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Nikon Unveils Underwater Nikon 1 CSC

Melville, N.Y. – Nikon  introduced Wednesday its 1-Series AW1 – billed as one of the first waterproof and shockproof mirrorless compact system cameras (CSCs).

The Nikon 1 AW1 is said to be both  waterproof (to a depth of 49 feet) and shockproof (from a drop of up to 6.6 feet).

The camera, which harkens back to the days of the Nikonos underwater film 35mm film cameras,  includes a 14.2-megapixel Nikon CX-format CMOS sensor and captures Full HD 1080p video.

Other features include a built-in GPS, depth gauge, compass and underwater controls, a 73-point array and up to 15 fps continuous shooting with AF.

To compliment the camera, Nikon introduced two all-weather lenses for the Nikon 1 System. Both offer the same waterproof and shockproof characteristics of the Nikon 1 AW1.

Nikon will make the 1 Nikkor AW 11-27.5mm f/3.5-5.6 and AW 10mm f/2.8 lenses available as kit options with the AW1.

A kit featuring the Nikon 1 AW1 with the 11-27mm lens will carry an $800 suggested retail when it hits stores in October. A kit with both the 11-27mm lens and the 10mm lens will retail for $1,000.