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Nikon 1 S1

alaTest has collected and analyzed 39 reviews from magazines and websites. People really like the portability and responsiveness. The image quality and performance also get good feedback. The image stabilizer and viewfinder get negative reviews. The color and lens get mixed views.

design, performance, image quality, responsiveness, portability

features, value for money, battery, viewfinder, stabilizer

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Compact System Cameras the Nikon 1 S1 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 84/100 = Very good quality.

Review analysis

(Based on 39 reviews)

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Nikon 1 S1 Preview


Nikon introduced two new 1-series models at CES 2013, the S1 and the J3. The main differences are these: the Nikon 1 S1 will retail in kit-form for about $100 less than the J3. The S1 features a smaller 10.1 megapixel CX-format CMOS image sensor, a...

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Nikon 1 S1 Review


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. The two cameras appear to very...

Small size, attractive appearance ; Quick performance ; Excellent autofocus system ; Very good image quality, even at high ISOs ; Manual controls

No mode dial so all mode changes require accessing the menu ; Kit lens lacks optical image stabilization ; Videos are jittery ; No panorama mode

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...

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Nikon 1 S1: Lab Test & Comments


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.

extreme compact system camera ; easy handling, but manual settings are a bit “hidden” in the menu ; very fast AF system, very fast continuous shooting mode ; Full HD video ; Fun features like “motion snapshot

missing optical or electronic viewfinder (only LCD screen as viewfinder) ; missing accessory shoe for external flash systems or microphones


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Amazon review summary for Nikon 1 S1


alaTest has collected and analyzed 12 user reviews of Nikon 1 S1 from The average user rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.3/5 for other Compact System Cameras on

usability, portability, flash, performance, lens

value for money

92% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

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Nikon 1 S1 review


Extremely competitive for photo and video quality, but fiddly controls and poor battery life lessen the appeal

Ultimately, though, potential buyers are unlikely to be too concerned about lens upgrades. This is a point-and-shoot camera, and it delivers on its promise of premium image and video quality in a straightforward, pocket-friendly package. We're much...

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Nikon 1 S1


An affordable system camera that's fast and easy to use.

Reliable image quality ; Lightning quick auto-focus ; Impressive LCD screen

Noisy photos at higher ISOs ; Slightly subdued colours

As for its appearance, the Nikon 1 S1’s streamlined body and glossy finish echoes that of Nikon compacts. It won’t be to everyone's tastes, but it looks slick and classy.

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Nikon 1 S1 review


If you can't afford a J3, look this way. It may sport a lower-resolution sensor, coarser LCD and plastic body, but the S1 matches its more expensive siblings in many respects. Think with your head rather than your heart and you'll see it's a good deal...

Compact body ; Decent image quality ; Small lens system ; Good price

Wind noise on movies ; Not as appealing as J- and V-series cameras

The S1 is a good camera, and a great entry point into Nikon's 1-series compact system line-up. That makes it very attractive, as the 1-series is one of the smallest mainstream sets of compact interchangeable cameras available, and so really plays to...

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Nikon 1 S1 review


The Nikon 1 S1 is the first model in Nikon's S series of CSCs. It arrives firmly at the entry level of the 1 range and inherits a lot of the other '1' range features. Find out how it fares in our...

Fast AF; Stable and clear screen; Excellent AWB and metering system; Superb video quality

Noise control isn't up to the standard of other CSCs; No VR in the kit lens

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Nikon 1 S1


Want an interchangeable lens camera to replace your compact? The fully-featured, yet tiny Nikon 1 S1 could be just what you're looking for.

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Nikon 1 S1 First Look


Nikon broadens its Compact System Camera range with the arrival of the Nikon 1 S1


Product Specifications


Autofocus: Yes
Built-in Flash: Yes
Changeable Lens: Yes
Image Stabiliser:Electronical Image Stabiliser
Integrated GPS Module: No
Touchscreen: No
View Finder Type:LCD Monitor


Bluetooth: No
PictBridge: Yes
WiFi Connectivity:WiFi Ready

General Features

3D: No
Chip Type:CMOS
Sensor Size:13,2 x 8,8 mm


Longest Shutter Speed in s:30
Shortest Shutter Speed in s:1/16000


Compact Flash Card: No
Memory Stick / Memory Stick Pro: No
Memory Stick Duo / Duo Pro: No
Micro Drive: No
Multimedia Card: No
SDXC Card: Yes
Secure Digital Card: Yes
Secure Digital High Capacity Card: Yes
XD Card: No

Power Supply

Battery Model:Nikon EN-EL20


Aperture Priority: Yes
Face Detection Mode:Face Detection
RAW Format: Yes
Serial Shot Mode: Yes
Shutter Priority: Yes