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Nikon V1 and J1 - hands-on first impressions

By dpreview staff on Sep 21, 2011 at 20:12 GMT

We've had a little more time with the Nikon J1 and V1, and have prepared a first impressions article about the Nikon 1 system. We also spoke to Masahiro Suzuki, General Manager, R&D Department at Nikon's development HQ, to better understand the company's reasoning. The article includes an explanation of their high-speed shooting modes and addresses why the mode dial doesn't say P,A,S or M.

Masahiro Suzuki, General Manager, R&D Department, Nikon Development HQ

Click here to read our first impressions of the Nikon V1 and J1

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IZO100
By IZO100 (Sep 22, 2011)

why would anyone choose the Nikon 1V instead of the Sony Alpha NEX-5N ?

http://www.dpreview.com/products/compare/side-by-side?products=sony_nex5n&products=nikon_v1

3 upvotes
ZAnton
By ZAnton (Sep 22, 2011)

I would. Sony's huge (for pocket cameras) ASP-C sensor causes huge lenses. Sony itself is slim, but its lenses - are immense. Altogether Sony Nex + Lens are not significantly smaller than normal SLR

2 upvotes
M Jesper
By M Jesper (Sep 22, 2011)

It would appear the V/J1 aren't either ... so ?

And don't forget that the GF3 or E-PM1 are no bigger than these either. The MFT lenses are NOT big.

http://www.43rumors.com/nikon-versus-micro-four-thirds-comparison/

1 upvote
IZO100
By IZO100 (Sep 22, 2011)

The Sony is huge ?
Size:
Sony: 111 x 59 x 38 mm
1V: 113 x 76 x 44 mm
Weight:
Sony: 269 g
1V: 383 g

The lens of the 1V arent that small and since the 1V is a bigger camera, size is not an argument.
And you can get the Sony for 699$ with the kit lens and add a 16mm f2.8 for 99$.

2 upvotes
M Jesper
By M Jesper (Sep 22, 2011)

Where did you learn to read ? A sentence ends where the dot is. Try again.

1 upvote
titan10k
By titan10k (Sep 23, 2011)

Noone in the right mind would. However there're always the un-informed and the fanboys.

0 upvotes
IZO100
By IZO100 (Sep 23, 2011)

@ M Jesper , and a post ends before the next one. The Sony isnt much bigger even with a lens... Damn fanboy.

1 upvote
jorg14
By jorg14 (Sep 22, 2011)

Just seems to me that if I can't put it in my pocket, I'm going to have to strap it around my neck. If I do that, there's not that much difference in weight or size between a full size DSLR, CX or 4/3's. The body may be a little smaller, but the lens sure isn't.

6 upvotes
lds2k
By lds2k (Sep 22, 2011)

I agree. I will always have my DSLR but I'm also on the lookout for something pocketable with the best IQ.

1 upvote
BOB
By BOB (Sep 22, 2011)

Where's my D300s upgrade???

0 upvotes
M Jesper
By M Jesper (Sep 22, 2011)

Why what's wrong with it ? ;)

0 upvotes
kewlguy
By kewlguy (Sep 22, 2011)

Well, it's too old for starter. With current technology, Nikon could give us higher res with better DR and noise as well. Why not?

0 upvotes
M Jesper
By M Jesper (Sep 22, 2011)

'caus i winked !

0 upvotes
M Jesper
By M Jesper (Sep 22, 2011)

Here's a clear illustration showing the sensor size next to others:
http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii301/moviemonster6/sensorsizes.png

1 upvote
Andy Westlake
By Andy Westlake (Sep 22, 2011)

Hmm, looks a little familiar: http://www.dpreview.com/articles/9716229576/why-make-a-small-sensor-mirrorless-camera

0 upvotes
M Jesper
By M Jesper (Sep 22, 2011)

That doesn't have this color palette, Aspect Ratio indication and APS-H, 2/3, or 1/3.2. But yes i know i'm not the first with this, just like to make my own 'design'. Didn't copy anything from yours tho if that's what you mean.

1 upvote
Richard Murdey
By Richard Murdey (Sep 22, 2011)

Even by the standards of the custom color Pentax K-x, those J1 colors are downright raucous.

Nikon is not aiming for subtlety here.

0 upvotes
Naveed Akhtar
By Naveed Akhtar (Sep 22, 2011)

Looks good .. but where are the real colors ...
Black, Silver, Grey, White?

0 upvotes
Andy Crowe
By Andy Crowe (Sep 22, 2011)

He's holding them?

1 upvote
daVBALLguy
By daVBALLguy (Sep 22, 2011)

I'm personally skeptical about the system, but I also can't believe how everyone jumps to criticism about what the system is NOT, rather than what it is.

Speed: even if the diagram is an exaggeration, wouldn't it be nice to have the AF speed of a D3-series for 1/5 the price and 1/3 the size?

Features: There is clearly much missing from this system for enthusiasts, but I think the combination of 1080p/30fps, full-time AF, and power zoom could be enticing for the target market - the remaining millions of people out there who do NOT keep up with photography news.

Colors: if this is the biggest gripe, the world will go on...

Nikon has had its share of failed product lines (IX lenses). Yet, the D1 was far from perfect - and certainly not inexpensive - when it was introduced. So were DX lenses. I am interested to see how this system will evolve.

4 upvotes
N13L5
By N13L5 (Sep 22, 2011)

I think its a play for people who buy cameras based on labels.

I do wonder if this backfires when J1 owners compare their low-light party pictures with Nex owners...

Spending hard earned cash on lenses for a sensor that's less than a third of the size of Sony's Nex cameras seems like a lousy idea to me.

I'd actually like to go the other way round: give me an APS-C sensor camera without changeable lenses; just one built-in, high quality and perfectly matched lens.

5 upvotes
Jim
By Jim (Sep 22, 2011)

I agree with you. Although this thread is a commentary on Nikon cameras, many Canon owners (me included) would like a nice upgrade to their Pro1. What you describe would likely fill the bill nicely. I also agree that this system seems redundant in light of Sony's NEX products. Time will tell.

Jim

0 upvotes
titan10k
By titan10k (Sep 23, 2011)

I think you miss the point here. One word: competition. I'd agree that the One system doesn't look bad on its own, but the picture changes when you throw the competitors in. If Nikon'd released this 5 years ago, the reception would have been a lot different.

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Jim
By Jim (Sep 23, 2011)

You certainly could be right. I see the Nikon 1 system as an answer in search of a problem...and the problem dioesn't exist.

...just my take. Could I be wrong? Sure.

Jim

1 upvote
T3
By T3 (Sep 24, 2011)

You can't use the D1 and DX lenses as examples of initially imperfect products that evolved into successes. When these products were launched, there was already a pool of Nikon SLR and APS-C users to adopt these products. That's not the case with the CX system. The current user pool of CX users is effectively zero. And it still remains to be seen who will be adopting this system.

0 upvotes
xtoph
By xtoph (Sep 22, 2011)

Marvelous. Now can somebody explain to me please why they put an /electronic/ vfin the middle of the camera body, rather than on the side where it belongs?!?

I hope whomever was responsible gets fired. Sheesh.

5 upvotes
Higuel
By Higuel (Sep 22, 2011)

BRAVO! Simply one of the smartest comments so far!!!

3 upvotes
DaveMarx
By DaveMarx (Sep 24, 2011)

Does the EVF belong on the left side, or the right, and why?
Do you shoot with your left eye, or your right?

Bottom line, n0body gets fired for splitting things down the middle, or putting the viewfinder where the vast majority of cameras place it.

Just because an EVF gives you the flexibility to put the vewfinder in all sorts of locations, doesn't mean there's a benefit to doing same.

0 upvotes
xtoph
By xtoph (Sep 29, 2011)

@davemarx--awe, c'mon. The evf's belong in the same position as every rf vf has been for decades. It wasnt hard for fuji (x100) or sony (nex7) to figure out. Yes, i know nikon isnt the first company to flub this. But the vast majority of photogs are rt eye dominant; for the left eye fanciers, they're still better off with more room between their nose and the hand holding the shutter side of the camera, as they always have been, or they can do what some always have and shoot upside down.

This is a simple matter of anatomy. Humans have noses, i am not the first wag to observe. And i dont /really/ want anyone fired, but i do want them to learn, and to get it right from here on out.

1 upvote
Debankur Mukherjee
By Debankur Mukherjee (Sep 22, 2011)

To me the main disadvantage of all these mirrorless cameras, be it from any manufacturer is the Lens. Look at them the lens kill the portability of these cameras. You cannot put them in your pocket with such hugh lenses.

Give me a Mirrorless large sensor body with a short “foldable” zoom like the coolpix lineup.

If it is not truly portable then I don’t mind buying the D3100 for everyday use. Far better body, lens and sensor.

8 upvotes
chadley_chad
By chadley_chad (Sep 22, 2011)

You do have a very valid point - as much as I love the NEX-C3, as soon as you stick an 18-55mm on it you loose pocketability (not to mention the fact a 200mm lens will set you back £700+!), so yes, you may as well carry around a small DSLR like the D3100 (or an eBay D3000 for just over £200!) with a decent lens ... maybe a D3000 + Tamron 18-270mm for about £750 in all!

This is why I love my S95 ... its ALWAYS in my pocket and it didn't cost the earth to get over 100mm when zooming (worth the sacrifice on image quality in my mind)

2 upvotes
lds2k
By lds2k (Sep 22, 2011)

I also carry my S95 everywhere. I want an S95 form factor with the largest possible sensor

0 upvotes
M Jesper
By M Jesper (Sep 22, 2011)

You don't mind the lens getting much bigger and or slower then ?

0 upvotes
Khun_K
By Khun_K (Sep 22, 2011)

Some rare time that Nikon introduced something new it's competitor happy about!
Of course it will sell but I guess not a lot, wonder how much camera and lens can sell to justify the large display space for all those colors? Small sensor is a limitation, even it is not immediately seen today, it will be in the next generation - judging how fast mirrorless system change and upgrade their camera and system, and Nikon is going to supply everything in these colors? Perhaps more?

0 upvotes
littleroot
By littleroot (Sep 22, 2011)

All I needed to know is it comes in colors. Next....

1 upvote
ogl
By ogl (Sep 22, 2011)

To say honest, I think that Pentax Q and Nikon CX are strange marketing answer to the demands of Japanese market.
The market of mirrorless begin to offer rather doubtful, questionable products...
IMO.

Even Fuji X10 is more well-balanced camera for me than CX and Q.

0 upvotes
ogl
By ogl (Sep 22, 2011)

the cameras have no P,A,S or M - how to use this cameras?

1 upvote
Najinsky
By Najinsky (Sep 22, 2011)

Point And Shoot Man

Then squeal with delight.

2 upvotes
ogl
By ogl (Sep 22, 2011)

you can set PASM in the menus.....:))))) I've found this info...

1 upvote
Matt Random
By Matt Random (Sep 22, 2011)

My phone has no number buttons, but yet I can still make phone calls ;^)

0 upvotes
bigdaddave
By bigdaddave (Sep 22, 2011)

I think Mr Suzuki has made this camera to fit his tiny little hands, not ours.

I doubt very much this camera will sell well

0 upvotes
tom sugnet
By tom sugnet (Sep 22, 2011)

Barbie colors.

0 upvotes
AbrasiveReducer
By AbrasiveReducer (Sep 22, 2011)

The colors are pure Japan. Wacky colors are ubiquitous, even with things like washing machines. As for the cameras themselves, dpreview is for enthusiasts and unless these cameras are remarkably better than the specs suggest, they are not for dpreview readers, anymore than iPods are for guys who listen to tube stereos with electrostatic speakers. But for every "pro" (which often means nothing more than somebody who's shelled out $3000 for a camera) there are thousands of people for whom a camera is a "lifestyle accessory". If Nikon could persuade half the people who think their cell phone camera is good enough, to step up to one of these cameras, they'd do just fine. P.S. I hope these cameras can stand being dropped because lifestyle accessories get dropped far more often than "serious" photographic instruments.

1 upvote
jj74e
By jj74e (Sep 22, 2011)

those look pretty big in that guy's hands. what's the point ofthe smaller sensor if they don't use it to their benefit? at least pentax got the idea with that.

5 upvotes
win39
By win39 (Sep 22, 2011)

Thanks for the excellent interview and article. Much appreciated. Nikon's goal to build a beginner's camera is clear and in this case does not coincide with desire for a high spec pocketable back up camera. My only remaining puzzles are why a camera with such a small sensor is the size of the Sony NEX7 and why a beginner's camera should be so expensive.

10 upvotes
javaone
By javaone (Sep 22, 2011)

Most of the complaints are people who want it to be the D4, D400 or D800.

Anyone wining about no 2.8 or 1.4 lenses, is looking for a D3100. A better argument is why no ultra-compact D3100.

The prices seem slightly high for me but not by much. I am looking at the AW100 its 3:75 so If that’s all I had, going the next step to the J1 makes sense.

Comparing it to a NEX-3,5,7, the J1 & V1 have a huge speed advantage. For many peoples the only reason for getting an SLR is to shoot there kids playing in sports or kids around the house. Point and shoots were just too slow. NEX does not help. This is actually better than an SLR for that purpose.

5 upvotes
Sekura Drops
By Sekura Drops (Sep 22, 2011)

I believe the price would be to high for this target group anyways. I do not see those people paying 900 dollars to take photos of their kids. And for sports I have doubt about image stabilization system of the camera from the initial real life photos. But we will see...

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Shellbo6901
By Shellbo6901 (Sep 22, 2011)

I'd probably pick one of these are the competitors if one had a moveable screen, maybe there will be a Nikon 2, lol they'll perfect them around Nikon 7

1 upvote
Sekura Drops
By Sekura Drops (Sep 22, 2011)

And Nikon2 will have 2"sensor :D

0 upvotes
Simon Zeev
By Simon Zeev (Sep 22, 2011)

Interesting cameras and nice colors (I don't like the pink one!).
The EVIL (mirrorless) cameras will be the mainstream in short time.
Good move Nikon!

0 upvotes
jmmgarza
By jmmgarza (Sep 22, 2011)

I had my hands on a Fujifilm X100 at Samy's Camera in Pasadena today. The electronic viewfinder was very disappointing. It looked horrible. The body was only okay... not any better than a 60s budget Yashica Electro 35. Again, not much new or better here. Don't buy it unless you are willing to be upset when they finally fix the viewfinder and menus.

The new Nikon cameras are just simple efforts to appease the point-and-shoot crowd. Apparently these folks like gaudy colors and simple style. Most pros will pass on these crayola cameras and stick with their more substantial stuff. Yes, my daughter would enjoy the new Nikons. I wouldn't mind having a V1 with a pancake lens for snapshots at a party... only.

2 upvotes
digby dart
By digby dart (Sep 22, 2011)

Perhaps Nikon think if they ignore the Fuji X100 it will go away.

9 upvotes
RedFox88
By RedFox88 (Sep 22, 2011)

The x100 is a pretty limited camera when compared to the V1

1 upvote
shigzeo ?
By shigzeo ? (Sep 22, 2011)

Unfortunately, they may not even have the X100 on their radar. Nikon are really really off the target here.

3 upvotes
wetsleet
By wetsleet (Sep 22, 2011)

x100 is a bijou toy for aging photogs. Fixed focal length lens kills it for the general market.
If the Nikon really does focus as quick as they say then it will do what most other P&S fail at - getting the pic in focus. So many family/kids photos are ruined by poor focus or slow (missed the shot) focus. Getting that right comes before any pixel-peeping concerns.

1 upvote
M Jesper
By M Jesper (Sep 22, 2011)

Actually Nikon is spot on target, we're just not it.

'aging photogs' ? Because the controls are not in a menu ?

0 upvotes
Sarge_
By Sarge_ (Sep 22, 2011)

Sorority girls will love these for spring break, until they realize they aren't waterproof. Soccer moms will eat them up too. I think that's who these are for.

Superfast AF so you can half-assedly point and shoot, but always have 'in focus' images, thanks also to the long depth of field from the sloow lenses and teeny sensor. As long as you're shooting in good light. That about covers it.

If Canon brings us something with an APS-C sensor and an ability to also run existing Canon lenses, I might finally trade in my NEX-5 and e-mount lenses as well as my D3 and pro lenses in favor of 'the dark side'.

I love my Nikon pro gear, but this tiny sensor is just pure disappointment. It's like they learned nothing from the success of the D3 series.

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Sarge_
By Sarge_ (Sep 22, 2011)

I AM dissapoint. That's what I'm trying to say.

<img src="http://unjadeable.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/son_i_am_disappoint.gif">

2 upvotes
Sarge_
By Sarge_ (Sep 22, 2011)

Hmm. html not allowed, evidently.

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john
By john (Sep 22, 2011)

large sensor in compact camera means poor AF, results? soft fuzzy images

0 upvotes
Eleson
By Eleson (Sep 22, 2011)

Why would soccer mom's with $900 to spend, look at this camera?

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Steve oliphant
By Steve oliphant (Sep 22, 2011)

This camera looks cool ,they will sell for sure .The Olympus and Panasonic cameras have no worries that this will compete with there cameras ,but Pentax look out lol...It's to bad they didn't make my camera ,the FM 2 digital ,no screen on the back evf instead 12mp full frame.

0 upvotes
shigzeo ?
By shigzeo ? (Sep 22, 2011)

Nikon have left the compact, professional SLR market long, long ago. The F100 killed that dream. My FE is so damn good and easily hand-holdable in comparison.

0 upvotes
3than
By 3than (Sep 22, 2011)

I just dunno about the sensor size -- part of the fun of the m43 and NEX systems is that you can use the legacy lenses. A 2.7x crop will make them a bit too long, I think, and I wonder about high iso performance with a sensor this small. So they certainly won't get the photo nerds...they'd better take darn nice pictures or this probably will fail.

I'm not too impressed, and Canon definitely won't mess up if they come to the mirrorless party.

3 upvotes
miketala
By miketala (Sep 22, 2011)

If you've got an advantage, you should take it. Nikon seems to have a potential lens advantage with a smaller size sensor -- this is their ONLY absolute advantage as far as I can tell -- so it's truly stupid of them to not have taken advantage of this (eg, a super small fast zoom). The GX lenses for M4/3 look to be superior, even smaller, than Nikon's. I just don't understand Nikon's thinking. Any other technical advantage they have right now will be fleeting as competitors roll out new models.

> Although the gf3 or ep mini with the 14-42 gx lens would make
> smaller combined size, the j1 and v1 could be competitors if the price is right

3 upvotes
eyedo
By eyedo (Sep 22, 2011)

I'm a professional photog and like to carry a P&S in my bag or in my purse.If one of my clients saw me with one of these I'd be the talk of the town for the next 20 years..and not in a good way!

I like elegant cameras.Leica's..The Fuji x100. Pro Nikon bodies(elegant tanks!)
Those candy colored cameras are for kids..with rich parents!

5 upvotes
RedFox88
By RedFox88 (Sep 22, 2011)

Really? You're a professional photographer, yet you show no website or email address.. and you seem to do a bit of trolling. Guess what? I'm an astronaut! LOL If you would be embarrassed to show your different photographic tools, you are not a confident professional!

1 upvote
john
By john (Sep 22, 2011)

paint it black

1 upvote
Razgriz
By Razgriz (Sep 22, 2011)

My word look at all of the complaints about the size of sensors and speeds of lenses and unfavourable apertures.

I thought it was all about the moment, framing and the capture.

I wonder if Rembrant or Picasso made the same critique when some new paint brushes appeared on the market?

Just a thought!

2 upvotes
cactusgeorge
By cactusgeorge (Sep 22, 2011)

I'm pretty sure Picasso did not use glitter paint during his "velvet Elvis" period. :)

5 upvotes
solsang
By solsang (Sep 22, 2011)

I think this could replace my lx5 for the very fast af alone, and better iq, have been waiting for this pixeldensity ever since the f31fd!

This fills the obvious lack between the m43 and compacts, why make a small body when you need bulky lenses?

Although the gf3 or ep mini with the 14-42 gx lens would make smaller combined size, the j1 and v1 could be competitors if the price is right

One camera type is missing: a big sensor, fixed zoom lens (for those who dont want to change lenses yet still want decent iq, the closest will be s100)

2 upvotes
Sarge_
By Sarge_ (Sep 22, 2011)

You're poorly informed.

I use D3 and pro lenses for paid shoots these days, and a Sony NEX-5 as a travel/walkabout camera due to it's shallow depth of field and low light capability. I'll be upgrading to the new NEX-5n, as it improves on the AF speed (poor on the 5), low light (ISO to 25,600) and video abilities (1080p/60P, not 60i like the Nikon) The form factor of the 5n body is smaller and more pocketable than the Nikon, and the E-mount lenses are only marginally larger than the new (and very slooow) Nikon system lenses.

The new Nikon brings fast AF and fast frame rates, but at the expense of the art of photography. I hope they make money on it, but until they make something with an APS-C sensor or better, I'm not interested.

With the 42mb/s video throughput of a hacked GH2, I doubt this camera will be of any interest to serious videographers either.

It's a mommy system - it will outshoot any other camera at your kids soccer match... and that's about it.

4 upvotes
Sarge_
By Sarge_ (Sep 22, 2011)

Ahh - sorry about the below post. It was supposed to be in response to a different thread, not sure how that happened...

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harrisoncac
By harrisoncac (Sep 22, 2011)

Agree. Unfortunately the price of the Nikon 1 isn't right, and it won't be any near competitor to M4/3 and NEX's.

I don't know why Sony didn't take their excellent R1 further. That camera has a large sensor and amazing Zeiss lens.

FujiFilm's bridge cameras were distinguish. How amazing their S5000Z, S7000 (2003), S9100 used to be!. After S100fs and S200EXR, FujiFilm seemed to take the path backwards. Now I no longer look at their offerings.

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harrisoncac
By harrisoncac (Sep 22, 2011)

Agree. Unfortunately the price of the Nikon 1 isn't right, and it won't be any near competitor to M4/3 and NEX's.

I don't know why Sony didn't take their excellent R1 further. That camera has a large sensor and amazing Zeiss lens.

FujiFilm's bridge cameras were distinguish. How amazing their S5000Z, S7000 (2003), S9100 used to be!. After S100fs and S200EXR, FujiFilm seemed to take the path backwards. Now I no longer look at their offerings.

0 upvotes
vFunct
By vFunct (Sep 22, 2011)

These are great cameras. They instantly made useless junk like the micro-4/3ds and Sony NEX systems obsolete. Those cameras are now useless - too large to be discrete and too small for good image quality.

Nikon, a true camera innovator, just showed the newcomers how to do a proper mirrorless! Micro 4/3 and NEX are now completely useless junk!

1 upvote
perry rhodan
By perry rhodan (Sep 22, 2011)

totall cr@p, the body size is > NEX the sensorsize is .... about as large as these dots ;) ROFL

2 upvotes
Michele Kappa
By Michele Kappa (Sep 23, 2011)

Oh don't worry, this troll is spamming all over dp the same thing over and over again to get attention.

0 upvotes
zzopitD2X
By zzopitD2X (Sep 22, 2011)

meh... Hello Sony NEX + M43 Nkn adapter.

4 upvotes
dale thorn
By dale thorn (Sep 22, 2011)

I love this camera at first sight. Now instead of a half-a** pocket camera like the Canon S100 or Pana LX5, I can get a much bigger sensor and nearly the same size box, with the plus factor of interchangeable lenses, and colors. Most people don't like colors, which means they are truly a sad lot.

Enjoy life, people - buy the new Nikon in a day-glo color and change your outlook, before it's too late.

8 upvotes
Klay
By Klay (Sep 22, 2011)

Best assessment yet. I think the camera package makes sense for the user Nikon is aiming for. The "sensor is too small" crowd should take a deep breath and consider what they are complaining about. If you go to a restaurant and order a scotch why would you complain when they served to customer at the next table a cosmopolitan?

1 upvote
brudy
By brudy (Sep 22, 2011)

Not sure these Nikons are for me, but I totally agree with your assessment,

0 upvotes
NeilRW
By NeilRW (Sep 22, 2011)

Not sure I'd buy a day-glo camera, but great advise about having a day-glo LIFE.

2 upvotes
perry rhodan
By perry rhodan (Sep 22, 2011)

this should be kept private on the N boards, we are really ROFL now

0 upvotes
Michele Kappa
By Michele Kappa (Sep 23, 2011)

Enjoy life, people - advertise your favorite brand instead of going out for a walk with your favorite camera.

0 upvotes
Steven Noyes
By Steven Noyes (Sep 22, 2011)

I am going out on a limb and say these will sell like hot-cakes. The colors will really attract a female audience and the black clor the male. The designs are simple and sleek with a camera that is easy to pocket and go. The IQ will be better than P&S and cell cameras with much of the same ease.

The readers of DPReview are not the target for these.

4 upvotes
G Davidson
By G Davidson (Sep 23, 2011)

The more I look at it, the more I think the same. A touch of genius is the mode dial offering various auto settings/movies, which with the processing will give pleasing results to a lot of the users. When you remember this is a consumer item, you start to appreciate the work that went into giving a lot of people what will suit them best.

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G Davidson
By G Davidson (Sep 23, 2011)

The more I look at it, the more I think the same. A touch of genius is the mode dial offering various auto settings/movies, which with the processing will give pleasing results to a lot of the users. When you remember this is a consumer item, you start to appreciate the work that went into giving a lot of people what will suit them best.

0 upvotes
RBudding
By RBudding (Sep 22, 2011)

Great. Now you can choose a camera that will match your shoes.

Nikon should have made a digital SP rangefinder. Yes, a small market, but at least they could have produced a camera that they could have been proud of.

4 upvotes
photoshutter
By photoshutter (Sep 22, 2011)

Slow lenses, no hot shoe (no studio strobe with), very sad nikon..

7 upvotes
Hear2see
By Hear2see (Sep 22, 2011)

I wonder who the fall guy is going to be on this one....
.... a wasted effort by Nikon...
sad

11 upvotes
RedFox88
By RedFox88 (Sep 22, 2011)

No, you're thinking of the Pentax Q which this is not. It's much better than the Q as well as much better than the nex and m4/3 attempts.

0 upvotes
titan10k
By titan10k (Sep 22, 2011)

Ken Rockwell? ;-)

1 upvote
Prime_Lens
By Prime_Lens (Sep 22, 2011)

@RedFox88
Like how better?
And better to who? Only you or in general?
You need to clarify your claim better than that.

0 upvotes
Stefanos L
By Stefanos L (Sep 22, 2011)

Let them make some money out of these, so they can finally bring out the new dslrs!

0 upvotes
xlynx9
By xlynx9 (Sep 22, 2011)

unfortunately it doesn't work that way

0 upvotes
fotosniper
By fotosniper (Sep 22, 2011)

Actully, thats exactly how it works

0 upvotes
TonGolem
By TonGolem (Sep 21, 2011)

the red one's sooo cool :) not perfect for unintrusive photography though :D

0 upvotes
cactusgeorge
By cactusgeorge (Sep 21, 2011)

Ugly design, ugly colors.
Rubbish

7 upvotes
Joe Ogiba
By Joe Ogiba (Sep 21, 2011)

I could see Nikon showing this on April 1st but not today LOL

8 upvotes
kewlguy
By kewlguy (Sep 21, 2011)

as someone who learned my photography basics using Nikon FM and have been using Nikon since that day until D3 today - I feel violated looking at those stupid colored toys!

7 upvotes
NeilRW
By NeilRW (Sep 22, 2011)

Honey, don't worry about "being violated" on a Photography website.

0 upvotes
jschlarb
By jschlarb (Sep 21, 2011)

Did Ashton Kutcher pick those colors?

4 upvotes
Charles Lau
By Charles Lau (Sep 22, 2011)

Maybe Ashton was the DESIGNER!

0 upvotes
FJG3
By FJG3 (Sep 21, 2011)

They will sell like hotcakes on QVC and HSN.

1 upvote
NeilRW
By NeilRW (Sep 22, 2011)

QVC & HSN are where manufacturers DUMP their mistakes.

0 upvotes
Peter Horn
By Peter Horn (Sep 21, 2011)

These color versions are ridiculous!

7 upvotes
RedFox88
By RedFox88 (Sep 22, 2011)

To a photo enthusiast, maybe. But not for women who want a small good camera! ;)

0 upvotes
RonHendriks
By RonHendriks (Sep 21, 2011)

I wonder how good the battery is when EVF and flash are both in use draining on the the single battery in the camera?

I like the looks and promises of this little camera!

0 upvotes
psandham
By psandham (Sep 21, 2011)

So now I can put my 70-200 f/2.8 on a pink body and get into all of those sports and concert events!

0 upvotes
DioCanon
By DioCanon (Sep 21, 2011)

buy a proper camera for concer & events for christ 's sake

2 upvotes
psandham
By psandham (Sep 21, 2011)

They won't let me bring in my D700 or 300, not dven my F5! I'm pretty sure I can get by them with a metallic blue one, though!

0 upvotes
Deleted-pending
By Deleted-pending (Sep 22, 2011)

nonsense. They wont let yo in with a 70-200mm either.
Besides, due to the quality of the sensor, you will not be able to shoot above 500 iso, @ 2.8 this wont freeze motion in concert shots. Better go with a 85mm 1.4G & even so...you will not be allowed to take it in !

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NeilRW
By NeilRW (Sep 22, 2011)

FTH How do you know you couldn't bring in a 85mm 1.4G lens to a concert?

0 upvotes
Donglei
By Donglei (Sep 21, 2011)

Painter PENTAX gets its follower.

1 upvote
JackM
By JackM (Sep 21, 2011)

the colors only prove how much of a joke this camera is.

3 upvotes
Octane
By Octane (Sep 21, 2011)

Impressive little cameras. I can see these to be very appealing to people who want to get more into photography after being fed up with their camera phones or compacts.

The technology in these two little cameras is amazing.

2 upvotes
tilariths
By tilariths (Sep 21, 2011)

Nothing amazing compared to what Olympus and Panasonic had on the market for three years.

6 upvotes
kongqueror
By kongqueror (Sep 21, 2011)

IMHO if the people you refer to want to get more serious with photography, they should first start playing around with PASM modes. Once they master that on their compacts, then they can move up to u4/3, NEX, or NX cams for the benefits of ILCs. If they don't want to master the manual modes, then any of the u4/3 set on auto should be better than these Nikon 1s. The only time to consider these Nikon 1s is if it's video performance they are after and if it's that, they have the NEX (and it's other advantages) or the Panasonic GH2 to think about as well.

4 upvotes
RedFox88
By RedFox88 (Sep 22, 2011)

The focusing of the V1 should make the nex and m4/3 offerings collect dust on store shelves. Plus 60 fps at 10 MP.

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