Nikon 1 V1
Powerful camera in a small body
I find the more I use the V1 the more I appreciate it. The image quality is outstanding and the AF and the camera's overall speed is off the charts. This camera is so much fun my D600 and D700 are spending more time in the bag.
September 5, 2014
I own a Nikon 1 J1 but missed a EVF. The Nikon 1 V1 EVF is great!! I have a Nikon D700 and the Nikon 1 V1 is a great duo in my bag!!!
June 4, 2014
High Performance Camera In A Small Package
Got a V1 with a 10-100mm zoom several weeks ago and have been using it constantly. I have a D7000, but I was really looking for something smaller and less obtrusive to take with me everywhere I go, since I live in NYC. The V1 has all the features of a dSLR without all the dials and buttons to distract you. Images with the V1 in RAW are sharp and after some post editing, are very colorful with a "film-like" quality that I love.
Changing settings on the V1 requires you to go into the menu, and I've read reviews where users criticized that feature. To tell you the truth, my experience using the menu to change shooting mode, ISO, AF, etc, has been quite easy, after initially learning the way it works. It's almost as fast to change settings as if you were using a dSLR.
The ISO "range" feature is totally awesome on this camera. Light is always changing, so if you set the ISO to 100-400 or 100-800, you don't have to constantly change ISO for different situations. You have to read the light right when shooting this camera since images taken at ISO 1600 and 3200 can be noisy and need noise reduction adjustments in post editing. But I love the 10fps with the mechanical shutter. I love the design and the way it feels in the hand. It just looks really, really cool.
The great thing about the V1 is its size and portability. It's awesome for street shooting and travel, as well as photojournalism. I shoot part-time freelance for a local newspaper and have taken the V1 along with my D7000. With the flash on the V1, the photos were totally useable for the newspaper.....and I don't even have any prime lenses for the V1 yet. I plan on getting the 10mm f/2.8 and 18.5mm 1.8. I also highly recommend you use one of the tiny flash units made for the V1 whenever you shoot indoors. I have the SB-N7.
I love what Nikon is doing with their 1 System mirrorless cameras and I hope they continue it. I see myself using the V1 90% of the time over the bulky and heavier dSLR. You sacrifice a tiny bit of image quality but at 1/4 the weight and bulk of a dSLR/lens combo, I'll choose the lighter, less conspicuous V1 anytime.
February 6, 2014
Full featured, compact
A great camera, now discontinued. The 400fps video is fantastic. With the FT-1 lens adapter the AFS VR 70-300mm becomes 200-800mm equivalent. At 400fps, hand held, jitter becomes slow pan. Also has interval shutter (time-lapse). Some may not like 10 megapixels, only 5 times the size of a 1080p monitor. 10mp is plenty of crop space!
February 5, 2014
Great little camera. I have used this camera since it first came out and it is much better than a point and shoot and so much smaller and lighter than a DSLR. I have the flash and the FT 1 adapter so it will do anything that I need for it to do. Battery life is great and no batteries needed with the flash. Runs using the camera battery. I also have a adapter so that I can use Leica lens on the Nikon 1 body. Have to shoot all manual and use a hand held light meter but the images are great. With a 35mm 1.8 G series lens on the Nikon 1 you get a great portrait lens.
December 15, 2013