Nikon 1 - V1

The V1 is Nikon's top model for the Nikon 1 line. As such, it additional features, though the interface is still more targeted to a compact user moving up. 

Nikon-V1-with-lens
  • Sensor: 10mp Nikon CMOS sensor, 13.2x8.8 (2.7x crop)
  • Mount: Nikon CX
  • Images: 3872x2582 JPEG or compressed 12-bit NEF maximum, 5 fps max full resolution
  • Video:  1080P/30, 1080i/60, 720P/30/15, 480P/30/15, 240P/400, 120P/1200, MPEG4 MOV file, stereo PCM audio
  • Shutter: electronic 30 sec to 1/16,000 sec, bulb; mechanical 30 sec to 1/4000 sec, bulb
  • Exposure: matrix, center-weighted, spot metering, -3 to +3EV exposure compensation, 6 white balance settings (plus Auto and Custom), ISO 100-3200 (plus HI-1)
  • Focus: on imaging sensor 135 point phase detection plus contrast detect, single point, multi-area, face detect, tracking, manual focus override
  • Display: 3" 921k dot fixed LCD, integrated half-inch 1440k dot EVF
  • Flash: No built-in flash (uses external flash in accessory mount), 1/250 flash sync, red-eye reduction, slow sync, rear sync
  • Remote: IR receiver on front and rear of camera (ML-L3 controller optional)
  • Other Notable Features: timelapse, motion snapshot (1 second at 1080P/60 plus full resolution still), smart photo selector, supports GPS (with optional module)
  • Cards: SD, SDHC, SDXC
  • Battery: EN-EL15
  • Size: 4.4 x 3 x 1.7" (113 x 76 x 44) wide, tall, deep
  • Weight: ? ounces (294g)
  • Colors: White and Black
  • Price: US$900 with 10-30mm kit lens
  • Announced: Sep 2011, shipped Oct 2011
  • Firmware: 1.40 (May 2014)

Thom's Mini Review: As frustrating as some aspects of this camera can be (lack of direct controls mostly), I've come to like it more than hate it (a common issue with mirrorless cameras right now). The Mode dial is near useless and changes too easily with handling. The controls are small and limited. Yet the image quality and focus performance are quite good, and the EVF more than adequate to make this feel like a mini-DSLR. As readers of the bythom.com site know, I've used this camera in a trip through New Zealand with some very good DSLR-like results. As a 1.0 version of a new product category (for Nikon), the V1 has a lot of things that need to be addressed/fixed. Yet once I learned to adapt to the camera rather than have it adapt to me (customization, which it lacks), I found that I was picking it up often and getting the shots I wanted. It won't be everyone's cup of tea, though. Recommended 

Link to my full V1 review.

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