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Nikon 1 V1 Review Summary

10 Megapixels10 MegapixelsElectronic View FinderElectronic View FinderContinuous DriveContinuous DriveFull 1080p HD Video: 1920 x 1080 resolution or more but less than 4K.Full 1080p HD Video: 1920 x 1080 resolution or more but less than 4K.Manual Controls: Both fully-manual (M) and semi-automatic modes (T and V).Manual Controls: Both fully-manual (M) and semi-automatic modes (T and V).Custom White-Balance: Specifies exactly what should be white to the camera.Custom White-Balance: Specifies exactly what should be white to the camera.Action Photography: Shutter speeds of 1/1500 or more.Action Photography: Shutter speeds of 1/1500 or more.Night Photography: Reaches shutter-speeds longer than 4 seconds.Night Photography: Reaches shutter-speeds longer than 4 seconds.Hotshoe: Allows external flash units to be attached.Hotshoe: Allows external flash units to be attached.Spot MeteringSpot MeteringAccepts Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC), SDHC and SD memory.Accepts Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC), SDHC and SD memory.Neocamera detailed reviewNeocamera detailed reviewDiscontinued: No longer produced by the manufacturer. May still be in stock or found used.Discontinued: No longer produced by the manufacturer. May still be in stock or found used.

Nikon 1 V1 Assessment

The Nikon 1 V1 is a compact SLD with a unique 10 megapixels sensor which provides ultra-fast Phase-Detect autofocus, continuous shooting up to 60 FPS and full 1080p HD video. The V1 also squeezes in a large 0.47" EVF with 1.4 megapixels for a clear eye-level view while shooting and filming. This digital camera is the flagship model of the new Nikon 1 system which was launched with 4 native lenses and the nearly identical Nikon 1 J1
Nikon 1 J1
which excludes the EVF and mechanical shutter but replaces the proprietary accessory connector with a built-in flash.

The 2.7X crop sensor of the V1 delivers high quality images with low image noise, excellent exposure, realistic colors and great white-balance. Additionally, the autofocus performs extremely quickly in good to moderate light levels, making it one of the very few SLDs to compete with DSLRs when it comes to autofocus. When light dims, autofocus performance drops noticeably but no worse than its competitors. For such cases, the Nikon 1 V1 has electronically-controlled manual focus while the EVF and LCD are sufficiently sharp to confirm focus.

The interface of the V1 is somewhat unusual and designed for beginning photographers. While this camera offers full manual controls, including PASM modes and custom white-balance, changing these require a trip through the menu system. Still, the V1 always remains responsive and rarely gets in the way of taking a shot.

Nikon really pushed things here, giving the V1 the smoothest and most seamless integration between stills and video on any digital camera to date. The V1 is always ready to shoot both images and video with an imperceptible lag and always previews the correct framing for both. The camera includes an audio input as well as a built-in stereo microphone.

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PROS CONS
Low image noise until ISO 800 Slow autofocus in low light
Usable up to ISO 6400 Limited dynamic range
Excellent metering system Shot-to-shot times longer than average
Realistic image colors Limited selection of lenses
Good white-balance Few external controls
Ultra-fast autofocus with moderate to good light AF and MF sounds get recorded during video
Quick and responsive Adjustment of EC not shown until set
Excellent EVF with Eye-Start sensor Not Exposure-Priority on EVF or LCD
Sharp and crisp LCD Short battery-life
Nearly instant lag for stills and video Proprietary accessory port for external lighting
Extremely quiet  
Very solid build quality  
GoodGood Good

Related Information

Previous Models
Nikon 1 J1
Nikon 1 J1
- No EVF, Electronic Shutter-Only, Built-In Flash, No Sound Input
Nikon 1 V1
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Nikon V1 Facts

Mirrorless digital camera
10 Megapixels MirrorlessISO 100-6400
Nikon 1 Mount
2.7X FLM

Sensor-Size: 13 x 9mm

1" Sensor

Actual size when viewed at 100 DPI

Shutter 1/16000-30s
0.47" Built-in EVF 1.4 MegapixelsFull manual controls, including Manual Focus
Automatic Eye-Start sensorCustom white-balance
Built-in Dust ReductionSpot-Metering
60 FPS Drive, 60 ImagesHot-Shoe
1920x1080 @ 30 FPS Video RecordingStereo audio input
3" LCD 920K PixelsLithium-Ion Battery
Secure Digital Extended Capacity
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