Nikon 1 Camera Reviews

Click on the linked camera names below to be taken to Thom's review (unlinked items have not been reviewed).

The following are the Nikon 1 cameras (lowest to highest):

  • J1 — small, consumer-oriented compact-style body (first generation)
  • J2 — small, consumer-oriented compact-style body (first+ generation)
  • J3 — small, consumer-oriented compact-style body (second generation)
  • J4 — small, consumer-oriented compact-style body (third generation)
  • S1 — very small, entry-level compact-style body (second generation)
  • S2 — very small, entry-level compact-style body (third generation)
  • AW1 — essentially an underwater version of the J3 (second generation)
  • V1 — enthusiast-oriented DSLR-style body (built-in EVF) (first generation)
  • V2 — enthusiast-oriented DSLR-style body (built-in EVF) (second generation)
  • V3 — enthusiast-oriented hybrid-style body (optional EVF) (third generation)


So What Would Thom Get?

For me the choice is simple: V2 or V3. While at first glance the feature lists seem remarkably the same, the V2 handles like a small DSLR, while the J1 (and J2, J3, J4, S1, S2, and AW1) handle like a large compact. A small DSLR is useful, while a large compact is a bit of an oxymoron. The V2 has better user controls than the V1.

The V3 is tougher to pin down. With the optional grip and EVF, it is very DSLR-like, but without them it is very compact-like. Nikon seems to be trying to give users the best of both worlds, but the combination has some faults. 


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