Summary: The Nikon 1 S1 does not introduce anything new into the family of mirrorless of the Japanese manufacturer. The new model is designed exclusively for beginners, with a smaller body, essential controls and a more competitive price.
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 was announced this past January, at the same time as the Nikon 1 J3, which I reviewed this past March. Both are small, attractive cameras of the mirrorless, rangefinder-style with interchangeable lenses.
Pros: Small size, attractive appearance, Quick performance, Excellent autofocus system, Very good image quality, even at high ISOs, Manual controls
Cons: No mode dial so all mode changes require accessing the menu, Kit lens lacks optical image stabilization, Videos are jittery, No panorama mode
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...
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: The S1 is the brand new entry-level camera in Nikon’s 1 series. With a sensor resolution of 10 MP it offers the same nominal resolution as the first Nikon 1 cameras, the 1 J1 and 1 V1, which were launched in 2011.
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...
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,...
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 ...
Summary: The Nikon 1 S1 is the new entry-level model in Nikon's compact system camera range, but it's a surprisingly capable camera that offers virtually all of the same features as the mid-range J3 model at £100 / $100 cheaper.