Summary: Overall, I am impressed by the Nikon 1 V1 – it is a solid, high-quality camera with excellent performance characteristics. While my initial thoughts after the Nikon 1 system was announced were rather
, after using the camera actively for over a month, I got to like it, at least when...
Excerpt: When it was announced in September of 2011, the Nikon 1 System somehow passed me by. I saw the press announcement, looked at the size of the sensor and the specs, and thought –not my cup of tea. That's OK. My interest and needs are not the same as others. It's a large and varied marketplace.
Excerpt: With the V1 , Nikon debuts new less-is-more thinking. It’s got fewer external manual controls in favor of more novice-friendly aids like Smart Photo Selector, which rattles off 20 stills in less than a second and picks the best five before letting you choose the keeper.
Pros: Dedicated electronic viewfinder. Hot shoe for flash. Two lenses are included in the box.
Cons: No pop-up flash. Small proprietary CX sensor. Horrid manual focus.
Conclusion: We really have difficulty recommending the V1 as tested simply because it’s wildly expensive, and the results don’t measure up to the competition. Think about this for a moment: you can buy a 24-MP Sony NEX-7 for $1,500, with an 18-55mm lens and a flash.
Excerpt: The Nikon 1 V1 is one of the two cameras launched at the release of the new 1 system, promising headline performance in a compact mirrorless body. How does the Nikon V1 fair in relation to its CSC peers?
Pros: Some impressive tricks, fast burst shooting and focusing, good EVF, retractable lenses
Cons: Too basic for hobbyists, too expensive for everyone else.
Summary: The J1 will reward point-and-shoot upgraders with a noticeable bump in image quality, but it often fails to deliver acceptable results in lower-light settings when operated in its fully automated mode.
Pros: Good image quality (comparable to 12MP Micro Four Thirds sensor output), Very good, print-ready JPEGs - nice color reproduction, and a good balance of NR/detail, Fast and accurate phase-detection tracking AF as part of adaptive 'Hybrid' AF system, Exceptional continuous shooting rates - up to 60 ...
Cons: Conservative Auto ISO behavior can result in dangerously slow shutter speeds indoors (especially frustrating for social photography and continuous-advance shots of indoor sports), No 'live' simulation of exposure compensation, nor on-screen histogram, Few direct access buttons and no 'quick menu'...
Summary: With the 1 system cameras, Nikon seems to have lost focus on what has made it such a great camera manufacturer. The company that always put an emphasis on producing extremely sharp lenses and cutting-edge, rugged camera bodies has decided to target a lower common denominator with its ILCs.
Summary: And yet the Nikon V1 and J1 are also arguably the most misunderstood cameras of recent times, based purely on early comments over their basic specifications. When Nikon finally announced its first mirror-less interchangeable lens camera (ILC), it was almost inevitable many were disappointed when...
Pros: Fast AF and confident tracking in good lighting., Fast burst shooting, including 10fps with AF., Able to capture high-res stills while filming HD video., Built-in viewfinder, mic input and accessory port.
Cons: Viewfinder slow to activate and no manual override., Switches to slower AF system under dim conditions., No exposure bracketing, live histogram or effects., No built-in flash. Proprietary accessory shoe limits options., Shutter often too slow in Portrait mode to avoid blurring.