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Nikon 1 V1 review

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

Our Verdict

For

  • Generally good build quality
  • Easy to use
  • Fun Motion Snapshot mode
  • 60fps continuous shooting
  • Image quality good

Against

  • Smaller sensor than CSCs
  • Exposure changed via menu
  • Flimsy multi control dial
  • Image quality can't match Micro Four Thirds cameras'

Nikon v1 review

The higher resolution screen, EVF, hotshoe and choice of shutter types mean that the Nikon V1 is more likely to attract the attention of the enthusiast photographer than the J1 is.Which means it sells in smaller numbers than the popular J1 which has topped the UK CSC sales charts on several occasions.

While the build of the Nikon V1 will certainly meet with approval from these users, they may be disappointed that the shooting mode options are located in the menu. They may also be concerned that Nikon has plumped for a smaller sensor than most manufacturers.

Nikon is obviously keen to stake a claim in the new compact system camera market, but it doesn't want to damage its DSLR sales – after all, it is one of the top two camera manufacturers.

For this reason, perhaps more than any other manufacturer, Nikon has succeeded in producing a camera that sits between its compact and DSLR models. The Nikon V1 and J1 have larger sensors than the compact cameras and accept interchangeable lenses, but they lack the bulk and complexity of the company's DSLRs.

We liked

Like the Nikon J1, the V1 has a high-quality, durable feel. The controls are well laid out and unintimidating for the novice user. Image quality is also high for a small camera.

We disliked

It's a shame that there's no touchscreen and the LCD is fixed rather than articulated. We'd also like a quicker route to the exposure mode options.

Final verdict

Image quality from the Nikon V1 is good and noise is nicely controlled, especially if you have time to process the raw files individually. The sensor is small enough to allow a small camera body, but large enough to enable control over depth of field.

We think the Nikon V1 would grab more attention if Nikon had distinguished its handling a little more from that of the J1. Giving it an articulated touchscreen, an exposure mode dial and a customisable button or two would make it quicker to use and more versatile.

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
Flash ModesSlow Sync, Rear Curtain Sync, Red-eye Reduction, Flash Exposure Compensation
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