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: Conclusion The Nikon 1 S1 is an attractive camera that I enjoyed using for the most part. It's conveniently small and lightweight. It has very good performance and excellent image quality, even at high ISOs. However its video was disappointing due to a consistent jittering effect. Also, it lacks several features present in the 1 J3, which is not that much more expensive.
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 just want a small, light and capable carry-around camera it's definitely one for the shortlist.
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.
Conclusion: Despite the fact that it's small, the Nikon 1 S1's image quality is excellent and certainly worthy of consideration for first time CSC owners. If you're an existing Nikon user, you might want to think about this either as a backup for a DSLR or a companion to a smaller compact camera.
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.