Well, my time with the Nikon 1 V3 is over. I was a blast of a camera and a great opportunity. Thanks again to Nikon Canada for contacting me and letting me take it for a spin! My only regret was that our weather here while I had the camera was oh so uncooperative. -50 billion ºC is never fun, especially when you want to get out and shoot a camera. 😎 Check out the full video review here:
I put it through it’s paces in three main ways. I came at the camera as a Manual Mode DSLR shooter. Could the V3 keep up to the advanced shooter? Yep. Yep it can. It’s got enough external controls to keep me happy. I wanted to know additionally how the FT-1 Adapter would work for wildlife and for macro. It’s very capable! The incredible field of view you get from the CX sensor and full frame lenses is fantastic. Also for macro. The 105mm Micro Nikkor I used with the V3 made an excellent combo. And, I wanted to know how the image quality stacked up, especially in low light with high ISO. Shazam! It’s incredible. Nikon really hit a home run with the V3. The extra perks of built in WiFi and the articulating screen make it so much more enjoyable than it’s predecessors. Too many people write off the Nikon 1 series because of the small sensor. That’s a shame! It’s an incredibly capable camera and system with loads of uses and appeal to consumers to prosumers! 😀
My whole entire life just got incredibly busy! More on that later! But in the mean time, Nikon Canada sent me the latest Nikon 1 camera to play with. The V3 is a sleek new mirrorless camera from Nikon and it is a tremendous upgrade from the V1 that I currently own. When I was contacted about doing the product test, I had my choice of the 1 Series lenses to try out. I opted for the 18.5 f/1.8 lens. I wanted to see how a fast aperture would work on the little camera. In a nutshell, it works great! There are so many features about this camera that are really impressive. One is the wifi. Having the built-in ability to transfer and view files on your phone from the camera is awesome. You can use the free wifi utility app to take pictures too, though the functionality of that feature is quite limited. More details to come about this experience though.
I shot the above photo this morning using the FT1 mount adapter I also requested from Nikon. I’ve wanted to try this since it came out and haven’t had the opportunity. As I have a bunch of Full Frame Nikon glass at my disposal when you strap them onto the tiny mirrorless system it unleashes all kinds of creative opportunities. I can see two really practical applications in the incredibly awesome telephoto reach this combination of a tiny sensor and big lenses gives you. (2.7x crop factor makes my 200mm f/4 lens a 540mm f/4!). But also the macro possibilities are exciting as well. That small 18MP sensor will capture a load of detail.
Also, I wanted to see how Nikon had improved the CX sensor’s low light performance. So far it is looking fantastic. The image above was taken at 3200 ISO and it looks very good. Both of these images here were transferred straight out of the camera with no post processing. So, on the first glance, the V3 looks like a super camera! I’m sure consumers who would likely buy an entry level DSLR will find the V3 sufficient for their needs and beyond. I’ll probably do a video review of this setup in the near future and discuss it in more detail. I’m impressed so far and the articulating touch screen is awesome! 😎
Granted, I’m a little late to the party. But I want to set the record straight on the Nikon 1 V1. “It doesn’t suck!” It’s amazing little camera! This image of the kids is straight out of camera with no edits (other than water mark and resize). The colours are amazingly vibrant! All the images are very contrasty and punchy, and I like it! I finally had the chance to go for a little walk around today with it and shot a couple of landscapes. Other than the fact that it was a foggy abysmal day, I found that it set the stage for some cool black and white. I shot in JPEG and RAW and had a good experience with both. RAW always gives more latitude, but the JPEG performance is really nice. The only achilles heel is the high ISO, which is to be expected for a small sensor camera. But it’s not that bad, all things considered. When you evaluate the performance against my current DSLR, the D300s, it doesn’t lose by that much in color and dynamic range. It’s negligible really. ISO get’s punched in the face, but we already knew that. For outdoor day to day stuff, in my opinion, the Nikon 1 brings the thunder. And, its far more portable. But I already mentioned that. 😎
I bought my wife a new camera. She was sad it wasn’t pink, but I’m sure she will get over it. 🙂 I bought a Nikon V1. I can’t believe it’s true, but it is. When Nikon first released it, I mocked it! I thought a small sensor camera was the stupidest idea I’ve ever heard of . The quality couldn’t be any good. The price was insane for what you get. And that was that. I never gave it another thought. That is until Nikon released the V2 and had to get rid of V1 stock. I got a killer deal on the V1 and the 10-30mm kit lens. $300.00 at B&H. For that insane price, there is tremendous value in this little camera. I scooped one up and I am stoked that I did! 😎
First of all, mirror less inter changeable lens cameras fall into the “better than your cell phone, but not quite as good as your DSLR” market. It’s compact and convenient. That’s what I love about the Nikon 1 series. The focusing is super fast – like unbelievable fast. It’s incredible! The image quality is also tremendous for a sensor it’s size, including high ISO. I bought this camera as the goto, do anything family camera for stills and video. We have a canon point and shoot but the quality sucks. We had a flip hd camera, but it died. So we needed to clutch up our family memories department, especially for those times when the DSLR just isn’t an option. I can see the V1 being a near perfect little travel camera. I love that I can man handle my children and this little camera doesn’t get in the way. I love that! It’s such a plus to carry this much camera power in a light and compact setup.
Having the camera for only a couple of hours, I had the perfect venue to test it’s metal. Phoebe had her music for young children recital tonight at the United Church in town. I had no idea before hand but it is probably the worst-lit building I’ve ever been in! (Granted during the day time the nice windows light it up amazingly, but at night, it’s got old nasty green fluorescents). Perfect to test the high ISO garbage-light settings of the V1. The problem with small sensors is that they usually suck in low light. Henceforth, full frame cameras always do better than crop body DSLRs in low light. But how does the V1 perform? Not too shabby! I did find that with the kit lens, being limited to 3.5-5.6 sucked big time. I under exposed the video simply because I couldn’t open the lens up anymore. The sweet pancake 2.8 prime or the new 18mm f/1.8 would be just the ticket and I will quickly add one of those to the V1 kit for sure. Anyways, I shot video with the V1 and also with my iPod as a comparison. It’s interesting to see number 1, how well they both perform and number 2, how the Nikon beats the iPod hands down.
Same goes for still pictures too. The Nikon wins over the iPod/iPhone. So it’s worth carrying a larger recording device to me. I’m excited to see how the V1 fares over the next few days. I will test it outside and shoot some landscapes and some more video. I’m really excited and find that the streamlined body style is comfortable and fits my hand very well. I think the redesign of the V2 makes the camera a bit too bulky, even though I’m sure it will be far nicer to use. The menus are very intuitive and I was using the camera easily in no time. The ability to add the FT-1 adapter too to use my FX Nikon lenses will be amazing as well – perfect for wildlife! All in all, the V1 is a tremendous little camera with amazing possibilities. I’m sure Regan will love her new camera. 😀
PS: For a stunning display of what the V1 is capable of, check out this amazing photo essay using only the V1 and the 10mm pancake lens.