subzerohf: I carry an iPhone 4S everywhere I go. The camera on it is as good as most (if not all) compact cameras. In my opinion, the 1" sensor is truely another marketing scheme to prolong the death of compact cameras. But hey, who am I to stop the mighty marketing machine? People will love it and be happy to pay up. Besides, "one-inch" sensor sounds pretty awesome to the ears of the untrained. People like round numbers.
I am not saying larger sensors are not superior. I'm just saying it is the skill of the shooter that matters more than the sensor size. Check this out: http://connect.dpreview.com/post/2863436371/leaving-my-dslr-at-home-iphone-experiment
It all depends on what you want to do with your camera. I am not really a big zoom guy, so iphone works out great for me. I actually bought sony hx7v and returned it. The quality of pictures wasn't that much better then my iphone and it was actually surprising slow in operation. So I am sticking with my iphone and D90 until full frame cameras become common again. All I need is a "cheap" full frame rangefinder and fast 50 (and maybe 24mm). By the way, shame on Nikon for using 1 inch sensor in their mirror-less system.
I think we can all agree that blindly adding vintage (or other effects) to every pictures does not necessarily make for amazing photography. Perhaps Instagram is to blame for popularizing these effects (which were always available to pros). It is not 'debasing real photography' , it is just another technique, which can be used masterfully. I am not a big fan of Instragram, but I do use Hipstermatic. It is fun, I can get the look of my old Yashica or Smena rangefinders without having to buy film. It often masks the digital noise of Iphone camera. In fact, since the effects cannot be removed, it is almost film like experience.
oh Fuji, you have done it! If it is as good as it looks, I will have to say goodbye to my SLR! I have been waiting for something like this for last 10 years.
pvphoto: In recent time, except few minor exception maybe Nikon is just lugging behind Canon on all fields. and also behind Sony for sure. Nikon needed years to abandon 10-12MPix DSLR cameras and it happened also only because they have to keep tempo that Canon and Sony put with their 15-18 Mpix cameras. All Nikon innovation is something like: going from 6400 ISO to 12800 ISO, putting more AF points in AF sensor etc. and that kinds - nothing substantial and breakthrough.
Canon is making G1X on with 14.2 Mpix and 1,5 inch sensor, metal body and much more and sells this for 799 USD and Nikon is pretending that it is in its own world (I am NIKON) trying to sell V1with 1inch sensor - 10 Mpix (history for sure) and lens that is nothing impressive and size of Olympus for same focal rang in M4/3 for 800 USD.Probably they are not too serious but market is not place for jokes.Nikon should stop living in their own world.
I don't know who is lagging behind who, but IMHO the real credit for innovation goes to Fuji. It is too early to say, but for someone like me (who uses mostly ultra wide to normal lenses) Fuji X-PRO1 has the potential to replace my Nikon SLR.
T3: I feel like Nikon's choice to go with such a small sensor for their mirrorless system is akin to Olympus's choice to go with the small 4/3 sensor for their DSLR system. In the end, the choice of such a small sensor (relative to the competition) is what killed them-- or at least hindered their popularity.
I never liked Oly 4/3 slr's. The viewfinder was always too small form me (that's just another drawback of small sensor size).
CriticaI - maybe that is just me but I don't see how Nikon came up with that particular sensor size. I think m4/3 cameras are small enough, sony has managed to produce small APS-C cameras (with ridiculously large glass) and Canon has managed to squeeze something APSC into G1-x.
MikeNYC: wow, emotions are running high. But in my opinion dpreview has a point. This is not the camera everyone wished for. But to be fair, the nikon 1 system might get better with next generation of cameras and new lenses. As is , it looks like a perfectly decent p&s camera.
One thing though is hard to argue with, the small sensor size is always going to be a problem if you like shallow depth of field (and perhaps to a lesser degree high ISO performance). It is hard to argue with physics.
AnHunt- I agree but I would surprised if the high ISO part is still true for the next iteration of the olympus sensors.
pengch - that's certainly putting an optimistic way of looking at it.
But jokes aside, the only real advantage of smallish sensor (as far as I can see) is smallish optics. Nikon had to draw a line somewhere between compacts and dslrs and in my opinion they needed up too close to compacts. The price is another issue. Interchange lens compacts are pricy in general but I feel Nikon has taken it to the next level.
wow, emotions are running high. But in my opinion dpreview has a point. This is not the camera everyone wished for. But to be fair, the nikon 1 system might get better with next generation of cameras and new lenses. As is , it looks like a perfectly decent p&s camera.
Andrew Booth: Bottom line - these are fashion cameras, that don't offer the photographic control that anyone serious about picture taking would aspire to.
Let's look at depth of field of the lenses compared to full frame:
The Series 1 10mm f2.8 lens is equivalent to a 27mm f8 lens The series 1 10-30 f3.5-5.6 is equivalent to 27-81mm f10-f14
This is a joke. 81mm f14? Try getting good background separation on your portraits with that!
And even if you use a fast full frame Nikkor via an adapter (say a 50 f1.8), you're still shooting at an equivalent of f5 due to the crop factor.
Andrew is right. It doesn't matter what glass you put on it, you'll have to work pretty hard to get shallow depth of field.