Summary: I really wanted to like this camera. I bought this camera because I wanted my wife to have a small, lightweight point and shoot that would render DSLR images on an automatic setting. I am very surprised at the low quality of this camera, slow operation, horrible flash, incompatible hot shoe (???!!) and bulky lenses.
Summary: The 1V1 does not have "spot focusing". Without "spot focusing" it is impossible to shoot, for example: A bird in a tree; a background subject with foreground items. The dealer side stepped this issue even after I asked several times about "spot focus". I am EXTREMELY dissapointed and find the camera to be useless. When will Nikon address this and issue firmware to add spot focusing to the 1V1?
Summary: i just got my v1........ the few pics i've taken are incredibly disappointing. i also can't believe this thing doesn't have a built in flash!! i exchanged the j1 for the v1 because i wanted an external audio port, so i didn't even think to check if the j1 has a flash before i got it. i can't even believe it!! who cares about the dumb view finder?! i want a built in flash!!! i'm returning it. i guess i bought the hype, and now i'm sad.
Summary: I have owned a V1 for about 3 months. In those three months it has been in my hands about 2 weeks. The rest of the time it has been shipped back to Nikon for warranty work. After a week it would only sporadically boot up. Then it quit entirely. So back to Nikon it went. They did some work...it took a while...and shipped the camera back. I took a few nice photos with it. After a week, the back LCD to viewfinder switching got cranky.
Summary: I used Olympus OM series film SLRs for years climbing and backpacking and for general photography. The results were no better or worse than that of friends using the famed Nikons of the time. The difference was WEIGHT and SIZE. My OM cameras were much smaller and lighter. I switched to digital years ago ...way ahead of the curve...with a Sony Mavica that was 640 x 480 max and stored on floppies.
Summary: . The camera simply died after a few test shots (most inside my house, some on the street). Leaving that aside, it's an ok point-and-shoot. IQ is quite good for a point-and-shoot but it's very complicated compared to a point-and-shoot and quite inferior to other mirrorless systems out there. For the lowest price Nikon sold this camera you would think that it's a good deal -I thought the same thing. I was wrong.