SheryAnne’s new Nikon 1 J1 was so impressive, I decided to pick up a Nikon 1 V1! If you remember a few months back, I was really interested in purchasing a compact camera. I wanted to get into street photography as well as have another camera option when I don’t feel like lugging around all my DSLR gear. The Leica X1 and Fuji X100 are in a completely different class than the Nikon 1 Series since they carry APS-C sensors. The Nikon 1 Series of cameras have a significantly smaller sensor but can easily perform as well, if not better, than many micro 4/3 cameras out there. Instead of dragging out my desires for a compact any longer, coupled with how impressed I was with the handling and image quality out of SheryAnne’s J1, I pulled the trigger.
The blood and guts of the J1 and V1 are identical. The differences between the two cameras:
- The V1 is an EVIL (Electronic Viewfinder Interchangeable Lens) camera. The J1 doesn’t have a viewfinder.
- The V1 has a mechanical shutter which gives it higher frame rate captures of moving subjects. The J1 only has an electronic shutter.
- The J1 has a built-in flash. The V1 doesn’t, but it has a hot shoe that can accept a flash as well as other accessories like a GPS unit, or an external mic.
- The V1 has twice the amount of pixels on it’s display than the J1. I honestly can’t tell the difference.
- And other obvious things like size, weight, color, etc.
The V1 only comes in black. I was messing around with putting SheryAnne’s white lenses on my black V1 body and vice-versa. I picked up a black 10mm f/2.8 prime lens even though I could use SheryAnne’s identical lens. I anticipate we will both be using this lens as our primary lens so I needed to get one as well. So in the end we have the white J1 body, black v1 body, 10-30mm f/3.5-5.6 lenses in both black and white, and 10mm f/2.8 lenses in both black and white.