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Nikon 1 V1 review

A CSC like the J1, but with an EVF and higher resolution screen

We shoot a specially designed chart in carefully controlled conditions and the resulting images are analysed using the DXO Analyzer software to give noise and dynamic range measurements at every sensitivity (ISO) setting.

Signal to noise ratio

The Nikon 1 V1 uses a smaller sensor than APS-C or Micro Four Thirds cameras. This means that the V1's 10.1 million effective photosites (pixels) are likely to be smaller, which could be a challenge for image quality.

Our lab tests indicate that the V1 produces JPEG images that have a comparatively low signal to noise ratio.

Although the values are still lower, the raw files (after conversion to TIFF) are much closer in performance to that of the other cameras in this test. This significantly better raw file performance indicates that Nikon has chosen to process out the noise from the JPEGs at the expense of the image signal more than the other manufacturers.

JPEG signal to noise ratio

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

Nikon v1 jpeg signal to noise ratio
Nikon v1 jpeg signal to noise ratio

JPEG images from the Nikon V1 show lower scores for signal to noise ratio than the Olympus PEN E-P3, Sony NEX-5 and Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2. This means that images will show a greater amount of noise especially at the higher end of the sensitivity range.

RAW signal to noise ratio

Nikon v1 raw signal to noise ratio
Nikon v1 raw signal to noise ratio





RAW images from the Nikon V1 show results for signal to noise ration are on par with those from the Olympus PEN E-P3, Sony NEX-5 and Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2.

Dynamic range

For a full explanation of what our resolution charts mean, and how to read them please click here to read the full article.

Interestingly, our dynamic range measurements show that the Nikon V1 raw files compare favourably with the files from the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2 and Olympus PEN E-P3 and Sony NEX-5. Between ISO 100 and 800 it is only beaten by the Sony camera, and above ISO 800 it leads the way.

It's JPEG dynamic range performance is a little lower. It is generally on a par with, or a little better than the Panasonic GH2.

JPEG dynamic range

Nikon v1 jpeg dynamic range
Nikon v1 jpeg dynamic range

This chart indicates that the Nikon V1's JPEGs dynamic range compares well against the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2 and Olympus PEN E-P3, showing that it can resolve a good amount of shadow and highlight detail across the sensitivity range.

RAW dynamic range

Nikon v1 raw dynamic range
Nikon v1 raw dynamic range

This chart indicates that the Nikon V1's JPEGs dynamic range compares well against the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2 and Olympus PEN E-P3 and Sony NEX-5. From a sensitivity of ISO 1600 the Nikon V1 beats the dynamic range performance of thecomparisoncameras.

For a full explanation of our noise and dynamic range tests, please click here to read the full article.

Tech Specs

Product TypeMirrorless Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Green CompliantYes
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
Effective Camera Resolution10.1 Megapixel
USBYes
Wide AngleYes
PictBridgeYes
Product Family1
ColourWhite
Optical Zoom3x
Brand NameNikon
FeaturesSelf-timer, Continuous Shooting Mode
Screen Size7.6 cm (3")
Video FormatsMPEG-4, QuickTime MOV
Viewfinder TypeElectronic
Weight (Approximate)294 g
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityRoHS, WEEE
Minimum Focus Distance200 mm
Maximum Image Resolution3872 x 2592
Maximum Frame Rate60 fps
Number of Batteries Supported1
Battery Built-inNo
Battery RechargeableYes
Battery IncludedYes
Display Screen TypeLCD
Image Sensor TypeCMOS
HDMIYes
Camera AssemblyBody with Lens Kit
HD Movie ModeYes
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card, Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC)
Height76 mm
Width113 mm
Depth43.5 mm
Autofocus Points135
Product Series1
Focal Length10 mm to 30 mm (Lens 1)
Image FormatsJPEG, RAW
Audio FormatsAAC
Focus ModesAuto, Manual
ManufacturerNikon Corporation
Product ModelV1
Product Name1 V1 Mirrorless Camera
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberVVA102K001
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.nikon.co.uk
Marketing Information

Built from the scratch to offer still image and video recording without compromise, the portable Nikon 1 V1 will propel your photography forward in ways you could never have imagined.

With an astonishingly fast AF CMOS sensor, clever shooting modes, strong low-light performance and a high-resolution electronic viewfinder, it offers all you need to capture standout stills and movies.

Battery Life400 Shot/2 Hour Video
Package Contents
  • 1 V1 Mirrorless Camera
  • 1 Nikkor VR 10-30mm f/3.5-5.6 Lens
  • EN-EL15 Rechargeable Li-ion Battery
  • MH-25 Battery Charger
  • UC-E6 USB Cable
  • EG-CP14 Audio/Video Cable
  • AN-N1000 Strap
  • BF-N1000 Body Cap
  • BS-N1000 Multi Accessory Port Cover
  • Software CD
Display Resolution921000 Pixel
Limited Warranty1 Year
Built-in DevicesMicrophone