While I really like the idea of the mirror less Nikon v1 I found the sensor to be a bit too small, and with v2 noise definitely increased in the shadows. Now they have boosted the number of pixels again from 14.2 to 18.4 without increasing sensor size. That is just foolish. The excellent features they had in v1 (i.e., silent shutter, intervalometer, etc.) they eliminated from v2. Did they restore them in v3? Nikon is beyond conservative, they ARE afraid to challenge their own line of DLRS with a premium quality mirrorless while at the same time misjudging who this camera is for. Overpricing it does not help.
I should also say that I've used the v1 and v2 to photograph wildlife with the Nikon DX 55-300mm. And while they look ridiculous with normal size lenses the results can be impressive at 16 x 20 inches. Nikon really does not have a clue who their potential market is.
While I really like the idea of the mirrorless Nikon I found the sensor to be a bit too small, and with v2 noise definitely increased in the shadows. Now they have boosted the number of pixels again from 14.2 to 18.4 without increasing sensor size. That is just foolish. The excellent features they had in v1 (i.e., silent shutter, intervalometer, etc.) they eliminated from v2. Did they restore it in v3? Afraid to challenge their own line of DLRS with a premium quality mirrorless? Nikon's motto: running scared.
The sense that I came away with in this interview that Nikon is extremely complacent. For instance, Nikon does NOT want to create a high quality mirror-less camera because it might detract from their DSLR revenue so instead they blame the American public. Denial to cover mediocrity. They ignore the fact that the move towards mirror-less is a growing market, and that the picture quality of Nikon 1 v1 and v2 is indeed INFERIOR to APS-C and even Micro Four Thirds. Nikon has not been an pioneer in the digital age for over 15 years, but the recent falling-off of quality (as shown by problems with the D600) is troubling, and is a shame for those of us who have used Nikon equipment for decades.
Nikon has been reactive rather than pro-active for decades. Regrettably, they are NOT an innovative company, (look at sensor backside-illumination, or sensor-shift technologies, or fast response 2.3 mil dot EVF's) and their poor effort shows in the Nikon 1 v1. I purchased both, the v1 and v2 hoping for something better. Both models have great detail for their sensor size and have some excellent features, but are generally bested by Micro Four Thirds in a shot-by-shot comparison, especially now with the Olympus OM-D E-M1.
Nikon is so afraid to compete against themselves (DSLR's) that it stifles anyone who wants to cheer them on. In the mirror-less market as well as lens construction (in many lenses) they settle for mediocrity.
the point of the comparison scene is to COMPARE between cameras across the board, OLD AND NEW. The most logical way to do that is to expand the current scene rather than delete it and start with a clean slate.
the old scene is preferable because it gave a better mix of detailed actual objects (like the bottle label and Mickey) and printed objects (like the engraving lines of the Apollo). The vast majority of the new seems to be printed objects. Why not just expand the existing scene to give you more distance? That would make it a lot easier for us to compare older cameras (5 years ago) and the newest because it would retain some of the older objects.
Sony does make the Sony DT 11-18mm f4.5-5.6 wide-angle zoom Alpha lens that will fit the NEX cameras via their LA-EA2 adapter. Although a costly solution (the LA-EA2 Alpha to NEX adapter is roughly $350) is does provide another route to AF lenses (Sony and Zeiss) on the NEX. The 11-18 becomes the equivalent of a 16.5-27mm zoom.
Received it yesterday and tested it today. The unit itself is not flimsy , actually quite a solid piece. Works great triggering my old Minolta 320 flash with the Sony NEX5n via a PC cord (set to Aperture Priority or Manual). The only problem is the screw that tightens the unit to the camera is a bit too short and not slotted, merely a knurled edge. So getting it securely on is not easy or quick. And forget about balancing a flash unit on the Shadow NEX hot-shoe (unless it's small). A large speedlight will loosen the connection to the camera by its weight, again because getting the screw securely tighten remains tenuous. But via a PC cord connection it works great. For me it means being able to use my old flashes with the NEX5n.