Nikon AW1
Look Ma, No Mirrors!
by MIKE HENSON




The underwater digital camera is certainly not a new concept; you probably picked one up before your honeymoon to take pictures while scuba diving. How’d that work out for you? Not too great, we bet, because while the underwater digital camera is clever in theory, there aren’t many companies who have made it worth our time and money. The lenses are cheap, the images are underwhelming, and face it: the cameras are homely as hell. Luckily, Nikon has decided to get serious about underwater photography -- and photography in all sorts of rough conditions -- with the new AW1, the first mirrorless digital camera that's completely waterproof and has interchangeable, waterproof lenses. 





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The concept is intriguing as hell, but Nikon's made it an actual game changer by loading the AW1 with a plethora of useful technology. Have you ever tried to change camera settings when you’re in the snow? You can’t do it without taking off your gloves. But with the AW1, camera settings can be changed simply by tilting the camera one direction or the other. When you get back to the villa after a morning of diving, the AW1 can upload your photos straight to a tablet or phone via wi-fi, and since you'll be adventuring about with it so much, built-in geo-tagging keeps friends and family up to date on your enviable locales.


The AW1's shooting abilities are more than up to the most extreme tasks. Want to get that shot of your son catapulting off a wakeboard ramp? The AW1 can shoot at a breakneck fifteen frames per second while maintaining autofocus. It shoots HD video too. And while these specs features are all outstanding, what’s perhaps most impressive is that Nikon put them into a body that you won’t be embarrassed to carry around. Simply put: the AW1 is a handsome little rig, and at $800, it gets more attractive with every shot. So take your wife on a second honeymoon and get those underwater shots you always wanted. You no longer have an excuse not to.


$800, amazon.com



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STATEMENT


Excellence, innovation, craftsmanship, and an unwavering desire to challenge expectations -- these are the constants that have captivated our attention since Gear Patrol's inception in 2007. This year we're proud to announce the next step in our role as a champion of quality in product design and execution: welcome to the GP100. Our inaugural product awards are dedicated to honoring the 100 best consumer products released during the calendar year by companies of all sizes and scope. 


The GP100 is not a ranking or a contest. These selections represent the collective expertise of our entire editorial staff, who have scoured every corner of the vast product universe -- from automotive and electronics, to men's style essentials, home goods, spirits and outdoors -- to find the inspiring and the practical, the ground-breaking and the traditional, the priceless and the accessible. In short: products that define or defy their respective categories to better the life of the modern man.



METHODOLOGY


The GP100 is not a contest influenced by marketers or brands, nor is it a ranking by specifications as determined by uniform tests. Instead, it starts with a comprehensive list of nominees released in the calendar year, researched and compiled by our editorial team of obsessed experts across all of Gear Patrol's major areas of interest including Motoring, Technology, Style, Home, Spirits, Outdoor and Watches. Brands are not part of the selection process. Nominees are then debated in context of the past, present and future of their respective fields. Which selections stand as significant innovations, category busters or faithful monuments to the icons of history? Do they adhere to Gear Patrol's core tenets of excellence, design, utility and the spirit of adventure? Distilled to the following 100 items, the GP100 represents the best products on earth released in 2013 -- easily inspiring consumers and creators alike during their search for guideposts of excellence in a vast world of products.



THE CATEGORIES


Motoring   Watches   Style   Technology   Sports   Outdoors   Home   Spirits

WRITERS


Jeremy Berger

Ben Bowers
Alex Bracetti
Nick Caruso
Ed Estlow
Jon Gaffney
Jonathan Gallegos
K.B. Gould
Bradley Hasemeyer
Jason Heaton
Mike Henson
Amos Kwon
Matt Neundorf
Scott Packard
Austin Parker
Henry Phillips
Peter Saltsman
Chris Wright
Eric Yang


CREDITS

Produced by Ben Bowers, Chris Wright, Eric Yang
Designed by Eric Yang
Edited by Chris Wright
Photography by Henry Phillips, Eric Yang
Special Thanks to Braun, Scroll Kit and Say Media

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