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Nikon 1 S1 review

Nikon's simplest CSC put to the test

We shoot a specially designed chart in carefully controlled conditions and the resulting images are analysed using DXO Analyzer software to generate the data to produce the graphs below.

A high signal to noise ratio (SNR) indicates a cleaner and better quality image.

For more more details on how to interpret our test data, check out our full explanation of our noise and dynamic range tests.

Here we compare the Nikon 1 S1 with the Olympus PEN Mini E-PM2, Panasonic GF5 and Sony NEX-F3.

JPEG signal to noise ratio

Nikon 1 S1 review

These results show that the Nikon 1 S1's JPEG files have the weakest signal to noise ratio of all the cameras we compared, falling behind those from the Olympus PEN Mini E-PM2, Panasonic GF5 and Sony NEX-F3 at every sensitivity setting.

Raw signal to noise ratio

Nikon 1 S1 review

The signal to noise ratios of the TIFF images (after conversion from raw) from the Nikon 1 S1 start off the weakest of the group at lower ISOs, but overtake the Panasonic GF5 at ISO 1600 and above. The Nikon 1 S1's TIFFs have a weaker signal to noise ratio than the Olympus PEN Mini E-PM2 and Sony NEX-F3 at every sensitivity.

JPEG dynamic range

Nikon 1 S1 review

The Nikon 1 S1's JPEG results for dynamic range are more impressive than those for signal to noise ratio, showing stronger scores than the Panasonic GF5's at ISO 200, 3200 and 6400, and very similar scores at ISO 1600. The Nikon 1 S1's JPEGs also produce similar dynamic range to the Sony NEX-F3 at ISO 200, though at higher ISOs they are weaker than the Sony's. The Olympus PEN Mini E-PM2's JPEGs beat the Nikon 1 S1's for dynamic range at every sensitivity setting.

Raw dynamic range

Nikon 1 S1 review

TIFF images (after conversion from raw) from the Nikon 1 S1 start off showing the weakest dynamic range of the group at low ISOs, before again overtaking the Panasonic GF5 at ISO 1600 and above. The Olympus PEN Mini E-PM2 and Sony NEX-F3's TIFFs beat the Nikon 1 S1's for dynamic range at every sensitivity, though the gap does narrow considerably at ISO 1600 and above.

Tech Specs

Product TypeMirrorless Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Green CompliantYes
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
Effective Camera Resolution10.1 Megapixel
Wide AngleYes
Product Family1
Optical Zoom2.5x, 2.5x (Lens 1) - 3.6x (Lens 2)
Digital ZoomNo
Brand NameNikon
FeaturesTime Lapse Function, Self-timer, Face Detection, Live View, Continuous Shooting Mode
Screen Size7.6 cm (3")
Video FormatsMOV, MPEG-4
Weight (Approximate)197 g
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityRoHS, WEEE
Maximum Image Resolution3872 x 2592
Maximum Frame Rate1200 fps
Number of Batteries Supported1
Battery Built-inNo
Battery RechargeableYes
Battery IncludedYes
Display Screen TypeLCD
Image Sensor TypeCMOS
Camera AssemblyBody with Lens Kit
HD Movie ModeYes
Battery Model SupportedEN-EL20
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card, Secure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC)
Height60.5 mm
Width102 mm
Depth29.7 mm
Autofocus Points135
Product Series1
Focal Length11 mm to 27.50 mm (Lens 1) - 30 mm to 110 mm (Lens 2)
Image FormatsRAW, JPEG
Audio FormatsAAC
Focus ModesManual, Auto
ManufacturerNikon Corporation
Product ModelS1
Product Name1 S1 Mirrorless Camera
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberVVA191K007
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

When the decisive moment strikes, you need to be ready. But what if your "carry-anywhere" camera isn't up to the job?

The Nikon 1 S1 interchangeable lens system camera is always ready to spring into action; it's as convenient and easy to use as a compact camera, but much faster and significantly more powerful, with better image quality.

It boasts an astonishingly fast autofocus system, built-in auto pop-up flash, and intuitive digital controls. And with second-generation features like Best Moment Capture, Live Image Control, and Motion Snapshot, you'll always be ready to shoot high-quality photos and movies.

The S1's sophisticated features are refreshingly simple to use, giving you great results with less effort and ensuring that you never miss a moment.

Small enough to take with you everywhere, with a beautiful, minimal design that you won't want to leave at home, this is the ideal camera system for people who want to capture decisive moments with high-resolution images and Full HD movies.

Package Contents
  • 1 S1 Mirrorless Camera
  • 1 NIKKOR 11-27.5mm f/3.5-5.6
  • 1 NIKKOR VR 30-110mm f/3.8-5.6
  • BF-N1000 Body Cap
  • EN-EL20 Rechargeable Li-ion battery (with terminal cover)
  • MH-27 Battery Charger
  • AN-N1000 Strap
  • UC-E19 USB Cable
  • User's Manual
  • Reference Manual CD
  • Software CD-ROM
Display Resolution460000 Pixel
Limited Warranty1 Year
Built-in DevicesMicrophone, Speaker