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Just Posted: Nikon V1 + 1 Nikkor 10-100mm f/4.5-5.6 VR Preview Samples

By dpreview staff on Oct 17, 2011 at 23:30 GMT

Just Posted: Still and video samples from the Nikon V1 with 1 Nikkor 10-100mm f/4.5-5.6 VR lens. We've had a Nikon V1 in the office for a few days now, and we've spent that time shooting with, and getting to know the camera. To whet your appetite ahead of a detailed preview and full review, we've published a 30-image samples gallery from the V1 with the unusual 10-100mm power zoom lens, as well as three video samples shot using the same combination.

The movies include one in the curious 3:2 aspect ratio that the V1 employs if the REC button is pressed when not in movie mode. We've also included a selection of original Raw files if you'd like a closer look at the V1's image quality.

Nikon V1 + 1 Nikkor 10-100mm f/4.5-5.6 VR Preview Samples

There are 30 images in the samples gallery. Please do not reproduce any of these images on a website or any newsletter / magazine without prior permission (see our copyright page). We make the originals available for private users to download to their own machines for personal examination or printing (in conjunction with this review), we do so in good faith, please don't abuse it.

Unless otherwise noted images taken with no particular settings at full resolution. Because our review images are now hosted on the 'galleries' section of dpreview.com, you can enjoy all of the new galleries functionality when browsing these samples.

Nikon V1 + 1 Nikkor 10-100mm Preview Samples - Posted 17th October 2011

HD Movie Sample

Sample Video 1 - 1080i60

1920 x 1080p, MP4, .MOV file, 25 sec. 73.45 MB Click here to download original .MOV file

Sample Video 2 - 1080i60

1920 x 1080p, MP4, .MOV file, 25 sec. 73.45 MB Click here to download original .MOV file

Sample Video 3 - 720p 60fps (3:2 aspect ratio)

1072 x 720p, MP4, .MOV file, 21 sec. 41.1 MB Click here to download .MOV file

Raw files for download

Raw support for the V1 is currently extremely limited, so if you want to take a look at these files we recommend downloading Nikon's free View NX2 software.

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Total comments: 75
jcolombero
By jcolombero (Oct 31, 2011)

Freezing Problems with Nikon S9100

I recently purchased a Nikon S9100 from COSTCO. I am not too sophisticated with camera's and usually revert to the point and shoot agenda. I liked the features and reviews for this Coolpix camera. After about 300 pictures, the camera's zoo0m mechanism froze. It remained stuck on the COOLPIX screen and had to remove the battery before it could be shut down. I was on a hunting trip and missed many photo opportunities. I recall reading about another individual that had this same problem with their S9100. I plan on returning this camera. What else can I buy in this price range with similar features.

0 upvotes
Marty CL
By Marty CL (Oct 21, 2011)

I agree with some of the other comments. Readers of this site are not likely to purchase the V1--the camera is an interchangeable lens alternative to point and shoots. Those of us DSLR users interested in a more compact addition would more likely purchase one of the Olympus/Sony/Panasonic 4/3 models.

Clearly, Nikon had no intention of cannibalizing their entry level DSLR market by producing a large sensor mirrorless camera.

0 upvotes
MadsR
By MadsR (Nov 11, 2011)

Yet, the sales in especially US have been very good. Nikon knows it have a very loyal fanbase, and people with large Nikons have been waiting for something, anything, smaller, with exchangeable lenses since Panasonic released the G1.

It does not matter that image quality is mediocre, low light performance is non-existing, there are no lenses available and the system is larger than the better competitors. Nikon will sell great anyways, because their fanbase is so loyal.

Much like Apple...

1 upvote
BJN
By BJN (Oct 19, 2011)

The V1's small sensor makes for lots of depth of field with long tele perspective. The tail and fuselage of the bomber are all sharp in a narrow perspective image view. That's a useful creative tool. Yes, even smaller sensors offer even more depth of field, but not at this sensor's performance.

It's too bad that auto exposure adjusts in jumps that are distracting in movie mode. While the zooming is smooth, the exposure changes certainly aren't.

0 upvotes
Steve 316
By Steve 316 (Oct 19, 2011)

I'm an amateur, seriously thinking about trading down my Nikon D5000, 3 lenses, and other gear to a smaller form-factor system. I know I will not get quite as much IQ. So, as a Nikon loyalist, I might be a prime candidate for the V-1. However, even with (I think) realistic expectations, I have been disappointed in the low-ISO IQ of this camera from the available samples. That's the deal-breaker for me--the low ISO really needs to be competitive or what's the point? I'll be watching for more info on dpreview, but not running to the store. . . .

1 upvote
Callus
By Callus (Oct 18, 2011)

Outside of the Nikon name, I cannot see how this camera can possibly succeed.

Compared to m34, it has worse IQ, fewer lenses and is more expensive ... but is hardly any smaller or lighter than a PM1 or GF3.

What is there to like?

Comment edited 2 times, last edit 7 minutes after posting
3 upvotes
yabokkie
By yabokkie (Oct 19, 2011)

don't think it as a killer to dominate the world. just think it as yet another interesting camera that no one else provides (1 inch sensor) and yet one more choice for consumers.

1 upvote
MadsR
By MadsR (Nov 11, 2011)

It is not meant to compete with µ4/3. It is ment to give Nikon fans something to buy instead of µ4/3. Nikon knows that their fans will be more likely to buy a Nikon camera over competing brands even if it is worse in every aspect. And so they just needed to produce something that would give their fans an excuse NOT to buy a µ4/3 camera... And here it is.. Now Nikon also have a mirrorless system, you can buy that and still keep to your favorite brand.

1 upvote
Walter Rowe
By Walter Rowe (Oct 18, 2011)

I'm a Nikon DSLR shooter. These raw files don't look as good as my Canon PowerShot G11 raw files at comparable ISOs. The camera system has a great deal of flexibility with interchangeable lenses, but the price relative to the image quality compared to other cameras in this sensor class just doesn't compel me.

Even the ISO 100 image shows significantly more noise than I would expect from ISO 100 on a camera at this price point when viewed at 100% in the camera maker's own software. The ISO 6400 image actually impressed me most. It had less noise than I expected.

Get the image quality up, reduce the price by 25% and this will be a very competitive camera that spans the gap between compact P&S and full-body DLSRS cameras. Lots of travelers would find this an excellent compromise. Flexibility without the load and space consumption of a larger DSLR setup.

Comment edited 6 times, last edit 8 minutes after posting
3 upvotes
Camp Freddy
By Camp Freddy (Oct 19, 2011)

Agree Walter: Comparisons to the G11/12 , S95 and XZ1 are more valid than to similarily priced DSLRs or NEx and PEN / G.

1 upvote
zodiacfml
By zodiacfml (Oct 19, 2011)

+1

0 upvotes
ageha
By ageha (Sep 14, 2012)

-1

0 upvotes
musadurkal
By musadurkal (Oct 18, 2011)

its totally very clear captures and shots.i liked it.

0 upvotes
AnHund
By AnHund (Oct 18, 2011)

Looks very good for such a relatively small sensor.

0 upvotes
john Clinch
By john Clinch (Oct 18, 2011)

Well I think the stills looked fine. The back lit girl looks quite good considering the lighting. But I assume that the D-lighting is adding to the noise. But its a shot thats worked

I think if your on here, your not target market for this camera.

This camera should do things that consumers want. People with busy lives who just want a camera that works

for those whose lives consist of staring at pixels from cameras they already hate and weren't designed for them. Then stick with existing product lines.

Comment edited 31 seconds after posting
1 upvote
unknown member
By (unknown member) (Oct 20, 2011)

I agree, John. I think this is just the camera for people who are tired of blurry photos from their P&S cameras. If this V1 really focuses as fast and accurately as claimed I would like to have one for myself. I've tried Olympus and Sony NEX as partners to my DSLR, but focus accuracy is not great with these cameras if the subject is either moving or very small. The V1 might be a great, great snap shot camera. I suppose the technology is driving the price, but I wish it were lower.

0 upvotes
bryanbrun
By bryanbrun (Oct 18, 2011)

The Nikon 1 is a science experiment gone horribly wrong.

They pumped up the read speeds on the sensor to such a high level for the video and frames per second that they sacrificed Noise at low ISO. Any high end P&S will take a better picture at low ISO than Nikon 1.

At this price point the Nikon 1 is in a different market segment than Micro Four Thirds and high end Point and Shoots.

A market segment that doesn't exist.

3 upvotes
Camp Freddy
By Camp Freddy (Oct 19, 2011)

An intersting position, which I think will be vindicated!

0 upvotes
zodiacfml
By zodiacfml (Oct 18, 2011)

As someone posted below, image quality is just not there. Noise is always present at the samples. IQ is better in Canon's s95 when at ISO 80, which, by the way has almost similar focal lengths.

3 upvotes
grafli
By grafli (Oct 19, 2011)

Yeah, and the s95 has also a brighter lens! F2.0-4.9 vs. F3.5-5.6

1 upvote
D1N0
By D1N0 (Oct 18, 2011)

Considering the light conditions the movie material looks awfull. Detail levels are disappointing. AF didn't seem too werk very well with street artist guy.

Picture quality looks good, but not stunning.

0 upvotes
digby dart
By digby dart (Oct 18, 2011)

Perhaps in the coming months when dpreview does the full review on the v1 camera, another on the j1 camera, mini reviews on all the new lenes Nikon offers for this system, an interview with the chief Nikon v1 designer and various other Nikon v1/j1 stuff - the expensive yet slow glass, the expensive yet small sensor cameras will seem increasingly better value, beckoning a time when we all want and must have one.

The ability of one group to propagate ideas to the masses until they believe those ideas to be their own is a long proven strategy. If one doesn't like the message, don't read it, don't listen to it, don't look at it; this is an equally long proven defence of that same strategy.

1 upvote
Barney Britton
By Barney Britton (Oct 18, 2011)

You forgot another don't:

'if you have nothing constructive to add, don't comment'.

3 upvotes
harry
By harry (Oct 18, 2011)

OK, my verdict. The IQ is not there (not competitive with APS-C or m4/3). I'd rather invest my $$ on something else, or not at all. Granted that Nikon 1 just started, and would surely catch up in the coming years. Also, the Nikon 1 is spec'ed to have revolutionary AF and processing speeds. I would be TOTALLY shocked if Nikon wouldn't put these new technologies in their DSLRs in the future, or even for the like of P7100. If they don't, other brands would surely do so in the coming years.

Now is like the tablets era, the competition just heated up with new technologies and cheaper models rolling out constantly. Whatever system one buys will make one feel obsolete quickly with another new system/model announcement.

Yeah, some people would argue just pick one and take pictures. But for many (you know who you are), playing new gadgets is as much game as taking pictures.

1 upvote
wetsleet
By wetsleet (Oct 18, 2011)

"The IQ is not there (not competitive with APS-C or m4/3)"

Stating the obvious really. You could go on to say that APS-C is not competitive with FF, which is not competitive with PhaseOne, etc. It's as insightful as saying that a yard is not a long as a metre.

But you actually hit the nail on the head. Just like good strategy in any field of conflict, Nikon have chosen not to comptete head on against an established position, when instead thay can go around the back and compete on something which actually matters and moreover has been left unguarded by the competition.

0 upvotes
yabokkie
By yabokkie (Oct 19, 2011)

the IQ is very impressive for an inch-sensor camera. I would say it competes well against 4/3 and some old APS-C models like Nikon's own D80. though an important part behind that is the new Expeed processor (not really the raw image quality).

0 upvotes
Marty CL
By Marty CL (Oct 21, 2011)

I agree. I think one useful purpose of the V1 will be a testing ground for technologies that will eventualy find their way into Nikon's DSLRs. Those cameras will always be the nucleus of their product line as they are the optimal performers.

And the truth is that current DSLRs are comparable in size and weight to predecessors--both films and digital. Furthermore, even going back to the original PEN--there have always been more compact alternatives to Nikons---that just isn't their niche or specialty.

0 upvotes
CameraLabTester
By CameraLabTester (Oct 18, 2011)

It gets worst and worst...

Nikon, be humble enough to admit you made a real big BLUNDER here and do 2 things that might save your face:

1. Reduce the price by half.

2. Replace the sensor with 4/3.

People vote with their purchasing money, not with internet comments and accolades.

5 upvotes
Camp Freddy
By Camp Freddy (Oct 19, 2011)

I like this post! Blunt.

0 upvotes
yabokkie
By yabokkie (Oct 19, 2011)

Sony has by far the best IQ of all mirrorless cameras, and it's clear enough that APS-C, not 4/3, is the answer for now.

0 upvotes
Debankur Mukherjee
By Debankur Mukherjee (Oct 18, 2011)

Come nn Nikon dont waste time on the 1 system , Canon has just released the 1D X......its your turn now......

2 upvotes
huskyice
By huskyice (Oct 18, 2011)

One of the real problem of this camera is the price. Pictures are not so bad at first look, but they get very bad when you ask how much is it for this camera. $900 equipment can do much better in terms of DOF and many other espects. Nikon says they are not aiming to enthusiasts, but I'm afraid that at such price, Facebook and Youtube people will continue to shot by using their smartphone or compact, while enthusiasts will stay far away due to sensor size... I think that Nikon has just a few days left to adjust selling price or to replace that silly sensor...

5 upvotes
magnumgf
By magnumgf (Oct 18, 2011)

Yoda say: "Change price simple is. Sensor, do not think of changing. For this also change camera body and lenses you must. Much money down drain then goes..."

3 upvotes
Camp Freddy
By Camp Freddy (Oct 18, 2011)

summary: not as good as mFT. Not much smaller with the 10-100 as NEX.

Barely competes with the G12, S95 and Olympus XZ1.

fail

3 upvotes
M Jesper
By M Jesper (Oct 18, 2011)

The IQ is one thing, but the video just looks worse than a 480p youtube video. What's that about ? And yes it's on 'HD' ...

1 upvote
gl2k
By gl2k (Oct 18, 2011)

Picture 28 is best example of shortcoming of this sensor.
Although almost at full zoom the background is way too sharp. Looks more like the DOF of a P&S.

About the other shots : well ... I could have taken all of them with a 300$ P&S as well. Why then pay 900$ ?

1 upvote
magnumgf
By magnumgf (Oct 18, 2011)

For the Nikon badge (it is expensive you know).

3 upvotes
Zillinger
By Zillinger (Oct 18, 2011)

I can't find Picture 28, was it so bad that DPreview removed it?
George.

0 upvotes
Debankur Mukherjee
By Debankur Mukherjee (Oct 18, 2011)

The images are not that bad when you consider the sensor size. Is this improvement in image quality due to the new Expeed 3 Processor ??

Can this processor be utilized in APS-C Body for even better ISO performance ?

1 upvote
slncezgsi
By slncezgsi (Oct 18, 2011)

The image quality of this lens fails to impress me. I know - it is a 10x zoom, but still I expected more. Even though not my camera of choice, the V1 seems capable of some nice results, however these samples make it look like a long zoom P&S.

1 upvote
KnightPhoto2
By KnightPhoto2 (Oct 18, 2011)

The ISO 720 and 900 look fine. The various ISO 400-ish look great.

If I can shoot this camera to ISO 800 (and 1600 in a real pinch) I'm good. What's not to like? Continues to look promising.

Heck, I don't even like ISO 3200 on my D7000 (nor love it's ISO 1600), why would I use my V1 for that? If I need to shoot high ISO (> 1600) my D700 will do the heavy lifting. Nikon 1 continues to look like a decent camera for casual everyday carry, whereas I won't carry my D700/7000 everywhere.

2 upvotes
Neoasphalt
By Neoasphalt (Oct 18, 2011)

There is too much noise in sample 28 on her hands for ISO 220, although in high ISOs noise is controlled quite well.
Some samples shows unnatural colours, in some saturation is too much, in some not enough...
For this quality, sensor size and such a slow & heavy lenses its 2-3 times overpriced.

0 upvotes
Eigenmeat
By Eigenmeat (Oct 18, 2011)

Is it just me, orthe video samples at 1080 look terribly unsharp.

Comment edited 19 seconds after posting
1 upvote
rollbahn
By rollbahn (Oct 18, 2011)

Video is very ordinary which is a surprise as the stills are reasonably sharp although nothing special.

There has to be explanation for the lack of video quality as they surely wouldn't let the camera out the factory door looking like that.

0 upvotes
Cy Cheze
By Cy Cheze (Oct 18, 2011)

Are people commenting on the playback of the source MOV file, which they'd have to download, or on the stream version? The latter which is compressed to lower bitrate.

0 upvotes
wuEric77
By wuEric77 (Oct 18, 2011)

catastrophic image quality !

Comment edited 16 seconds after posting
3 upvotes
digby dart
By digby dart (Oct 18, 2011)

dpreview is fast turning into a Nikon v1 advertising site, the system has had so much coverage I am beginning to feel like I have experienced the disappointment of owning a V1 first hand.

9 upvotes
tkbslc
By tkbslc (Oct 18, 2011)

I think it has to do with the fact that this is a brand new segment. I imagine it gets boring to review the same SLR camera in 9 different brands with only minor upgrades from last year. This is probably fun and dpreview guys are excited to look at something unique for a change.

2 upvotes
Barney Britton
By Barney Britton (Oct 18, 2011)

It's a brand new system from one of the biggest names in photography. We'd be idiots not to cover it, and judging by our readership statistics, people want to read about it too. If you don't like it, just read the other stuff :)

12 upvotes
FJG3
By FJG3 (Oct 18, 2011)

I also had a few of those messages today.

0 upvotes
jj74e
By jj74e (Oct 18, 2011)

Also, when are the nx200 samples/reviews going to be going up? :)

2 upvotes
Barney Britton
By Barney Britton (Oct 18, 2011)

We're actually still waiting for a production sample to arrive from Samsung. I hope we can publish studio samples this week, followed by more images and analysis in the coming weeks.

2 upvotes
PaulRivers
By PaulRivers (Oct 18, 2011)

I'm really hoping that when the review is up you review the autofocus speed on the nx200.... :-D

0 upvotes
jj74e
By jj74e (Oct 18, 2011)

I know this is unrelated, but seeing as I don't know of another way to communicate, I currently cannot access any of the forums (not that I tried them all, but I tried quite a few).

I get a server error saying:

502 - Web server received an invalid response while acting as a gateway or proxy server.
There is a problem with the page you are looking for, and it cannot be displayed. When the Web server (while acting as a gateway or proxy) contacted the upstream content server, it received an invalid response from the content server.

0 upvotes
Raoul Duke
By Raoul Duke (Oct 18, 2011)

I bought my wife a E-PM1 in stead of this...

2 upvotes
tkbslc
By tkbslc (Oct 18, 2011)

Looks pretty good, but let's remember this is a $750 lens on a $800 camera.

12 upvotes
justmeMN
By justmeMN (Oct 18, 2011)

Yes, the $250 1 NIKKOR VR 30-110mm f/3.8-5.6 would be a more budget friendly (realistic) option.

3 upvotes
tkbslc
By tkbslc (Oct 18, 2011)

Yeah, or you can get a GH2 with the stellar 14-140 OIS for about the same price and get better IQ with some of the best video on the market. I can't see how this system will fly unless the price comes down.

0 upvotes
harrisoncac
By harrisoncac (Oct 18, 2011)

My goodness. $750 + $ 800 = ? $1550.00 !!
A SONY A77 or Canon 7D = $1400.00. A77 and 7D or Nikon's own D300s all are well below $1550. So why bother with this toy camera?
INSANE!

4 upvotes
radogado
By radogado (Oct 18, 2011)

I agree it's expensive, but don't underestimate the size factor. Wouldn't mind it as a gift :)

0 upvotes
putomax
By putomax (Oct 18, 2011)

saying this with love and a german accent

krappy, krappy viDeo¶÷[¶]77||\\

@

2 upvotes
putomax
By putomax (Oct 18, 2011)

ATM (after thinking more)
... but impressed with the plane @ 6400
after developing it with raw photo processor
an slightly swiping it with nik define.
pity the video, SOFA

0 upvotes
ryansholl
By ryansholl (Oct 18, 2011)

SMUSA (Stop making up stupid acronyms)

1 upvote
putomax
By putomax (Oct 18, 2011)

nikon v1 off!!!

as far as i know i am free to think, speak or write (express myself) freely...
are you secretly working for an international grammatical consortium?

gashô

0 upvotes
Absolutic
By Absolutic (Oct 18, 2011)

That is what I said to myself, looks decent, but $1550+tax for that combo, ouch. You can get a D7000 with 18-200VR at Costco for $1700 or so. You can get a Canon T2i with 17-55 F/2.8 IS. You can get Sony NEX 5N twice and have some money ready. You can get the best m4/3 camera with the same type of a lens.......

3 upvotes
marike6
By marike6 (Oct 18, 2011)

You don't need to buy this lens. This lens with the power zoom is mainly for video. The normal kit zoom is much less $$$, albiet not as good for video. Honestly, many videographers shoot with with primes w/ fast apertures.

0 upvotes
ryansholl
By ryansholl (Oct 19, 2011)

@putomax

Your acronym is already mainstream for "A** to mouth". I'd suggest not using that in messages :)

...and to stop making up stupid acronyms. If you have to give the meaning after using one, it's not a good acronym.

0 upvotes
Jon Porter
By Jon Porter (Oct 18, 2011)

Wow, the Nikon CX cameras will definitely be killing off the low-end SLRs! I don't expect any DX replacements for the D5100 and D3100. (Hey, someone had to say something overly enthusiastic and outrageous!)

0 upvotes
marike6
By marike6 (Oct 17, 2011)

Some of them look really good. The profile image of the girl for example. The homeless guy, the statue of the astronaut. Impressive. Good work. Thanks.

Comment edited 2 times, last edit 5 minutes after posting
1 upvote
Graystar
By Graystar (Oct 17, 2011)

DPReviews image viewing system is soooooo tedious! Can't you make something that doesn't require so many clicks?

In any case...alright, so the V1 images look like they came from a P&S. No surprise there.

7 upvotes
marike6
By marike6 (Oct 17, 2011)

Which P&S is that? I'll buy it. And don't say the XZ-1, because it's not the case.

0 upvotes
rollbahn
By rollbahn (Oct 18, 2011)

Agreed - for one of the largest photography sites in the world it is an appalling and tedious way to view samples. Take a cue from Google Plus - simple and quick.

Seems it's the age-old mistake of adding more to the site rather than improving what is on the site already eg forums, image viewing, articles clicking through to a page to tell you to click through to another page.

Very annoying on what is otherwise an amazing site.

Anyway....back to the topic. :)

3 upvotes
Mssimo
By Mssimo (Oct 18, 2011)

They have to make the site work across PC's, phones, tablets, about 10+ different OS's and that does not even include the different browsers and screen sizes. I think its quite an accomplishment.

3 upvotes
rollbahn
By rollbahn (Oct 18, 2011)

It's not all that hard to do and OS has nothing at all to do with websites. You design for browsers, not OS.

Anyway the site is full of good stuff but there's plenty of room for improvement especially in the forums and image viewing areas. Reviews are, as always, excellent.

3 upvotes
marike6
By marike6 (Oct 18, 2011)

Whenever you have to support older browsers like IE 6, it's hard.

Comment edited 15 seconds after posting
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