Nikon 1 V3
A very underrated little camera!
I bought the V3 for two reasons - to do action photos at extreme frame rates with FX lenses (300 2.8 and 70-200 2.8), and as a carry everywhere 'point and shoot' camera. It exceeds my expectations on both counts. If you exploit it's capabilities, you will make incredible images with it. The FX lens usage has been exactly as anticipated, but I want to just make a few points about using it with native lenses.
1 - SHOOT RAW, and learn how to process it, even if you just convert directly to jpeg. I haven't even tried this camera as jpeg output only, I shoot everything raw. The jpeg examples I've seen elsewhere have not been that impressive, but I think that about my D800 as well. This camera in particular though improves immeasurably if you learn to use raw and nikon software - thankfully I can still use my Capture NX2 with it, but ViewNX2 also works very well with it (it's FREE).
2 - The 1 inch sensor has inherently more noise than larger sensors, but there's more to noise than quantitiy. I'm sure you've heard the over-used term 'film-like' grain, and I'll use that with this camera as well. It really does have film-like noise, very fine, with no big color blotches. 16x20 prints are very pleasing up to at least ISO 3200, and I have 20x30 hanging in client venues. I equate noise performance to my D300, maybe even a little better in dark areas. I still own and use the D300, and I would rather have the V3 at 3200 than the D300 at 3200, the noise pattern is more pleasing and more manageable in the V3.
3 - as a 'point and shoot' (and I hate putting that label on this little gem), there is no comparison. I'll strip it down (no finder or grip) and put the 10mm on it, turn the touch screen on (which I usually have off), head out to a party and have no qualms about handing it to an iphone user to take a shot. I have an iphone, but refuse to use it for photos, it's just too disappointing. If you could only compare my waiter-rendered V3 photos in dimly lit restaurants to what you see from iphones, you would be astonished.
I personally view it as an important adjunct to a full Nikon system. I wouldn't choose this as my only camera - but 'only' camera is a foreign concept to me. If I were an amateur looking for a single solution, I think I could be very happy with it, especially if I wanted to try some action photos. As an advanced user, I'd hate to be without it.
February 8, 2015
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