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Nikon 1 V1

alaTest has collected and analyzed 602 reviews from magazines and websites. Comments about the usability and performance are on the whole positive. The value for money and portability also get good feedback, whereas there are some less positive views about the manual image adjustments and features.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Compact System Cameras the Nikon 1 V1 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 89/100 = Very good quality.

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Nikon 1 V1 Review


Till a few years ago, the market was swamped with interchangeable lens cameras of the DSLR type, coming mainly from brands such as Nikon and Canon, who dominated the DSLR segment and continue to do so, not giving much room to other brands to really...

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...

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Nikon 1 V1


We tested the 10-megapixel Nikon J1 awhile back and felt the company's first Compact System (mirrorless) Camera was overpriced, especially compared to the 12MP Olympus E-PM1, which you can get for around $450 with a 14-42mm lens and flash. The J1 has...

Beautiful LCD screen/EVF ; Quality photos/movies with enough light ; Fast focusing

Simply too expensive

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.

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Nikon 1 V1


In August 2012, Nikon released firmware version 1.20 for the V1 and J1 which among other small changes, claims to improve the cameras' program lines in some exposure modes, to reduce the risk of blurred images due to slow shutter speeds. We have not...

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 ;...

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...

The J1 will reward point-and-shoot upgraders with a noticeable bump in image quality, but often fails to deliver acceptable results in lower-light settings when operated in its fully automated mode.


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Nikon V1First Impressions Review


The Nikon V1 is the second of two mirrorless cameras debuted by Nikon this year. With an image sensor and lens mount developed entirely in-house and their first new lens system since 1959, Nikon has a lot riding on their new system. With the mirrorless...

When we reviewed the Nikon J1 last month, we came away with mixed opinions about the camera. It’s clear that Nikon wants to keep their system compact and go after a customer that is stepping up from a point-and-shoot experience. The 1 system is an...

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Nikon V1 Preview


Nikon has finally joined the EVIL (Electronic Viewfinder Interchangeable Lens) world with the introduction of their first mirror-less cameras. Nikon unveiled two new "Nikon 1" models, the V1 and the J1.

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Nikon V1


Small lenses keep the slightly larger Nikon V1 in the compact range, image quality is high for the resolution, and the camera is a kick to use. Enthusiasts may be bugged by the lack of a feature or two, but once they start taking pictures most will...

Good image quality; Good quality lens; Full HD videos; Lightning fast AF; Fun to use

Mode dial turns easily; Missing "modern" features like panorama, HDR; Somewhat heavy; Sluggish shot-to-shot cycle times; Proprietary external flash

Pro:Con: Pleasing image qualityPhase-detect autofocus integrated into the sensorA reasonable lineup of lenses at launchGood quality kit lens, with vibration reductionOptional flash powered by the camera GPS accessory with A-GPS support Zoom lever well...


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Nikon V1 Review


A great first entry, but needs improvements.

Solid build, excellent EVF, Motion Snapshot mode is gimmicky but a nice feature, Smart Photo Selector is great for fast moving scenes, Continuous shooting at 60fps provides exceptional speed for novice users, both mechanical and (silent) electronic...

No manual focus ring on lens and digitally manually zooming is cumbersome, rear LCD doesn't accurately represent exposure compensation in Live View, some basic options are hidden in sub-menus and no special 'art filter' effects

On the left we have the USB and AV out port, the mini-HDMI port and the external mic input jack. On the bottom we have the battery and SD card slots.

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Nikon 1 V1: Lab Test Results & Comments


The Nikon V1 camera is designed and sized like a compact camera. It offers a new lens mount system for the new Nikon 1 lenses and offers two viewfinder systems—an EVF (electronic viewfinder) with very high resolution (1.44 million RGB dots), which...

Very compact CSC system with interchangeable lenses ; Stylish body ; Extremely fast (focusing, burst mode, video modes, etc.) ; Very good resolution results ; Good noise results for a compact camera

Handling (like manual focusing) is limited by the very compact size and need for additional accessories (flash system)

The noise results are very good for a compact camera and on an average level for CSC or SLR systems. In lower ISO speed settings (100 to 400) the camera is nearly noise free with very smooth images, despite the small image sensor (CX format). Color...

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Nikon V1


The Nikon V1 is a good start for Nikon, but can it keep up with the heavy hitters in its class?

Solid color accuracy when white balance is accurate; Dynamic range is quite good in bright light

Auto white balance has real trouble under artificial lighting; High ISO performance is limited compared to APS-C competition

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Nikon 1 V1 Review: Plays Well With Legacy Lenses


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...

Good still image quality ; RAW shooting capability ; Built-in viewfinder

Expensive ; Optional grip blocks battery ; Loss of AF with FT-1 adapter

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:Optical / Electronic Viewfinder + LCD


Bluetooth: No
HDMI Interface: Yes
PictBridge: Yes
WiFi Connectivity: No

General Features

3D: No
Bridge Camera: No
Chip Type:CMOS
Product Type:Compact Camera
Sensor Size:13,2 x 8,8 mm
SLR / Compact:Compact Camera


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
Memory Type:External
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-EL15
Battery Type:Nikon EN-EL15


Aperture Priority: Yes
Face Detection Mode:Face Detection
Movie / Voice Recording:Movie + Voice
RAW Format: Yes
Serial Shot Mode: Yes
Shutter Priority: Yes