Nikon 1 V1 – Wow^2

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.

The V1 and J1 with 10mm f/2.8 lenses:

The V1 and J1 with 10-30mm f/3.5-5.6 lenses (colors swapped):

V1 and J1 with 10mm f/2.8 lenses (colors swapped):

V1 with white 10-30mm f/3.5-5.6 lens mounted and black 10-30mm f/3.5-5.6 and black 10mm f/2.8 lens off to the side:

Here are some of the first photos I took with the V1:

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3 thoughts on “Nikon 1 V1 – Wow^2

  1. Nice!!! When they first came out, I wondered how they would perform…I guess you answered that question for me…lol! The cameras look really sharp and the quality of pics is very nice. I may have to come by to test drive ’em…hehe. I too need to look for a lighter alternative.

    • Obviously, the IQ doesn’t compare to the D300s, but weighing the balance of IQ against convenience, it’s well worth the price paid. Besides, there are huge promos running for the V1 right now. If you are even remotely interested, you should order now before black friday 🙂 $1149 for the V1 with 10mm 2.8, 10-30, and 30-100!

      Why do I suggest it for you?
      1. FT1 adapter (not available yet) – but it allows you to use ALL your F-mount lenses…so if you are running your 200mm with your 1.7x TC, the V1 runs at a crop of 2.7x = 918mm focal distance !!! AF, metering, VR all work with it!
      2. You get a taste of a lot of new technology that will NO DOUBT be integrated in future cameras:
      ***60fps electronic shutter
      ***Finally a real video solution from Nikon…finally 1080p 60fps!
      ***Slow motion video – 400fps capture for 60fps playback
      ***Smart shooting – captures frames before and after you activate the shutter that way you can find the best shot from the moment (like in case the subject blinks, etc.)
      ***100+ AF points
      ***Amazing color accuracy even in low light.
      3. Really the fastest AF I have ever used.
      4. Relatively cheap lenses and accessories – $250 for lenses, $150 for the speed light, etc.
      5. Pretty cool EVF…very good first stab at this from Nikon!

      That’s not even the end of it. Can you tell that I’m totally hot on this product?!? LOL

      Don’t read the Pro reviews on this camera – I don’t think they understand the use case behind this camera. All the REAL USER reviews are starting to show up…and most of them are raving about this camera!

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