Body Elements

Enthusiasts will appreciate the addition of the front command dial. However, it does take some getting used to the vertical orientation. Using the optional grip adds a another front dial that duplicates functionality Also, when shooting in manual focus mode with 1 Nikkor zoom lenses, the front dial is used to focus.

The video button is also conveniently placed near the shutter button.

The rear dial doubles as a second customizable Fn button by pressing it in.

The power switch is easy to operate with one hand, but we often accidentally turned the camera off while reviewing images as the switch doesn't require full motion to engage.

Annoyingly, the command dial can't be setup to directly control exposure compensation.

The back of the 1 V3 features a traditional four-way directional pad and scroll wheel to control AF drive settings, self-timer, AF mode, flash, and exposure compensation. Pressing the center 'OK' button while shooting gives access to manual AF point selection if you're not using the touchscreen.

Fn1 is a customizable button, while the 'F' button brings up a 'quick menu' for key settings such as ISO and white balance.

Under a door on the camera's right side is the memory card slot and connection ports for USB and micro HDMI cables.

Thee V3 drops the use of SD memory cards found in previous generations and opts for microSD cards.

The left side of the V3 has an external mic input, but no headphone port.

A button of the left side of the camera pops up the flash. It syncs up to 1/250 sec and has a guide number of 5m (16ft) at ISO100.

It can be pointed up with your finger to provide some bounce flash.

Under a plastic door on the bottom of the camera you'll find the compartment for the 8Wh EN-EL20a lithium-ion battery. According to CIPA it should get about 310 shots per charge.

Also, something to note is the proximity of the tripod mount. You can't open the door all the way to change batteries when attached to a mounting plate.