Summary: The Nikon 1 V1 with a 10-30mm lens is available in the market at a price of Rs.42,600. This camera was launched last year, across the world and it has only made its way to India, just recently. Many brands are recognizing India as a strong market for the compact system camera segment. With the case of this camera, it is built really well and looks good, too. It has various features that put it in a category by itself.
Excerpt: The Nikon 1 V1 presents the unique combination of a built-in viewfinder, compatibility with F-mount Nikkor lenses (thanks to an adapter) and a big 2.7x crop factor. We put the V1 to the test, focusing especially on its applications with Nikkor F-mount lenses. Take a look.
Pros: Good still image and video quality, Good shutter lag and AF acquisition time, RAW shooting capability, Improved battery capacity over J1, Built-in Viewfinder, FT-1 Adapter for multiple lenses
Cons: Cost, Optional grip blocks memory card and battery access, FT-1 Adapter loses continuous AF capability, some shooting modes
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. Would you rather own that camera with its nearly universal high ratings, APS-C sized sensor and AVCHD video, or the V1? Case closed. Now, what about the V1 with a flash and kit lens for about a grand?
Pros: Beautiful LCD screen/EVF, Quality photos/movies with enough light, Fast focusing
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 fps, Effective (automatic) in-camera correction of fringing/CA and vignetting in JPEG files, Smart Photo Selector works very well in day-to-day shooting (and is great for grou...
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' - some basic exposure parameters (such as ISO, white balance and exposure mode) can only be accessed via the main menu, Very little customization possible, No control over Hy...
Summary: The interface of the V1 is somewhat unusual and designed for beginning photographers. While this camera offers full manual controls, including PASM modes and custom white-balance, changing these require a trip through the menu system. Still, the V1 always remains responsive and rarely gets in the way of taking a shot. Nikon really pushed things here, giving the V1 the smoothest and most seamless integration between stills and video on any digital camera to date.
Pros: Low image noise until ISO 800, Usable up to ISO 6400, Excellent metering system, Realistic image colors, Good white-balance, Ultra-fast autofocus with moderate to good light, Quick and responsive, Excellent EVF with Eye-Start sensor, Sharp and crisp LCD, Nearly instant lag for stills and video, Extremely quiet, Very solid build quality
Cons: Slow autofocus in low light, Limited dynamic range, Shot-to-shot times longer than average, Limited selection of lenses, Few external controls, AF and MF sounds get recorded during video, Adjustment of EC not shown until set, Not, Short battery-life, Proprietary accessory port for external lighting
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 they discovered the new CX-format sensor was not only smaller than the APS-C chips in Sony's NEX ILCs and Nikon's own DX-format DSLRs, but even smaller than Micro Four Thirds.
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.
Summary: It is easy to cite the pixel count of the V1 as a reason not to be impressed, but I have to consider that the 10.1-million population could be the benefit that Nikon claims rather than the disappointment Nikon F users suspect.
In the event I've not been especially bothered by the ‘low' pixel count, and while there is a definite undercutting of absolute detail resolution, those printing not larger than A4 will be happy.
Excerpt: The Nikon V1 is the highest-spec model in Nikon's CSC range but just like its J1 cousin, it features a unique Nikon 1-Series lens mount ready to accept Nikon's new line of 1-Series lenses. Currently, only four lenses support this system and taking the 2.7x crop factor into consideration, the 10-30mm lens we tested it with is equal to 27-81mm in film terms.