Nikon 1 V3
Awesome Carry Along Camera - Fantastic Compatibility
I now carry this V3 on all my photography outings alongside my larger DSLR body. I find it a perfect platform solution for quick stable video, and photos for more agile work.
Small enough to fit in my side bag and useful enough for detailed images for immediate social postings using the available app.
What's to like: Plenty! Fantastic VR HD stable video. Very useful as a second video on site. Why drag around a 2 pound DSLR video solution when a more simplistic approach will suffice? Video features HD with slow motion effects.
The 18mp sensor is sharp, has minimal noise in most shooting situations, and renders splendid images that can be uploaded using your smart phone and the WiFi app.
Selectable focus modes allow for some of the sharpest, fastest acquisitions available on any camera with FPS rate that exceed even that of the mighty D4S, you will not miss the moment with this camera!
The camera is modular in concept: Those who want a DSLR feel can attach the electronic viewfinder and grip and will find it very similar to the larger DSLR in feel and use. Those needing a more streamlined body can forgo the attachments and still have all the features of the V3 at their fingers.
Splendid images and wonderful handling make this camera a must for any photographer, + adding the FT-1 lens adapter will allow almost EVERY Nikkor lens to attach. Keep in mind the 2.7 crop factor for the lens. I have bird shots using my 400mm lens + FT-1 with this set up - I hope to capture more as migration occurs. Using my new 400mm I get a 1080mm field of view.
I am 95% satisfied with this camera: here are a couple of things I wish were better.
- Battery Life. Although adequate, I bought a second spare just in case.
- The memory card is the smallest one in size, super small, you need fingernails. Luckily you only need to install it one time.
All the photos attached were taken by me using the V3; some with the supplied kit lens and others with the FT-1 and Nikkor FX lens - all worked wonderfully.
This is the "1 series" I have been waiting for - has everything I need for a fantastic experience. Thanks Nikon.
October 28, 2014
Excellent 2nd body, Fantastic travel camera ... works seamlessly with all my lenses
I purchased this camera as a high speed compact 2nd body to complement my D600 ... it does everything Nikon says but needs a bit of getting used to due to the small size and differentlocations of menu items, buttons and dials ... overall I love it ...
I have not had a chance to make a real life high speed shoot yet but I tested the high speed AF 20 FPS on a bird flying towards me with a 70-200 2.8 at 200mm (540mm with crop factor) ... worked perfectly and every one of the photos were in super sharp focus ... I cannot say the same for my framing the subject as it need getting used to ones you start following a moving subject at high zooms
I will highly recommend the camera to anyone who uses a DSLR and dont want to carry a big body all the time ...
What I dont like is the view finder - color accuracy and speed is not the same as on a DSLR but definitely brighter under low light ... hwoever you see what you are framing even though not a true representation of color ... I also dont like the flimsiness of the connection ... I carry teh camera with finder off and plug it when I use it ...
As for GPS not being included - I heard some locations do not allow GPS enabled cameras ... might be a myth but most pro cameras dont seem to have it and no manufacturer has it on high end models so the myth may have some truth to it ... I use a GPS logger that goes on for ove 2 days with a single charge and LR matches the time stamps to geotag the photos ... easy once you know how to
September 24, 2014
I have been using the V3 for several weeks. I have used some of the V lens and several full frame lens, up to the 800mm with the 1.25 TC. When I do my part the results are astounding. Upon my return home I will be getting an additional V3.
The ability to use several of my DSLR/film lens on this smaller body which has a 2.7 crop factor is one reason I will be getting another V3. The additional 'reach' provided means the V3 with the 800mm with the 1.25 TC is like having a 2700mm lens. This has been very useful on our trip to Alaska and allowed me to get images of great quality which would have just been specks in the frame of many other cameras.
I highly recommend the V3!
August 10, 2014
I love it
I'm not a pro, but this camera actually makes me look like one!!
I bought the kit with the small lens... a month later order the 70-300mm and I just love it
The body of the camera is so light and compact
September 9, 2014
The Future of Digital Photography
The future of digital photography is certainly mirror-less. There is really no need for the bulk or the vibration generated by a mirror flapping out of the way of the sensor, and this camera demonstrates how it should be done.
Until now, most DSLRs have been more capable than most mirror-less digital cameras, but this one closes the gap almost to zero. I bought it to use primarily as a travel camera, since the bulk of my DSLR and its various lenses is getting a bit much to put up with. The V3 is quickly replacing the DSLRs for all purposes. Picture quality is great. Features are great. Handlability is great. Speed (of start up, focus, etc) is great.
Why not five stars, then? There are a few small issues that Nikon needs to correct to make this the killer camera of all time:
The viewfinder feels a tad fragile, and I cannot seem to get my eye up to it well enough to frame a shot properly. The ergonomics are such that I am looking well below the center of the frame, leading to some oddly composed shots with too much sky in them. It would benefit from a slightly higher position relative to the camera body, or the ability to tilt up a few degrees.
The lens that comes with the kit is totally lame. The camera is an enthusiast-level unit, but the lens does not even accept filters. Save your money. Don't buy the kit, and get one of the other excellent Nikon 1 lenses instead.
Finally, this camera really shines as a travel camera. Why not add the one thing that a traveler really wants - built-in GPS to geotag the images and chronicle the trip? Nikon's add-on GPS units are fragile and unreliable, and prevent the use of the hot shoe for other things (such as the viewfinder, in this case) but their built-in ones are really quite good. The time has come for all digital cameras to have this capability - especially the ones that are great travel cameras.
Overall, this camera has what it takes to displace DSLRs. A few small adjustments will make it a real killer.
August 10, 2014