Nikon's 1 V3 is the newest model in the company's enthusiast mirrorless interchangeable lens camera system. The body features external controls and programmable custom buttons for easy manual adjustments, and is kitted with a removable hand grip (GR-N1010) and electronic viewfinder (DF-N1000). The V3 is built around an 18.4 MP CX-format sensor, and uses a hybrid contrast (171 points) and phase detect (105 points) AF system. The V3 boasts a continuous shooting speed that outpaces DSLRs at 20 fps with full autofocus. The camera is also capable of 1080/60p Full HD video, includes built-in Wi-Fi connectivity, and a new touch-panel tilting LCD display.
Nikon 1 V3 Mirrorless Camera Kit with 1 Nikkor VR 10-30mm f/3.5-5.6 PD-Zoom Lens, Electronic Viewfinder and Grip
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“ For users who place a strong value on using small, light cameras, the V3 should be considered for its continuous AF at high frame rates (20 fps) and DSLR-like handling.”
- 18.4 MP CMOS CX-format sensor with no optical low pass filter
- Includes Nikkor VR 10-30mm f/3.5-5.6 PD-Zoom Lens
- ISO 160-12800
- Hybrid AF system
- Continuous shooting up to 60 FPS or 20 FPS with full-time autofocus
- 3-inch tilting touch-LCD with 1,037,000 dots
- Includes removable electronic viewfinder with 2,359,000 dots
- 1080 (60p, 30p), 720 (60p, 30p) HD video
- Raw/JPEG/ Raw+JPEG shooting
- Electronic VR for filming video
- Built- in Wi-Fi
- microSD/microSDHC/microSDXC memory
|Body type||Rangefinder-style mirrorless|
|Max resolution||5232 x 3488|
|Other resolutions||3920 x 2616, 2608 x 1744|
|Image ratio w:h||3:2|
|Effective pixels||18 megapixels|
|Sensor size||1″ (13.2 x 8.8 mm)|
|ISO||Auto, ISO 160-12800|
|White balance presets||6|
|Custom white balance||Yes|
|JPEG quality levels||Fine, normal|
|Optics & Focus|
|Number of focus points||171|
|Lens mount||Nikon 1|
|Focal length multiplier||2.7×|
|Screen / viewfinder|
|Touch screen||Yes (Touch focus, shutter)|
|Viewfinder type||Electronic (optional)|
|Minimum shutter speed||30 sec|
|Maximum shutter speed||1/16000 sec|
|Manual exposure mode||Yes|
|Subject / scene modes||Yes|
|Flash range||5.00 m (ISO 100)|
|External flash||Yes (via proprietary accessory shoe)|
|Flash modes||Fill-flash, fill-flash w/slow sync, rear curtain sync, rear curtain w/slow sync, redeye reduction, redeye reduction w/slow sync, off|
|Continuous drive||60 fps|
|Self-timer||Yes (2 or 10 secs)|
|Exposure compensation||±3 (at 1/3 EV steps)|
|Resolutions||1920 x 1080 (60p, 30p), 1280 x 720 (60p, 30p)|
|Videography notes||High speed: 1280 x 720 (120 fps), 768 x 288 (400 fps), 416 x 144 (1200 fps); Motion Snapshot: 1920 x 1080 (24 fps); Fast-motion, jump-cut, 4 second movies (24 fps)|
|USB||USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)|
|Wireless notes||smartphone app allows for photo sharing|
|Remote control||Yes (Wireless)|
|Battery description||EN-EL20a lithium-ion battery and charger|
|Battery Life (CIPA)||310|
|Weight (inc. batteries)||381 g (0.84 lb / 13.44 oz)|
|Dimensions||111 x 65 x 33 mm (4.37 x 2.56 x 1.3″)|
The Nikon 1 V2 was a rather awkward-looking camera, with an angular body and pronounced 'hump' on the top for the built-in EVF. The V3 has a much more traditional rangefinder-style design and is not as tall as the V2 - but it's larger in every other dimension (and heavier, too) The reason it's not as tall is obvious: there's no longer a built-in EVF.
While the V2 had a fixed LCD, the V3 has a tilting, 3" touchscreen with 1.04 million dots. As you'd expect, you can use the touchscreen to focus and take photos, and flip through photos in playback mode. The buttons on the left of the display tilt as well, as does the hidden infrared port for an optional wireless remote.
The V3 uses a new 18.4 megapixel CX-format (1"-type) CMOS sensor - up from 14.2MP on the V2. The sensor has no anti-aliasing (low-pass) filter, which promises higher resolution. But there's more to the new sensor than higher resolution. Both sensors have Hybrid Autofocus, which combines contrast and phase detection. The V3 has a large advantage over its predecessor, not only having more contrast detect areas (171 vs. 135), but more phase detect points as well (171 vs. 73).
Scoring is relative only to the other cameras in the same category at the time of review.
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The Nikon 1 V3 is one of the few mirrorless cameras we'd recommend for shooting sports or quickly moving kids. It brings high autofocus performance, interchangeable-lens versatility, and DSLR-like handling in a portable size. However, when factoring in price, there are many other good, less expensive alternatives with better image quality and all-around value.
Fast action such as wildlife and sports. Street photographers will find the the V3's silent mode useful.
Not So Good For
Low-light or landscape photography where absolute image quality or dynamic range is needed.
Anyone Try a V3 + FT1 + AF-S Lens?
Has anybody tried the FT1 on a V3 - with an AF-S lens? With a 105 AF-S VR Micro, 70-200 f2.8 VRII, 80-400 AF-S G, or 500 f4 VR. What kind of results are you seeing? Did you upgrade the "L" firmware in your V3 (for the FT-1) to 1.20? Thanks.
http://www.nikoncafe.com/xenf/index.php?threads/photos-with-the-nikon-1-v3.278802/ If you are not a member of Nikon Café registration is easy and free. The results are positive, with a 600mm + 1.4, on Terns in flight. Also read the comments in the thread by Creative Edge ( Michael Fullana ), very encouraging. I am just waiting for mine to arrive, impatiently. Continue Reading
Bill, Thanks for your reply. I did check out the NikonCafe link, and it looks like positive results are being obtained with the V3+FT1+AF-S(lens) combination. Unfortunately, my results so far don't look nearly as good. My initial testing was with the AF-S/G 80-400 - and results were disappointing in terms of image sharpness. I believe I read in another post that you were expecting a V3 delivery - have you received yours, yet? Aloha, Roy Continue Reading
Hey, Roy. No, I have not yet received mine. I have, however, used my 80-400 on my V1 with the FT1 with decent results. The issue, for me, is one of stability. Hand holding the combination is difficult, without a doubt, but I have had good results on tripod. I did test, using my 80-400, at our local store last week and my results were quite good, as long as I kept the shutter speed up. Those were all shooting hand held. The folks in that Nikon Café thread are very good photographers, don't hesitate to ask them questions. Think about this: 600mm + 1.4 TC = 840mm * 2.7 ..... That is some reach at f5.6. Continue Reading
Considering the purchase of a V3
I am considering the purchase of a Nikon 1 V3. I have a Nikon 610 and although I don't expect the IQ to be equal to the 610, I would like to know from those who also use a DSLR whether you have been satisfied with the IQ of the V3. The main reason for considering this camera is that I am finding it more difficult to use telephoto lenses i.e., 80-400 because of their weight. I also like the fact that I can use my other Nikon lenses on this body. I would appreciate your advise.
I'll have a go at this, as I have been going through a "testing" period. I have no direct comparisons, but none the less found out a lot of things relevant to your question. Firstly there is no easy answer, but a good clue comes from the number of people on this forum and elsewhere, who seem to actively use a Nikon D800/D600 plus Nikon 1 combination. Secondly, I have found that the lens quality and the post processing has as much, if not more, influence on image quality as sensor size. In my fuji x100s vs Nikon D600 tests, I alternated between which one I thought was better, as I moved through different stages in the tests. All things being equal of course, a bigger sensor will always beat a smaller sensor, but I suspect in the real world this rarely occurs. Thirdly, lots of things influenced the comparisons, a "very slight" change in cloud cover, would make noticeable chages in dynamic range and apparent sharpness. Fourthly, apparently "massive" differences at 100%, or larger ... Continue Reading
I have the V3 and before that the V1/V2. I also have RX100III and Sony RX10 both of which are also 1" sensors. I also have D800, A7s for FF comparison and Fuji XT1, a6000 for APS-C comparison. The V3 is really fun to shoot with of all my cameras I like its control setup best and I love its shutter sound ;) Having said that while I'm able to get good results with the V3 the IQ doesn't measure up to the other cams I use. I still have a lot of keepers and shots I couldn't have gotten with the other cams but from an IQ standpoint the V3's Aptina sensor just isn't as good as Sony's 1" sensor, and is certainly no match for the larger sensor cameras. That said the AF is wicked fast and extremely accurate. I now use the V3 primarily with the 70-300mm which is astonishingly good and very useful. The 18.1mm and 32mm lenses are also excellent. I consider the 10-30mm disappointing and the 30-110mm mediocre, but that's just my take on these lenses. I've found that the Aptina sensor produces very ... Continue Reading
On vacation with v3 and d600 right now so this is the big test. Will report at end. V3 is very fast a pleasure to walk around with. So far iq is very good but not at a full frame level. It does take some getting used to and you must work within its limitations but you can achieve very good results. I try to keep my ISO 800 and not using auto ISO much. Also helps to get exposure right as it is less tolerant to editing than the dslr due to the limits in DR So far very pleased with the little one Continue Reading
Breaktrough in technology: Nikon's First Touchscreen Camera is here V3
If I am not mistaken, V3 is the first Nikon camera sporting a touchscreen, and immediately a tilting touchscreen (hooray). I know, micro 4/3 cameras have them for "decades", but I am talking about Nikon. I hope this is the first big step to eventually get a full-frame (Nikon) interchangeable camera with articulated or tilting touchscreen. I know, if tilting touchscreen was so important to me, I could have bought an m4/3 or 70D, but I am talking about Nikon, and at that time I was not aware that tilting/articulated touchscreen were that important to the fisheye and stealth street style of photography I love so much. I have an A7, full-frame, tilting screen, awesome camera; but the maker omitted the touch-sensitiveness :-( . If only the V3 were not that expensive, I'd upgrade from V1 (the V3 costs nearly four times more than the amount I paid for my V1) immediately. I am again on the market for a new camera (since my daughter definitively has grabbed my A7, too). This time I am for a ...
I wish you luck and hope Nikon bring something out to suit. Bare in mind the V3 still doesn't have focus peaking, such an intelligent and usefull thing for manual focus not to mention creative photography. Personally I sometimes use my screen to focus with a Hoodman dioptre on my D800E and I don't know that I want to have to wipe finger marks off it all the time like I do on my tablet. I would rather have external knobs and buttons, so I can keep heads up on the scene and not push through menus to adjust things. Continue Reading
How well does the touchscreen work in the winter when wearing gloves? Continue Reading
Thank You for the wishes, and sharing your thoughts. I appreciate a lot. You are right with focus peaking; I absolutely love it (my daughter even more); it's shame V3 has no state-of-the-art focus peaking in a huge high quality EVF :-( in 2014. I love external knobs too (A7 is brilliantly equipped with external knobs and dials) along with a touch screen. For menus I do not mind touch screen; it's touch magnification, touch focus-rack, touch autofocus, touch shooting that I'd love from a camera of 2014 or '15. I am not in a rush at all, I am deprived of my A7, but still have a decent V1 with bunch of gorgeous lenses. My next camera must be a perfect one and must meet my minimal requirements: full-frame, touch-sensitive tilting/articulated screen, enough external knobs and dials, focus peaking, touch magnification, touch focusing, touch shooting, smooth focus rack in video, 1080/60p video, GPS, tethered or wifi shooting (video included), time-lapse, mic-in, headset out, and so on and ... Continue Reading
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- Nikon 1 V3 Camera Body
- Nikon 1 Nikkor VR 10-30mm f/3.5-5.6 PD-Zoom Lens
- GR-N1010 Camera Grip
- DF-N1000 Electronic Viewfinder
- AN-N1000 Black Neck Strap
- UC-E20 Micro USB Cable
- EN-EL20a Rechargeable Li-ion Battery
- MH-29 Battery Charger
- BF-N1000 Body Cap
- BS-N4000 Multi Accessory Port Cover
- ViewNX 2
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