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Nikon AW1 becomes the world's first rugged mirrorless interchangeabe lens camera

How about a waterproof camera with interchangeable lens system, that doesn’t sink you to the bottom with its weight? Yes, you’ve been heard. Nikon has outed the AW1, world’s first rugged mirrorless camera with interchangeable lens system. Based on J-3, the camera comes with a 14.3 megapixel CX-format sensor with a top ISO range of 6,400.

The camera is waterproof up to a depth of 49 feet (15m) and is also resistant to shock. The waterproof feature means that attaching and detaching a lens off the body takes a little longer than usual (and no, you cannot do that underwater). However, once set, the camera is good to go. It features a 15 fps burst mode with continuous AF and 60 fps with single AF.  AW1 is capable of churning out 1080p videos and adds an altimeter, depth gauge, GPS, compass and an accelerometer for the more adventurous among us. There’s no viewfinder, although, there’s a 920k dot 3 inch LCD on the back.

The camera will be offered with a newly introduced 11-27.5mm f/3.5-5.6 waterproof lens. There’s also a newly announced 1 NIKKOR AW 10mm f/2.8 waterproof lens for the camera that will be sold separately. The camera and the lens will set back consumers by $800 and would be available by January. If you wish to have both the lenses in your bag, the entire package would cost you $1000. Additionally, Nikon would also be offering skins for the camera in a variety of colors for $37 each.