000
  • $699
  • APS-C
  • On-sensor phase detect
  • Newer
  • $424
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Lens selection

Compared to Nikon V3

Nikon AW1
Nikon V3
  • $797
  • 1 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Waterproof
  • $1197
  • 1 inch
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • Touchscreen
Sigma sd Quattro
Nikon V3
  • $699
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Focus peaking
  • $1197
  • 1 inch
  • Touchscreen
  • In-camera panoramas

Compared to Fujifilm X-H1

Nikon AW1
Fujifilm X-H1
  • $797
  • 1 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Waterproof
  • $999
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Focus peaking
Sigma sd Quattro
Fujifilm X-H1
  • $699
  • APS-C
  • More dots on screen
  • $999
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
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