Summary: The Nikon 1 S1 does not introduce anything new into the family of mirrorless of the Japanese manufacturer. In fact, the new model is designed exclusively for beginners, with a smaller body, essential controls and a more competitive price. We find it very smart addition to the series 1, offering advanced features but easy to access, something that will be especially appreciated by those who do not want to waste time before shooting, sure to produce quality results and...
Pros: Compact and lightweight body, Excellent value for the price, Burst shooting at 15 fps with continuous AF, Simplified user interface.
Cons: Taking into the awkward hand, Checks too basic, Fixed screen and non-touch.
Summary: The Nikon 1 S1 is a fine CSC, with a long list of admirable features. It may not be the best choice for low-light (with the lack of a proper VR system standing out as a particular disappointment), neither is it the ideal option around which to build a system of lenses and accessories, but if you just want a small, light and capable carry-around camera it’s definitely one for the shortlist.
Pros: Fast AF; Stable and clear screen; Excellent AWB and metering system; Superb video quality
Cons: Noise control isn't up to the standard of other CSCs; No VR in the kit lens
Excerpt: Rather than a large APS-C sensor at its heart, as the name suggests this entry-level camera in Nikon’s ‘1’ system of CSC’s deploys a slightly smaller one-inch sensor. Nikon hasn’t chosen to overburden this particular chip with pixels either – sensible, as a smaller sensor and high pixel count can result in visible image noise/grain – although in present company a 10.1 megapixel top resolution feels somewhat modest.
Small dimensions means this is one of the very few CSC’s we were able to transport in a trouser pocket with lens removed, simple to use, inexpensive, pop up flash
Small one inch sensor, no hotshoe, no built-in viewfinder, fixed non tilting LCD screen, no Wi-Fi on board (though optional dongle available)
Excerpt: The compact system camera (CSC) market is getting increasingly crowded and homogenised, but there's no risk of the Nikon 1 system blending in. These cameras are smaller and lighter than rival CSC systems, but that's mostly because their 13.2x8.8mm sensors are quite a bit smaller than the 17.3x13mm and 23.5x15.6mm sensors used elsewhere. And whereas most CSCs offer SLR-like control, the more affordable models in the Nikon 1 range are unashamedly point-and-shoot devices.
Pros: Good image quality, Small size, Best Moment Capture, The best thing about the Nikon 1 S1 is its (JPEG) image quality, which is arguably the most important thing. Photographs from it are bright, colourful and vibrant without being over the top. Despite its small size and relatively low resolution, it's also capable of producing plenty of fine detail.
Cons: No touchscreen, Long-winded operation, Can't shoot raw and JPEG files together, Although this camera is aimed primarily at beginners, anybody with a desire to make changes to settings will find the Nikon 1 S1 ever so slightly frustrating. A touchscreen would have elevated this up from an average or basic compact system camera to something with a bit more appeal.
Excerpt: The Nikon 1 S1 is mostly made out of plastic, weighing in at 197g for the body only, although this is only 4g less than the metal-bodied J3 model. It feels better made than the official product shots would have you believe. With an essentially grip-less design, the Nikon S1 is very much a two-handed affair that requires you to hold the camera's weight in the left hand, clutching the lens, and use your right hand for balance and operating the controls.
Conclusion: The Nikon 1 S1 is a great pocket-sized compact system camera, with all the automatic and manual controls you'd ever need, and with a few interesting and fun features thrown in to boot. Taking up the entry-level end of the system, it's smaller and lighter than its higher spec siblings, the J3 and V2 models. Despite having very few direct access buttons, the S1 is a pleasure to use, thanks to a clear and intuitive menu system.
Excerpt: The Nikon 1 S1 is a new entry level mirrorless camera from Nikon and sits underneath the Nikon J3, with the most compact body, as well as a 10 megapixel 1 inch Nikon CX sensor. It is available in a number of colours and comes with the new compact 11-27.5mm kit lens for around £435.
Pros: Extend lens to switch on, close to switch off, 2 year warranty, Extremely compact, Stylish camera, Matching strap colour, Manual stills and video, Silent (electronic) shutter, Extremely quick continuous shooting
Cons: Can't shoot RAW and JPEG at the same time!, Lacks panoramic mode, 11-27.5mm kit lens does not feature IS, Limited 2.5x optical zoom with 11-27.5mm kit lens, Touch-screen would help menu navigation due to lack of mode dial