How’s everyone hanging in there? It’s been an absurdly cold winter, and with at least another month or so of this, we thought we’d do whatever we can to warm you up. Our friend (and spectacular photographer) Jeremy Benning recently visited Costa Rica, bringing the new Nikon 1 AW1 along for the ride. Jeremy not only shared his beautiful pictures with us – he also wrote a whole review out. So without further adieu, take it away, Jeremy!
Back when I used to shoot 35mm film, I always carried a decent point and shoot with me when I travelled, for the moments when I wanted to be discrete and shoot from the hip. Then I switched to digital a few years ago and since then I have only had a full size DSLR. My smart phone became my point and shoot. While it can take pretty good pictures, it lacks the optics of a real camera and the ability to shoot RAW. I longed for better.
A few months ago I began researching what was on the market for point and shoot cameras. I discovered that Nikon was about to launch a waterproof/shockproof version of their 1 Series body. The interchangeable lens option was very appealing, as I have long been a fan of Nikkor glass. So I placed my order for the body, the 2 available underwater lenses (11-27mm zoom and 10mm) and a couple others, the 18mm f1.8 and 32mm f1.2.
To me this camera represents the ideal travel package – super small and quiet, interchangeable Nikon lenses, waterproof (49′) and shockproof (6.6′) and superb image quality. Its the digital point & shoot I’ve been wishing for all these years.