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.”

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Key Features

  • 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

Product Description

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.


Body type
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)
Sensor type CMOS
Processor Expeed 4A
ISO Auto, ISO 160-12800
White balance presets 6
Custom white balance Yes
Image stabilization No
Uncompressed format RAW
JPEG quality levels Fine, normal
Optics & Focus
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Phase Detect
  • Multi-area
  • Center
  • Selective single-point
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Touch
  • Face Detection
  • Live View
Number of focus points 171
Lens mount Nikon 1
Focal length multiplier 2.7×
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCD Tilting
Screen size 3
Screen dots 1,037,000
Touch screen Yes (Touch focus, shutter)
Screen type TFT-LCD
Live view Yes
Viewfinder type Electronic (optional)
Viewfinder resolution 2,359,000
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed 30 sec
Maximum shutter speed 1/16000 sec
Aperture priority Yes
Shutter priority Yes
Manual exposure mode Yes
Subject / scene modes Yes
Built-in flash 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 60.0 fps
Self-timer Yes (2 or 10 secs)
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot
Exposure compensation ±3 (at 1/3 EV steps)
Videography features
Resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60p, 30p), 1280 x 720 (60p, 30p)
Format MPEG-4, H.264
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)
Microphone Stereo
Speaker Mono
Storage types microSD/SDHC/SDXC
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMI Yes (mini-HDMI)
Microphone port Yes
Headphone port No
Wireless Built-In
Wireless notes smartphone app allows for photo sharing
Remote control Yes (Wireless)
Environmentally sealed No
Battery Battery Pack
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)
Other features
Orientation sensor Yes
Timelapse recording Yes
GPS None

First Impressions

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).

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DPReview Conclusion

Scoring is relative only to the other cameras in the same category at the time of review.

Score Breakdown
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Build quality
Ergonomics & handling
Metering & focus accuracy
Image quality (raw)
Image quality (jpeg)
Low light / high ISO performance
Viewfinder / screen rating
Movie / video mode
76 %
Overall Score

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.

Good For

Fast action such as wildlife and sports. Street photographers will find the the V3's silent mode useful.

Not So Good For


Questions & Answers


Nikon 1 V3 battery question.

I just purchased a V3 kit that also included 3 extra EN-EL20 batteries besides the EN-EL20a battery that came with the camera. I notice that they are 1500 mAh and a couples of volts higher than the kit battery. They fit the V3 charger and the camera fine. Just wondering if anyone else is using EN-EL20 batteries in their V3 and if there are any issues?

bs1946 asked
6 days ago


I have a bunch of EN-EL20 batteries coming from J1/J2 kits. They work well also in the V3. I have not noticed any issues what so ever. Continue Reading

Fredrik Glckner answered
6 days ago

Thanks, that's good to know. This is the second time I have a V3. When they first came out and were on back order everywhere, I managed to snag a kit from my local camera dealer but, no extra EN-EL20a batteries anywhere and the dealer told me it was a whole new design and nothing else would fit. So after running out of power a couple of times, I returned the V3 and bought an E-M10. Wish I knew about DPReview then. Continue Reading

bs1946 answered
6 days ago

Both the EN- EL 20 andb20A battery are 7.2 VDC, THEIR amp.hour ratings are different, with the 20A at a slight higher rating for longer battery life.  Both work in the V3 with no issues, the 20 will just not take as many shots as the 20A. Cheers Continue Reading

Denny Smith 16 answered
6 days ago


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.

Roy Kikuta asked
7 months ago

ANSWERS 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 Dewey answered
7 months ago

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

Roy Kikuta answered
7 months ago

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

Bill Dewey answered
7 months ago


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 ...

Miki Nemeth asked
7 months ago


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

VertigonA380 answered
7 months ago

How well does the touchscreen work in the winter when wearing gloves? Continue Reading

kayaker353 answered
5 months ago

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

Miki Nemeth answered
7 months ago


  • 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

Warranty Information

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