• 1 inch 116.2mm2
  • 14.2 megapixels
  • ISO 160 - 6400
  • 1 inch 116.2mm2
  • 20.1 megapixels
  • 24.00mm - 70.00mm (35mm eq.)

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Differences

Nikon AW1 advantages over Sony RX100 V

  • Waterproof
    Yes vs No
    Take photos underwater without destroying your camera!
  • Slower slow-motion
    1200 fps vs 1000 fps
    Supports slower slow-mo
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 2.86 vs 2.41 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Built-in GPS
    GPS vs None
    Geotag your photos

Sony RX100 V advantages over Nikon AW1

  • Focus peaking
    Peaker vs Non-peaker
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Eye-level vs Rear display only
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Yes vs No
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Shoot 4K video
    4K (UHD) vs 1080p
    Make sure you have a fast computer
  • Tiltable Screen
    Tiltable vs Fixed
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Wi-Fi vs None
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • Better color depth
    22.8 vs 20.2 bits
    Capture richer, more accurate colors
  • Higher effective ISO
    586 vs 428 iso
    Take photos in low light with less noise
  • More dynamic range
    12.4 vs 10.9 evs
    Retain detail in highlight and shadows
  • Integrated ND filter
    Yes vs No
    Shoot in daylight with a large aperture or slow shutter
  • Higher max flash sync
    1/2000 vs 1/60 sec
    Reduce the effect of ambient light in flash shots
  • Newer
    2 years vs 5 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • Shoots 24p video
    Yes vs No
    Gives your movies a big-screen feel
  • More dots on screen
    1229k vs 921k dots
    Can mean greater resolution or a brighter screen
  • More pixels
    20.1 vs 14.2 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Faster shutter
    1/32000 vs 1/16000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light
  • Higher extended ISO
    25600 vs 6400 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Rear display
    Both provide
    Review photos on the back of the camera
  • In-camera panoramas
    Both provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • RAW file ability
    Both provide
    Gives you more flexibility to develop your photos later
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Both provide
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Internal flash
    Both provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Manual focus
    Both provide
    AF is for the weak. Real photographers focus manually.
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use HDMI output to monitor or review video
  • Bulb shutter
    Both provide
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures
  • Slow-motion videos
    Both provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

Common Weaknesses

  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • Touchscreen
    Neither provide
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • 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
  • 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

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Review Excerpt

  • Pocket-friendly design; Unbelievably fast burst capture; Generous buffer depth, even for raw; Fast and confident autofocus; Very high resolution gives lots of detail in good light; High ISO noise levels much better than most pocket camera rivals; High-quality 4K video with uncompressed HDMI out; Super-fast High Frame Rate video

  • Very pricey for a compact camera; Still no touch screen; Slow buffer clearing; JPEGs can look over-processed at higher ISOs; Lens doesn't offer much telephoto reach; Battery life is very modest; 4K movies are limited to five minute clips

The Competition

Compared to Nikon V2

Nikon AW1
Nikon V2
  • $797
  • 1 inch
  • Waterproof
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $747
  • 1 inch
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • Longer stills battery life
Sony RX100 V
Nikon V2
  • $898
  • 1 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $747
  • 1 inch
  • Slower slow-motion
  • Bigger pixels

Compared to Nikon V3

Nikon AW1
Nikon V3
  • $797
  • 1 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Waterproof
  • $1197
  • 1 inch
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • Touchscreen
Sony RX100 V
Nikon V3
  • $898
  • 1 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Focus peaking
  • $1197
  • 1 inch
  • Slower slow-motion
  • Touchscreen

Compared to Nikon J4

Nikon AW1
Nikon J4
  • $797
  • 1 inch
  • Waterproof
  • Built-in GPS
  • $405
  • 1 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Touchscreen
Sony RX100 V
Nikon J4
  • $898
  • 1 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $405
  • 1 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Slower slow-motion

Compared to Sony RX100 IV

Nikon AW1
Sony RX100 IV
  • $797
  • 1 inch
  • Waterproof
  • Slower slow-motion
  • $798
  • 1 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Eye-level viewfinder
Sony RX100 V
Sony RX100 IV
  • $898
  • 1 inch
  • On-sensor phase detect
  • Newer
  • $798
  • 1 inch
  • Longer stills battery life

Compared to Sony RX100 VA

Nikon AW1
Sony RX100 VA
  • $797
  • 1 inch
  • Waterproof
  • Slower slow-motion
  • $898
  • 1 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Eye-level viewfinder
Sony RX100 V
Sony RX100 VA
  • $898
  • 1 inch
  • $898
  • 1 inch
  • Newer
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
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